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by RestonNow.com — May 17, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

Fans of public art now have greater access to Reston’s collection, as it has been added to a national online database thanks to the efforts of Public Art Reston.

Three dozen pieces of public art in the community are now catalogued in the Public Art Archive. They can be accessed by searching for “Reston, VA” on the website, which is currently featuring on its front page Patrick Dougherty’s “A Bird in the Hand” temporary installation outside Greater Reston Arts Center.

“We are pleased to incorporate Reston’s public art collection into the Public Art Archive after months of extensive collection management work by Public Art Reston’s art administrators,” said Lori Goldstein, the archive’s manager. “Reston’s collection shows outstanding diversity in the variety of projects, artists and sites chosen for both permanent and temporary public art throughout the community, and it is evident that Public Art Reston has excelled in establishing collaborative and creative partnerships to bring projects to fruition.”

Among the works pictured, detailed and mapped in the archives are sculptures, fountains, architecture and more. Public Art Reston committed to contributing content to PAA’s digital repository in order to give broader access to the community’s public art collection, its executive director Anne Delaney said.

“Creating greater awareness of Reston’s cultural assets supports Public Art Reston’s mission to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of artworks in Reston,” she said.

Screencap via PublicArtArchive.org

by RestonNow.com — March 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Rebekah Wingert Jabi/Public Art Reston

A trio of documentary films on the tradition of public art in Reston will be screened Tuesday at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road).

Rebekah Wingert Jabi/Public Art RestonPublic Art Reston will present the three short films, works of award-winning director Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, who will also attend the event to discuss them. The films — “Emerge: The Making of a Community Public Art Project,” “Fun, Beauty, Fantasy: Reston’s Public Art” and “A Bird in the Hand — Patrick Dougherty’s Sculptural Installation in Reston, VA” — explore the legacy of Reston’s public art and show how Public Art Reston works to advance it.

“Since Reston was established over 50 years ago, public art has played a central role in defining the unique character of our community,” said Wingert-Jabi, a Reston native. “As Public Art Reston celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, it is a particularly important time to have a discussion of what public art has meant to our community and how we would like to see it advanced here over the next 10 years.”

The films will be screened beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Public Art Reston’s presentation is in collaboration with Reston Community Center. The event is free.

Photos courtesy Public Art Reston

by Dave Emke — March 17, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Morning Notes - Winter

Early Education Teachers Sought — Bright Horizons will host an on-site interviewing session Tuesday at its Vienna location as it looks for early childhood teachers and associate teachers for its centers throughout Fairfax County. Dinner will be provided for event attendees. [Bright Horizons/Eventbrite]

Public Art Reston logoPublic Art Organization Has New Image — As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, The Initiative for Public Art Reston has been re-branded. Now known simply as Public Art Reston, the nonprofit has unveiled its new website and logo. The organization seeks to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of artworks in Reston. [Public Art Reston]

Construction on Metro to Detour Some Traffic — Again this weekend, work in the median of the Dulles Airport Access Road will result in eastbound traffic being detoured onto the Dulles Toll Road. The work will be done from about 9 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday, as crews set several large precast concrete elements at the Silver Line’s future Herndon and Reston Town Center stations. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

Community Matters Reston logo‘Community Matters Reston’ Plans First Meeting — A new volunteer organization promoting community-building initiatives and outreach has scheduled its first public meeting. Community Matters Reston will meet Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. at Sunset Hills Montessori School (11180 Ridge Heights Road). The organization is also selling decals featuring its logo, designed by Dana Scheurer, with all proceeds going to Cornerstones. The group’s goal is to “promote two of the founding principles of Bob Simon’s neighborhood: fostering and celebrating diversity, and offering a helping hand to those who need it.” [Community Matters Reston/Facebook]

by Karen Goff — October 25, 2016 at 4:20 pm 0

 The public is inivted to the Initiative for Public Art Reston’s (IPAR) annual reception and fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 3.

The non-profit IPAR supports the commitment to public art projects in Reston. The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Avant’s Resident Lounge, 12025 Town Square St. at Reston Town Center.

The reception includes fine wines, light hors d’oeuvres by South Lakes High School culinary students, live music by South Lakes High School String Quartet, and a live auction.

Tickets start at $50. Sponsorships are available. Visit IPAR’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.

IPAR supports the annual ChalkFest at Reston Town Center; the annual South Lakes High School STEAM Team artwork on Lake Thoreau; sculptures in Reston parks; and mosaics at Dogwood Pool and Reston Association trail underpasses, among other projects.

Photo: Patrick Doughtery’s “Bird in the Hand” sculpture at Reston Town Square Park is an IPAR project/file photo

by Karen Goff — April 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm 5 Comments


Work began over the weekend in Reston on a large-scale public art project by North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty.

Dougherty, who is well known for his works that use natural materials, will spend three weeks building the structure out of saplings. It will be unveiled to the public on April 25 and will remain in the park for over a year (since his sculptures are made from natural materials, they do not last indefinitely, said officials with the Initiative for Public Art Reston.

The Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) announced in December that it received a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Art Works grant to support the project.

Willowsford, a Loudoun County housing community, has also given a large grant to the project. Many of the saplings used in the project were also harvested at Willowsford.

Volunteers are helping Dougherty prepare materials and build the art work.

by Karen Goff — June 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm 4 Comments

Pyramid of light/Credit: Sean BahramiThe Pyramid of Light public art project that was built on the Lake Thoreau spillway in early May will remain there through the end of August.

The Reston Association Design Review Board has approved a request from the South Lakes High School art students that created the colorful project. The student artists — Margaret Lashley, Sammy Nazam, Gabriella Rando and Tehmeena Seher Salahin — originally had permission to keep the installation, which has received high praise from area residents, on display until the end of June.

The students turned the concrete platform into the base of a pyramid built of colorful hanging plexiglass panels.

Turning the spillway into public art was the idea of James Pan, a Reston resident who suggested the concrete square that can be seen from South Lakes Drive would be a great space for art. He offered financial support if the students would work on a project, says Anne Delaney, executive director of Initiative for Public Art Reston, which sponsored the project.

by Karen Goff — June 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm 3 Comments

Now rising from the lawn at Hyatt Park in front of the Hyatt Regency Reston: three 18-foot curved pieces of steel in a new permanent art installation from the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR).

The public art project has been in the works for several years. Baltimore artist Mary Ann Mears was chosen in 2011 as the winner of an open call for artists. There was a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Hyatt Park spot in June 2013.

Mears has been working on the aluminum structure for nearly three years. She said she tried to keep Reston’s relationship with nature in mind when designing the work.

“There is a challenge with the asthetic and feeling of Reston Town Center,” Mears said when the project was presented to IPAR supporters in 2011. “It seemed to me, to put a piece of sculpture there, it should have a dialogue with the architecture. You want to create a sense of anticipation of [walking into the Town Center]”

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