The Loft is a working artists' studio expanded to include a gallery and shoppe exhibiting more than 30 artists and artisans.  O ffering drawing classes, workshops, museum and gallery day trips & a monthly art salon.  Lots of unique, one-of-a-kind gift items and home decor to choose from as well as vintage and antique furniture and objects.

 The Loft is where Art Happens in Culpeper! 

Art Studio, Gallery (over 30 local and regional artists), Drawing Classes (Tuesday evenings with life model), Weekend Workshops (for adults and kids), Special Exhibits (artists and art groups), Day Trippin'! (chauffered day trips to selected artistic and creative venues), Photography Meet-Up (meeting once a month) and ArtSpeak! (a monthly social gathering of creative folks, free and open to the public)!  
Hellllooooo 2017, well, we're off to a bumpy start!      
Art shows beauty and truth, stirs the soul, inspires action.  Art comes from your inner reflections, but it can be designed for powerful purposes.  Especially when untruth is masqueraded as truth, art can expose that lie.  Be an artist.

Shout out to Krissy Lavin whose Dubrovnik Harbour sold!  This couple had been yearning for that lovely piece for awhile now, and finally decided to treat themselves!  Congratulations, Krissy!  

Although January has been very slow at the Loft, as expected [me, chagrined], we are gonna turn that around this February!   The big annual Downtown Culpeper Carnival  is Saturday, February 25!  Always well attended, bringing lots of people in, with tons of street activities and specials in stores and restaurants.  Here at the Loft we have sales on selected items, and our Memory Box workshop will be going on so people can watch the creative process first hand, talk to artists and get inspired!  Anyone wanting to create work and be seen in a local downtown business there is a Call Out to Artists from CRI below.  

The arts a'loft board, our non-profit wing of the Loft, met January 26 to brainstorm ideas for exhibits and other artistic endeavors for 2017.  Managing and scheduling events and polishing up raw ideas; we'll be meeting again February 17 and will be rolling out our 2017 artistic year soon, and first at the next ArtSpeak!  I will be reaching out to all the artists separately for input before hand.  Need players to play.

 We strongly pull creative ideas and collaborators from our ArtSpeak! group.  Want to get involved creatively?  Come to ArtSpeak!  This month we meet on Thursday @ 7 @ the Loft (as always), February 23.  Everyone that is creative or is interested in creative pursuits is welcomed!  It's not only visual artists, but also writers, musicians, and supporters of the arts.  No obligations, no dues.

Please scroll down to view our new workshops and day trips for the first quarter of 2017.  You can sign up now for all the workshops, except the PhotoShop (scope yet tbd).  Definitely sign up for Lou Messa's February 25th Acrylic Painting Workshop NOW, there is only 1 seat available for this Saturday!  Only 1 seat left for our February 15th day trip to VMFA!  3 seats left for Debbie Siday's Memory Box Workshop!

Our monthly FREE photography meetups will be sent out under separate email cover!  Still waiting for confirmation on dates.  

Yoga at the Loft continues!  Restarting Friday, Feb 11 @ 5pm!   No Fees.  Donation Only and it all goes to the Culpeper Humane Society!

These are the things I'm dreaming about;
Artistic and clever artwork on outside building walls in Culpeper,
Pod casts of artists, writers and musicians on the Loft's website,
Art on Davis with closed off street, musicians on corners, flash dancing, live works of art, creative demonstrations, crafts and arts for sale, miniature horses strolling down the sidewalk, and
Exhibits that titillate the senses, provoke, and risk offending.  Well, that'd be me.  
Patty from the Loft
Mask white background among the colored beads
CRI Shout Out to all Artists!

Plans are underway for the 6 th Annual Culpeper Downtown Carnival event scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017.  The Culpeper Downtown Carnival is an all-day Mardi Gras themed winter celebration in the heart of Downtown Culpeper.
Area artists are invited to participate in this fun and festive all-day arts related event (crafters, painters, pottery work, musicians, etc.).  Artist will have access to storefront windows in downtown Culpeper and the ability to display and create art, and musicians are welcome to play live at various downtown business locations. The more the merrier!
  • Please contact CRI ASAP if you are interested in being an artist on display in a downtown business during the Downtown Culpeper Carnival
  • Please respond with your hours of availability and the amount of space you will require
  • Participating businesses will have a dedicated space in their business for artists to set up
  • CRI will assist with matching artists and available space 
  • CRI will create a press release and a printed schedule of events to help promote participants.  Participating artists will be promoted through the Culpeper Downtown Carnival Facebook page.  In addition, rack cards and posters are being created for this event.  Feel free to visit the Culpeper Carnival page at
Join us for this fun and festive celebration in downtown Culpeper!  
Here's what's Happening 
at the Loft 
February and the
1st quarter of 2017 !

Day Trippin'

Feb 15, Wednesday, Richmond ONE SEAT LEFT!
Mar 22, Wednesday, Washington, DC


Illustrates the Belle Époque

April 19, Wednesday, Washington, DC

National Gallery of Art

Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism


Feb 11
Lou Messa; Acrylic Painting Workshop!  ONE SEAT LEFT!

Feb 25
Debbie Siday; Make a Memory Box!

Mar 4
Lou Messa; Acrylic Painting Workshop!

Mar 11
Candace Clough; Mosaic Glass Project; Mirror/Picture Frame!

Mar 18
Michael Dukes; Stippling! 

Mar 25
James Erickson, Watercolor Painting Workshop!

April 1
Lou Messa; Acrylic Painting  Workshop!

April 15
Candace Clough; Glass on Glass!

April 22
Mark Saylor, PhotoShop!  (working on scope and agenda)
Looking for a Loom?
Harrisville Designs floor loom, 4 shaft. Complete with tools; 5 shuttles - 2 of which are handmade cherry, spools, antique wool winder, and weaving book. Excellent condition. Cash or charge accepted. No personal checks.
size / dimensions: 47L x 25 3/4D x 47W

The price for the whole package is $1350.

Regularly Scheduled Events 

Regular weekly and monthly happenings at The Loft.
Sketch by Patty Werick
Life Model Drawing Sessions
Tuesdays at 7pm

Individual guidance provided, no extra charge, or for established artists who just want the practice to keep hand and eye coordination fresh.  $20/session, or $15/each session, when you purchase 4 sessions at $60.
(All levels welcomed!) 
Must Pre-Register @ 202-669-5195 (my cell)

The registration is necessary in order to put you on an email distribution list to keep everyone informed of any cancellations.
Young woman practicing yoga in a urban background
Yoga at the Loft!  Every Friday. 5pm

It's BAAAACK!  Fridays at the Loft @ 5pm.  Rory Lyscek will lead us through an hour of stretching and relaxation.  Be strong, be supple, be relaxed...and feel good about it! Donation goes to the Culpeper Humane Society!  

Do something good for yourself and give to animal rescue!  
Art Salon Gatherings
Last Thursday of each month, 7pm

This month; February 23!

ALL creative people or people that love the arts are invited to this strictly social gathering, the only requirement is a curious mind; painters, photographers, potters, jewelers,  iron workers , and not just visual artists, but authors, poets and musicians as well...if you want to share ideas, resources, request critiques, or just laugh and enjoy spending time with like-kind people conversing, please join us!   Get inspired!
No obligations.  No dues.  Come whatever date you can come. 

The Loft | 107B East Davis Street, Culpeper, VA  22701 | 202-669-5195 (cell) | 
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