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by Fatimah Waseem February 7, 2018 at 10:15 am 0

Local artists will showcase their pieces at a ground floor gallery of the Signature, Reston Town Center’s newest “luxury” apartment building.

Through a partnership with the Greater Reston Arts Center, Signature (11850 Freedom Drive) will feature a year-round schedule of exhibitions. This month’s gallery showcases the work of Craig Moran, a D.C.-based painter known for boldly patterned canvases.

Moran uses collages and computer manipulations to create his work, which combines elements of the natural world and portraits in a flattened space.

His artistic process begins by cutting and arranging shapes from street art, photographs, old paintings and books. He then rearranges the pieces using image editing software and transfers the final work to a painting. An opening reception is set for March 1 from 6-8 p.m.

Exhibits will remain open to the public every Tuesday through Saturday at Signature. The gallery is the product of a partnership between Boston Properties, Bozzuto and GRACE. It is sponsored by Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market.

Organizers said the gallery merges the vision of the Signature, which aims to creating communal spaces for residents.

“This partnership provides a perfect opportunity for GRACE to regularly celebrate and support local artists through exhibitions of their work as the programming in our current Town Center space becomes more dedicated to introducing national and international artists to Reston and the DMV,” said GRACE’s Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel.

A grand opening for Signature is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artwork by Craig Moran

by Fatimah Waseem February 5, 2018 at 4:00 pm 0

Registration for Greater Reston Art Center’s summer camp is now open. The camp, which is organized in partnership with Reston Association, runs on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake House.

Before and after care is available through RA.

The camp includes a variety of sessions:

  • My Mom Would Never Let Me Do That: Using mixed media, this session combines scientific exploration and the creative process to create “the messiest and silliest” art projects.
  • Fibers & Friends: Kids can become “wonder-weavers” by exploring all things related to fiber like tie dying, friendship bracelets and basketry.
  • Art and Movement: This new session focuses on ways art can encourage movement. Beloved Yoga, a local yoga studio, will help campers “enhance their action art” with daily yoga sessions.
  • Full STEAM Ahead: Campers will solve problems involving kinetic artwork, technology art and more.

Registration is open online

Photo via GRACE

by Fatimah Waseem February 1, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Suspect Involved in 10-Hour Weekend Barricade Receives Psychiatric Treatment – Anthony Moaf, 21, was released from the hospital after a suspected opioid overdose earlier this week. Police said he barricaded himself inside his home after threatening to kill family members and shoot at police officers. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Greater Reston Arts Center Issues Call for Submissions – Submit a proposal for new artwork in response to the prompt, “If you could do anything, what would it be?” Judges will select five artists to participate in the invitational. Entries are due by February 16. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Man Robbed After Leaving Bus on Monday – Two suspects took personal belongings from a man after he got off a bus on Glade Drive near Millrace Lane between 7:45 and 8 p.m. The suspects then ran from the area, police said. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Board Governance Committee Meets Tonight – The committee, which is charged with planning, committee structure and board knowledge, will meet today from 6-8 p.m. at Reston Association Headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). [Reston Association]

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by Fatimah Waseem January 19, 2018 at 11:00 am 8 Comments

From a performance on multiculturalism to a seminar on brain health, there’s a lot to do in Reston this weekend.

  • Children can let their imaginations go wild at Box-A-Rama on Saturday. At the event from 9 a.m. through noon at Reston Association headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive), children can play with boxes of all sizes. All children must be accompanied by parents and caregivers. Tickets are $10 for RA members and $15 for all others.
  • An open house is set for The Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Avenue) on Saturday from 2 – 4 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments and talk to staff about the multipurpose uses of the space.
  • At Reston Regional Library on Saturday, enjoy the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy,” from 2 – 4 p.m. as part of the library’s series on movies that began as books. The event is open to teenagers and adults.
  • The American Association of Retired Persons is hosting a brain health seminar at Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. To register call 703-390-6157 or email [email protected]ty.gov.
  • Join the Greater Reston Arts Center and Reston Community Center on Saturday at 5 p.m. for an exploratory weaving workshop. Students will leave with a completed wall hanging. Tickets are $45 for Reston residents and $55 for all others. Register online.
  • In a concert about friendship and multiculturalism, Mohammed Bilal and Josh “Boac” Goldstein use their friendship to actively challenge the American notions of black and white, Jew and Muslim, and urban and suburban. The performance, “The Color Orange,” will take place at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Reston residents and $20 for all others.
  • On Sunday, watch 20 local figure skaters perform at the Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion (1818 Discovery Street). The National Skating Month Exhibition will take place from 7:15-8:45 p.m.
  • The Capitol Steps, a popular Washington-based music and satire troupe, will perform at the Hyatt Regency Reston (1800 Presidents Street) on Sunday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Proceeds will go to Cornerstone. Purchase tickets online.
  • Reston artist Rudy Guernica’s exhibit, “Lost in the Woods,” will be in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center Lake Anne from Jan. 9 through Feb. 4.
  • In this exhibit, Paulina Peavy’s work will be on display through Feb. 17 at Greater Reston Arts Center. Peavy gave up control of her brush to an alien entity named Lacamo after attending a seance in 1932. Her work includes paintings, films and texts that she used to better channel Lacamo’s energy. A talk by GRACE’s executive director Lily Siegel is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. at the center.

