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Possum’s Store, Art and Artisan Gallery is the Festival headquarters. An historic building circa 1890, once a general store and post office, it is now host to Virginia artists and artisans, music events and artist workshops. The store is owned by Charlottesvile-based artist, Renee Balfour.

914 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike, Criglersville, VA 22727


DuCard Vineyards is a small, authentic, passionate, vineyard and winery bordering the Shenandoah National Park just north of Charlottesville, Virginia and is known for its natural beauty, leadership in sustainability, relaxing environment and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

40 Gibson Hollow Ln, Etlan, VA 22719

Graves Mountain Farm & Lodges A family owned and operated rustic mountain retreat, Graves offers down-home hospitality with surroundings unrivaled for natural beauty and a wide range of activities. Food and lodging available.

205 Graves Mountain Lane, Syria, VA 22743

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Painting Demonstration by Ingrid Lohr Matuszewski

Ingrid Lohr Matuszewski is a Northern Virginia-based artist with deep roots in Madison County, Virginia. Her family’s history dates back to 1740’s, and Criglersville, the headquarters of the Madison County VA Plain Air Festival, is named after an ancestor. Ingrid has a strong connection to Graves’ Mountain, a few miles down the road. “I call Graves’ Mountain Lodge one of my happy places.”  Ingrid draws on her connections and memories of the area to inspire both her plein-air and home studio painting of Virginia’s beautiful countryside and farms, as seen in her series, Clore Road and Graves’ Mountain.

Scott Taki Sidley Red River Photography:

Taki is a freelance photographer and photography teacher living in Alexandria, Virginia. He and his family also have a home in Madison County. Taki has shared his spectacular photographs of Madison County to give participants an idea of the area. Come see for yourself! 

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