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20190531_210736.jpgAfter a particularly long and ugly week I wanted to share the beautiful little town we live in…where there are many lovely people.  This is a scene that Lincoln and I see as we walk downtown in the mornings.  It’s enchanting.  We want to remember the nice parts and let the rest go for now….

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"Not So National Zoo" Mural by Pat Windrow

“Not So National Zoo” Mural by Pat Windrow

Top of Windrow Memorial

Top of Windrow Memorial

Side View of Memorial 1

Side View of Memorial 1

Side of Memorial  2

Side of Memorial 2

Side of Memorial  3

Side of Memorial 3

Side of Memorial  4

Side of Memorial 4

Side of Memorial  5

Side of Memorial 5

The family and friends of Pat Windrow honored her this past weekend by unveiling a memorial at the Town Commons in Front Royal.  Pat was an artistic force of nature in Front Royal.  She painted amazing murals on several buildings around town – both inside and out.  Since her passing we are all hoping that these will be maintained by the owners of the buildings.  They are irreplaceable.

The memorial that was dedicated features wonderful images of some of Pat’s beautiful floral paintings.  It’s a fitting way to honor this creative woman.

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The first painting posted on my blog over 5 years ago.

The first painting posted on my blog over 7 years ago.

Seven years ago Delilah’s Art & Gift Shop was opened on East Main Street in Front Royal by three friends who loved art (and shopping).  Over the years it was converted to a little artist co-op and featured art and fine crafts by local artists.

105 E. MainIt  has been a wonderful little shop for local friends to meet and chat as well as a place to find unique, handmade items as well as fine art.

We loved that we were featured in Virginia Living Magazine.  And that last year we were named by the Northern Virginia Daily as the Best Unique Gift Shop.  Many, many thanks.

Delilah's featured in Virginia Living magazine

Delilah’s featured in Virginia Living magazine

But today we will close Delilah’s door for the final time.  It is bittersweet.  It has been a wonderful experience working with some terrific artists and seeing their brilliant creations.  I have loved meeting so many people who have shopped with us at Delilah’s.  I especially loved talking with the many out-of-town visitors who have come to the shop and shared their splendid travel experiences.  It has been delightful!

As a good friend reminded me yesterday, “when one door closes, another one opens”, and that is exactly what is happening now.  As Delilah’s closes it’s doors it will only be closed for a short time.

We are announcing the Grand Opening of a new venture, The Studio – A Place for Learning!  The Studio exists to create opportunities for community members to explore fine arts, crafts and other areas of personal development in a casual and recreational environment. Classes and workshops will be offered for a variety of skill levels ranging from the absolute beginner exploring a new craft to the experienced and seasoned artist or craftsman.   The Studio is available for people of all abilities to explore and create. The space is available for rent for small groups whether for workshops, classes or parties at a very reasonable rate.    Our ultimate goal is to help people overcome potential fears and discover their innate creativity by trying something new.

Put Friday, August 1st on your calendar.  That will be the day of the Grand Opening  of The Studio.  We are planning many great activities that day for you to experience what we will be offering….and that day it will all be free.  We hope you will embrace our new venture as you did Delilah’s.

We are truly grateful for the support you have given us all these years!

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Boys making necklaces

Boys making necklaces

Kelly Demonstrating

Kelly Demonstrating

Shelly with Crowd

Shelly with Crowd

Delilah's Festival Look

Delilah’s Festival Look

We had a prefect day in Front Royal for the Wine Festival yesterday.  Many thanks to Sandra Patterson for the photos of the happenings around Delilah’s Art and Gift Shop.  We had a lot of visitors stop by.  And Shelly and Tami did a great job with the Kids Craft Corner.  The kids got a real kick out of making their “Bug Necklaces” as well as many other fun crafts.  Thanks girls.  All in all a very nice day!

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CAM05894CAM05881Some days it’s about the snow.  The last several days there has been snow on the ground and frigid cold weather.  Yesterday the thermometer said 1 degree when I got up.  This morning it’s 7!  We often experience cold weather here in Virginia in the winter time but not cold like this.  It makes it difficult to do anything outside.  But I ventured out to take a few snow photos for reference.  Here are a couple from downtown.

Stay safe and warm.

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Laura checking out Delilah's for her blog post

Laura checking out Delilah’s for her blog post

We were thrilled when Shenandoah Living featured Delilah’s Art & Gifts on their blog this week as the first stop in their Main Street series.

Many thanks Laura for stopping by the shop and learning more about us our art.  You can see the Shenandoah Living Blog post here.

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Delilah's 3Be sure to stop by Delilah’s when you come down to Main Street Front Royal for the Wine Festival.  All day today!  Too much fun to miss.  Come on down.

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Dan, Dan the Popcorn Man is an acrylic on canvas measuring 8″x10″.  This piece was commissioned by the Blue Ridge Arts Council as a gift to the organizations Volunteer of the Year.  Dan Lenz has been a big supported of BRAC, serving on the board and volunteering since the organization was founded in 1987.  He is best known for the popcorn he makes at the Gazebo Gatherings every summer.  Congratulations Dan.  Well deserved.

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photo by Sandy Patterson

photo by Kelly Walker

All I can say is WOW!!!

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Here’s some photos from past times that I painted at Delilah’s for Festivals.

It’s what I’ll be doing again tomorrow for the Festival of Leaves in Downtown Front Royal.  Come to the festival for a fun day.  The weather is going to be perfect and we’d love to see you.  Stop by Delilah’s and say hello.

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