Art in the Burg: Celebrate the Arts on May 21

Sponsored by the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg

MIDDLEBURG, Va., May 6, 2022 — On Saturday, May 21, the Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the spring installment of its biannual arts celebration, Art in the Burg. The event will feature artwork from more than 30 local and regional artists, street theater performances, a fashion show, activities for kids, and cooking demonstrations on South Madison Street, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During this celebration of the arts, visitors will have the opportunity to connect with artists and discuss their creative processes in the beautiful historic setting of downtown Middleburg, which offers a wonderful variety of shopping and dining options as well.

“We have expanded the scope of Art in the Burg to encompass a broader range of art forms and to showcase the many talented people in our area,” said Middleburg Arts Council Chair Mary Ann Burns. “This year’s event features a fashion show, a children’s art studio, a bookbinding workshop, and much more!”

During Art in the Burg, visitors will be able to visit Art of the Ox, a unique pop-art exhibit at Old Ox Brewery (14 S. Madison St.). In addition to paintings and sculptures, visitors to the exhibit will also be able to observe a chalk artist work on a piece that will be auctioned at the end of the day. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association.

Roving street musicians from the Hunt Country Music Festival will provide the soundtrack for the day and actors from Tagragg Productions will present 10-Minute Musical performances on the Art in the Burg stage. Salamander Resort and Market Salamander chefs will be on hand to provide two cooking demonstrations during the event. A fashion show, featuring local businesses and schools who have created ensembles that reflect their organizations, will also be held on the Art in the Burg stage. During the event, one juried artist will also be awarded the People’s Choice Award.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring unopened cans of food to help construct the Art CAN Help sculpture on the lawn of the Middleburg United Methodist Church (15 W Washington St.). Local artists will design a temporary sculpture using the donated cans of food. Art in the Burg attendees may also make cash donations. All proceeds and canned foods used to create the sculpture will be donated to Seven Loaves Food Pantry in Middleburg.

This year Art in the Burg coincides with the Art of the Run 5K (May 21), the Hunt Country Music Festival (May 20-22) and DocWeek Middleburg (May 17-21). The Art of the Run 5K gives runners and walkers of all skill levels an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Town of Middleburg. Visit potomac.enmotive.com for additional information and to register for the Art of the Run 5K. The Hunt Country Music Festival will feature an eclectic mix of music genres, including classical piano, orchestra performances, and lively swing dance music. Visit huntcountrymusicfestival.org for additional information about the Hunt Country Music Festival. DocWeek will present five documentary films over five days at the Middleburg Community Center. Visit docweekmiddleburg.com for additional information about DocWeek.

For additional information about Art in the Burg, a full schedule of events, or to register for the Art CAN Help contest, please visit www.middleburgva.gov/art or contact the Town Office at 540-687-5152.

About the Town of Middleburg

Located approximately 50 minutes west of Washington, D.C. in Virginia horse country, the Town of Middleburg has approximately 800 residents. Established in 1787 by Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel and Virginia statesman, Levin Powell, the Town was previously called “Chinn’s Crossroads.” Powell chose the name Middleburg because of the town’s location midway between Alexandria and Winchester on the Ashby Gap trading route (now Route 50). Middleburg remains a charming town frequented by visitors who flock to its luxury resort and historic inns, walkable tree-lined streets, signature shops, wineries, cidery/distillery, and chef-driven restaurants. Middleburg was recognized in 2008 for its historic preservation efforts by being designated a Preserve America Community. For more information, visit www.MiddleburgVa.gov.  

About Middleburg Arts Council

First formed in 2009, the Middleburg Arts Council serves as an arm of the Middleburg Town Council, with a mission to create opportunities for the entire community to value, participate in, and benefit from, the Arts. 

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