The 400-member volunteer league has become a major influence for promoting art education and appreciation in the three surrounding counties of Northumberland, Lancaster and Middlesex.
Additionally, the league provides yearly grants to area schools for art festivals and summer art camps as well as a wide variety of art workshops for adults in the community. The art league also sponsors art scholarships for high school students wishing to study art in college. RAL is supported by membership fees, artists’ commissions, patron’s gifts, and competitive grants from the Virginia Commission on the Arts and the River Counties Community Fund, among others.
Perhaps the most visible presence of the art league in Kilmarnock is its artists’ cooperative gallery on Main Street. The RAL Studio Gallery displays and sells original works of more than 70 artists and artisans. Among the creative treasures are watercolors, oils, acrylics, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and hand-made wood furniture. Visitors and residents alike visit the Gallery to chose unique, hand crafted pieces of art or sculpture to fill that special place in their home or business. Many of these items can be found decorating area residences as well as homes in the outlying, commuting areas of Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC.
As one artist observed, every person is an artist at heart. And every home or business provides the perfect setting for displaying an original work of art that reflects its owners’ unique taste, love of color, memento of a wonderful trip or family occasion. The RAL Studio Gallery is a place where finding that special piece may be a dream come true.
The Rappahannock Art League Gallery is located at 19 North Main Street in Kilmarnock. For more information on getting involved with the Art League, they can be reached at 804-436-9309 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members automatically receive a subscription to their monthly newsletter, receive discounts on the costs of their classes and workshops, have lots of opportunities to enter all-member art shows, and have the opportunity to volunteer at the gallery.