201405 LRA ArtistsTalk Newsletter


May 2014


News from our President
LRA Speakers Series: Using Social Media to Market your Art
Meet the Members: Ruth Sievers
WhiteBoard: Call for Art and ... much more! 
LRA Exhibitions Pictures
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President's message

"It had long since come to my attention that people

of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things

happen to them. They went out and happened to things."

Leonardo da Vinci



Those words of the great artist sum up the efforts of LRA over the past few years. I believe the League of Reston Artists (LRA) has experienced a renaissance or a re-birth. Like the great Renaissance that took place in the period roughly from the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Italy and spreading to Europe, that created a resurgence of learning, the arts, and music, we too have recharged. LRA, too, due to the great work of a core group of volunteers, has re-focused and added value to what we offer our members.

Just as important, on the administrative side of our renaissance, our membership is growing. We recently provided the largest amount of scholarship funding of any “arts” organization in Fairfax County, our website has been updated on a regular basis, our learning workshops have been restarted and we have a record number of exhibition venues for 2014. The future looks bright as we discuss and review plans for more exhibitions and workshops. With a few more volunteers we can scale even greater heights. With all of the ideas we have discussed, we could use your skills with regard to: sponsorships, writing, exploration of new exhibition venues, fund-raising and marketing. While I realize everyone's time is valuable, ponder what Leonardo said above and step up and make a difference.

Jim Schlett
LRA President


Using Social Media to Market Your Art

Cindy Grisdela

Cindy Grisdela. The Road Home. Small Art Quilts
The League of Reston Artists Speaker Series   
June 17 (6:30- 8:30 pm) at the JoAnne Rose Gallery at Lake Anne Community Center.   
Doors open at 6:30, presentation will start at 7:00 p.m.

The League of Reston Artist Speaker Series is proud to present Cindy Grisdela. The topic of Cindy’s talk is "Using Social Media to Promote Your Art Business.”  In today’s social world, the use of all the social media outlets available is fundamental for the success of any artist or photographer. The big question is how do you use them effectively? Cindy provides tips for using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and others to get your art or photographs seen on the web, as well as suggestions for integrating social media into your creative day. 

Cindy Grisdela is a fiber artist who creates abstract contemporary quilts intended to be displayed on the wall.   She shows and sells her work in juried exhibits all over the country. So far this year, she has participated in the American Craft Council's shows in Baltimore and Atlanta, Craftboston Spring, and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.  She is represented by Chasen Galleries in Richmond, Virginia.  Visit her website and blog at www.CindyGrisdela.com for more information about her work.
Kent Barnett
Speaker Series

The event is free and is open to members and non-members, no reservations are required. 


Meet the Member: Ruth Sievers. 

Ruth Sievers, a relative newcomer to Reston (two years now) and former long-time Arlington resident, works primarily in oils. She's been painting for more than 25 years and studied for many years with Diane Tesler at the Art League School in Alexandria. "I used to paint only when I had class, but since I retired 10 years ago I work much more steadily."  Ruth works from photographs that she takes herself, although on occasion she works from life with a model or still life set-up. She paints a variety of subjects, recently trying her hand at street scenes and landscapes, but her favorite subject is people--not just portraits, but also people in their environments. She won the Founder's Award at  the recent LRA exhibit at Lake Anne for an oil painting based on young men she photographed at a pro-immigrant parade in NYC. Ruth also makes mixed media collages. She has a studio at the Columbia Pike Artists Studios in Arlington but says she would love to find a studio closer to Reston.

Top Picture: At the Pro-Immigrant Rally. Award winner at Founder's day show 


WhiteBoard: Call for Artists & More...