(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)

Photo via Reston Community Center

by Fatimah Waseem January 12, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Northern Virginia Community College Reston Center Moves — The center, which is an extension of the Loudoun campus and offers academic programs, events and workforce development opportunities, moved from its location on Wiehle Avenue to 1821 Michael Faraday Drive this week. [NOVA Loudoun Campus via Twitter]

Local Exhibit Shines Beam on Artist Who Believed in UFOs  In a feature in the Washington Post, writer Mark Jenkins delves into the work and life of Paulina Peavy. Her work is on display at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market Street) through Feb. 17. The center’s executive director, Lily Siegel, will discuss the exhibit on Saturday at 3 p.m. [The Washington Post]

Magical Frolic at Reston’s CenterStage — David Siegel writes about “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a production by Reston Community Players that explains how Peter Pan came to be. Performances are scheduled at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) from Jan. 19 through Feb. 3 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 28. [The Connection]

File photo by Fatimah Waseem

by Fatimah Waseem January 2, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Funeral Services Held for Reston Couple Killed Before Christmas — Close to 800 people attended funeral services over the weekend for the Reston couple killed a few days before Christmas. A 17-year-old with suspected neo-Nazi sympathies has been charged in their murder. [WTOP]

Greater Reston Arts Center Selected for ’50 for 50 Arts Inspiration’Award — The Virginia Commission for the Arts, a state arts agency, selected GRACE to receive the award in the category of bedrock institutions. The “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” were conceived and designed by the commission as a 50th anniversary tribute to 50 examples of programs, individuals, and organizations critical to the arts in Virginia. [Viva Reston Lifestyle Magazine]

How to Dispose of Fire Place Ashes — After responding to several home fires involving ashes, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is reminding residents to properly dispose of fire place ashes.  [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department]

FBI Raids Home in Sterling — FBI agents arrested Sean Andrew Duncan on Friday and charged him with attempting to obstruct a terrorism investigation. According to court documents, law enforcement allege Duncan has links to terrorism and sympathized with ISIS.  [WUSA 9]

Flickr pool photo by Vantagehill

by Fatimah Waseem December 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Greater Reston Arts Center is inviting artists to submit artwork in response to the theme, “If you could do anything, what would that be?”

Guests Curator Don Russel and GRACE’s associate curator Erica Harrison will select five artists from submission for the 2018 annual Mary B. Howard Invitational.

The exhibition is in honor of Mary B. Howard, an artist and supporter of GRACE who died in February 2015. Howard also a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston. After retiring from her work as the head of a real estate brokerage, Howard graduated from the Corcoran College of Art in 1996 and held solo shows at the Arlington Arts Center and GRACE.

Russel, the curator judging submissions, explores new social contexts for art and currently serves as George Mason University’s curator. He also directs Provisions Research Center for Art & Social Change

Artists that are selected will receive $250 in honorarium and $1,000 for materials. In order to qualify, artists must live or work in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia, be a member of GRACE, provide a written proposal, artist statement, resume and images of past work.

Submissions are due by Feb. 16. Selected artists will be announced on March 15. The exhibition will take place between December 15, 2018 and February 9, 2019.

by Fatimah Waseem December 7, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

The Greater Reston Arts Center will hold an opening reception on Saturday centering around the work of Paulina Peavy, a formally trained artist who came to believe people came spirits and inhabited the universe as invisible atoms that could mold into various forms when they reached Earth.

The reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center. The exhibit, which will be open for view from Saturday through Feb. 17, is the first to bring together a selection of Peavy’s work across disciplines, representing the artist’s radical worldview and philosophy.

GRACE promoted the following description of Peavy and her work:

Paulina Peavy (b. 1901 Colorado Springs, Colorado; d. 1999, Bethesda, Maryland) was a prolific artist who worked across genres including painting, drawing, poetry, and film. Though formally trained in art and science, Peavy excused herself from the mainstream arts community after becoming a regular attendee at a weekly séance in 1932. At these gatherings, the artist was introduced to her spirit muse, Lacamo, who she came to collaborate with for the remainder of her life.

