JUN 28, 2024 • Summer Photography Show: Our Places and People.
Opening Reception from 5:30 to 7pm*

Meet John McDonnell

John McDonnell is an award-winning sports photographer who recently retired from a long career at the Washington Post He grew up in Purcellville Virginia, a small farming town at the time, sitting on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While in high school, he started working as a photographer for his local weekly paper, The Loudoun Times Mirror in Leesburg Virginia. Since arriving at The Washington Post in the spring of 1978, McDonnell has been involved in every aspect of coverage that the paper provides, with the exception of foreign conflict. He has worked exclusively for the Post’s Style section and Sunday Magazine for most of the 1980’s. Since 1989, McDonnell primarily has photographed for the sports section. He has photographed all of the standard events that a large metropolitan daily sports section covers, the major pro sports teams, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, 4 Olympics, plus college and high schools. McDonnell retired from the Washington Post at the at the end of December 2023 after 45 1/2 years at the paper.


Residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, aged 18 and older, submitted over 50 photographs that reveal a place, person, or emotion that is special to the artist or the viewer, was taken in Virginia, and that speaks to the theme of “Our Places and People.”

Show judge, John McDonnell, retired Washington Post photographer, made his final selection of 20 images. On Friday, June 28th at 5:30pm, TAG will welcome guests and visitors to the Opening Reception of the exhibit.

Please make plans to join us to celebrate this exquisite collection of images curated from all across Virginia. Sip some wine provided by ACT XII Wine and Provisions, and snack on charcuterie from 1710 Tavern.

Don’t forget about *Date Night in Tappahannock, happening before and after the reception.  Find out more here