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LRA Awards Scholarships to Two High School Students

posted Feb 23, 2018, 5:28 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster

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.

Review of LRA artist Octavia Frazier

posted Sep 14, 2017, 5:17 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster

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.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography Coming to Leesburg

posted Feb 14, 2017, 7:31 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

Greetings from RMSP! I'm contacting you from our school in Missoula, Montana to inform you about an educational and insightful two-day experience we bring to various cities across the U.S. each year. In 2017 we are holding one of these informative seminar-style events in your area; Leesburg, Virginia on March 25-26, 2017.

This event will be held at:

Best Western Leesburg Hotel & Conference Center726 E Market StreetLeesburg, VA 20176United States(703) 777-9400bestwesternvirginia.com/hotels/best-western-leesburg-hotel-and-conference-center

 Schedules and course descriptions can be found by clicking on this link here.


For these events, we offer a special group discount for individual members of any photography group including yours: $20 off of full tuition ($179 versus $199). To obtain this discount, any of your group's members are welcome to register online at www.rmsp.com or call us at (800) 394-7677 and use the group code CC0417. Applying this code during registration will automatically adjust the fee to the above discounted amount. I've attached an invitation explaining this information that you're welcome to distribute to your members if appropriate.

Please let me know if I can be of any assistance. We look forward to hopefully seeing you all here with us there in Leesburg!



Bob McGowan
Student Services Associate

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
​216 N. Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT 59802​

406-543-0171 or 

Fairfax County Creative Aging Vendor Fair

posted Dec 13, 2016, 7:24 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster

Fairfax’s Creative Aging Festival has been well received, and the 14 county senior centers are clamoring for more arts programming.  In response, a “vendor” fair is being planned for January 18 at Lincolnia Senior Center at 4710 N Chambliss St, Alexandria, VA 22312 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  The goal is to share resources and promote networking to facilitate more artist residencies, workshops, classes, and programming throughout the year. 

Do you know a teaching artist who would be interested in participating? If so, please share this email.  Ideally, artists will attend in person to meet the Senior Center Directors and discuss scheduling, but if not, we could distribute brochures or other printed information on their work.  Teaching Artists should respond to me at LMariam@artsfairfax.org to RSVP for the vendor fair.

Please note that we are in the process of planning for the May 2017 Creative Aging Festival as well, and this vendor fair is an effort to further promote opportunities for seniors to engage in the arts year round.

Thank you for helping us to get the word out, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Lisa Mariam
Director of Grants and Services
Arts Council of Fairfax County
2667 Prosperity Avenue, Suite A, Fairfax, VA 22031
[P] (703) 642-0862 x1
[F] (703) 712-8599
https://twitter.com/artsfairfax https://www.facebook.com/artsfairfaxcounty

September LRA ArtistsTalk Newsletter

posted Sep 22, 2016, 10:46 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 10:46 AM ]

LRA Ernst Center Exhibition Results

posted Sep 22, 2016, 8:04 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 8:04 AM ]

This is the 3rd year that we have had a show at the Ernst Center - NVCC Annandale campus. This year the show was judged by Betzi Robinson and below are her observations regarding the show and awards. Congratulations to everyone. This is a fabulous show and thank you to all that participated. The show will be there through October 7th, so if you haven't been by there is still time.
 This is indeed an eclectic show is and it is good to see so many 
styles, techniques and ideas represented. Obviously this is a group that
 loves to create works of art. 

At the Pro-Immigrant Parade by Ruth Sievers For Best in Show---This is a work that seemed to walk off the wall toward me when I entered the gallery. It is no mean feat to create a work with that kind of impact. The composition and technique are excellent. The color planes of the clothes create a design which frame the faces of the young men and allow the viewer to concentrate on the sensitive rendering of the faces of the young men. An unusual choice of subject which is a totally successful , powerful; work of art. Congratulations to the artist.

Welcome Aboard by Pat CoatesFor First Place--"welcome Aboard" is another wonderful idea and evokes the world of Art Deco just perfectly. Really excellent, skillful handling of the paint and dramatic composition. Each time I stopped to look at it, I found more to enjoy about it. I consider it to be a work of lasting excitement, something to keep going back and back to view. What more could one ask of an art work?

Alexandria Lights by Barbara Frazier: 2nd place--Alexandria Lights"--It was a pleasure for me, as a watercolorist to find a work that was such a delicate handling of the medium. The glow of the lights gave it a dimension of mood and place that is not easy to express in a cityscape. This is a small work compared to the other two paintings but its charming spirit held its own very well among the larger works. 

