About RDA


River District Arts (RDA) is sometimes referred to as the Rappahannock Torpedo Factory.
Founded in May 2011 by Lucille and Jerome Niessen, River District Arts is an eclectic group of more than a dozen artists working in a wide variety of media and styles including oil, watercolor, photography, ceramic and collage. They are the heart and soul of River District Arts.  
During your visit, you will experience artists at work in work in spacious, inviting and light filled studios that are open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.  You will have an opportunity to talk with them about their latest creations and browse our two exhibition galleries. The River Gallery and The Confluent Gallery feature regularly changing shows by local and regional artists. To stay abreast of current activities join our email list or like us on Facebook. An adjacent Artisan Market features fine hand made craft from Virginia artisans.  
Starting in April, a restaurant specializing in tapas and traditional Spanish cuisine will be opening to enhance your River District Arts experience and delight your palate!  El Quijote will be open for lunch and dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Located in Sperryville's River District, RDA is housed in a beautifully restored post and beam apple packing facility from the 1930s era, with touches of sophisticated modern interior architecture combined with exposed beams, rustic wood floors and sliding stable doors.

Art Enriches Life. That is the ultimate mission of River District Arts.

Open Studio, Gallery and Artisan Market Hours: Fri., Sat., Sun. 10 - 5.


No admission fee. Public welcomed. Accessible.  


During your visit, allow time to have a glass of wine, lunch or dinner at El Quijote (opening soon) and stop by our River District neighbors: Middle Street Gallery, Copper Fox Antiques, Copper Fox Distillery and Old Rag Photography Gallery (inside RDA).  We have become Sperryville's Vibrant Creative Community!