...from the Loudoun Arts Council.                                       April, 2011

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If my itchy nose and watering eyes are any indication, Spring has arrived. All around me I feel the pace of life quickening, whether it be the dancing daffodils and tulips or the thumping bass of music blaring out of open car windows as they pass by. Here at the Loudoun Arts Council, we've got TONS of stuff going on that I want to tell you about.


First, we've got another Arts RoundUp scheduled for Saturday, May 21st from 10-12am for our Loudoun Arts Organizations.  This time, we are going to continue the conversation about another performing arts center in Loudoun County.  There have been some recent developments and we really need some input from every/any organization that might make use of a performing arts center. We're still nailing down the details of where the event will be held, but we're aiming for Sterling. If you'd like to come, please send me an email at info@loudounarts.org and I'll send all the details.


Second, we've got our first ever Dance Party Fundraiser coming up on Thursday, June 2 from 7:30 - 11:00pm.  It's going to be upstairs at the Lightfoot Restaurant (Ingrid's also going to chef up awesome snacks) and we've got DJ Rhythmix and his conga drums spinning for us. We've got some very cool Silent Auction items lined up and more coming in. If you're interested in attending, I urge you to hurry and reserve your tickets for space is truly limited to fire codes. I don't wanna say it's going to be a LOT of fun, but I'm taking Friday off. ;) 


Third, the 6th Annual Western Loudoun Artist Studio Tour (WLAST) is coming up June 11-12.  For those of you who don't know about it, WLAST is a self-guided driving tour - you can visit the studios of over 50 talented artists as you wind through the scenic countryside and historic villages of western Loudoun County. Around mid-May the tour booklet, complete with map and artist bios should be available both online and around town. If you can't find one, I'll have some here at the Loudoun Arts Council office so just stop by and pick one up!  They'll also be available for sure at the other partner organizations, Round Hill Arts Center, ArtSquare and Franklin Park Arts Center. And it's completely FREE!


So as you see, there's all kinds of fun stuff happening!  I hope to see you for any of these events!

Now onto Happenings! Happenings! is sent out mid-month, each month, but is updated weekly on our website, so please go there for the most current listings and long-term Happenings! calendars.



Lee  :)


P.S.  Oh, and Gale Waldron at ArtSquare asked me to let all LAC members know that the family of Virginia Treviranus has made a selection of her paintings available for purchase.  The paintings are in Virginia's studio space at ArtSquare and will available through the end of May.

Events Calendar
April 22, Friday @ 7:30PM

Silent Films with Live Piano by Bill Edwards

Come watch some classic silent movies with live piano accompaniment by "Perfessor Bill Edwards." Films on April 22 will be three cartoons - Two of Felix the Cat, and a rare presentation of Puss and Boots by Walt Disney. The rest will be music of the 1910s and 1920s. Bill is a resident of Ashburn, and is on tour at silent film and ragtime festivals nationally.
Franklin Park Arts Center: $5 All Seats, 18 and under, Free
Buy Online www.franklinparkartscenter.org or call 540-338-7973

April 22-23 11am - 4pm

Recycled Art Exhibit

Visit the Mansion to see a unique display of the "trash-to-treasure"art created by local children during the Discovery Days after-school program.
Morven Park - 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg
FREE (mansion tours are regularly priced)
Contact us at 703-777-2414 education@morvenpark.org or www.morvenpark.org

April 23, Saturday @ 7PM

The Immortals

The Immortals are a group of teen musicians who have achieved amazing success in Loudoun County. Formed from students of Frank Keims' Loudoun Music Instruction in Lovettsville, The Immortals have performed at Youth-Fest, Rock the Field and were even invited to play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! If you enjoy high energy rock and roll--you're going to love The Immortals.
Franklin Park Arts Center: $7 All Seats
Contact us at 540-338-7973

April 23, Saturday 10 am - 12 pm

Eco-Friendly Easter

Romp and roll in Morven Park's expansive lawn! Activities include story time, natural egg dying, basket making, an egg hunt, and learning about healthy Easter treats, topped off with an Easter egg roll on the Mansion lawn. Register at: http://ecofriendlyeaster.eventbrite.com
Morven Park - 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg
$10/adult; $5/child.

education@morvenpark.org 703-777-2414 www.morvenpark.org 

April 23, Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Book Launch and Signing

