Friday, February 10, 2017

WAM! organizer co-hosts large outdoor art festival

aMuse Art Fair is a two day, annual festival dedicated to the arts. It is held in Winchester, Virginia part of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Because of last year's success, aMuse partners have moved to a larger space, the alluring gardens of the MSV- Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. The festival will be alive with painters, sculptors, textile designers, potters and ceramacists, jewelry makers, print makers and other interesting arts and crafts. There will also be interactive art, a kid's area as well as live music and food trucks. 

WAM! organizer, Kim Johnston, is happy to be part of a trio of women committed to developing art events and programs that give voice to our community and provide space to showcase work and innovation. Kim is the owner of WAM! the Winchester Art Market, a community art market showcasing local talent, and the creator and project manager of the Winchester Art Mural project, a beautification project to begin in Indian Alley this year. The other creators of aMuse are Kerry Stavely, shoppe and gallery owner of TinTop Art and Handmade and artist and co-owner of Horse and Hare, dealing primarily with wood and lino-cut printmaking, and Jaimianne Amicucci, ceramacist and co-owner of The Gray Gallery, which focuses on contemporary art and craft.

To learn more about aMuse Art Fair or to apply as an artist, go to

And, please note the aMuse Early Bird deadline to apply at the $15 rate is Feb 15th. We don't want you to miss it! Go to and follow us on Facebook at

Sunday, October 30, 2016


SHOP LOCAL, COOL ART and HANDMADE this Holiday Season.

The Winchester Art Market is hosting it's annual holiday market and bazaar. So many wonderful items for men, women, babies and children. Shop for yourself, a friend or loved one.

We have greeting cards, journals and other printed ephemera. Wearable art such as knit, crochet and felted hats, gloves, scarves, socks, booties and bonnets. Plush dolls and toys. Unique housewares, humorous prints and decor. Jewelry for men and women. Dream-catchers and Chakra art. Bath and beauty products, candles, soaps, small-batch perfumes. Lovely, original paintings of nature and Spirit. Watercolors, oil paintings, alcohol inks, block printing of wood cuts, linocuts and free-hand. Delicious, locally sourced and baked desserts and loose-leaf teas. Vintage accessories and outerwear. Eco-friendly items like wool dryer balls, sandwich and snack wraps, napkins and therapeutic rice pillows. Beautiful pottery including mugs, mixing bowls, yarn bowls, plate sets and so much more!

Art and Craft Vendors listed here

We will have a unique Photo Booth and Live Music for entertainment as well as light refreshments. See details in our public Facebook Event Invite.

Bring the whole family and several friends. It's a Free Event.

WAM! Holiday Bazaar is on Saturday, November 12th from 2pm-7pm inside Dharma Studio, 160 N. Loudoun Street, on the lovely pedestrian Old Town mall.

Join us for an amazing art-filled day!

For specific inquiries, please contact Kim Johnston at 407-353-9074.

WAM! Holiday Vendors

2016 WAM! Holiday Bazaar Vendor Participants 
Saturday, November 12th 2pm-7pm at Dharma Studio
160 N Loudoun Street in Old Town Winchester, Virginia

Alan Johnston Art Studio
Nature and Landscape Oil Paintings and Giclee Prints
Winchester, Virginia

Barbarah Robertson Pottery
Stoneware Pottery and Gifts
Strasburg, Virginia

Blue Moon Petunia
Handmade Eco-friendly Housewares
Front Royal, Virginia

Bowerbox Press
Letterpress Prints on Stationery and More
Monkton, Maryland

Close Call Studio
Felt Plants, Housewares, Toys and Celebrity Prints
Baltimore, Maryland

The Dessert Bar
Delicious Desserts to eat or share. Macaroons, Pies, Cookies, Cupcakes.
Taking Thanksgiving orders.
Winchester, Virginia

Doran Richards' Alcohol Inks
Nature, Chakra and Spiritual Art
Strasburg, Virginia

Earth Vibe Adornments and Woolen Whimsy
Fiber art and jewelry
Strasburg, Virginia

Fringe Vintage FX
Photo Booth and Vintage Clothing and Accessories for Men and Women
Winchester, Virginia

Heritage and Belle
Hand-crafted Candles, Cosmetics and Jewelry
Arlington, Virginia

