Water Street Studio

writing and arts, community and craft


September/October Events 


915 A Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, VA
on the second floor

What’s in a Name?

As 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.

Susan Carter Morgan
Lynette L. Reed
Elizabeth W. Seaver


10-5 W, Th, Fri, Sat
12-4 Sunday
Closed Monday,Tuesday


Adjusted Hours This Week

Family things will occupy two of the three of us this week. We are adjusting our hours, so please take note: Sunday, regular hours, Monday and Tuesday, closed, Wednesday 12-2, Thursday 12-4, and Friday 10-4.

If you need something from the shop or want to register for a class, email or call as we will actually be working on M&T though the door will be locked. We’re sneaky like that!

October is BIG


So big, it needs its own blog post! Yes, it’s the anniversary of our little shop. Can you believe we’ve been open for nearly a year? And we’re going to celebrate in a BIG way. Mark Oct. 18 on your calendar. Now. Go mark it. Because you won’t want to miss our celebration.

And while you’re marking your calendar, take note of two classes in October. For you bookbinders, there’s a class in Exposed Stitch Bindings on Oct. 12. You’ll need to have taken Basic Bookbinding, but check with Elizabeth or Lynette for the details.  For the writers, join Steve Watkins as he leads a 4-week Memoir Writing Workshop. That’s right, he’s back. We have limited space and we’re halfway filled, so don’t delay on this one. Call Susan for details: 540-907-9732

BIG. I told you.

First Friday

Woo hoo!! First Friday, First Friday, First Friday.

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Join us at a reception for Carolyn Van Der Jagt this Friday at 6pm. Her beautiful quilts are on display.

Sunday in the Studio

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Sunday in the Studio
Create your own decorative papers for use in card making, journaling, bookbinding, and paper crafts. *For those interested, these papers can be used in the Oct. 12 Exposed Stitch Bookbinding class (see below).

Sunday, September 21:  2-4pm $45 all materials supplied
To register, email: writingandarts@gmail.com or click the shop tab above to register

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Sunday in the Studio
Create an exposed stitch multiple signature book, using your own decorative papers. We like this book because it lies flat when open! Must have taken Basic Bookbinding first.

Sunday, October 12: 1-4 pm $45, all materials supplied
To register, email: writingandarts@gmail.com or click the shop tab above to register


Writing Workout


Have you been writing? Are you ready for some gentle, supportive comments? Join our monthly Writing Workout, the second Monday of each month. Each writer reads for 2-3 minutes, and then group members take turns offering what we hope are helpful comments! There’s a $10 drop-in fee, though we ask that you’ll do more than drop in.  Attending regularly helps build community and understanding of each writer’s needs.

Our first meeting of the “school year” will be September 8 at 7pm. Some notice is helpful so give us a heads up by emailing writngandarts@gmail.com. We do have limited space.  We look forward to having you join us!

Planning a New Year


Well, we’re all back from vacation, openings, and other events from summer–and ready to start planning some fun workshops for you. Have you visited the studio lately? If not, you haven’t seen Lynette and Elizabeth in the middle of their bookbinding projects. These journals have beautiful colors and textures, perfect for taking notes, writing poetry, or jotting down your brilliant ideas. In addition to offering bookbinding, we will have a letterpress workshop. That’s right, I’m going to share what I’ve learned. That’s not to say I’ve learned it all. Oh my, no. But I’ve had many requests, so I thought it might be fun to offer something simple.

AND, can you believe we are actually planning our one-year anniversary party? It seems like yesterday we met over coffee and said, “what if we opened our own shop?” And then we did!

You know what it’s like to come home. Spending time away from anything makes you miss it. And, boy, did I miss Fredericksburg. The shops, the artists, the river–even the tourists! I had to create this card for those of us who love this creative community (though if you haven’t seen Casablanca, it loses something!) 

Watch this space and our calendar for new listings of writing and art events and workshops. First Friday is right around the corner, too. We’ll be featuring a new artist, and you won’t want to miss her work. Thanks, friends, for supporting us. We couldn’t do this without your kind words, purchases, and participation in our classes. Keep it up:)


Temporary Hours

Like you all, we are taking some time off this summer. See our hours below:

August 7th: 10-1pm
8th: 10-4pm
9th: closed
10th: 12-3pm
13th: 12-2pm
14-15th:  10-2
16th: 10-1pm
We will post any other changes here and on our door. Happy August everyone!

First Friday Featured Artists!!!

Rita Brown, tapestries, and Margaret Waters, basketry. Aug. 1-31.

rita and peg




We Knew You Would Want to See

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Make It/Take It Monday, July 7 9am. A creative, fun way to start your week!!

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What a Month!

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I know the month is not over yet, but, wow, it’s been full! Elizabeth has been finalizing her show for Bistro Bethem, Lynette won awards and sold fiber art in a show out of town, and Susan pressed 30+cards for Main Street Initiative’s volunteers.

That, and we are in the middle of two bookbinding classes. If you like to sew, read, create, or enjoy paper, sign up for the second class this Sunday at 1!

Coming up: friend Gloria Lloyd will lead a collaging workshop designed to help you learn about yourself. She’s been doing this for 30 years, and let me tell you, it’s relaxing and insightful. July 13, Sunday, from 1-3. Call 540-907-9732 if you don’t want to register with PayPal.

If that’s not enough, we’ve got  Make It/Take It  up on July 7. Lynette will show you how to paint eyeglass holders with markers. They are beeeuuuutiful!!

Then  First Friday (changed to July 11 this month because of the 4th celebrations around town) at the studio will be fun–demos by your three favorite people (us!).

Deep breath. Ahhhhhh.

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