The photos top to bottom are of the Mitchells pouring tastings, Narissa Steel speaking with fellow artists, and yours truly greeting guests. Saturday, October 3rd was a perfect Fall day. Crisp and clear and at the perfect temperature all day. It was one of those days that make you feel young again. As you see artists and art patrons were happy to sip wine and nosh on cheeses and other delicacies in the open air, while others were arriving to view the spectacular show. Thats me behind the sign, glass in hand, greeting our guests. The final count of visitors that day was 167 attendees, artists and collectors alike. Our esteemed judge, Narissa Steel talked shop with attending artists, and told me that miniature artists all started out as big painters. She is the lovely lady in the wine colored jacket. It was such a pleasure to have Nar judge our show and then to talk art with us at the reception. Fellow artist Geneva Welch told me that it was such a delight to meet all the other artists and talk shop for the afternoon, something we artists need more of since we have such solitary professions.
And to make the day extra special, our very knowledgeable wine enthusiast friends Jeanne and Mitch Mitchell were pouring for our generous sponsor, Barrel Oak Winery. Barrel Oak is located off Rt. 66 between Delaplane and Marshall in Fauquier County.