201312 LRA ArtistsTalk Newsletter


December 2013

News from our President
A successful tour at the National Cathedral with Brenda Belfield
Meet the Members: Patricia Deege
WhiteBoard: Call for Art and more 
Fresh Photo: This month we introduce two photographs from RPS
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LRA had a great 2013!!   Some of the more notable achievements included: building on the successes of 2012 and expanding exhibition venues, nearly doubling our membership to approximately 125,  generating sales of paintings and photographs that are approaching $5,000 and providing awards in excess of $2000, restarting the Reston Photographic Society (RPS), coordinating a field trip for almost 50 attendees to the National Cathedral with stained-glass artist Brenda Belfield, and most recently, re-energizing the LRA Scholarship program.   We have a very talented group of about 10-15 members who put in additional time to make these events happen and I would like to express my thanks to all of those who pitch-in.  I would also like to again give a special "Thank You" to Megan Nehr, who managed the LRA President's position for the last several years and kept LRA together almost single-handedly.
As great as 2013 has been, 2014 will be even better and offers the potential for more benefits for LRA members.   We have planned a minimum of 12 group shows and 24 solo exhibitions at our current venues.  In the early part of the year, we should be adding yet another exhibition venue and awarding LRA Scholarships to local high school students.   We are planning for 4 workshops/presentations over the course of the year for the benefit of all members.  RPS will resume holding regular meetings.  We will be working with the Reston Chamber of Commerce and utilizing our membership benefits more effectively.   You can make a positive difference by becoming actively involved with the fellow artists of LRA.

Jim Schlett
LRA President

All photos by Ellis Rosenberg. (National Cathedral Washington DC)
A successful tour at the National Cathedral with
Brenda Belfield. 

Brenda Belfield, a long-time member of LRA, who created many of the stained-glass windows in the National Cathedral, gave a special behind-the scene tour of the Cathedral and her work.    Brenda's perspective on how her work evolved over time engaged all of us and included some very humorous insights about how and why some of the work was created.  We also learned about the opportunities of "chances and choices" and how they play an important part in our individual growth and life.  All of the attendees were energized and the feedback afterwards was most positive.

Jim Schlett

Meet the Member: Patricia Deege
The above image, "Pushing Contest" was shot in a wildlife reserve--Mashatu--in Botswana, southern Africa, in May of 2013.  These young "teenage elephants" often vie for pecking order in the herd and were actively engaged in establishing supremacy. After tussling for quite some time, falling down on the bank in exhaustion, and then continuing their shoving match, the victor eventually chased off his rival.
My image won Best in Show at the Nature Visions Exhibit and also won Best in Show in the annual Claude Moore nature photography exhibit in September of this year. In November, it was featured in an exhibit of African wildlife at Reston Center 1, sponsored by the League of Reston Artists.

Thanks so much for all the acclamations and support I have received. Winning "Best in Show" at Nature Visions will most likely be the highlight of my photography career.


 WhiteBoard: Call for Artists & More...

Art Show Opportunities with LRA click the link
: http://www.leagueofrestonartists.org/exhibits/shows

The solo exhibit program for 2014 is starting and we’re happy to announce that it will include the new Reston Center Two location at 12005 Sunrise Valley. Our  inaugural installation at Reston Center Two is up and it looks wonderful thanks to Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz’s wonderful artworks.  Her work will remain up until the new rotation starts for both buildings in January 2014. 
Be sure to go by and see the new location. in thepicturethe 

The LRA Scholarship Program has been one of our most important events in the past.  It was always thrilling to see how excited the winners were at the awards reception.  There was a lot of work especially for Sally Skene who worked endless hours on gathering information and judging.  Thank you to all who worked on the committee in the past. Our new committee includes Kent Barnett, Kathy Kautter and myself.  Also, Ginny Moore and Jim Schlett have offered their time even though they are busy with other LRA matters.  Thank you all.
This year, we are going to partner with the Fairfax County Public Schools' Art Scholastic Program to choose the students to receive our scholarships.  The presentation ceremony will be held on February 18, 2014.
The objective of our committee is to raise funds for the scholarships.  We already have some financial commitments, but will need many more.  We welcome any ideas and donations for this program.
Cheryl Parsons  cheryl@cherylparsons.com 

The Vienna Arts Society held it's 44th annual Treasury of Art (TART) Juried Show  November 22 to 24 at the Vienna Community Center. TART is Vienna's largest exhibit of the year, featuring hundreds of original artworks by artists from around the region.  Congratulation to our LRA artists who were juried into the Show:  Don Allen, Diane Blackwell, Lassie Corbett, Leo Deege, Patricia Deege, Loy McGaughy, Alfonso Ong, and Regina Petrecca.

Grand Canyon Acrylic on canvas. R. Petrecca                                  
All That Jazz-Acrylic on Canvas. L. McGaughy

Congratulations also to our Member Pam Coulter! Her paintings have been accepted in: Large Works and Small Work,  shows organized by Art League of Alexandria (ALA) in November. She has also been selected by ALA for the December show with a new painting. Her large work, Aftermath – Tsunami, for which she received  the Honorable Mention Award, was one of  only 16 artworks accepted out of 65 artworks submitted. She will exhibit her paintings in a solo show at Reston Center 1 organized by LRA Exhibit Committee. 

Aftermath – Tsunami P. Coulter

Don't miss Karen Hutchison solo exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center, Vulcan Gallery, Building W-16 during the month of December. 

Reston Photographic Society Will be meeting the first Monday of each month beginning on January 7th, at Hunters Woods Community Center, 7-9:30 pm. Please feel free to bring work in progress to share; either prints or on USB for projection. Guest speaker line up to follow....... This is open to the public so feel free to invite others & spread the word!

Fresh Photos

This Month LRA will present two photographers both members of Reston Photographic Society (RPS), our sister league with which we share a passion for art and exhibitions.

Chuck Fletcher:  "Photography is more about access and composition and less about the camera or technology used to take the picture. It’s the photographer's job to creatively see the unusual in the every day by balancing scale, light and luck. The right photo can have lifetimes of impact. " 
To see more of his work, visit his web site:


Jeff Burton: "I photograph for myself, as a way to reveal the imagery that passes by us each day, unnoticed. The photograph of the deer materialized; as it had been chased by children until it reached the woods and could relax a bit. I followed it slowly, walking at a distance, each of us eyeing the other, until the deer entered into the composition. Three images were taken, only once did the deer look up."

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