Open Call for Local Artists

Touchstone Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists is offering an opportunity to exhibit, develop and grow as an artist.
The Fellowship provides a 2 year artist membership in Touchstone Gallery in downtown DC. This guarantees a solo exhibition at the end of 2 year, participation in monthly gallery group shows, and a presence on the gallery website.
The monetary value of the fellowship exceeds $4200.
For more information see the flyer attached below.

LRA Awards Scholarships to Two High School Students

The League of Reston Artists supports and encourages young, local artists through the LRA Scholarship Program. Every year our organization awards scholarships to high school art students selected from Gold Key portfolios of the Fairfax County Public Schools Scholastic Art Program. LRA was present at the 2018 ceremony this past Wednesday, February 21st at the Ernst Center of NOVA Annandale where we awarded two $1,000 LRA Scholarships on behalf of all members.

This year’s 2018 LRA honorees were:

Aisha Qureshi of Westfield HS

and Minkyong Song of McLean HS

Please become a Scholarship donor and contribute to this program today!

The more funds collected and directed to this program, the more Scholarships that can be distributed and the more prestige and goodwill – for you as a donor and for our Art League in general.

To contribute to the LRA Scholarship Fund just follow this link…

and click on ‘DONATE’.

Donations can be made via PayPal, Credit card or Personal Check and are tax deductible. Thanks in advance for your generosity and special thanks to all our past donors.

Call For Artists: p-ART-ners

“Best of the Region 2” Fine Art Show & Sale

We are seeking art in all media for a juried fine art show, to be exhibited in Manassas VA. Works will also be displayed online. Open to artists who live, work or create art within a 35 mile radius of Manassas, VA.

Deadline to enter: Friday, March 9, 2018.

Entry fee: Members of Sponsor Organizations: $15 per artist. All others: $25 per artist.

What you may enter: Original work of the artist only, completed within the last three
years, in any medium that can be hung on the walls. Any subject, but must be “family
friendly”. Maximum dimension, 42” (including frame). Minimum, 8”. Maximum weight, 20
lbs. Up to 5 submissions per artist. The show will be juried from jpegs of your work.
Artwork previously shown in this exhibit will not be accepted.

Drop off/pick up: Drop off selected artwork Monday, March 19, 2 p.m. Pick up Friday,
April 6, 2 p.m. If you can’t meet these times, please contact us for alternatives.

Location: The Hall at City Hall, 9027 Center Street, Manassas.

Presentation: Please adhere to our framing and presentation guidelines, attached.

Reception and awards: At minimum, $300, $200 and $100 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be
awarded. Awards will be presented during the reception (time/date TBA.) Awards will be
selected by a qualified judge.

Sales: Are between the artist and the customer. No commission is taken.

A prospectus and additional information can be found here:

For more info: Contact Michele Frantz, 703-791-5767,

Carla Steckley “A Visual Journey” Solo Show at Lake Anne

Jo-Ann Rose Gallery
Reston Community Center – Lake Anne
1606-A Washington Plaza
Reston VA 20190

Carla Steckley

Sunday, November 12, 2-4pm

This retrospective spans Carla Steckley’s 3 decades of her passion for capturing the beauty of our visual world. There will be over 50 pieces. Included will be infrared images developed in trays in the wet darkroom. In 2006 she transitioned to the digital darkroom for color and black and white.  Most recently, she is presenting her work in large triptychs on canvas.


Gallery Talk with Artists at Marymount’s Ballston Center

Marymount University is hosting a gallery talk with artists Jeremy Flick and
Jon Malis about their exhibit “Metaphrase” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at its recently opened Ballston
Center Gallery, 1000 North Glebe Road. The exhibit explores the transliteration of color through
painting, photography and sculpture.

For the last few years Flick has investigated “color science” derived from the imitation and
representation of blown up pixels of digital images while Malis has used modeling software to explore
the representation of color spectrums into 2D and 3D forms, turning the digital into the physical.
Flick, who received his bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Cincinnati and his master’s of
fine arts from the University of Maryland, is executive director at CREATE Arts Center in Silver
Spring and an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts Department at Montgomery College. A resident
artist at Red Dirt Studios, his works are in numerous private and academic collections, including The
Hotel at the University of Maryland and Capital One Bank and Hilton Worldwide in McLean. He has
recently exhibited at Northern Virginia Community College, Shinola in Washington and Gallery nine5
in New York.

