Middleburg Arts Events Everybody Ought to Know About

From Art in the Piedmont to the Middleburg Film Festival, we chart the major shows you won’t want to miss this year

Pablo Picasso once quipped, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” It’s a statement that’s rung true for generations, and as we head into spring, it seems appropriate to look to art to brighten our lives and renew our spirits. And so, with that in mind, Visit Middleburg has put together a list of the most compelling arts events that 2016 has to offer–from the Art of the Piedmont art auction to the Middleburg Film Festival. Without further ado, here’s our list:

Line Dance–The Art of Fly Fishing by Peter Corbin | Jan. 30-July 3

Now through July 3, the National Sporting Library & Museum features “Line Dance–The Art of Fly Fishing” by Peter Corbin. NSLM is hosting a public reception on Saturday, March 19, where you’ll be able to join artist Peter Corbin for a coffee reception from 10-10:30 a.m. and then tour the exhibition with him.

Corbin has honed his skills over four decades, using reference photos taken from around the globe and then bringing them to life in his Millbrook, N.Y., studio through a painstaking and exacting technique that allows him to develop themes, colors and depth.

Open Late | June 17, July 29, Aug. 26

This free concert series is held from 6-8 p.m. on the lawn of the National Sporting Library & Museum. Enjoy live music while noshing on food and beverages from local vendors (or bring a picnic, if you wish). You can even get a free peek at the museum, which will be open late during the event.

The French Horse from Géricault to Picasso | May 6-July 31

From May 6-July 31, the National Sporting Library & Museum will be hosting select works from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as part of its “The French Horse from Géricault to Picasso” exhibition.

Art in the ‘Burg | July 23

This town-wide art celebration will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with many talented local artists displaying their art throughout the town. The event will include music, wine tastings and, of course, lots of fabulous art!

Carriage Day | July 23

Join the National Sporting Library & Museum for Carriage Day, a free community and family event featuring carriages of all shapes, sizes, and eras! Carriage Day will feature 20 horse-drawn vehicles from the Piedmont Driving Club displayed across the grounds of the NSLM from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Area carriage experts will give walking tours on the lawn, and the afternoon will feature a “drive-by” in the front circle of the museum. At 3 p.m., Paul Bennett, director of coach and livestock at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will give a keynote lecture.

Bluemont Concert Series | Saturdays in July

Held on Saturday evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. at 15 S. Madison St. in our historic downtown, this concert series features different musical ensembles each week and is a fun event for the whole family. Tickets are $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends & Seniors and $2 for kids under 12. There are no advance ticket sales; tickets are only available at the concert. In the event of bad weather, concerts will be held at the Middleburg Community Charter School.

Middleburg Film Festival | Oct. 20-23

On Oct. 20-23, the Middleburg Film Festival offers four days of fantastic films in intimate theatre environments, followed by fascinating Q and A’s with world-renowned filmmakers, actors and other special guests. The films include festival favorites, world premieres, first-class foreign films and Academy Award contenders.

Advance ticket packages and passes will be available in August, and individual tickets will go on sale at the end of September.

Art of the Piedmont

Charles Matheson Art of the Piedmont Middleburg

Charles Matheson’s work was featured at Art of the Piedmont.

Indulge your senses at the annual Art of the Piedmont art auction and reception, which is held each February at the Middleburg Community Center.

This year’s event featured music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres from the Goodstone Inn and fine art from more than 20 local artists at this auction benefitting Middleburg Montessori School at a cost of just $20 per person. This year’s artists included Middleburg residents Anthony Barham, Cathy Zimmerman and Misia Broadhead.

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg

The annual Shakespeare festival is held each spring at the Middleburg Community Center. This year’s performances included The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry V  and a champagne brunch with a performance of the winning play from their one-act playwriting competition.

Featuring performances by the American Shakespeare Center, the festival also includes special menus at local restaurants and wine tastings. For more details about the performances, please visit Shakespeare in the ‘Burg’s website.