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LibertyTown Arts Workshop in downtown Fredericksburg

There’s something about summer that inspires. Longer days give us more time to explore our interests. Time off from school and vacations from work afford the chance to try something new. Sunshine, green leaves and bold summer blooms awaken our visual sense. What better time to explore and build on an interest in the visual arts? Allow me to offer up several ways to do that here in the Fredericksburg region.

LibertyTown Arts Workshop is a community of artists’ studios, gallery and instruction space at 916 Liberty Street in downtown Fredericksburg. Besides being a great jumping-off place for exploring the area’s rich arts community, LibertyTown offers a full schedule of classes in painting, drawing, jewelry-making, knitting, blacksmithing and a wide range of other visual arts.

Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center art camps

The Fredericksburg Area Museum offers a chance for young people to get hands-on arts experience at a series of events that bring the community together to learn about, enjoy and create art. For more information on events, click here.

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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont is exhibiting La Brabanconne, a full-length portrait of Melchers’ wife, Corinne, painted during the early years of the couple’s marriage. This painting is on loan from the Annmary Brown Memorial Collection at Brown University until November, and it offers many insights into this remarkable couple, whose love story is told through the preserved home and grounds at Belmont, one of only 30 of America’s most significant artists’ spaces included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios consortium. Find more information on how to visit here.

Bluebird Glass Studio is a respected local resource for the glass arts, and offers ongoing classes taught by experienced instructors. Take a look at the techniques taught at this Stafford Courthouse-area studio, many in a one-on-one setting, here.

For a lighthearted entrée into the arts, try the Uncork’d Art classes at Potomac Point Winery. These classes run from 2 to 4 p.m. at the winery on the first Sunday of every month. Participants get to sample five different Potomac Point wines while creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art amid the scenic surroundings of the winery. These are a great opportunity for a girls’ afternoon out or a Sunday date. For details on July’s class, click here

And don’t forget, the first Friday evening of every month brings the streets of downtown Fredericksburg alive with the First Friday gallery walk.

Into the performing arts, as well? Check out the region’s extensive list of summer concert series here