Malis, an assistant professor of photography at Loyola University, currently serves on the board of
the International Digital Media and Arts Association. He has worked as a freelance cinematographer
and producer for narrative and documentary film/TV productions, and was a staff photojournalist for
ThisWeek News/Columbus Dispatch, and the Piqua Daily Call. He received a master of fine arts in
film & electronic media from American University and a bachelor’s degree in studio art from The
George Washington University.

He has exhibited locally, nationally and at Camden Arts Centre in London, Helsinki Photomedia
Conference, and the PFF Film Festival in Berlin.

“Metaphrase” is the second exhibition in the new Ballston Center Gallery, located on the second
floor of the Ballston Center. It is on display from Oct. 27 to Dec. 2. Regular gallery hours are from 1
to 6 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays.

“FOOD AND PHOTOS” Panel Discussion

Photoworks Gallery’s
“FOOD AND PHOTOS” Panel Discussion
Sunday, October 1

Photoworks Gallery’s 2017/18 Lecture Series Will Begin With A Food Photography
Discussion Featuring Renee Comet, Debra Moser and Jonathan Bardzik

Glen Echo, M.D. (September 25, 2017) – Photoworks Gallery will host a panel discussion on food photography with Chef Jonathan Bardzik, Food Photographer Renee Comet and Debra Moser.

The panel will take place at 4:00 p.m. on October 1, 2017 at the Glen Echo Arcade room 302. The panel will include bites from Chef Jonathan Bardzik, as well as Kapnos Kouzina in Bethesda. This event is perfect for anyone interested in professional food photography or even those just looking to up their Instagram game.
Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased at

Click here to download press photos for the event.

More About The Panelists

Jonathan Bardzik is a chef and storyteller, with a passion for farm-fresh local ingredients and bringing people together everywhere from farm markets and dinner tables to boardrooms. He has published three cookbooks and was recently recognized by the Farmers Market Coalition as a “Farm Market Hero.” Jonathan will be signing copies of his books after the event.

Renee Comet is a noted food photographer with an uncomplicated, fluid, elegant style. She has collaborated with chefs on over 75 cookbooks, and has worked with such clients as Food Network, Ritz-Carlton, US Postal Service, and the Washington Post.

As the former director of Vis Arts (formerly Rockville Arts Place), Debra Moser has guided arts organizations and businesses in growth strategies and is a co-founder and owner of of Central Farm Markets and MeatCrafters, Inc. Debra has a professional certification in pastry from L’Academie de Cuisine and is an avid traveler and photographer, participating in several exhibitions. Debra has written articles and contributed photographs about food and nutrition for local and national outlets such as Jewish Food Experience and Edible DC.

About the Exhibit

Foodies opens September 15 with a gallery talk and reception from 7pm to 9pm and runs through October 22, 2017. The exhibit goes far beyond the #FoodPorn you see on your Instagram feed featuring photos of food in all stages of preparation, from harvesting, to stylized “still life” cooking portraits, to composted scraps, and photos of the “foodies” themselves.

The artists exhibiting work in the show include; William Edwards, Eileen Z. Joseph, John Pan, Vincent Ferrari, Blair Jackson, Cam Miller, Sandy Sugawara, Richard Paul Weiblinger, Ari Golub, Ron Freudenheim, Ed Palaszynski, Bob Friedman, Zhangmou Sun, Gayle Friedman, and Said Ziar.

About Photoworks

Forty years ago, in a derelict building hidden among the abandoned amusement park rides of Glen Echo Park, four young photographers founded Photoworks with little more than a shared passion for the daily work of seeing, shooting, and printing images of lasting beauty and artistic integrity. The day-to-day collaboration, creative dialogue, and informal mentoring that led those artists to successful careers as fine art and commercial photographers established the values of experimentation and collegiality that define Photoworks today. Offering a diverse combination of educational programs, gallery exhibitions, and community initiatives, Photoworks is a vibrant and unique resource for student and professional photographers – an arts community in the very best sense of the word.

