The Warren County community will celebrate Public Arts Day on Saturday, June 1, with three events planned in Warrenton and the surrounding area.

Both the Warren County Board of Commissioners and the Warrenton Town Board of Commissioners adopted resolutions to annually recognize the first Saturday in June as Public Arts Day.

Retired Warren County High School art teacher Victoria Lehman, who serves as chairwoman of the Warren County Arts Council, and member of the Quilters Lane Committee and Town of Warrenton Revitalization Committee, said that the resolutions recognize the role that public art plays in the growth and development of communities.

“Look at any place that has made progress and smart growth as a community in the past 30 years, and you will see public art,” she said.

The June 1 events offer something for people of all ages, through opportunities to try out their artistic skills, view images that reflect Warren County’s agricultural heritage and admire the talent of local quilters.


Canvas Painting in the Park

Both adults and children are invited to participate in Canvas Painting in the Park, “A Family Affair,” with sessions from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. at Warren County Recreation Complex, 840 U.S. Hwy. 158 bypass, Warrenton.

The event is made possible through funding from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Warren County Arts Council.

Classes will be taught by Victoria Privette. Registration is $5 per requested easel slot with a May 29 deadline. Space is limited to 15 easels per time slot. To register, visit

In addition, a limited number of Eastern Bluebird houses will be available to paint at no additional cost. 

Snacks will be provided.


Stay Woke Quilt Show

The Heritage Quilters Giving Circle, Inc. will host the Stay Woke Quilt Show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the historic Hendrick House, 105 S. Front St., Warrenton.

The quilt show will feature works by members of Heritage Quilters that address social issues.


Warren County Farm Portraits

Artwork depicting farms and farmers from across Warren County will be on display from noon-2 p.m. at Warren County Memorial Library, 119 S. Front St.

With funding from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Warren County Arts Council, Warrenton nonprofit Working Landscapes has brought together four artists, two local and two from outside the county, to highlight the diversity that can be found in the Warren County soil.

The exhibition is a come-and-go event with an introduction and question-and-answer period with the artists at 1 p.m. 

Light appetizers and drinks will be catered by Honey’s Kitchen Catering.