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‘Ashes2Art’ Exhibit Features Work of Local First Responders

by Fatimah Waseem September 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

On Thursday mornings, Fairfax County first responders have gathered with local artist Kathy Sullivan to create multimedia art projects that express their personal development

Now, the public can view the work created by first responders at an exhibition at the Reston Art Gallery & Studios (11400 Washington Plaza) from Thursday (September 6) through September 20.

The class, called Ashes2Art, aimed to help first responders express themselves through artistic outlets. A special reception open to the public is set for September 7 from 4-8 p.m.

“As emergency services personnel, we sometimes focus our identity too heavily on our work life.  The art program provides a unique stress-free environment that encourages individuals to explore and discover new outlets for their energy in a positive way.  The program allows participants to employ the unique creative abilities of emergency personnel directed in new ways,” according to a statement from the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department.

The program is supported and funded by the community. The Reston Art Gallery & Studios also donated display space for the show.

Photo via Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department

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