Monday, December 13, 2010

Artist Patton Wilson at r.h. ballard gallery in Little Washington, VA

"Florilegium", by Patton Wilson
Patton Wilson is an extraordinary artist we carry in the r.h. ballard gallery, located in Little Washington, VA.  This current painting is now available.

Patton Wilson's Bio is listed below.  Call toll-free to Robert H. Ballard for inquiries and pricing: 1-888-503-3349.

Shop & Gallery Hours: 10am-6pm Every Day



Fort Wayne Museum of Art - 2008 Contemporary American Realism Juried Biennial, Fort Wayne, IN
Butler Institute of American Art Mid-Year Exhibiton, 2002, 2003, 2007
Mi-Atlantic New Painting Juried Biennial, University of Mary Washington, VA 2007
Peninsula Fine Arts Center Biennial 2006, Newport News, VA
The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, Glen Bradshaw Award - 2009, Winsor Newton Award - 2006 The John J. Newman Medal - 2004
The National Casein Painting Competition, Sponsored by American Artist, Jack Richeson Co., and The Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, First Place, 2003
3rd Annual Natural World Observed Exhibition 2007, Texas Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Allied Artists of America, National Arts Club, New York, NY: 2002-2004, 2006 Awards: American Artist Professional League Award for Realism, Charles J. Romans Memorial Award, Winsor and Newton Award for Watercolor, Gloria Benson Stacks Award for a Southern Artist
American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY: 1998: Medal of Honor, 1987: Claude Parsons Memorial Award-Landscape
National Arts for the Parks: Top 100 & Mini 100, Eastern Division, Jackson Hole, WY, 2005
Baltimore Watercolor Society's Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition, Bethesda, Maryland: 2003, 1999: American Frame Corporation Award
American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York: 1989
Salmagundi Club Open Exhibition, New York, NY: 1987, 1986: Charlotte Kughler Award for Pure Aquarelle
Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, NY: 1987, 1986
Knickerbocker 36th Annual Open Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY: 1986: The Grumbacher Gold Medal
The Parkersburg Art Center, Realism 1994, Parkersburg, WVA: Third Place Show Award
Springfield 67th National Juried Show, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and Springfield Museum of Fine Art, Springfield, MA: 1986


Somerville/Manning Gallery, 101 Stone Block Row, Greenville, DE: 2003, 1999, 1996
David Lusk Gallery, 4540 Poplar, Memphis, TN 2002
The Gallery at Centerville, Kennett Pike,Wilmington, DE: 1988, 1986, 1985


Mary Washington University, Ridderhof Martin Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA: March 2004


Studio Paintings of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Maryland Center for Creative Arts, Annapolis, Md. February 2006
USArtists Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA: 2005 - 1998
Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Packing Shed Gallery, Washington, VA: 2004
Capricorn Galleries,"Contemporary Realists", Bethesda, MD:1992-1995
Carson Gallery,"Contemporary Realism", Denver, CO: 1999


Peninsula Center for the Creative Arts, Reality Show, VA. Fall 2005
Arcadia Gallery, Winter Invitational, NY, NY, 12/2003
Egg Tempera: An Enduring Tradition, St. Luke's Gallery, Anna Maria College, Boston, Massachusetts, 2001
Jenkins Johnson Gallery,Third Annual Realism Invitational, C A: 2001
Forbes Galleries,"Awash in Color", NY, C A: 2000
Kimberton Gallery,"Contemporary Realism", Kimberton, PA: 1987, 1989
J. Wayne Stark Gallery,Texas A&M University,TX 2005
Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI 2005


The St. George Art Museum, St. George, Utah
The Butler Institute of American Art, Midyear Juried Exhibition, 2002, 2003
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL 2003
The Butler Institute of American Art, Allied Members Exhibition, OH: 2001
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI 2004
Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Danville , VA 2004
Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2004


Watercolor Magazine, Summer 2006
American Artist Magazine, Sept. 2004 (Cover), Nov. 2003, 1992
New American Paintings,Vol. 33
International Artist, 2001
Watercolor Magazine 2000
San Francisco Examiner 2000
Pueblo Chieftain 2000
The Virginia Pilot 1984


Dominion Power, Richmond, VA
Forbes Family Collection
The Wilmington Trust Company
Johnson and Higgins, Inc., New York
The Bank of Delaware
Dauphin Deposit Bank
Maryland Bank of North America.