Fantasy Garden by Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz:  3rd place--"Fantasy Garden" The handling of exuberant , flowing color make this work outstanding. The organic forms and interconnecting movement of shapes and line are a delight to those who love color. A very creative, spirited work. 

Wisteria Dreams by Virginia Lloyd-Davies:  4th place==Wisteria --An Asian brush painting of real elegance and refinement . This painting truly captured the spirit of the plant and conveyed its delicacy and beauty so well. One could almost sense the aroma of spring emanating from the work. 

Misty View by Karen Hutchison: Honorable Mention--Misty View--I feel this is an homage to Turner, beautifully and very subtlety rendered.  The range of color was handled with effective restraint which conveyed a peaceful mood of the subject matter.

Bette- Party On! by Rosemary Gallick:  Honorable Mention--"Betty--What a lively, creative and fun approach to the subject. Clearly a good deal of work went into making this painting and the result was a painting that puts a smile on the face of the viewer and results in a cheerful moment. 

Commentary--I was very impressed with all the photographs. 
Although few in number compared to the paintings, all of them had something different and interesting to offer in their approaches. 

Tea Time by Maureen Costantino 1st--Tea Time: This was a Zen photograph to me--beautifully understated color, elegant design contrasting the straight lines with the curves of the tea bowls and muted changes of values. A lovely work.

Fork Dreams by Jan Bender  2nd==Forks--a black and white expression of light and dark shapes. Very original idea which elevated mundane tools for eating into fine art. The most interesting work.

Children in the Street, Tanzania by Patricia Deege  3rd--The charm of the children was irresistible / Wonderful color and for anyone who has ever tried to get children to stay still in a line, an impressive feat. Just a delightful picture.

Memories by Jim Schlett  4th--Memories--This was one of the most painterly photos. Lovely lines of the trees and interesting color make "memories" memorable. 

Chitwan Cook by Dawn Murphy Honorable Mention The Chitwan cook---At first look., an uncomplicated picture but one with a poignant universality. An impressive work of deceptive simplicity.

National Park Artist-in-Residence - Jim Schlett

posted Aug 14, 2016, 6:49 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster   [ updated Aug 14, 2016, 6:50 AM ]

NWFCU Seeks Donations for Silent Auction

posted May 24, 2016, 5:31 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster   [ updated May 24, 2016, 5:31 AM ]

NorthWest Federal Credit Union has reached out to the LRA members for items to be included in a silent auction to raise money for their annual Night of Magic event.

The Night of Magic event gives critically ill children in the DC area a chance to attend an evening of fun, crafting, games, dancing, and leaving the medical problem behind for a few hours.  This will be the 7th year the charity division of the credit union has organized and held this event.  This year, it will be held at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital on July 8th.    

This link will take you to the NWFCU Foundation website and a video on last year’s Night of Magic:  https://www.nwfcufoundation.org/nom/default.html

NWFCU will be holding a silent auction to raise money for the event.  They would appreciate any of the wonderful pieces of artwork that a member would be willing to donate.  We are working with a short-ish deadline, as they need to have the donations by Tuesday, May 31st.  To get best visual impact for bidding, having the pieces on hand would be best, but I believe they can accept a photo as well.  

NWFCU has also been a great supporter of LRA.  We are part of their Community Partner Group, they have hosted an exhibit, and a there joint effort for additional scholarships this year.

If you are able to help out you can:

  • Contact me directly & I can co-ordinate with you.  My number is 703-201-1073.
  • Drop items off at the Herndon branch.  Please make sure to give them Michelle Sandy’s name.
  • Reach out to Michelle Sandy.  Ms. Sandy is organizing the auction.  She’s located at the Herndon Branch (in the Lending building).  Her direct number is:  703-709-8900 x4732.  Her email is:  msandy@nwfcu.org

Design and Wine

posted Mar 3, 2016, 7:27 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster   [ updated Mar 3, 2016, 7:30 AM ]






ArtSpace Herndon announces the first two events in the spring season’s Design and Wine Series: Ocean Fish and Seahorses and Spring Wine Glasses. No experience is necessary, beginners and experts alike, will have an enjoyable evening with old friends and new creating a work of art to take home.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7 to 9 p.m., Ocean Fish and Seahorses with Melanie Stanley.

