New Douglas Moulden Exhibit on Display at Signature Gallery

A solo exhibition featured the world of Maryland-based Douglas Moulden is on display at the Greater Reston Arts Center’s satellite gallery at the Signature apartments (11850 Freedom Drive) through August 29.

The exhibit, “A Purposeful Manner Towards a Vague Destination,” features a series of large-scale acrylic paintings on panels. The work is inspired by Moulden’s memories of woods near his Frederick, Md. home and the outskirts of the DC area.

GRACE said the following about the exhibit:

Calling on his expertise as a sculptor he makes his plywood panels, often utilizing non-traditional shapes, and then applies his paint in a unique fashion. His approach to research could be referred to as coddiwomple (v.), an obscure English slang word that gained popularity with globetrotters, meaning to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination. 

This is not the first time Greater Reston Arts Center has featured Moulden’s work. In the 2009 exhibition The Empty Landscape, curated by Joanne Bauer, Moulden presented a large body of paintings and sculptures, different from the ones seen here. Since then, he has lost the ability to use his signature technique of using a paint-filled syringe to draw, similar to pointillism, and build up the painting’s complex surface.

This set-back has affected the way in which Moulden creates his work but his deep appreciation for nature and the joy found in making beautifully crafted objects is still his driving force. In this exhibition, GRACE presents three new works,Things Are Looking Up, Puzzle, and Globe Thistle, the first of this artist’s transition from one method to another to capture the abstract and mysterious beauty in our area landscapes.

A curator’s talk is set for August 8 from noon to 1 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Photo via GRACE

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Save the Date: Taste of Reston Returns to RTC Next Month

Attention, foodies: Taste of Reston, the largest outdoor food festival in the area, returns to Reston Town Center on June 14 and 15.

Restaurants and community vendors will offer up food samples for the festival, which is produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and has been voted “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” by Virginia Living magazine for the last six years. The event also includes live entertainment on three stage, a family fun zone, and a Wine ‘n Dine area. Food vendors will compete for a “Best of Taste” competition as well.

On Friday, June 14, the event takes place from 4-11 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

The event is free, but tickets are needed to buy food, beer and wine. The Wine ‘n Dine area allows attendees to shop with cash and purchase food items designed to eat at home.

A sheet of two dozen $1 tickets is for $20. Tickets can be purchased online. Garage parking is free for the duration of the event.

More information about the event is available on the Taste of Reston website.

Photo by Don Renner

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UPDATED: Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn Set to Close This Week in Reston Town Center

Updated at 10:25 on Jan. 25 — Both stores closed three days ahead of schedule on Thursday (Jan. 24).

By next week, Reston Town Center will have two big empty retail spaces once filled by Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn.

Two spokeswomen — one for Pottery Barn and the other for Williams-Sonoma — told Reston Now that both stores are set to close on Sunday (Jan. 27).

The closures will create two vacancies on either side of the Reston Town Center’s pavilion. Pottery Barn (11937 Market Street) is right down the block from Williams-Sonoma (11897 Market Street).

Williams-Sonoma Inc. operates both brands. Other locations nearby include Tysons Galleria in McLean and the Mosaic District in Fairfax.

The two closures are the first large retailers to leave Reston Town Center after several restaurants and small businesses closed their doors in 2018.

This story has been updated

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Hen Penny Restaurant Set to Close in Reston Town Center on Sunday

Hen Penny will close its doors on Sunday in Reston Town Center roughly 20 months after it opened.

Hen Penny, a spinoff of Pheast Food Group’s Hen Quarter restaurants in Alexandria, Va. and Silver Spring, Md., opened at 1820 Discovery Street in April 2017.

An employee told Reston Now that Dec. 30 is the final day for the restaurant. The employee did not know what prompted the decision to close the location.

Hen Penny has another location in New York City.

Last Saturday (Dec. 22), another restaurant closed in RTC, citing paid parking as one of the main causes behind the closure.

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Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market Kicks Off Weeklong Opening Celebration

After closing its location in The Spectrum in 2005, Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market has officially returned to Reston. The gourmet food retailed opened today on the ground floor of The Signature, a 508-unit apartment building.

Seventy spaces in a garage primarily for residents of The Signature are set aside for Balducci’s customers. The first two hours of parking is free and no app is required.

The grand opening celebration kicked off at 11 a.m. today with a champagne sabering, live music and a ceremony led by Judy Spires, CEO of Balducci’s. During the weeklong celebration from Friday (June 22) through July 1, there will be a 10 percent discount on all purchase. Tastings and demonstration will also be held throughout the week. Today, around 400 additional parking spaces will be available for customers.

“We’ve combed the globe for the most exciting specialty foods–and of course that includes the very best of what’s local. Here you’ll find an incredible array of offerings from the freshest, sweetest day-boat sea scallops sourced right here in the Chesapeake Bay to Japanese Miyazaki A5 Wagyu beef,” said Spires in a statement. “We like to think that if Marco Polo had his dream pantry, this would be it.”

The company, which is headquartered in Germantown, Md.,  has other locations in Alexandria and McLean. The store in Reston is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Photos via Samantha Emmerling

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Friday Morning Notes

Fox5 comes to town — Fox 5 DC is broadcasting their morning show live from 6-11 a.m. at Reston Town Center Pavilion. The feature is part of a weekly Friday series that highlights communities around the D.C. region. [Visit Fairfax]

Hats off to Alianza Red — The Herndon Youth Soccer girls team participated in the 43rd annual Virginian Elite Soccer Tournament over Memorial Day weekend and came back with some wins. [The Connection]

Stateside: Virginia’s new Medicaid coverage — Roughly 28,000 Fairfax County residents will be newly eligible for Medicaid next year. Here’s what you need to know about the expansion. [Fairfax County Times]

Photo by Ruth Sievers

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New Parking Procedures for Reston Town Center In Effect Saturday

All garage parking will be free in Reston Town Center from Saturday through Nov. 26 due to the holiday season.

Garage parking is free on weekends, federal holidays and after 5 p.m. Parking activation is not required.  Street parking is free on Sundays only for up to 2 hours. On weekdays, only the first hour of garage parking is free.

On typical days, garage parking is free on Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The first hour is free during the rest of the day, with parking activation required from 3:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free on weekends.

Paid parking went into effect Jan. 3 at RTC, requiring $2-per-hour payment in garages all day Monday through Friday, and $3-per-hour payment for street parking Monday through Saturday.

On June 5, parking became free in garages between 5 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., and one hour of free parking is also offered during the day.

For more information on parking, visit RTC’s website.

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