Allied Artists of America
American Artist Professional League
Baltimore Watercolor Society
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic
Society of Tempera Painters
National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Le Jacquard Francais Venezia Table Linen: a favorite for the holidays

Venezia in Purple
Venezia in Ash Beige
Venezia in Flannel
Our most loved French tablecloth this season is Venezia by Le Jacquard Francais.  It is 100% linen and heirloom quality that will make any holiday table shine. It can be used in both a contemporary or classic setting to create a grand look.

Check our website to see all beautiful patterns available in Le Jacquard Francais:

Friday, December 10, 2010

Merry Christmas from Our Home

I love Christmas, and decorating the tree is always the fun part.

Our tree this year had lovely silver, glass and glittery ornaments that I've collected over the years, each with a memory attached to it.  I am partial to silver ornaments and lots of glass chandelier garland, ones that have a patina or distressed finish, but I also like whimsical ornaments that make me chuckle.

Here are some images from our Christmas tree this year.  May you and your family be blessed with a warm and cherished holiday and a new year filled with health and happiness.
"Ohhh, Tidings of Comfort and Joy...."
Wedding Bell Ornament given to me on my wedding day.
White wire reindeer from ROOST. Love the cool lines.
Gold glitter reindeer flying...
Handmade sequins heart from Anke Drechsel, a favorite fabric designer.
A gold house lit with tree lights, given to me when I was teaching.
Polish glass with silver glitter Pagoda.
French Silver Fish
Love coffee. That's all I can say.
I really like the big fluffy looking silver ornament as it reminds me of a tutu.

 Sally sleeping in the glow of the tree...sshhhh..

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Scarves Made in Lyon, France
Now @ R.H. Ballard

French scarves and shawls at r.h. ballard
I have to admit, I love French scarves. 

This year, in my constant search for unique and beautiful items for our shop I came across two French textile design companies called Malfroy and Bonnefoy. Their designs are the focus of my scarf corner this year! I love their choice of shapes, colors, textures and feel.  They use only the best cotton, velvet and wool to produce stunning pieces of wearable art. Come by our shop during this Christmas season to check them out!

Here are a few images to enjoy today:
Light Wool & Silk Ruffle Scarf made in Lyon, France
Closeup of Malfroy neck scarves. The Rose button pin is removable.
Stunning silk accordion scarves from Malfroy.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Spirit at R.H. BALLARD

Tiny Tim Rocking Horse Toy as seen through our shop windows.
I love Christmas time.  Everything about it....bright tree lights, glittery ornaments, sparkly garland and wreaths, and all the customers who come into the shop hunting for that special gift to make someone happy. It's a joyful time for us at the shop and gallery (especially when it's busy!)

I thought I'd share a few images of our decorated shop, and feature some of our best selling gifts. Here's a little Christmas list for you at

Le Jacquard Francais Tablecloths and Dish Towels, Garnier-Thiebaut Tablecloths, Original Chagall Lithographs, Claude Dozorme Cutlery and Kitchen Accessories, Glitter Branches and vintage style house to light up and decorate in your home, Le Cadeaux melamine dishware, French Scarves, shawls and gloves, and glittery vintage ornaments and mantel decorations.

Peeking into our shop....

Glitter Houses glowing from the shop window...

Side view of our shop all lit up and decorated for Christmas...

Twilight comes....our shop is glistening.....

Claude Dozorme Cutlery on large cutting boards.

More French Laguoile Knives and Kitchen Accessories.

Claude Dozorme Steak Knife Sets come boxed in beautiful colors.

Welcome to our shop!

Le Cadeaux melamine dishes are our top seller!

