Special art tour comes to Nepenthe Gallery and area homes


Photo by Barbara Southworth (Credit: Stone Bridge Artists Tour)

For the third year in a row, several artists residing near the Stone Bridge on the George Washington Memorial Parkway are planning to hold a special type of art experience in which visitors can view diverse art forms in unique settings.

The Stone Bridge Artists Tour has expanded from nine artists displaying their work at three local homes back in 2021, to 18 artists showing their productions from Sept. 7-10 at four home venues and the Nepenthe Gallery — all located within two miles from each other in the vicinity of Fort Hunt Road.

The tour’s co-founders, ceramists Susan Cohen and Joan Ulrich, were inspired by regional ceramic tours, according to a Stone Bridge press release, and the 2023 tour will include their pottery, as well as works from local painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers and glass artists.

Painting by Susan Lamont (Credit: Stone Bridge Artists Tour)

During the three-day event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists, view some demonstrations and artist talks, and purchase artwork.

This is the first year that Hollin Hall-based Nepenthe Gallery is participating in the tour, and gallery owner Carrie Garland said they were honored to be invited.

“We think this event is a wonderful fit for Nepenthe,” said Garland. “We are excited to kick off the tour at our weekly ART + WINE + CHEESE event on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m., and we are looking forward to a weekend full of art, artists and community-building.”

Five artists will be featured at the gallery, said Garland, including Andreas Barrett/mixed media; Renée C. Gage/photography; Anne Meagher-Cook/en plein air; Marsha Staiger/mixed media; and Bill Sutton/watercolor.

Other artists participating in the tour include painters Judy Heiser, Susan Lamont, Barbara Muth, Anthony Nsofor, Gail Saour and Jackson Tanner; printmaker Jennifer Dunbar; photographer Barbara Southworth; sculptor Jolande Goldberg; jeweler Leah Sturgis; and glass artist Robert Wiener.

Following the gallery kickoff event, home kickoff events with art, wine and cheese will be held Friday, Sept. 8 from 5-8 p.m. at two homes in Hollin Hills, one in Tauxemont and one along the Potomac (see graphic below for details). Nepenthe Gallery will continue its art showing from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. On Saturday and Sunday, all venues will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Stone Bridge Artists Tour is free and open to the public.

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