Memorial Day Weekend Activities Fun for All!
The official beginning of summer, Memorial Day Weekend, will soon be here! And, as usual, Staunton has its annual Art in the Park to celebrate the occasion. This year marks the 51st year of the Gypsy Hill Park art festival. It’s a bit more special than previous years.
That’s because the Virginia Living Magazine awarded the long-running festival the #1 Art Show Venue in the Shenandoah Valley! It’s certainly a deserving award. With this year’s celebration boasting 60 vendors for the two-day weekend, there are plenty of high quality vendors to enjoy.
3 Different Artists You’ll Want To See
There are so many talented artists at the festival this year. Each brings their own interpretation and style to their chosen art. We thought we would showcase three to give you a feel of the quality of the work.
Marti Mocahbee’s work with clay is astounding and a visual delight. Handprinted with underglazes on Georgia red clay, the colors are vibrant and strong.
All of her designs reflect her love of history by combining both cultural and historical influences. Marti says that “finding a way to compliment form with design is my biggest challenge.”
Suzanna Garrett loves jewelry, but she rather fell into the art of jewelry making. As ardent adventurers, she and her husband frequently enjoy canoeing. That’s when Suzanna began picking up stones and shells, decorating her house with them.
Later, it occurred to her they might make beautiful jewelry. After much experimentation, she says she finally “created pieces of jewelry that captured the organic look a nature lover craves while also containing a unique elegant design that could be appreciated by everyone.”
And that is most certainly true. Suzanna’s jewelry is elegant, yet down-to-earth.
Tracy Booth is a self-taught oil and acrylic painter. She has what she calls “tiny paintings,” which are 12″ x 12″. Larger paintings are 8″ x 16.” From washes of colors that ground from the earth and then seem to rise upward, Tracy also has painted giants, trees, and whales.
You’ll enjoy the range and feeling of her paintings!
And There’s Music, Too!
Art in the Park also features wonderful area musicians that will be performing as well. From Bill Harrouff, Little Lester, Stonewall Flutes of the Shenandoah, and more, you’ll enjoy the good talent and relaxing atmosphere.
Virginia Hot Glass Festival
One more thing before we wrap up. Make sure you also head over to Sunspots studios where you will find the Virginia Hot Glass Festival.
With dozens of hot glass artists demonstrating hot glass blowing and flaming techniques, it’s not to be missed either. Barren Ridge Vineyards will be on hand selling wine by the glass. You’ll also find additional wine tastings at Oxeye Tasting Room across the street.
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
Book your reservation with the Inn at Old Virginia. We are literally minutes from both of these fine festivals.