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(Born to Swim by Kathy Waltermire) FCCA Frederick Gallery Exhibits
(Born to Swim by Kathy Waltermire) FCCA Frederick Gallery Exhibits

The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA) is the oldest art center in the greater Fredericksburg area and hosts two art galleries, art classes, and various special events. It was founded by some of Fredericksburg’s leading residents in October 1963. For nearly half a century FCCA has evolved into a leading visual arts center, and for the last two decades has maintained a national presence. FCCA’s juried art exhibits are well subscribed and usually include artwork from nationally recognized artists, as well as from regional artists located in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. Details throughout the website.





FCCA Membership information

The denizens of FCCA claim that the art center is the place by the river where art and history meet. Indeed, FCCA is not only an art center; it is the caretaker organization for one of Fredericksburg’s historic buildings called the Silversmith’s House, circa 1785. The brick filled half-timbered structure is a nice example of a middle-class family’s home in the era just after the Revolutionary War. The property is also the site of Fredericksburg’s first Fourth of July celebration in 1805 and was used as a forward Union hospital during both Civil War battles for Fredericksburg. For more on the buildings’ history, click here

FCCA Membership

As the custodial organization for this historic building, FCCA has been engaged in some extensive renovations during the past five years. These include: a new roof, new lighting, new custom-built shutters, new signs, installation of a patio, extensive garden and grounds improvements, reconstruction of the side walls of six dormers, installation of a system of art storage racks to protect artwork awaiting hanging, installation of a new high-efficiency HVAC, renovation of the Members’ Gallery, reconstructed front steps, and re-point mortor in the unique stone archway under the front porch. Skilled FCCA members provided much of the labor for many of these efforts, and it was members who also provided the bulk of the required funding for these projects.

FCCA's Historic Silversmith House

In short, FCCA is an active nonprofit visual arts organization housed in a historic 226-year old structure that is maintained and operated by members who are the key to the success of this art organization. It is also FCCA’s members who have contributed most of the time and funding needed to ensure this historic structure will still be in existence in the future for the enjoyment of the next generation of art and history lovers. And like the military, FCCA is always looking for more people who want to join this worthwhile effort. For membership information, click here.

FCCA's Historic Silversmith House

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