Fighting Fire with Fire | Rebuilding Prince Street

What, when, and why? (Watch the 2 minute video.)

What Happened Next.

We shared this image on our social media outlets as a way of reaching out to our community to let them know that we are not alone in our grief, and that folks outside of our town or county, or even state, are thinking of us. The response to the image and to Debra’s message was overwhelming. The sentiment and the image touched many people in many ways. TAG’s Executive Committee began thinking about how this image might be utlized to raise money toward the rebuilding efforts already initiated by so many others. After getting permission from Debra and the patron who purchased the painting several years ago, we hatched our plan.

Each print was individually handcrafted by esteemed landscape photographer, The Honorable Hullihen Williams Moore (Hullie). His time, expertise and materials were a gift to our cause.
These prints will be auctioned one at a time, twice a week, until they are all re-homed. Once these ten are gone, there will be no more.

What's In It For Tappahannock?

All monies raised through the auction of these prints will be donated to the Town of Tappahannock and the Tappahannock Main Street Organization for the clean up and rebuilding efforts for Prince Street. The prints represent a memory of our quaint historic district. Your participation represents the new memories that will made when it is restored.
Read Bill Lohmann’s article in the Richmond Times Dispatch, including an interview with George Jennings.

Now For The Good Stuff

START HERE | The Silent Auction

The Auction Schedule

Painting Demonstration with Cate Kauffman

Cate Kauffman’s painting demonstration explored how she tackles a new figurative piece in oils from start and to finish. She shared how she begins with a photo and makes decisions about what will go in, what will not, and how she resolves issues with likeness and palette choices.

Cate does do commissioned portrait work.

Art on the Wall

The Culmination of the Tidelands Plein Air Event

The Tappahannock Artists’ Guild (TAG) and the Prince Street Gallery presents the annual Art on the Wall Party in conjunction with TAG’s 3rd Annual Tidelands Plein Air event that celebrates the natural beauty, historic settings, and scenery of Essex County. The Party, the Prince Street Gallery’s primary fundraiser, is the culmination of three days of painting outdoors by visiting and local artists, and is attended each year by over 200 guests. 

Online ticket sales and Sponsorship Opportunities are closed. You may purchase a ticket at the door for $65 per person. If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation. Find the link in the menu above.

Art Camp Recap

The TAG 2022 Summer Art Camp wrapped up a successful session on Friday, July 29th. This diverse class of 14 budding artists tried their hand at a number of different projects including collage, string art, drawing objects from real life, painting Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and a whole lot more.

Watch a video to share their experience. And if you missed it this year, there’s always 2023…

2022 Tidelands Plein Air Event

Registration is Now Open!

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If you registered before 1:00 pm on July 30th, that entry has been deleted. Please register now and pay your fee. Only 40 spots are available.
Price: $ 50.00

Bringing in the Magic | August 27 | 10 am to 3 pm

Working in oil and cold wax is one way to develop texture and form, using your own unique personality to create artwork. Learn the basics of cold wax painting and experiment with a variety of materials with this fun method. Develop design skills and create starts that will become paintings that “speak to you.” During this intensive workshop, instructor Mary Montague Sikes (Monti) will demonstrate basic methods and leave you with time to explore the possibilities in your own work.

Supply List

  • Matboard or any sturdy surface about 12” x 12” will work well for artists panels. Ampersand gesso board, cradled or flat, is ideal. Cradled wooden panels from Jerry’s or Cheap Joe’s are ideal. You can also work on Arches oil paper, Yupo, and Terra skin paper.
  • One can Gamblin or Dorlands cold wax
  • One bottle Gamsol and a spray bottle for it
  • Assortment of favorite oil paints, including white 
  • Freezer paper to use as a palette
  • Messermeister bowl scraper
  • Printmaking brayer
  • Paper towels, rags, baby wipes
  • Old credit cards for painting
  • Wide blue painter’s tape
  • Wax paper to separate projects for transport
  • Items to enhance texture like stencils, stamps, string, vegetable bags, yarn, collage papers. Items like paper product tubes, old lipstick tubes make good stamps.
  • Thick gesso (Utrecht professional) and oil paint sticks are nice to have but not essential.

Note: You can start a painting using acrylics or work over an old acrylic painting. You can paint oil over acrylic, but not acrylic over oil.

Bring lots of enthusiasm and a readiness to learn new techniques. Questions? E-mail Monti at .

To register, please complete the form below.

Price: $ 100.00

Mosaic Decorative Art: Techniques, Vocabulary and Skills of Trancadis | Sep 24 & Oct 1 | 9 am to 1 pm

Week 1 | Sep 24 | 9 am to 1 pm

Brief introduction to the history of mosaics and the works of Antoni Gaudi. Learn the basics of nipping tile and cutting glass to create tesserae (the small pieces of glass, stone, mirror, or other hard material used in mosaics). Begin planning individual project designs and materials that participants will gather for next week’s class.

Week 2 | Oct 1 | 9 am to 1 pm

Finalize plans and begin laying out tesserae.  The focus will be on composition and adeamento (Italian for flow, it refers to how the placement of  tesserae in rows creates a visual direction and movement). Adhere/finish mosaic. 

To register and pay online, please complete the form below:

Your credit card will be charged $100. Most materials and tools for the class are provided.

Instructor, Joyce Crown-Wilkins, is a local artist and art educator with a B.A. in Art Education (cum laude) from V.C.U.   As a active member of the Virginia Art Education Association, the Teacher Advisorary Committe for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Tappahannock Art Guild, Mrs. Crown-Wilkins has presented countless workshops to art educators and aspiring artists throughout the state. She recently traveled to Barcelona on a Fund for Teachers grant where she studied Trencadís mosaic techniques in the studio of Livia Garetta and is very excited to share what she learned with her community.