by Anna Merod February 14, 2018 at 2:30 pm 3 Comments

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is returning to Reston Town Center for its 27th annual event, and this year the festival is a day longer.

The festival established by the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) will run from May 18-20 at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day and will bring more than 200 artists from across the country to show original works in 16 different categories of fine art and fine craft.

“The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is an event unlike any other. The quality of the fine art is exceptional, and the variety ensures that there is something for everyone, from woodwork to jewelry, ceramics, and painting,” said GRACE Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel in a press release.

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market will also be joining the festival as a title sponsor in time for its move to the Reston Town Center this spring. The market will be providing attendees food at multiple locations throughout the festival.

On top of the showings there will be a festival party for artists, sponsors and their guests from 7:30-9 p.m. There will also be an announcement of the 10 winners of the Awards of Excellence who will receive $500 in cash prize, a blue ribbon for their artist booth and admission into next year’s festival.

Donation tickets cost $5 per adult to benefit GRACE. There will also be free parking in all Reston Town Center garages throughout the entire festival.

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 January 24, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Red Cross Blood Drive at Reston Regional Library Today — The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. [Fairfax County Government]

Creative Response Set for Thursday — At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Artist Zoë Charlton will present a creative response to the Paulina Peavy exhibit, which is on view in the gallery of the Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market Street). The event, called a creative response, allows presenters to comment on work through an innovative presentation. [Greater Reston Arts Center via Facebook]

Reston Association Board of Directors Meets Thursday — The board will meet tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. to consider several motions, including the addition of two residential projects to Reston Association’s deed and covenants. Two community members will also present their analysis of the Lake House purchase, a year-long undertaking. [Reston Association]

Reston Town Center Broker Joins Joins Transwestern — Joe Ritchey, a broker who leased the office space at RTC, is joining Transwestern after representing Boston Properties for nearly three decades. Ritchey “achieved rents up to $20/SF higher than nearby properties. It has famously been 100% occupied for years.” [Bisnow]

Photo via Flickr pool @vantagehill

by Fatimah Waseem January 22, 2018 at 9:00 am 3 Comments

Planning Commission Set to Vote on Renaissance Centro Plan — On Thursday, the body will consider the proposal to build 20-story condominiums at 1801 Old Reston Ave. A vote was deferred from last month as county staff and the developer continued to disagree over how to incorporate workforce housing in the project. [Fairfax County Government]

Contemplate Creativity at a Meditation Workshop Today at 7 p.m.— This workshop at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market Street) will help attendees use the tool of contemplation to explore “truth, perspective and different realities,” according to its organizers. Its topic is inspired by Paulina Peavy’s work, which is currently on display at the center. Email [email protected] to register.

Parking Fees on Saturdays at Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station Up for Debate — The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider a measure to continue free parking on Saturdays at the Metro station. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority plans to charge $2 for parking on Saturdays at all Metro Stations beginning Feb. 5.  The board meets tomorrow. [Fairfax County Government]

Flickr pool photo by Vantagehill

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 9, 2018 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

South Lakes High School Indoor Track Team Earns Third Place — At The Freedom Games in New York, the school’s indoor track team had seven state qualifying performances. Sophomore Hannah Waller won the 300 meters and anchored the winning 4×200 relay team with recording breaking performances.  More than 4,000 athletes from 130 schools competed in the meet. [SLHS via Twitter]

Fairfax Coin Club Delves into The Secrets of Coin Conservation — The group will meet at 7 p.m. in Reston Community Center (2310 Colts Neck Road) for a discussion on how to best conserve coins. [Fairfax Coin Club via Twitter]

Curator’s Talk at Greater Reston Arts Center on Saturday — Lily Seigel, executive director of GRACE, will discuss the exhibition of Paulina Peavy by examining the artist’s life and relationship to the art of her time on Saturday at 3 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public. Peavy’s work is on display at the center through Feb. 18. [GRACE]

Photo via Milestat

by RestonNow.com January 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of  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. 

  • ArtSpace Herndon presents a book signing with Eileen Curtis, who recently retired after serving as the Dulles Chamber of Commerce President and CEO for 23 years, on Saturday at 2 p.m. Her book, Chamber Tales: A Memoir of Commerce, Community and Stunning Forces of Change, tells personal details about the leaders with whom she worked over the last two decades.
  • On Saturday, children between the ages of 5 and 12 can bring their winter-themed artwork to Reston Regional Library for display. Only one submission per artist per season is allowed.
  • Join the Walker Nature Center for a half-day annual bird count throughout Reston from 7 a.m. through noon on Sunday. Volunteers are invited to enjoy a free launch, tally results and swap stories back at Nature House.
  • This week’s Sunday service at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston will center around the theme, “The Lives We Lead” at 10 a.m. The church is located at 1625 Wiehle Avenue.
  • Reston’s Used Book Shop (1623 Washington Plaza) is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Sunday from 1  to 4 p.m. The store opened on Jan. 7, 1978.
  • Restoration Church (1501 Becontree Lane) is also celebrating an anniversary this Sunday form 10 to 11 a.m. The church turns three this year. The celebration will include activities for kids, a photo booth and a birthday cake.
  • 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 February 4. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. through 8 p.m.
  • In the exhibit, “Paulina Peavy: A Message to Paulina,” 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 Locamo after attending a seance in 1932. Her work includes paintings, films and texts that she used to better channel Lacamo’s energy.
  • Congregation Beth Emeth (12523 Lawyers Road) is holding a free session on caring for caregivers on Sunday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. The program is led by Rabbi Steve Glazer, who has established a consulting firm that specializes in the topic.
Know of other events in the area? Comment below.

