This year our theme is water. Water is the most intimate of all natural resources. We depend on and share our lives with water in its many forms—the soothing trickle of freshwater springs, meandering rivers, the rhythmic waves of the great lakes, the thunderous roar of the ocean, and even debilitating droughts. Water reflects our emotions, awakens the senses, and excites our imagination. We are still finalizing the details! Tickets will go on sale June 1.
Monday, September 25 • Old Dairy, Holstein Barn, 46 Old Dairy Road, Warm Springs, VA 24484 Exhibit of Water Paintings. Each artist will have two water paintings on display throughout the week.
Monday, September 25 • Old Dairy, Trimble Hall, 46 Old Dairy Road, Warm Springs, VA 24484 Welcome Reception for Artists and Hosts. Invitation only.
Tuesday, September 26 Artists paint Bath County: locations TBA
The WET WALL! Starting on Tuesday, artists will hang newly completed pieces for viewing and sale in the gallery leading up to the main sale. The public will be able to preview and purchase paintings before the weekend.
Wednesday, September 27 Artists Paint Bath County. Locations: Warm Springs Pools, Jackson River, Lake Moomaw, Cascades Gorge
Wednesday, September 27 • 10-12 pm • Artist Demonstration
Wednesday, September 27 • 12-4 pm • Exploring Bath County Waterways: Warm Springs Pools + Lake Moomaw + Cascades Gorge + Jackson River. Warm Springs Pools 11 am - 12 pm Soak followed by a picnic lunch on the grounds Lake Moomaw 11 am - 2 pm Tour of Lake Moomaw, followed by a picnic on an island Cascades Gorge 9 am - 12 pm Hike followed by a picnic lunch at the base of the gorge Jackson River 9 am - 1 pm Yoga, Kayak and Meditation, followed by picnic lunch Jackson River 10 am - 12 pm Paddle Trip—Petticoat Junction to Intervale, followed by a picnic lunch
Wednesday, September 27 • 7-10 pm Sip and Stroll at Sunset: Homestead Resort
Thursday, September 28 Artists Paint Bath County. Locations: TBA
Thursday, September 28 • 10-12 pm • Artist Demonstration
Thursday, September 28 • 11-1 pm • Exploring Bath County Waterways: Pools + Cascades + Lake Moomaw
Thursday, September 28 • 2-4 pm • Panel Discussion with Artists and Judge
Thursday, September 28 • 7:30 pm • Garth Newel Music Center Angelo Rapan and Alison Menke, improvisational music and painting performance, cocktails Friday, September 29 • 10 am-12 pm • Chas Gowan, Stream Ecology, Guided Hike
Friday, September 29 • 2 pm-4 pm • Artist Demonstration
Friday, September 29 • 5:30-8:30 pm • Farm to Table Dinner. Exhibition & Sale of Paintings. Lost Creek Farm.
Saturday, September 30 • 10-12 am • Talk by Festival Judges Randall Sexton.
Saturday, September 30 • 5-6 pm • Warm Springs Gallery, 12 Katydid Trail, Warm Springs, VA 24484 Collector’s Preview & Champagne Kick-Off. Be among the first to see and purchase the newly completed paintings! Enjoy a glass of champagne, passed hors d'oeuvres, and the opportunity to talk with festival artists. $30 per person.
Saturday, September 30 • 6-8 pm • Warm Springs Gallery, 12 Katydid Trail, Warm Springs, VA 24484 Gala Celebration. Exhibition, Awards, and Sale of Wet Paintings. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and fresh paintings by festival artists! Cast your vote for the best painting in the show. Festival Judge Randall Sexton will select the three top paintings in the show. The winning paintings will be for sale immediately after judging. $20 per person.
Sunday, October 1 • 9am-12pm • Warm Springs Gallery, 12 Katydid Trail, Warm Springs, VA 24484 Small Painting Sunday. The Bath County Plein Air Festival will conclude with an exhibition and sale of small paintings, (6 inches x 8 inches) produced during the week. These small paintings, which will not be shown until Sunday, represent a chance for all patrons to add to their collections and will offer a unique perspective on the landscape of Bath County. Free and open to the public.