Welcome to Water Street Studio

What’s in a Name?

IMG_0691As we were choosing a name for our writing and arts working and teaching space, we wanted it to describe both the location at our address on the banks of the Rappahannock and our city of Fredericksburg. We wanted to honor the river, the town and its people, their interests and enthusiasms, which inspire us as artists.

On many old maps of Fredericksburg, Sophia Street was alternatively called Water Street. Water, river, growth in the arts, roots, sustenance, all images seemed to come together in that name.

Stop by to shop in our gift store, sign up for a class, or to see what we do! We want to be a creative space for artists and writers of all ages.

915 A Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, VA
on the second floor
Elizabeth 540-760-8229
Lynette 540-903-2684
Susan 540-907-9732
About Us

Bind in Style

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Have you ever wanted to make your own journal or sketchbook? Now is your chance. The Coptic Bookbinding class is coming up this week, though there are some options for a later date, too. Mix ’em up! Call if you have questions.
This is a two part class where you will create a hardcover journal and learn to put it all together with the decorative coptic stitch. Cost is $90 and includes all materials.
We have scheduled three different combinations of dates as follows:
Option 1: July 14th 10-12 and July 28th 10-12
Option 2: July 14th 10-12 and July 29th 10-12
Option 3: July 28th 10-12 and July 29th 10-12
Contact Elizabeth at 540-760-8229 or Lynette at 540-903-2684 to register or ask about dates.

We Have Gifts For All Occasions


Looking for a special wedding or birthday gift? How about a sweet painted owl? A hand-painted pillow or mirror for the wall? We have unique journals and sketchbooks, bottle stoppers and hand-turned wooden pens. One-of-a-kind cards because SNAIL mail is the BEST!!

We’re open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Stop in to say hello!!

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FIRST FRIDAY: We love visitors!!!

We have OWLS! Elizabeth has painted gorgeous, colorful owls, and they are up for your viewing/purchase!! Be sure to stop by 915 A Sophia Street for refreshments and fun.


Lynette will be at 25)30 Espresso, down by the train station, with a lovely, nostalgic series of paintings.


And there will be ice cream.

How will you choose? Don’t!! Come see both shows :)

OMG, It’s Father’s Day!!!

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Did you wait until the last minute? Good! We want remind you we have the coolest handmade cards in ‪#‎fxbg‬. (letterpress, mixed media, photo cards, hand-painted).
But we also have the perfect gifts for the man in your life: hand-carved walking sticks, shaving soap and mugs, coffee mugs, hand-carved pens and bottle stoppers, plus great hand-crafted books and journals. We are open all day Saturday and 12-4 Sunday, and we would love to be on your radar for Father’s Day gifts!!

Our Retail Shop

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If you only follow us online, you don’t know we have a sweet, little retail shop, too! We sell cards (unique and handmade), candles, pottery, hand-turned pens, fiber art, fine art, prints, hand-bound journals, and more. We’ve got you covered for Father’s Day!!

Stop by Thursday-Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday 12-4. We appreciate your support! It keeps our doors open:)

So, what are you doing this summer?

We have three fabulous camps for kids this summer. We already told you about our writer’s camp for kids, but here’s info on the other two! Call Elizabeth to register: 540-760-8229


Campers create artwork inspired by the sea.

  • Hand-printed T-shirts
  • Sea Globes
  • Sea Creature Masks
  • Sand Mosaic with shells

July 6-10, 9:30-12:30

$195/ $20 materials fee


Re-imagine everyday discarded items into upscaled art projects.

  • Sunprints on cloth
  • Windchime/Suncatcher
  • Paper making
  • Paper Painting and Sculpture

August 3-7, 9:30-12:30

$195/ $20 materials fee


Our Newest Summer Camp

20150424_092823-1A week-long camp for young writers who would love to write a book but don’t know how or where to start. Campers will create a secret handshake, “oath” and earn “badges” each day by completing lessons, games and activities related to novel writing. By the end of camp students will have all the tools necessary to write a novel on their own as well as a deeper understanding of books others have written.
*Based on the curriculum created by Lydia Netzer, author of Shine, Shine, Shine and How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky.
Instructor: Jenna Veazey, author, poet, and all-around sweet person!
$125 per student (grades 5-8) 9-11 am, June 22-26