Photoworks offers photography classes for all ages. The gallery is open to the public Sundays and Mondays from 1pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm.

Visit for more information.

Mary Ellen Mogee Exhibit

Mary Ellen Mogee Exhibit at Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

“Pour and Push”
Mary Ellen Mogee

​Aug 29 – Oct. 1, 2017

Reception: Sunday, October 1, 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm
Come see my newest works—abstract florals– at my new solo show!

Made by pouring and pushing paint.
Enjoy canvases bursting with exuberant florals,
cascading drips, and mysterious puddles of color.

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston

1625 Wiehle Ave.
Reston, VA 20190

Gallery Hours Vary
Call 703-956- 9155 before you go, to check if the gallery is open.

King Street Bridge Mural – Call to Artists

A Public-Private Collaboration between the Town of Leesburg, Virginia Commission on Public Art and The Friends of Leesburg Public Arts


At the suggestion of a local high school student, the Leesburg Commission on Public Art is seeking submissions for murals to be painted on each side the King Street bridge that crosses over Town Branch in Leesburg. The bridge is in a highly visible location for users of the W&OD bike trail and Georgetown Park in historic downtown Leesburg. Once the King Street bridge project is completed, residents and visitors will have a prime view of the mural. The Friends of Leesburg Public Arts assists with fundraising to cover costs associated with artist fees and materials.

See the prospectus attached for more information.

Review of LRA artist Octavia Frazier

Exhibit: Mark
September 5 – October 1, 2017
Juror: Charles Jean-Pierre
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 6:30–8:00 pm

by Octavia Frazier, winner of The Art League Best in Show Award

Q&A With Juror Charles Jean-Pierre

TAL: What were your initial interpretations of the theme “Mark?” What does an artist’s mark mean to you?
CJP: I think it’s important to make your mark on the world. I think all of the artists that I selected are making their mark. In my own work, I make crude marks. My signature lines are intended to show movement–they denote delineation from one side to the other. When I think of marks I think of making a permanent statement that’s unique to the individual.

TAL: What did you notice about the artists’ interpretations of the theme? 
 The interpretations were vast. I loved the abstract work, and the photography was breathtaking. I appreciated the use of color in the interpretation of the theme.

TAL: What do you look for in a successful work of art? 
 As an academic, it’s important to see the elements of art and principles of design implemented in an effective matter. I also looked for vibrancy and a light that emitted from the works of art.

TAL: What medium(s) did you find strongest? 
 I loved the acrylic work. I think it’s because I work with acrylics most often. The works that had a strong message were my top choices. I think artists should only submit their strongest works of art—sending weaker pieces affects the perception of the strongest piece.

TAL: Is there anything you wish you had seen more of? Less of? 
 I would have loved to see more experimentation. I am a multimedia artist and it’s fun to see when artists go beyond the norm.

TAL: Was there a common subject matter that kept surfacing? 
 The subject matter was vast. I decided to focus on execution. I was looking for a cohesive level of implementation and finish throughout all the works.

TAL: What were the unselected works lacking? What advice do you have for our artists?
 I wish I could have included more artworks. Sometimes works don’t fit a particular exhibit but are still exhibition worthy. Keep creating! Keep thinking and keep making your mark. Put in 10,000 hours of practice and experiment and read about the world. There are artists that know nearly everything there is to know about art but know nothing about the world. I believe that when you are inspired by the world, art comes easy.

TAL: What drew you to the award winners? What made “Feeling the Force” by Octavia Frazier and “Sin of Innocence” by Elaine Qiu stand out from hundreds of entries?
 The two works spoke to me. They were stylistically unique and utilized color like no other. I was so impressed with the color and wanted to see more from those artists. The other artworks they submitted were just as strong. Their second and third entries helped me understand their trajectory. Their other pieces were cohesive within their body of work.

TAL: What do you hope the viewer takes away from this exhibit?
 I intend to leave the viewers inspired. I hope people come away with a smile and a light in their hearts. I think the works that were selected were a true expression of individuals making a unique mark.

TAL: Can you describe the show you juried in three words? 
 Raw. Clean. Expressive.