Fall Takes an Artistic Turn in Greater Williamsburg

Arts and crafts take center stage at the seventh Fall Arts season

Seven is a lucky number for arts fans. The seventh annual Fall Arts season in Greater Williamsburg rolls winner after winner with seven weeks of exhibits and events throughout September and October.   

So sidle up to the table and feast on these eclectic arts and crafts events.


First stop is Greater Williamsburg's world-class museums. 

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is featuring "Fred Eversley, 50 Years an Artist: Light & Space & Energy," Sept. 2-Dec. 10. The exhibition of 23 sculptures created between 1970 and 2004 is the most comprehensive survey of his work in the postwar "Light and Space" movement ever presented on the East Coast. Cast in polyester resin spun in a high-speed centrifuge, Eversley’s sculptures are laboriously hand polished until they attain a clarity and reflectivity far surpassing glass. His goal has been to create a sensation of light and energy. You need to see them to experience his pioneering work.

Two Pocahontas-related exhibits illuminate details about the famous Native American woman’s life. The exhibit "Pocahontas Imagined" at Jamestown Settlement features copies of portraits, sculptures, memorabilia and interactive experiences to give context to her enduring story. A special children’s area gives youngsters the opportunity to step into a young Pocahontas’s life in a Powhatan village and to try weaving on a frame, decorating clay pots on a chalkboard wall, and learning about hunting and gathering.

For another perspective, “The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed” at Historic Jamestowne is based on excavations at the James Fort site beginning in 1994. It reveals there was more interaction between the English and the Powhatan Indians within the fort than expected from the historical record.  

Arts Events

In addition to the exhibits, there are events, events and more arts events.

In Yorktown, take a walk on the art side. The Riverwalk Landing businesses, shops and Freight Shed will be filled with art works for the Yorktown Art Stroll starting at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24. Talk with the artists or watch them as they work. Restaurants will feature lunch and dinner specials.

From Oct. 6 through Oct. 8, An Occasion for the Arts will showcase the works of artists traveling from 21 U.S. states, Israel and Canada in Williamsburg's Merchants Square. Ceramics, metal, fiber, digital, painting, photography, jewelry — you name it — will be among the media in the exhibition. Two stages will showcase performers ranging from family-oriented rap to ballet to coffee shop country (imagine that).

In the midst of that weekend, experience the Williamsburg Book Festival on Oct. 7 starting at 10 a.m. The keynote speaker is Kathryn Aalto, a landscape designer, historian, lecturer and the author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood. Among the others speaking will be Virginia's Poet Laureate, Tim Seibles, a finalist for the National Book Award and author of the critically acclaimed, Fast Animal. 

Winemaking is an art, right? On Oct. 7, sip some fine art at the Yorktown Wine Festival from noon to 6 p.m. on the Riverwalk Landing. Yorktown shares more than history with its sister cities, Zweibrucken, Germany, and Port-Vendres, France. In a nod to them, you will be able to sample Rieslings and Gewurztrammers from Germany and champagne from France. 

Looking for more to do? Explore all outdoor activities in the area or check out family fun things to do.  Then plan your visit to Greater Williamsburg today.