Image via GRACE

by RestonNow.com December 7, 2017 at 9:00 am 7 Comments

Board of Supervisors to Meet General Assembly Delegation on Dec. 12 — The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will host the county’s delegation to the General Assembly for a roundtable work session and discussion of the upcoming 2018 General Assembly session. A reception at 3 p.m. will be followed by a work session from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Fairfax County Government Center in conference rooms nine and ten. [Fairfax County Government]

Free Friday at the Greater Reston Arts Center — The center will open its doors on Friday at 5 p.m. for an evening of family art making, storytelling and gallery exploration. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required online. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Where Do Annual Assessment Fees for Reston Association Go? — RA has published a guide to help members who own residential property to understand how money is allocated from next year’s assessment fee of $682. [Reston Association]

Reston Association Committee Releases First Annual State of the Environment Report — After more than a year of work, RA’s environmental advisory committee has released its first review of environmental issues in Reston. A member of the committee describes the scope of the committee’s work in a Reston Today video. [Reston Today via YouTube]

by Fatimah Waseem November 17, 2017 at 10:15 am 4 Comments

Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar. Know of other events in the area? Comment below.

 

by Fatimah Waseem November 15, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Reston-based Federal Contractor Sold to Private Equity Firm — Whitney, Bradley & Brown, Inc., a contractor with ties to defense agencies, was sold to an affiliate of global private equity firm H.I.G. Capital. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but H.I.G. manages $24 billion in equity capital worldwide. [Washington Business Journal]

Parenting Talk Tonight to Focus on Sexuality Education for Children —  Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston and Cornerstones are hosting Dr. Debra Haffner for a talk about sexuality education. Haffner will discuss her award-winning book, “From Diapers to Dating: A Parenting Guide to Sexually Healthy Children.” The book is a step-by-step guide on how to provide accurate information to children and convey values about sexuality to children. [UUCR]

Registration for Reston-Herndon Little League Now Open — Interested applicants can submit registration online. Applications are due by January 1. The league is open to children between 4 and 12. [Reston Herndon Little League]

Discussion on Sue Wrbican’s ‘Well Past the Echo’ Exhibition Tomorrow Night — Molly Donovan, curator of contemporary for the National Gallery of Art, will give a talk on the exhibition and the overlap between surrealism and contemporary art. The event will take place from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Greater Reston Arts Center. [Greater Reston Arts Center via Facebook]

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by Fatimah Waseem November 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm 8 Comments

The 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival will be bigger than ever this year. The festival, which is the largest annual fundraiser for the Greater Reston Arts Center, will become a three-day event instead of a two-day event.

It is scheduled to take place on May 19 through 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. GRACE added Friday to the event in order to open up the festival to the 10,000-person workforce in Reston Town Center and make it “bigger and better than ever,” GRACE says.

“Making the very significant logistical investment in a Friday opening provides a new, built-in, affluent buying audience looking for world-class art for their offices, homes, for gifts, and more,” according to a statement by the center.

The competitive, juried event is consistently rated as one of the best outdoor art festivals in the country, both for the quality of the artwork presented and for its artist hospitality.

GRACE also plans to move its Festival Party, which is sponsored by M Group and The Counter, to Saturday night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Artist awards, sponsored by Boston Properties, will be announced during the party.

Last year’s festival raised about $275,000 for GRACE’s operating budget, executive director and curator Lily Siegel told Reston Now. It attracts an estimated 30,000 visitors a year, GRACE says.

Anyone interested in applying to submit art for the festival can do so online. Applications can be submitted in 16 different categories, including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass, sculpture and more. Artist applications for juror review must be submitted by Dec. 10.

Free garage parking is available each day.

Photo courtesy of GRACE

by RestonNow.com November 7, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) was recently selected by the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) as a “50 For 50 Inspiration Award” winner.

From a pool of more than 350 nominees, GRACE was honored in the category of Bedrock Institutions, which recognizes organizations that have been around for more than 10 years and “have demonstrated a benefit to economic health and tourism in the local community.”

At the recent awards ceremony, attended by Governor Terry McAuliffe, GRACE was also recognized for its artistic excellence, its celebration of diversity, and its work toward helping to make Virginia a “cultural destination.”

GRACE was one of only four organizations statewide to be recognized in this category.