Join local author, Bobbi Carducci, and Kyria Henry to celebrate the publication of Bobbi's new book for young readers Storee Wryter Gets a Dog featuring Kyria and Addie, a real paws4people therapy dog. Teachers: Register to win a free author visit and writing workshop at your school. All others: Register to win a free autographed copy of the book.
Franklin Park Arts Center: FREE
Visit our website at www.storeewryter.com 540-338-5064

April 25, 26 & 27 at 7 PM 7 - 9 PM

The Hidden Order: An Inside Look at Great Paintings with Maggie Siner

Have you ever wondered what makes a painting great? Join artist Maggie Siner on a journey through the elements, structure and inside workings of great paintings from local and world museums. In a thought-provoking slide and lecture series, Siner will approach each painting not as a development in art history but individually, asking how each painting expresses its meaning, how it is 'put together' in terms of shape, color, materials and images, and how these are the key to its meaning and greatness. This insightful introduction to the language of painting is for everyone interested in a deeper understanding of art. Attend one session or all three.
Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd, Leesburg and Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St, Sterling: Free

April 29 - May 15 Fri/Sat 6 pm; Sun 2 pm; May 8 (Mother's Day) 2 pm and 6 pm

Run Rabbit Run Dinner Theatre: "The Importance of Being Earnest

There's something for everyone in Oscar Wilde's wild romantic comedy of nonsense & nomenclature! The Run Rabbit Run Theatre production stars a stellar cast, and features a gourmet buffet, delightful Victorian costumes, a set designed by award-winning artist Laney Oxman, and all the comforts of Grandale Farm Restaurant's beautiful Assembly Hall. Two performances Mother's Day, May 8. Cast includes Maddy Curtis (Gwendolen), Garrett Milich (Jack Worthing), Diane El-Shafey (Lady Bracknell), Suzanne Johnson (Cecily), Penny Hauffe (Miss Prism), Phil Erickson (Rev. Chasuble and Lane, the Butler), and Amy Blair (Merriman, the Maid & Gwendolen Understudy). Directed by Meredith Bean McMath.
Grandale Farm Restaurant, Neersville
$45 (buffet, gratuity, show) - Call Grandale at 540-668-6000 or visit GrandaleFarm.com
RRRtheatre@gmail.com, 540-668-6779 or visit www.RRRtheatre.org

Thru April 30, 2011

Leesburg Town Hall Exhibits "The Nature of Virginia: Images of Loudoun

A new exhibit featuring the art of photographer Gary Mester is now on display in the Leesburg Town Exhibit Hall, located on the first floor of the Town Hall. The show, which includes 30 photographs taken in Leesburg and surrounding areas, represents ten years of local history, captured by the camera and now preserved and shared.
Leesburg Town Exhibit Hall, located on the first floor of the Town Hall. 25 West Market St, Leesburg. FREE!

April 30, Saturday @ 7:30PM

Winchester Orchestra's "Beethoven and Blue Jeans" Concert

The WO brings the excitement of Beethoven and the comfort of blue jeans for their "Beethoven and Blue Jeans" Concert. This concert will benefit Lyme Disease Research. The Audience is invited to wear their best blue jeans to this concert. We are breaking down the barriers of classical music - Classical Music is for Everyone! Come enjoy the music AND help raise money for Lyme Disease Research - with proceeds to benefit the ILADS organization. Also - a major initiative of this concert will welcome the shining stars of tomorrow as part of our side-by-side portion of this concert. Young instrumentalists will perform with Winchester Orchestra's professional musicians in a few of their pieces - all culminating with Beethoven's exciting Eroica Symphony (the Third Symphony).
George Washington Masonic Memorial Concert Hall, Alexandria, VA
Tickets: $42, $54
Purchase tickets online at www.winorch.org or call 540.533.4126

March through April
Art on Exhibit in Loudoun County Public Library
Art on Exhibit" in Loudoun County Public Library features the work of local artists on a rotating schedule every two months. March through April:Ashburn Library - Contemporary Painting by Mike Brown, Cascades Library - Photography by Steven Heyl, Lovettsville Library - Original Works by Jill Evans-Kavaldjian, Middleburg Library - Prints by Heather Self
Loudoun County Public Libraries: Free!

