Renee Nelson

Encaustic artist Renee Nelson is featured this month at The Artists’ Alliance at Jarrett Thor Fine Arts in Colonial Beach. Meet the artist and other AA members during an opening reception Friday from 6-9, in conjunction with Colonial Beach’s Second Friday Art Walk. Her exhibit, ‘Useful Once More,’ on display through July 7, celebrates the repurposing of objects normally discarded. Above: ‘Crossroads’ by Renee Nelson.

Days and hours of operation may vary. Call ahead or see website before visiting venue.

810 Weekend Gallery, 810 Caroline St. New works by Beverley Coates (watercolors), Penny A. Parrish (photography) and Lynn Abbott (acrylics and oils). 540/371-4099.

Art First Gallery, 824 Caroline St. “From Life,” all-new oil portraits by Chris O’Kelley. Through June 30. 540/371-7107;

Artful Dimensions Gallery, 922 Caroline St. “A Marbled Menagerie” by Lynette Reed, whose works showcase her talents in paint, fiber, books and marble. Through July 1. 540/899-6319;

Atrium Gallery Art Studio, 526–2 Wolfe St. Works by Nancie Harris. Acrylic and watercolor paintings, Chinese embroidery, turquoise jewelry and cigar boxes. 540/538-6072.

Backdoor Gallery, 819 Caroline St. Works by local artists. 540/371-3900;

Brush Strokes Gallery, 824 Caroline St. “The Roots of our Love,” an array of fused-glass creations by Lisa Gillen. Through June 30. 540/368-0560;

Caton Merchant Family Gallery, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. “Array of Light: Art from the Center’s Instructors,” through June 28. 703/330-2787;

Colonial Beach Brewery, 215C Washington St., Colonial Beach. Works by local artists. Open for Second Friday Art Walk. 540/538-1443.

Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, 106 Hawthorn St., Colonial Beach. Paintings by Connie Canby. Open for Second Friday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. On display through July 3. 804/224-8145.

Darbytown Art Studio, 241 Charles St. Photography by Kate Guy in June. 804/334-5156;

Dockside Realty, 104 Taylor St., Colonial Beach. Paintings by Trish Everhart. Open for Second Friday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. On display through July 8. 757/435-5578.

Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, 813 Sophia St. Frederick Gallery: “Ronald Walton: The Artist.” Members Gallery: works by Vickie Varela and Taylor Cullar. 540/373-5646;

Gari Melchers Home and Studio, Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth. Rotating works by early-20th-century artist Gari Melchers. Included with museum admission. 540/654-1015;

The James Monroe Museum, 908 Charles St. New exhibit: “James Monroe: the Library of a President,” include books owned by James Monroe, as well as those obtained by the museum that are contemporary editions of works known to be in his personal collection. 540/654-1043;

Jarrett Thor Fine Arts, 100 Taylor St., Colonial Beach. The Artists’ Alliance: “Useful Once More,” works by encaustic artist Renee Nelson; an array of painting, photography, pottery, jewelry and basketry by AA members; and wood furniture by guest artist John Barber. Paintings and decorative minerals by Carl and Joyce Thor will also be on display. Open for Second Friday Art Walk. 804/224-6007.

The John J. Wright Cultural Center Museum, 7565 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania. “They Has A Mind to Work: A Century of African American Education in Spotsylvania County.” 540/582-7583;

LibertyTown Arts Workshop, 916 Liberty St. “Cell(phone),” a national juried show featuring photographs exclusively taken and edited with cellphones. 540/371-7255;

Louisa Arts Center, Purcell Art Gallery, 212 Fredericksburg Ave., Louisa. “Paintings of Paradise,” a series of impressionistic landscape paintings by Lee Nixon. Through July 26.

Mary Washington Hospital, hallway gallery on first floor. New paintings by local artists. Featured artist: David Johnson. A portion of sales benefit hospital; buy works during gift shop hours.

National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle. “War Dogs: Never Above You, Never Below You, Always Beside You,” with life-size wood-carved war dogs, paintings from the collections of the Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard as well as “war dog”-related artifacts. Through September. 877/653-1775;

The Old Stone Warehouse, the Famous Unknown Art Gallery, 923 Sophia St. Drawings and paintings of Florida by Jack Edlund, local artworks and historical artifacts. Call for hours. 540/207-1071.

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery, 712 Caroline St. Works by local artists. 540/656-2215;

Potomac River Fisheries Commission, 222 Taylor St., Colonial Beach. Paintings by Maryland artist Nancy Owens. Open for Second Friday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m. On display through July 3. 540/372-2066.

Sophia Street Studios, 1104 Sophia St. Works by local artists. 540/372-3459;

Tappahannock Art Gallery, 200 Prince St. “Everything is Alive,” large acrylic paintings and colorful “rescued” wooden chairs by Karen Kagey of Lewisetta. Through July 14. 804/925-1011.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, 25 Chalice Circle. “The Portrait: Elegance and Expression,” mixed media works by local artists. Through June 30. 540/310-4001.

Wegner Gallery, 520 Wolfe St. Paintings by brothers Steven and Stewart Wegner. 540/373-5662;

Westmoreland County Museum, 43 Court Square, Montross. Photography by teaching duo of Cyndie Smith, who photographs the rural abandonment of the Northern Neck; and Rebecca Beale, who is inspired by the beauty in nature.

—Compiled by Gail Choochan

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