Have you ever been mesmerized as you watch beautiful fish and seahorses in videos, aquariums, and their natural environment? Imagine creating your own colorful, ocean painting where your unique sea creatures created by you swim on a canvas of your own mixed media design. Melanie will demonstrate a variety of techniques for you to use while layering your underwater scenery with fish or seahorses that come from your own imagination. Beginners to advanced art students will enjoy this creative, colorful evening. Let’s have Oceans of Fun together!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7 to 9 p.m., Spring Wine Glasses with Cheryl Wilson.

Find your passion in the beauty of spring and create one-of-a-kind beautiful wine glasses. Unlock the power of color within your imagination as you decorate the glasses with acrylic paint. There will be plenty of ideas, samples, and templates to help you design beautiful glasses for spring. Bring your imagination, your wild side, and let’s create YOUR passion on glass.

Event Details:

Each event is led by a local artist and costs $30 per person, which covers all supplies and two glasses of wine. Events are limited to 25 participants. Registration is required with payment in advance. For more information, or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, please visit our website at: ArtSpaceHerndon.org.

LRA Annual Meeting Held

posted Feb 26, 2016, 11:33 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster   [ updated Feb 26, 2016, 11:34 AM ]

Saturday, February 20 2016

Hunters Woods Community Center, Reston 

The meeting was called by Jim Schlett, the President of LRA to order around noon with about 25 members in attendance.

Jim introduced himself and the Board and then each member of LRA gave a brief introduction of themselves and their involvement with LRA including several members who recently joined.  Jim thanked the other Board members for all for the work over the past few years.   Jim mentioned that according the the records and files that have been passed on to him, that next year, 2017, LRA will be celebrating 50 years as an arts organization. That means we will plan some special events for next year. He also talked about our association with organizing photography and painting shows at USGS which have been going on for 35 years. 

By virtual every measurement LRA had a great year and the past accomplishments for 2015 were discussed including;

- Successfully organized several large groups shows with over $4,000 in awards,

- Held 2 art events at the new Harrison apartment location near the Reston Town Center,

- For the third year in a row, since the current Board was formed, provided $2000 in scholarships to local students,

- Held 2 “LRA book fairs” at Barnes & Noble in Fairfax raising over $3,000 for our scholarship fund,

- Initiated a strategic partnership with NorthWest Federal Credit Union (NWFCU) that has
  resulted in substantial donations to LRA,  Also held an “art event” at the NWFCU Headquarters last spring,

- Published several LRA newsletters with updates and happenings,

- LRA stories appeared in Reston and Reston Lifestyle 2 magazines,

- Despite our best considerable efforts, the new management (ARC) at the Parkridge 5 and Reston Corners Buildings,
  terminated a long standing exhibitions venues at those sites,

- By end of year, had about 120 members,

- Explore the option of managing the Art in Public Places (AIPP) program with 15 new locations in northern VA,

2016, Jim then talked about the plans for 2016, including new potential venues and the need for more volunteers in order to take advantage of such opportunities.  The 2016 includes;

- Eight group shows, which usually last one month long at USGS (2), Ernst Center (1), ArtSpace Gallery in Herndon (1), JoAnne Rose Gallery (3) and Hunters Woods Community Center (1),

- The LRA Board recent increased awards funding at all groups shows for 2016, starting in March
  with at least $1,000 per show,

- LRA managed the initial AIPP  program at 16 locations in northern Virginia in January with the next rotation
  scheduled for end of March-early April,  16 different members displayed work at those sites,

- LRA will provide $4,000 in scholarships including a new joint effort with NWFCU,

- Reston Photographic Society (RPS) will continue to host presentations on photography on a regular schedule,

- We will probably hold one Book Fair at Barnes & Noble if we have sufficient number of volunteers,

- Looking at having an “outside review” of our financial records to ensure that we have adequate “checks and balances,”

- Reviewing several new inquiries for potential additional venues and partnerships,

- The need for additional volunteers to help with new partnerships, IT or technical support for LRA web page, support
  with organizing administrative matters,and new exhibition venue coordinators.

Karen Hutchison presented $600 of awards for the current Hunters Woods exhibition.

After a short question and answer period, Jim introduced Lee Deege, a long-time LRA member, who gave a great talk about a new book he wrote concerning growing up under Nazi occupation in Europe and his own experiences as an Army Officer in the Vietnam conflict.   He also had a limited number of his books, which sold out in a few minutes.

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