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

PhotoArt Exhibition call for entries for photographers
This exhibition will be in the month of June. The show is held at the JoAnne Rose Gallery at the Lake Anne Community Center, which generates a great deal of walk-in traffic on a daily basis. Enter early to ensure you will be in the show. For more information, check out

CVWG Annual Show – Call for Entries
We are now accepting entries for the 23rd Annual Exhibition. Entry Deadline   June 7, 201



Art & Fun Around the Town
Purcellville Music and Arts Festival
Celebrate the arts on May 17, 2014,  at The Purcellville Music and Arts Festival.  The event will be held at Fireman’s Field located behind the Historic Bush Tabernacle, 250 South Nursery Avenue, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. This inaugural music and arts festival will include multiple stages, featuring a wide range of musical entertainment. This picturesque park setting is also ideal for art exhibits and competitions, workshops, crafts and games. A variety of food and beverage options will be available for purchase. This family friendly event will be free and open to the public. For general event information, contact Melanie Scoggins at mscoggins@purcellvilleva.gov.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
The 2014 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival will be held in the streets of Reston Town Center
The Festival is open to the public
Friday, May 16 from 5pm—8pm, Saturday, May 17, 10am—8pm and Sunday, May 18, from 10am—5pm, rain or shine.

Each year our Festival features over 200 skilled artisans who utilize both traditional and unconventional materials and techniques to create, hand-crafted, original works of art available for purchase. The sheer diversity of fine art and fine craft at the Festival, now in its 23rd year, ensures that there is something for every taste and budget.


'Celebrate Spring' exhibits work from painters and photographers of LRA and RPS, the two sister leagues that share their creativity and successfully organize shows and events.
This Exhibition can be seen at the Parkridge 5 location until July 12, 2014.
10780 Parkridge Blvd (Parkridge 5)
Reston, VA 20191
The Show has gained great attention from the public for the creativity and quality of the art work presented.  The LRA Exhibits Committee has proudly organized a special ArtNight reception for this successful exhibition. 

ArtNight' reception is scheduled on
May 20th from 5:00-7:00
The reception will be held in the east lobby at the Parkridge 5 location

The LRA scholarship winners, public, and members of the Reston Chamber of Commerce will  join this great evening of Art, music and food to meet LRA and RPS members. 
The event is free and is open to the members and their friends. We encourage all the members to join the soiree. 

Top Picture: Turneresque
by Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz

On the Left: Spring Has Sprung by Karen Hutchison
Bottom Right: My Red Hibiscus by Don Allen
Bottom Left: After The Storm Jim Kirby

LRA Solo Exhibitions:
Alessandra Ricci & Sharon Pound
Alessandra Ricci
Exhibition of Fine Art at Reston Center II 
Main Floor Lobby
12005 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston
May 1- 31, 2014 - Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Nature’s Elements surround us constantly: air, earth, fire, and water. Water has especially captured my attention in these paintings where I have attempted to capture it in the form of drops -- small, dense and transparent as they take shape against various backdrops.
In Elements I & II, I have grouped all four elements. Fire is represented by 23K gold leaf shaped as a quasi divine-spacial form through basic geometric designs. The whole is embraced by a second canvas, representing water or earth, to create a fundamentally natural union.

Alessandra Ricci’s art presents, with clarity and intensity, an opportunity to advance our existence and to regain cognizance of our emotive individuality – this is the value of art.  With her manual competence she communicates a reflection on mankind’s ethical and esthetic dimensions: the observer weighs oneself through the intensity of light, and the depth and power of infinite space (Genesis); her latest works illustrate the human image, especially the visage, offering an alternative to the prevailing culture of figurativism by way of visual expressions that are illuminating beyond sight.  E. Doniselli


Sharon Pound
Random Acts of Art
Exhibition of Fine Art at Reston Center I 
Main Lobby

12001 Sunrise Valley Dr. Reston, Va 20191

May 1- 31, 2014 - Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pM

Welcome to the artistic expressions of Sharon Pound.
This collection features a range of paintings & Mixed-media work that exemplifies Sharon’s varied artistic interests. She creates representational paintings & also enjoys experimenting with abstract pieces. She works in oil, acrylic, watercolor & mixed-media. Sharon is a boomerang Reston resident & has lived in  the Northern Virginia area on & off since 1976.  She has also lived in Tanzania, Congo, Togo, Nigeria, Germany & Greece & traveled to many other countries. Her overseas experiences are often reflected in her work.
Sharon earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting from George Mason University.  She is a member of the League of Reston Artists.



Founder's Day Opening Reception and Award Ceremony.
A great exhibition held during the month of April, 60 artists from the league presented a colorful and diverse exhibition, where style and multicultural influences melt in a unique visual experience.

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