Letter from the Editor: Pam Kamphuis
I took piano lessons as a child. My mother made me. I hated it. It was tough going…as I told my mother, I just didn’t feel like I have any talent for it. And art — I’ve always wanted to be able to draw, it just fascinates me. So the only artistic talent I seem to have is writing, and I’m happy with that.
But there are all kinds of people in this world, which, of course, is excellent. There are people who are good at those things I am not, especially, I have come to realize, in our community. Those who create, and care enough to share and promote the arts in our community. As I sat down to write my editor’s note I realized that somewhat by accident, this issue has a lot of art of all kinds in it. I realized that not only are there talented artists — in all sense of the word — in Fauquier, one pervading theme is not only creating art, but sharing it, bringing it to the community, and fostering that love in our young people.
Gloria Faye Dingus was one of the first to really make the effort to bring music to the people of Fauquier by working hard to make sure that students who couldn’t afford musical instruments and instruction received them. That was the start of Drum & Strum on Main Street, and her son, Tim Dingus, has taken her dream to a new level with the creation of the Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance. This non profit organization is dedicated to bringing music and visual art to our community through Gloria’s, a performance and art display venue on Main Street in Old Town Warrenton. Proceeds raised are dedicated to young, aspiring musicians in need of instruments and instruction.
The visual art community is thriving also, thanks in part to northern Fauquier artist Marci Nadler. Her gallery is not only for her own work, but a place for other local artists to exhibit their work and a place for her to teach art lessons. Not only that, she says, “The gallery will also be a community-building teaching and gathering space for musicians and writers as well as visual artists, where creative endeavors are shared to inspire the lives of others.”
And in addition, we have a new business in our community dedicated to bringing literature to our community: The Open Book on Main Street. Fauquier residents, says part-owner Cammie Copps Fuller, should not have to go out of town to get the benefits of a small, community bookstore. Since its opening in March, Fuller has been concentrating on learning the reading preferences of Fauquier residents and fulfilling them, and also supporting local authors with a dedicated shelf and book signings. She also hosts book clubs and some writing workshops for all ages.
So, the arts are alive and well in Fauquier County, which, honestly, doesn’t surprise me — this community continues to charm us all.