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 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of  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.

Closures are in effect ahead of Christmas weekend, but there are still a few options for things to do in the area:

  • Horse-drawn carriage rides continue on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Reston Town Center. Rides depart from Market Street near Clyde’s and cost $5 per person. Children under 5 ride free.
  • Have your gifts wrapped by volunteers at Hyatt Regency’s Market Street entrance on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donations will benefit Kids 4 First.
  • Enjoy a holiday break brunch at Mon Ami Gabi from Tuesday through Friday. The brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. through 4 p.m.
  • Take part in college night skate night at the Ice Skating Pavilion in Reston Town Center every Thursday through March from 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Paulina Peavy’s exhibition at Greater Reston Arts Center continues every Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Santa will visit Glory Days Grill on 1400 North Point Village Center on saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

by Fatimah Waseem December 18, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Nominations Open for Volunteer Service Awards — Reston Association is seeking nominations for its annual Volunteer Reston Service Awards which recognize individuals, groups, families and businesses that are contributing to the community through volunteer service. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Lake House on April 19. Nominations are due by Feb. 9. [Reston Association]

Artwork Available for Purchase from Monster Drawing Rally — Greater Reston Arts Center is selling remaining artwork from its live monster drawing valley event and fundraiser. During the program, more than 50 artists created artwork on site.  Pieces are available online. To purchase, email [email protected] or stop by the gallery. All proceeds benefit the center. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Election Information Session Set for Jan. 3 — Individuals interested in running for an open seat on RA’s board of directors can attend the information session, which will provide an overview of the elections process and candidates’ roles and responsibilities. The session will take place at RA headquarter (12002 Sunrise Valley Drive) from 7 – 8 p.m. [Reston Association]

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 1, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

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.

  • More than 50 artists will transform the Greater Reston Arts Center into a working art station at the center’s “Monster Drawing Rally” on Saturday from 1 – 5:30 p.m. Artists will turn GRACE’s gallery into a public performance theater by creating artwork on-site using various media. Audience members can purchase artwork for $75 per piece as it is created.
  • Sue Fliess will read and sing her new book “We Wish for a Monster Christmas!” at Scrawl Books (11862 Market St.) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes monster coloring.
  • Enjoy holiday performances at The Promenade in Reston Town Center this weekend. On Saturday, Tenor Timor McKee will perform at 2 p.m. Guitarist Eric Waters will perform at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Experience a horse-drawn carriage ride on Saturday between 4 and 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Carriages will depart from Mark Street near Clyde’s.
  • The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
  • Terry Tempest Williams, an environmental activist, will speak about America’s national parks at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Williams is the author of the book, “The House of Land: A Personal Typography of America’s National Parks.”
  • On Saturday, shop at ‘Gifts from the HeART,’ an event at Reston Community Center where the building will become a festive marketplace of food and gifts. Original artwork will be available for purchase. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Make winter wreaths at the Walker Nature Center on Saturday from 10:30 to noon. All ages are welcome. Registration is $25 per person.
  • Take a chartered bust rip to Constitution Hall for the Holiday Music Festival to enjoy sounds of the holiday season on Sunday. All ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Buses will leave at 1:15 p.m. at Hunters Woods Shopping Center and 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Lake Anne Plaza.
  • At Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, staff will be available to help children and young adults between the ages of 3 and 16 to shop in the park’s country store, which has a wide selection of unusual gifts for a child-sized budget. To register for a half-hour shopping trip, visit the park’s website. Adults must wait on the site. The cost is $2 per child.
  • Participate in country western dance at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods on Sunday from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $5 for Reston residents and $10 for all others.
  • Enjoy a mini-train ride on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Trains will leave from Market Street near Clyde’s. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Reston.
  • The Walker Nature Center will host an open house on Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m. The open house includes refreshments, live holiday music and ornament-making. No registration is required.
  • Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon will host a Hanukkah boutique on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Participate in a “Menorah Magic” workshop at Reston’s Home Depot (1651 Reston Parkway) on Sunday. Shifts run between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. and between 4:30 and 5:15 p.m.
  • The Lake House will also have an open house on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Celebrate the holiday season with Santa at Frying Pan Farm Park on Sunday. One-hour programs include cookie decorating, games, and letter-writing to Santa. Programs begin at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online.

by Fatimah Waseem November 30, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Public Hearing on Assisted Living Facility on Sunrise Valley Drive Today —  The Fairfax County Planning Commission will hear public testimony on the Kensington Senior Development project on 11501 Sunrise Valley Drive. The plan calls for a 91-unit assisted living facility in a space currently occupied by a child care center. To sign up to testify at the hearing, visit the commission’s website.   [Fairfax County Government]

‘Monster Drawing Rally’ and Fundraiser Begins Saturday — More than 50 artists will transform the Greater Reston Arts Center into a working art station at the center’s “Monster Drawing Rally” on Saturday from 1 – 5:30 p.m. udience members can purchase artwork for $75 per piece as it is created. If there are multiple bids for the same piece, a drawing will be used to select the winner of the piece. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Reston-based Contractor Faces More Board Departures — According to the Washington Business Journal, four members of STG Group Inc.’s board of directors have resigned. The departures come as creditors took over the subsidiary of the contractor because the company defaulted on a previous credit agreement. [Washington Business Journal]

Herndon Family Medicine Celebrates Larger Facility —  The practice held a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this week to celebrate the opening of a new, larger facility on 381 Elden Street in Herndon. Mayor Lisa Merkel and the Town Council were also present at the ceremony. [Herndon Family Medicine]

Photo courtesy of Herndon Family Medicine

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]

File photo.

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


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