“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” Mark Twain
world events of the last few weeks have put a sobering reminder about
how we view life and how small the world is and at times, crazy. One
thing it has shown me is that art allows us to continue to explore our
interpretations of all of the different aspects of life and our
environment and share that with others. In its simplest terms, art
is hard to believe that we are in the final stages of 2015 and, just
like the stunning colors of this autumn, LRA had a great year. We had a
very busy and productive year by virtual all measurements. Despite
“behind the scene” efforts, we lost some exhibition venues for most of
the year, due to the relocation of the Reston Chamber of Commerce and
the sale of the Parkridge 5 and Reston Corner Buildings. However, we
did pick up some new venues, such as the Pen-Fed Real Estate Office, and
have entered into a great partnership with the Northwest Federal Credit
Union. We had two Book Fairs with Barnes and Noble and raised over
$3,000 for scholarships. We had successful major exhibitions at the
JoAnne Rose Gallery (3), US Geological Survey Art Hall (2) and the Ernst
Center in Annandale. We have the Reston Photographic Society (RPS)
back on track with new presentations.
know that 2016 will be even better for LRA and its members. In
addition to our usual schedule of group exhibitions, we will have a new
group show at the Hunters Woods Community Center in February and a
“Painters Show” at ArtSpace in Herndon in the spring.
the last several months, we have been working with the Council for the
Arts for Herndon to transition the Art in Public Places Program (AIPP)
that our own founding member Pat MacIntyre created and managed for many,
many years. This program will provide a large number of buildings in
northern Virginia as exhibition space for solo shows and possible small
group shows. For 2016, we will work with the Council as they will
provide administrative support and we will supply the creative painters
and photographers. We will soon be sending out detailed announcements
about this program which will be open to all interested artists who are
members of LRA for 2016.
story of LRA is a great collection of the work and spirit of its
members. In our inclusive organization, everyone has the opportunity to
contribute in terms of your talents. We have need for support in terms
of administrative tasks, such as coordinating some of the exhibitions,
assistance with our web page and financial matters. Do the Right Thing
and get involved.
Have a memorable Holiday Season and looking forward to 2016
Meet our Artist Writers
Leo Deege - Melanie Z. Stanley - Mishka Jegger
From Nazi Occupied Holland to the Jungles of Vietnam...An Immigrant's Story
Memoir by LEO DEEGE
Available now at Barnes & Noble - Amazon - Outskirts Press
Proceeds to Disabled Veterans
idea of writing a memoir came to me after listening to Dutch relatives
who told me a few great stories about WWII and what they specifically
experienced. Since then they have passed away and have taken their
stories with them to the grave. I subsequently made up my mind to
write down my own experiences.
I was born a few months before the German paratroopers invaded Holland
by night, which was a few months after Hitler had assured us
neutrality. My Dad was employed in a prison and helped two Jewish men
who were undoubtedly destined for a gas chamber, to escape from
prison. He then took the prisoners place in the same prison. I
relate some scary experiences in trying to get him released and our
farewell from him on a train station destined to a German concentration
camp. I vividly recall several other frightening instances during the
war years, such as V-1s flying over our homes, some of which landed far
short of London and destroyed a neighborhood. I also recall the
terrible hunger winter of 1944-1945, when the Germans punished the Dutch
for staging a railroad strike to assist the approaching allied army.
I’ll never forget the clandestine radio broadcast announcing that the
allies had landed in Normandy when our living room exploded from
Check the link to buy Leo's book http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore/details/9781478764700
My name is Melanie Z Stanley,
and I am proud to have been a member of LRA for quite a few years now,
hobnobbing with some of the finest artists I have ever had the pleasure
art genre I love best has been coined, "Mixed Media" but years ago I
did not know this term and just threw whatever I had in my studio onto
papers, wood, and canvas, marveling at the spontaneity of mixing inks
with watercolors, alcohol, salt, acrylics, graphite, mineral spirits,
glitter, and more. Since my wonderful experiences in art school (four
years plus a few grad courses in pottery and painting), I have continued
to learn, aspiring to explore, discover, and learn by doing and mixing!
Today I create pieces with my hand painted papers collaged into the
mix, which makes for a very interesting experience! My collage process
also makes my work somewhat unique and tells a different story.
my journey, I also became a freelance writer, and got my first poem,
"Ode to a Rose" published in high school! Along with studying
independent art in my high school classes with a wonderful, supportive
teacher (Mr. Reamer), I also studied at the Corcoran School of Art on
the weekends, which opened my eyes to the amazing talent in other young
people around DC. Being a child of the 60’s, I was also very interested
in social justice, and when my journalism teacher talked me into writing
articles for our school newspaper, I jumped right in. My perception of
art took a fun, creative turn, making me a truly mixed media artist with
my painting, drawing, and writing.