April 30, Saturday 11AM - 5PM
Art House Party and Sale Four Artists Jason Alexander, Potter Donna Clark.Painter/Photographer Chris Mann, Furniture Craftsman and Peter Wood, Metal Sculptor.
The historic home of metal sculptor, Peter Wood will be the location for a spring party and sale. Peter will be exhibiting his innovative contemporary sculptures throughout his gardens. On the walls throughout the home Donna Clark will be displaying a collection of new paintings and photographs alongside the beautiful pottery of Jason Alexander. In addition, Chris Mann will be exhibiting many of his one of a kind furniture pieces.
306 East Marshall Street in Historic Middleburg, VA: Free
donnaclark3@aol.com - rustymetal.com


For long-range arts calendar, please visit:

HAPPENINGS! Events Calendar - updated each week.

Artist Opportunities
Auditions for "The Wizard of Oz

The Sterling Playmakers announce open auditions for L.Frank Baum's classic tale, THE WIZARD OF OZ, on April 27 through May 1. All auditions will be held at the Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, VA 20165. All roles open for ages 5 years old and up and auditionees should come dressed to move. Auditions will consist of the following: Cold readings from script, Sing song from show, Dance (wear jazz, dance or other athletic shoes).
  • April 27/ 6:30-8:30 PM: Dorothys. 8-9:30 PM: Lions, Scarecrows, & Tinmen. April 28/ 6:30-9:30 PM: Kids Night - all ages / all parts. April 29/ 6:30-9:30 PM: Adults only (16 years and up). April 30/ 9:30AM-12PM: Kids Only (5-16 years old). 1:30PM to 5:30PM: Adults Only (16 years old and up). May 1st/ 1PM-4PM - Call Backs -TBD
  • April 27 - May 1. Performance dates are July 29-31, August 5-7, and August 12-14.
  • This American classic will be directed by Liz Mykietyn and produced by April Bridgeman. For more details to include audition song list and character descriptions, visit the website at
  • www.sterlingplaymakers.com.


Chorus of the Old Dominion Seeking Male Singers

The Chorus of the Old Dominion welcomes singers of all levels. We offer instruction for the less experienced, and vocal challenges for the more accomplished. We perform at various community events, private parties, charitable events, opening ceremonies and regional festivals. If you can "carry a tune," you should visit a "pressure-free" rehearsal and see if it's right for you.

  • We rehearse at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in downtown Leesburg's First United Methodist Church.
  • We will perform at Loudoun County's Earth Day festival April 10. Other performances being scheduled.
  • Contact 703-348-0071 or email info@odchorus.org  More information available at www.odchorus.org Also check us out on Facebook and YouTube.

Call for Entries: Nuts & Bolts - An All-Media Arts Challenge

Juried creative challenge exhibition sponsored by Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center in collaboration with Nichols Hardware of Purcellville. Incorporate at least one element of hardware from a bag of surprise supplies from Nichols. Use at least one object from the bag along with any other media. $250.00 will be awarded for the Most Innovative Work. Surprise non-cash award for the Nuttiest Piece.

  • Register to be part of the show by April 30, 2011. $5 entry fee. Pick up surprise bag at Nichols between May 1 and May 15.
  • Nuts & Bolts will be on display in the Gallery at Franklin Park Arts Center from July 9-August 14, 2011. Reception 3-5 on July 24th.
  • To register, call the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center at 540-668-6755 or email mhollyfield@aol.com 


ArtSquare Seeking Artist Models

ArtSquare, Loudoun's premier arts destination, is seeking female modeling professionals to model for our day and evening art classes. ArtSquare offers professionally taught classes in all fine art media to adults and children of all ages. All candidates must provide references.

The Governor's Country Fair at Morven Park  

The Governor's Country Fair at Morven Park will be a fun event for the whole community and feature local vendors, artists, equestrian demonstrations, & hands-on fun. We are inviting local artists and crafters to set up tables during the event. The cost per table is $15 + 10% on all sales. Must provide own table/tent. This is a great opportunity to sell your artwork to the community!

  • The deadline to reserve space is May 15, 2011
  • Sunday, June 5, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Interested artists should request an application form by calling 703-777-2890 x6619 or by emailing hbartlow@morvenpark.org 


Please click here for complete listings of 


ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES - updated each week.


