Two western Loudoun-based organizations have have teamed up for the third consecutive year to host the Round Hill Appalachian Trail Art Show, and they are looking for artists to exhibit their work.
The Round Hill Arts Center and Round Hill Outdoors are co-sponsoring the event. They invite artists of all ages to submit entries of any medium celebrating the Appalachian Trail and nature surrounding the Blue Ridge for a show that will run from Feb. 9 to March 8.
Event organizer Susan Stowe said the program was initiated as part of Round Hill's process of becoming an Appalachian Trail community, which became official in June 2019. The Appalachian Trail is a 2,200-mile scenic park which stretches from Georgia to Maine and runs through Virginia just west of Loudoun County. “We have a national treasure in our backyard and we are very proud to be awarded that status,” Stowe said.
The art program is designed to help raise awareness about the trail and to help build an appreciation for nature. “I have been amazed how many people did not realize the trail is five miles from Round Hill,” Stowe said.
There are three age brackets in the art show: students in grades kindergarten through 5th; students in grades 6-12; and adults. Judges will be awarding prizes for each of the three categories.
All entries may be submitted between 12 and 4 p.m. on Jan. 31, Feb 1 and Feb. 2 at Round Hill Arts Center, 35246 Harry Byrd Hwy., Round Hill.
An artist reception will be held Feb. 16 from 2-4 p.m. with a snow date of Feb. 23 in the event of inclement weather. Additional information and registration can be found online at roundhill.at and the fee is $5 for adults, free for students.