In the past years, I joined a professional storytelling group, wrote
various articles for magazines, wrote six history books that have been
published for children (and sold in schools throughout Virginia and
around the country), created mixed media pieces and cards for many
clients and family…and have worked as a storyteller and mixed media
artist. I love painting horses, flowers, birds, and abstracts with
paint, ink, graphite, pastels, and papers that I had paint and collage
into my work! I love storytelling because it remind me of my paintings
that also tell a story of their own! Painting is just another way of
telling a story.
love people, I love color and texture, I love words, and I love
stories. I weave all of my loves into the work I do. I adore teaching
because to observe other artists blossom and develop their own "voice"
is distinctively personal and phenomenal. I learn as much from my
students as they do from me! One of the most important things I teach is
to have FUN making art…and to keep experimenting and learning.
I believe that artists should learn to express themselves with words as well and to express their "art voice!"
Melanie Z Stanley participates in numerous exhibitions in the United States, she has won awards, including the Juror Choice and second place, as well as Honor Awards for her pieces of mixed media.
always making something... Illustrations, pendants, pies, beds… I
prefer to think of myself as well-rounded rather than scatter-brained.
the last 20+ years, the majority of my work has been in the children’s
and entertainment markets. I’ve worked as a scenery and costume designer
for the stage; in the art departments of feature films; in coloring and
producing comic books; on many, many, many websites during the dot-com
misery of the 1990’s; and for the last 13 years, creating educational
materials for k-12.
2009, after too many years on the computer, I started working in
practical fine arts and collage assembly as well as creating a line of
goddess pendants for my Etsy shop.
my love has always been in illustration. I design and sell greeting
cards on the Greeting Card Universe website and I’ve been a member of
the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrator since 1997. In the
past year, I’ve fallen in love with colored pencils and have been
working on a series of fairy tale illustrations set in the 1920’s and
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Art Show Opportunities with LRA click the link: https://sites.google.com/site/restonarts/shows
The 2016 exhibitions calendar comes full of new opportunities and new locations.
month of love and sharing will bring the opportunity for LRA painters
and photographers to enter the "Inspired by Love" exhibit at the Hunters
Woods Community Center. More information will be forthcoming on our
website. Exhibit Chair: Karen Hutchison
will come with fresh flowers and two must enter in your artistic
calendar exhibitions: Founder Day Jo-Anne Gallery in Lake Anne and
ArtSpace in Herndon which will be a juried and judged show.
Check our calendars often for update
During the month of November LRA sponsored another successful event organized by Denise Dittmar
The Art of Oriental Brush Painting Talk & Demo by Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz
Our next event will be the presentation of WARRIOR Leo Deege's book.
Denise is LRA event coordinator if you would like your event to be sponsored please email her at: email@example.com
Barnes & Noble event in November helped LRA to raise $2041.00
for the scholarship program! We are very proud to be able to give back
to the young artistic community! Special thanks to Jim Schlett, our
president, who organized two fund raising event at Barnes & Noble
for a good cause!
Saturday December 5th our members will be out again at Harrison House
building exhibiting amazing art pieces and spreading the word about of
Please join the volunteer team of LRA it is fun and rewarding!
Join the League of Reston Artists.
We are a fun, creative, and vibrant group of artists that welcomes new members with happiness and joy.
LRA Members Teaching Board
Upcoming Art Class
Melanie Z Stanley: Creative Cards Workshop Monday, December 7th, from 5:30 to 8:30 at ArtSpace Herndon. Price $45.00
will create a variety of cards: holiday (whatever you celebrate), well
wishes, thinking of you, birthday, thank you, love, and/or imagination
cards with abstract designs. We will use watercolor, a wonderful
selection of creative papers, photos if you bring a couple, art
strategies such as brayer and scrape and drag work, and stamps! And
Please email Melanie to reserve your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie also teach Mixed Media Art classes year around at ArtSpace Herndon
on Monday evenings, 5:30 to 8:30 and on Tuesdays, 11:00am to 2:00pm.
Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz: Sumi-É: Oriental Brush Painting
classes held at the Art League (Torpedo Factory) in Alexandria, Va.
Nine week session, start
January 11, 2016 - March 7, 2016: Monday afternoon from 1:00 pm - 4:00pm
January 12, 2016 - March 8, 2016: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm