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‘Art at Wessex Hundred’ Exhibit to Close May 19

Jim and Mary McCormick and Cary Garnet. (Photo provided by The Art People)

WILLIAMSBURG — “Art at Wessex Hundred,” the long-running art exhibit at The Williamsburg Winery which opened in April 2022 will be closing in May following eight rotations of artwork from local artists.

The current rotation, “Journey through the Seasons,” is on display now in the Susan Constant Tasting Room at the winery. Art aficionados from across the region and visitors to the winery have only a few more weeks to enjoy this unique exhibit before it closes the week before Memorial Day.

The inspiration of winery founder Patrick Duffeler, the ongoing exhibit has celebrated the beauty of The Williamsburg Winery and the greater Williamsburg community of which it is a part. The exhibit showcases the work of over 30 local artists working in various media, and the artwork has changed with the seasons. In this final rotation, artists were free to choose a subject in the season of their choice.

“The exhibit has given the artists a wonderful exhibit opportunity at the same time enhancing the experience for Winery visitors enjoying the ambiance of the tasting room,” said Mary McCormick, one of the organizers and managers of the exhibit.

Mary and Jim McCormick and Cary Garnet — The Art People — are volunteers from the Williamsburg arts community who undertook the venture as a way to give local artists more exposure. In addition to the exhibit, the trio also facilitated three cabaret-like performances at the winery with Opera in Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Symphony, and orchestrated a charity art auction featuring artwork from some of the exhibit artists that raised over $8,000.

The Art People said they have been delighted with the public’s response to the exhibit and its success for the artists, noting over 150 pieces of artwork have been sold since the exhibit opened. Although this experience is coming to a close, The Art People said they plan to continue to find ways to support artists and make art an important part of the community experience.

The exhibit is free and open to the public seven days a week. Check the winery’s website for tasting room hours.

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