About LRA

More Than 40 Years Supporting Artists




About

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) is an active and enthusiastic group of diverse visual fine artists, photographers, and,supporters of the arts.  The LRA has a dual mission: 1) to provide its members with opportunities to grow, learn, and exhibit their creative accomplishments and 2) to provide the local community with frequent opportunities to experience and appreciate a wide range of visual art and gain insight into the creative process.

Quarterly meetings with guest speakers and artist demonstrations offer learning and inspiration while raising awareness and appreciation of the arts for members and for the public which is always welcome. Numerous judged and juried shows in venues throughout the community give member artists and photographers challenging exhibition opportunities. LRA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer-run organization that sponsors Reston Photographic Society, and provides an annual scholarship to a promising high seniors who will continue is or her education in the visual arts. Minimal annual dues entitle active artists to a variety of exhibition, learning, community, and volunteer opportunities. LRA relies on its member-volunteers and donations from the art-loving community to fulfill its mission.


History

In the spring of 1968, Embry Rucker, Episcopal Priest for Reston, asked Pat Macintyre, then a student at Corcoran, to begin organizing art shows for the Common Ground, a coffeehouse/community center located in the space that is now Jasmine Cafe. Other venues then began to ask for art. Pat met more and more artists, new sites were added and the informal program grew. In the fall of 1974, Pat was moving to Colorado and, not wanting to lose all that had been built, asked Nancy Erickson to keep the flame burning. Nancy and many others took on the task to formalize and organize the informal structure. The result was the League of Reston Artists. Pat Macintyre returned to Reston in 1977 to find a wonderful, vibrant group, growing and prospering.

Pat is known for her steadfast efforts as a community volunteer. A renowned artist, she has spent more than 30 years volunteering her talent and love of art in many forums and spaces, including art galleries, government buildings, schools, preschools, festivals and celebrations. She spent 17 years as host of "You've Gotta Have Art", a weekly children's television program directed toward teaching Reston youth to appreciate art. Pat has spent her life working to preserve and promote the arts in Reston. Every Saturday morning she leads free family workshops in art and culture at the Reston Historic Trust Museum.


Mailing Address

League of Reston Artists
PO Box 2513
Reston, VA 20195
 

Board of Directors 
 
 President    Rudy Guernica  2017
 President.LRA@gmail.com
 RPS Chair
 Anne Emerson  2015  caemerson6@verizon.net
 
 Treasurer  Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz  2012
 Treasurer.LRA@gmail.com
 Secretary  Anne Emerson  2017  caemerson6@verizon.net
 Membership  Regina Petrecca      2012  reginapetrecca@gmail.com

 Art iin Public Places (AIPP)
 Jim Schlett            
 2010             legalmanager@gmail.com
 Scholarships

 Rudy Guernica  2014 rguernica@hotmail.com
 Newsletter
 Antonella Manganelli 2013
 antomanganelli@aol.com
 Exhibits   
 Karen Hutchison  2012  karenh8@verizon.net
 

Key Volunteers

 Public Relations   Dawn Murphy 
 2013
 PublicRelations.LRA@gmail.com
 Webmaster Todd Schroder 
 2012 Webmaster.LRA@gmail.com
 Speaker Series (RPS)
 Anne Emerson
 2015
 caemerson6@verison.net