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What a great time these friends from the Northern Virginia area had yesterday as they came together to paint barn quilts and enjoy a day of creating. Nice work everyone!!! Isn’t their work beautiful??!!!

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We saw the Andy Griffith Mural on Moore Avenue in downtown Mount Airy when we visited earlier this week. It is created with spray paint! The mural displays four aspects of Andy’s life and career against the backdrop of Pilot Mountain. The mural, done entirely with spray paint by Greensboro artist Jeks, was completed in May 2022, in time for what would have been Andy’s 96th birthday. Our tour guide told us about watching the artist working with spray cans of paint to do it. That is pretty amazing for spray cans!

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Glory, Glory to Ole’ Georgia!!!! The Dawgs win the National Championship! I’m still exhausted from watching that game. Whew!!!

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We had such a great time on our trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We went to see the Ricky Scaggs concert but we packed in a whole lot more. We drove around the countryside and took in the beautiful landscape; saw hardworking people and their horses working the fields; watch the horse and buggies come into town; shopped in some lovely old towns with painted buildings that we adored; but best of all we found a few fabric outlets where I could not resist buying some gorgeous material. I’m beginning to think I have a problem. LOL! I see another trip to the area in the very near future.

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We took a little trip yesterday to pay our respects to James and Dolly Madison at Montpelier, the Madison home. It’s a short drive from Front Royal and an amazing place full of history. The foundation has done a beautiful job restoring and recovering the history of the time. “Via interpretation, research, and civic education, Montpelier engages the public with Madison’s most powerful idea: government by the people.” It’s worth a visit. (Click here to see the visit I made there 4 years ago.)

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On my drive back home today from a short trip to North Carolina I came through some backroads and ran across a few tobacco fields….and tobacco barns.  As I grew up working on tobacco farms as a kid I was interested to see these.  I got a few photos.  I’ve been wanting to do a painting of a tobacco barn.  Maybe this will get me started.

And I was interested to look up the Tobacco Barns Project.  They are trying to save some of the old barns.  See about that here. 

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wp-1596620555143.jpgThe kids who attended Sewing Camp completed their Rag Quilts yesterday….and boy, did they turn out great!!!  Nice job young ladies!  Keep sewing.

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grand open Today is the 6th Anniversary of The Studio-A Place for Learning on Main Street in Front Royal.  And while we have been in this location for 14 very good years (as Delilah’s Art & Gifts before The Studio) this year has been a wonderment. We started off the year in January and February with the best two opening months we have ever had and then the governor closed us down.  I love The Studio and what I do.  I love that people discover their creative sides here and come here for a much needed outlet for stress and frustration.  But in the light of everything happening  with the pandemic I wonder if we will see the 7th Anniversary.  It’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel when people are fearful to attend classes.  The income is slim but the bills keep rolling in.  How long can we keep it up?!  And when I say “we” I speak for other very small businesses like mine that are experiencing the same problems.  We are not looking for handouts….we are looking to continue to make our livings!  Business owners are trying to come together to promote and support one another but some of what is being done supports one type of business over another. I don’t think it’s intentional…it just is that way and it’s not a good situation.  We don’t want to see any business fail….ever!  I encourage everyone reading this, no matter where  you are, to try to make an effort this week to support a small business or two. It doesn’t have to be a huge purchase.  But just having someone come in and show support will do so much to boost the spirits of a small business owner that is beginning to lose hope.  We have already lost three businesses on Main Street and if we lose more we will only have service businesses (law offices, non-profits, and real estate) along with restaurants on Main.  It would be a shame not to have actual shops on Main Street.  Having said all of that, let me say how much I have appreciated the support and friendship of so many who have come to The Studio over the past 6 years.  And I truly hope that next year we can have a big Anniversary party with another round of “Make and Take” projects for everyone.  In the meantime take a look here and here at some of the past celebrations!  And thanks again!!!

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Main Street MillWe are continuing to paint local landmarks….this time it’s the Old Feed Mill….known as the Main Street Mill today.  Join us on August 23rd at 2 pm and paint along with us.  Click here for more info and to register.  

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Layout 1It’s time to vote in the Best of Warren County survey. And everyone can vote…you don’t have to live in Front Royal to vote….and you don’t have to vote in every category.  Just scroll down to the ones you know and want to help.  Click here and go to the survey and vote for your favorites.  We would appreciate you considering voting for The Studio and Kelly in category 5,  34,  99, and especially 107…Best Local Artist.  Many thanks.  And you can vote each day and share with your friends.  We would really appreciate your help!

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