Horse and Hare
Linocut/Woodcut Printed Goods
Winchester, Virginia

The Inked Fig
Watercolor Art and Polymer Clay Jewelry
Winchester, Virginia

Whimsical Illustrated Goods
Falls Church, Virginia

The Rad Hatter
Funky Handspun and Crocheted Hats and Bags with Baubles
Winchester, Virginia

Scarves of Happiness
Hand-knit and Crochet Accessories
Winchester, Virginia

Shire Home Furnishings
Reclaimed and Salvaged Rustic Home Furnishings
Foothills of Virginia

Slouch Babies
Crochet and Knit Accessories and Housewares
Winchester, Virginia

Snug Monsters
Plush Toys, Dolls and Monsters
Frederick, Maryland

The Virginia Perfume Company
Small-batch Perfume
Boyce, Virginia

Monday, October 3, 2016

WAM! da duh duh, da duh duh. Let the markets begin.

Holiday Art Market WAM! Saturday, November 12th Winchester, Virginia

Get your WAM! on and buy cool art from local and regional artists and artisans.

The Winchester Art Market is gearing up for another holiday art market to be held Saturday, November 12th at the Dharma yoga studio in Winchester, Virginia. Please stay tuned for details on time and vendors.

To be a participating artist, please contact Kim Johnston 407-353-9074.

Friday, May 27, 2016

G. Richard Anderson, featured artist, talks about his photographic style.

So you are a photographer and artist. What is it you particularly like to photograph? I enjoy exploring the unusual colors, texture and abstract elements in found objects. In part, I try to capture things as they are in detail as sort of a documentation, capturing it as it is but also leaving as much in focus as possible. I try to get as much depth as possible while keeping all the elements in focus in order to have more room to manipulate the image later.

Do you have a goal as a photographer? To share what I see. I want others to see old things with new eyes. Things they may have seen but not examined closely.

Where do you draw inspiration? My art largely has been inspired by the landscape of the rural South, where I grew up and have lived much of my life. The people I meet along the way also inspire me as I enjoy hearing about their stories and history of the area.

Do you feel art is about the process or the end result, be it a final product or the sell of the final product? For me, art is about the process as well as the end result. I don't often seek out subjects to photograph but rather they seem to find me! Often, it is not until I sit down to process them, that I truly see what they are about. It really becomes something unique in its final form.

Where does this magic happen? Do you have a studio office? My home is my studio. It is where I am most comfortable working on my images.
You have an artistic eye and not just with photography. Tell us more about what else you do. In my daily life, I am an artist... in everything I do! If I'm not taking photographs, I'm working for the company owned and operated for over 25 years, G. Richard Anderson Elegant Painting. I create art in my client's homes with traditional painting, by applying faux finishes and using painting techniques to create various looks and textures.
I am self-taught and continuously push myself to learn more.

 If you could do anything, what would you like to do? My dream project is to travel throughout the Shenandoah Valley photographing old barns, houses and rural landscapes that I've seen over the years and to find new ones. I love meeting and talking with people who have lived in these places and have family roots there.

So, you'd like to be a traveling photographic journalist of sorts? I think you are already living that dream!

Any other thoughts? Art is all around us. It takes on many forms and is uniquely beautiful based on each individual's perception.

Where can we see more of your work? My artwork can be seen in various locations around Winchester. I currently have work at WAM!'s gallery space located in the Bright Buzz cowork in downtown Winchester. A couple of my photos will also be featured on the brochure of the Top of Virginia Artisan Trail that will be coming out later this year.

How can we get in touch with you for commissioned work or to view your portfolio? Mostly, I enjoy when people contact me about capturing artistic images of the things and places they have special memories of. I create fine art and photographic prints for individuals that want to capture memories or an image of something that has meaning to them.

I can be found on Facebook at and on My email is

WAM!s First Friday Event, June 3rd

WAM! presents a 2-D abstract experience. Works by G. Richard Anderson and Abigail Gomez.

image on Left: photographic art by G. Richard Anderson; image on Right: abstract painting by Abigail Gomez showing at WAM! gallery space inside Bright Buzz cowork, Winchester, Virginia

a First Fridays art event held at WAM! gallery space inside the Bright Buzz cowork in the Bright Center, 9 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601. 

Friday, June 3rd

Join the Facebook sharing event here

For more information or for a private tour, please contact WAM! owner Kim Johnston at 407-353-9074 or