Page Valley Arts Council holds Festival of the Arts in Luray

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PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The first ever three-day Festival of the Arts show is this weekend in downtown Luray.

Ongoing events run from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. There are also scheduled performances!

There will be more than 35 artists in four locations: Trackside Theater, Performing Arts Luray, Art & Artisans Gallery, and and the Warehouse Art Gallery.

On Friday and Saturday night, four musicians will perform a "Round Robin Music Sampler" at Performing Arts Luray.

Friday night's schedule includes Denny Toyy Jazz Ensemble, Stephen Adler & Keith Traylor, Wendy Rome, and Chris Jenkins. Saturday night's schedule includes the Eva Weber Band, Molly McWhorter, Putter Cox, and Lee Blanton.

Authors will also read their works at Trackside Theater from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

There will even be dance performances!

"On Saturday, it's Inspiring Dream Studio, from downtown Luray here," said Jim Mayes, a co-organizer of the event and the owner of Warehouse Art Gallery. "On Sunday, there will be the Civil War period dancers, in which you can actually participate! There will also be the Shenandoah Valley Cloggers."

There will be nationally renowned artists traveling for the festival, but also local artists showcasing their work.

"The overall collection of quite a few artists and performers and musicians; there are quite a few in the county," said Mayes. "What we're trying to celebrate is just all this creativity!"

Some artists will perform demonstrations, such as how to tie a fly-fishing tie, how to make a guitar, and create stained glass.

Many artists will also be selling their work.

If you attend an event and get a token, you are eligible for a food special at a Luray restaurant.

This is the first year for the event, but the newly-formed Page Valley Arts Council is hoping to expand into the rest of the county in the coming years.

For the full list of authors and artists, you can visit pagevalleyartscouncil.org/festival-of-the-arts/.