“This is an incredibly proud moment for GRACE. To be in such rare company is humbling,” said Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel. “All of us here view this as a real legacy award — one that honors the many people, fantastic partners and generous sponsors who, over GRACE’s 40-plus years, have made this iconic community institution what it is today.”

VCA planned the 50 For 50 Inspiration Awards to celebrate the commission’s anniversary — 50 examples of programs, individuals and organizations critical to the arts in Virginia, for the commission’s 50th anniversary.

“We are indeed fortunate in Virginia to have an abundant and diverse roster of outstanding artists and organizations and their supporters spanning disciplines and decades,” said Margaret Vanderhye, the commission’s executive director.

Commissioner Jo Hodgin added, “These awardees carry the banner for countless arts workers and supporters who use the arts to build a strong Virginia. We believe the arts are essential for a creative 21st-century workforce, economically dynamic communities and a culture based on wellness and accessibility.”

“I am very pleased to be moving GRACE forward on its vision to elevate the arts in the area by showcasing local and regional artists alongside artists of national and international reputations. We will continue to contribute and grow our importance and relevance in the Commonwealth and D.C. Metropolitan region,” Siegel said.

GRACE was founded in 1974. From its current headquarters at Reston Town Center, the organization hosts exhibitions, educational programming and special events year-round, including the annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

Currently, an exhibition of the photography of Sue Wrbican, entitled “Well Past the Echo,” is on display at GRACE through Nov. 18.

GRACE is located at Reston Town Center at 12001 Market St., suite 103. Visit the organization online.

Image: (Left to right) Governor Terry McAuliffe, GRACE Board Chair Robert Goudie, VCA Executive Director Margaret Vanderhye, and GRACE Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel. Photo credit: Michaele White

by Dave Emke January 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

Most of us remember being young, making artwork out of nothing more than paper and scissors.

Now through February at Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), though, you can see the works of artists who continue to take cutting paper very seriously — and do so with dazzling and awe-inspiring results.

“CUT” is the final exhibition in a series of three shows at GRACE that have showcased artwork made from materials more associated with domestic crafting. It follows 2014’s STITCH and 2015’s BEAD.

The exhibit, which opened last month, features of the work of six artists who are distinct in their uses of the medium: Ed Bisese, Maelle Doliveux, Bhavna Mehta, Beverly Ress, Leslie Shellow and Eric Standley.

“I think one of the things that’s really great about this idea is you’re taking this very specific, pretty simple beginning,” said Erica Harrison, GRACE associate curator. “Each [artist] is pulling from that tradition in a different way.”

Harrison said the works have three major themes: ecological concern, observations of everyday life and a “broader sense of spirituality.”

“I think there’s a little bit of ‘something else is out there,’ and they’re trying to reach that,” she said.

The exhibit contains a multi-faceted piece by Mehta that is suspended from paper “pipes” hanging from the gallery ceiling. Harrison said the work, entitled “GUSH,” tells the story of a community emerging from a five-year drought. Among its features are representations of water, leaves and flowers.

Another of the larger pieces is Standley’s “Daphne,” a 17-foot sculpture that incorporates intricately cut paper into the top of a fallen tree. Harrison said the piece, originally commissioned for the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, was inspired by the Greek mythological tale of Apollo and Daphne.

“Eric was really drawn to that story,” she said. “He wanted to give tribute to Daphne’s story.”

Other pieces include two cartoonish collages created specifically for the exhibit by Bisese; stop-motion illustrations by Doliveux; observations of water-based ecosystems by Shellow; and spiraling pieces by Ress that study life and its cycles.

The next exhibitions at GRACE will be in celebration of Youth Art Month. Works of area elementary school students will be displayed first, followed by a showcase of the work of area high schoolers.

Greater Reston Arts Center is located at 12001 Market St., Suite 103, in Reston Town Center. The gallery is typically open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

by Tim Regan December 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

GRACEThe Greater Reston Arts Center announced today it will feature the work of a nationally recognized painter, sculptor and mixed-media artist next April.

The gallery is scheduled to present “The Great Dismal Swamp,” the first D.C.-area solo exhibition from artist Radcliffe Bailey, starting April 21, 2017. The show is slated to run until July 8.

“At GRACE, Bailey will present a selection of newly commissioned mixed-media works exploring his family history in Virginia, as well as the history of the state’s Great Dismal Swamp,” reads a press release for the forthcoming exhibition. “The Great Dismal Swamp, a federally-designated national wildlife refuge in Southeastern Virginia, concealed and sheltered communities of slaves fleeing captivity on the Underground Railroad.”

Bailey’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and many other galleries throughout the U.S.

Read more about the exhibition in a press release:

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