Malfroy silk & wool Scarves from Lyons, France

More French and Italian Scarves and Shawls

Vintage ornaments sparkle from our trees!

Little mini-Christmas village displays to sparkle up your home.

Original Marc Chagall Lithographs

Art Deco Le Jacquard Francais Tablecloth

Paris en Fleur tea towels from Le Jacquard Francais

Rajasthan Tablecloth from Le Jacquard Francais

Garnier-Thiebaut Isaphire Rubis Tablecloth

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Free Napkins with Purchase of Garnier-Thiebaut Tablelcoth

Renaissance Orme Tablecloth

I love it when Garnier-Thiebaut comes up with a spectacular offer during the holidays, and this is a real treat!

At r.h. ballard shop in Little Washington, Va, during the month of December receive four free napkins with the purchase of any of our Garnier-Thiebaut tablecloths. Valid through December 31, 2010.

Order online at or call us at 540-675-1411 and place your order directly. We are open EVERY DAY between now and Dec. 24th, 10am - 6pm. Order early to assure your delivery for Christmas.

About Garnier-Thiebaut Tablecloths:
Beautiful colors and exquisite woven designs are signatures of the Garnier-Thiebaut collection. With roots dating back to 1833 in France, Garnier-Thiebaut is the oldest producer of fine linens in the Vosge and supplies the most famous and prestigious hotels, resorts, restaurants, country clubs, and cruise lines all over the world. The designs are modern with original style, and the products and collections are diverse.

Click here to shop now:
Renaissance Grenade Tablecloth - Deep Pumpkin and Red

Renaissance Sable Tablecloth- Creme Ivory, Silver, and Pale Green Border

Mille Asters Coated Tablecloth - Taupe, Grey, Cream

Isaphire - Cuivre
Isaphire - Opaline
Isaphire - Rubis

Dish Towel: Petit Dejeuner - Menthe - Lime Green, Mustard, Teal

Dish Towel: Potiron - Pumpkin

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas in Little Washington Dec. 5, 2010

This was another amazing Christmas in Little Washington celebration, now in it's sixth year!

The shop was brimming with joyful  customers ready to have a great time in town. We had an Open House as did many of the businesses, and the Inn at Little Washington was also decorated for the holidays (see interior and exterior shots of some of the Inn decorations below). 

Lots of food and treats at every turn, a great Artisan Market, lovely Madrigal Singers, Llamas, Donkeys, Therapy Dogs, Brownies and Cub Scouts, Antique Cars, Bagpipers, U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corp, Rappahannock High School Band, The Mayor John Sullivan and his wife Beverly Sullivan, a happy Santa and his Elves, and a really fabulous small town parade for everyone to enjoy. 

Our shop front awaiting the crowds for the big parade and celebration!

Delicious shop goodies & free coffee all day at our Open House

Customers packing into the shop

Customers doing their Christmas shopping.

Our Market table filled with Christmas delights.

U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corp led the way!!


Brownies and Scout Leaders on parade dressed like Girl Scout cookies!

Cub Scout Pack 123 singing in their big float

One on many Antique cars on parade

Dogwood Queen

Freestate Llama and handler

Gentry on horseback

Grace the Trick Mule was the Grand Marshall of the Parade!

Happy Baby waiting for the parade!

Hearthstone School float

Hearthstone School Guitar and Singers

Kathrine Leggett is one of many Santa Elves today!

Knights of Columbus

A beautiful Freestate Llama with handler

Mayor's Car driven by Susan McNeely

Our Honorable Mayor John Sullivan and his wife Beverly with their dog.

Donkey pulling a cart of Elves.

Rappahannock High School Band performed in high style

Rappahannock High School Band

Rappahannock High School Band with Precision Flags

Santa in a convertible!


Susan Whitson & baby Dryden talk w/ Marian Burros and others on front porch of our shop

Artisan Market

Inn at Little Washington front decorations

Inn at Little Washington Front Lobby Mantle decorations

Inn at Little Washington Christmas Shop display

A warm fire greets you as you enter the Inn shop