Red House Residency Celebrates 5 Years with Free Workshops

The Red House Residency, now in its fifth year, continues its mission to support emerging and established women artists by offering dedicated time and space to pursue their art in a secluded, tranquil environment. Four residencies are awarded each year, and in 2024, the program is bringing a series of free workshops to the community of Bath County.

The workshops, hosted at the Bath County Historical Society, will be led by the resident artists, who each offer a unique artistic perspective and technique. Participation is free, but registration is required. The workshop schedule is as follows:

June 8, 2:00 PM: “Introduction to Color Theory and Mixing” with Catherine Hwang (Richmond, VA). Participants will explore color theory and translate their chosen palettes into simple representations or abstractions on art panels.

June 22, 10:30 AM: “Lessons from the Woods: Neurodoodling & Nature Journaling” with Randi Heise (San Mateo, FL). This workshop will teach the practice of neuro-doodling and nature journaling, helping participants create their own unique art forms.

September 7, 1:30 PM: “Exploring Colors Together” with Diana Freeman (Richmond, VA). Attendees will learn about the color wheel and mix their own combinations to create art pieces.

September 21, 1:30 PM: “Basic Brushstrokes in Oriental Art” with Wendy Ng (Elkridge, MD). Participants will be introduced to Chinese calligraphy and painting, practicing brushstrokes on rice paper and other surfaces.

To register for any of these workshops or for more information, email or call Amanda McGuire at 540-414-4983. More details about the artists and ongoing activities at the Residency can be found on their Facebook page at

Amanda McGuire, a former news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio, founded the Red House Residency to provide artists a serene setting in the Allegheny Mountains to create without interruption. Each artist in residence gives back to the community by offering a free workshop that showcases their unique talents. This initiative not only fosters artistic growth but also enriches the local community’s engagement with the arts.

Bath County Arts Association deserves special thanks for contributing supplies for these workshops, underscoring the collaborative effort to support and celebrate the arts in Bath County.

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