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James City County is hosting a Photo, Glass and Floral Exhibit next week as part of Williamsburg Fall Arts.
The show, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Launchpad Greater Williamsburg Business Incubator in New Town above Paul’s Deli, came about as the result of a desire to highlight the natural beauty of the county while showcasing several different artistic mediums.
“Terry Buntrock [the Williamsburg Fall Art coordinator] approached the Rural Economic Development committee about the possibility of doing something for Fall Arts,” said Laura Messer, JCC tourism event coordinator.
AFter the success of last year’s county-sponsored “What Rural Means to Me” contest, the Rural Economic Development committee put out the call for photos of James City County in 10 different categories, including farm and working lands; rivers, waterways and farm ponds; native flora and fauna; farm animals and wildlife; farm equipment; rural recreation; rural lifestyle; rural routes; tremendous timber and judges’ choice.
The contest, which ultimately garnered more than 60 submissions, ran from June 11 to July 15. Once the submission period ended, a panel of five judges selected one winner and one runner-up in each category. All 20 first- and second-place images will be on display for the exhibit.
Additionally, the Virginia Glass Guild and the Williamsburg Garden Club have created glass sculptures and floral arrangements to accompany the ten winning photos.
The colors, shapes and themes in each photo informed the creation of the accompanying sculpture and floral arrangement, with the Glass Guild and Garden Club left to their own judgment about how to best capture the feeling of the photos in their respective mediums.
“It’s a great partnership between arts programs in James City County,” Messer said.
The exhibit is free and open to the public, and more information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.