The Arts Take Center Stage in Fredericksburg

Artist and her painting

Local color: Brush up on your painting skills with a class at the Center for the Creative Arts.

The Civil War and earlier historical events naturally come to mind when one thinks of Fredericksburg, Va. But after reading this, maybe the city’s artistic tradition will spring to your mind, too.

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The artsy renter in Fredericksburg will have plenty to do and see here, as will people like me, whose artistic mien is somewhat comparable to a talented five-year-old’s drawings – except mine are more primitive. There are more than 10 art galleries and studios showing the work of local artists in Fredericksburg. That’s pretty impressive for a town of just over 19,000 residents (according to the 2000 census).

The spiritual home for the arts in town would have to be the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA). Housed in the historic Silversmith House, the FCCA is an all-volunteer nonprofit that regularly holds new art exhibits, and facilitates special programs and events. The area’s oldest art gallery, the FCCA also plans art trips and conducts art classes for people of all ages. You can become a member for a reasonable fee, which goes to help support the program.

The Rappahannock Music Society puts on “Music at Noon,” a half-hour program four times a year at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. The nonprofit group also holds workshops and awards music scholarships. In addition, the library hosts Music on the Steps, a summer concert series.

Finally, the aspiring thespian or out-and-out drama geek will pleasure in Fredericksburg’s theater offerings, (and, yes, dinner theater is still theater … well, it is!), which include four yearly full-scale productions by the Klein Theatre of the University of Mary Washington.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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