Arts Classes (by location)
ArtSquare/Loudoun Academy of the Arts
ArtSquare offers professionally taught classes in many fine art media to adults and children of all ages. From the beginning basics to more advances classes, ArtSquare provides an unparalleled level of education expertise to our students. Many weekend workshops and other concentrated course are also available in a variety of media and subject matter, many of then taught by renowned visiting instructors.
New Classes and Workshops are continually introduced, so please check our website for the very latest listings. Please visit www.LoudounArtSquare.com or call 703-777-5498

Chalvy Art - History Through Clay
This class is designed for home school kids. Travel through history, starting in ancient Egypt, Greece ,Rome and China creating clay sculptures, bowls and tools as they would have been created in ancient times with ceramic artist Rosalba Negrete.
          o 11AM - 12:30PM Wednesdays or Thursdays in Leesburg or at the Round Hill Art Center
          o Please visit www.chalvy.com or call 703-777-1858 for more information.

Herndon - ArtSpace - Arts Instruction in Herndon
ArtSpace Herndon is a community art gallery created and supported by art lovers in the greater Herndon area. ArtSpace Herndon is a gathering place to celebrate the arts, showcasing artwork and events by local, regionally, and nationally known artists and performers. ArtSpace Herndon features a 1,700 sq foot art gallery and two classrooms for all types of art classes and small group sessions with artists.
          o Variety of classes offered in watercolor, oil painting, photography and children's classes
          o For more information, please visit http://www.artspaceherndon.com/index.php

Picture yourself among Europeans ready to hear the best talent of Europe at La Scala and La Fenice. Teatro Alla Scala, the original opera house opened in 1778 and many famous operas were first performed here. We will see FIDELIO on September 9 and the next day travel by train to Venice where we will attend LA TRAVIATA and IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. La Fenice (the Phoenix) is one of the most famous theaters in Europe opened in 1792. Jean Kellogg, George Mason University, leads the daily seminar discussions of the performances deepening your understanding of the artistic pieces. Dr. Angela Iovino accompanies you through Milan and Venice to museums, secret squares, explaining the culture and history of each city. CSA will offer optional trips to Verona and Padova as well as a visit to Murano's glass factories.
          o SEPTEMBER 8-16 IN ITALY
          o Costs $3,500: eight nights double ($700 single supplement), rd trip train, best seats tickets, guided historic walks, and seminar on performances daily. Does not include airfare. CONTACT DR. ANGELA IOVINO 202.669.1562 OR INFO@CULTURALSTUDYABROAD.COM

Jonathan Linton Fine Art - Theory & Practice
An ongoing series of art classes taught at ArtSpace Herndon. Upcoming sessions include: Aesthetic Depiction, Facial Structure, & Figure Structure. Visit the website for additional details and registration links.
          o 7-9:30 PM Tuesdays
          o http://www.jonathanlinton.com/Teaching.html


Keyboard Adventures Private Piano Instruction

Kidz Act summer Camps - Half Day Camps
          o * 3 week half day camp M-Thurs 1pm-5pm * Fridays 9am-2pm * $50 non-refundable registration fee * $ 525 fee * July 11-July 29th & August 1st-19th * Instruction in singing & dancing, acting & improv * Workshop in costume construction & scene painting * costume * studio performance last day of camp * location in Leesburg TBA
          o Summer 2011
          o Leesburg VA, info@kidz-act.com

KidzArt - Serving Loudoun County, Western Prince William County
          o KidzArt is a fun, unique and confidence-building creative art experience. We offer: Art Classes for kids, teens and adults, camps, workshops, birthday parties for children, creative parties for adults, school and organizational fundraisers, and creative workshops for adults and teens. Kids have a great need to express themselves in many ways - artistically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. KidzArt impacts each and every area of expression. The KidzArt classroom is a non-competitive environment enhanced by soft music that allows children to focus and enjoy what they are doing. Parents see the difference in the quality of art their children bring home.
          o For more information, visit http://new.kidzartva.com/index.php
Contact Wendy Green, Executive Director at (703)669-3772 or wendy@kidzart.com

Lisa Zadravec Rodriguez - Arts Instruction for All Ages
Adult ART Workshops
          o On-going workshops at the artist's Sterling studio in Painting, Portraiture, Drawing and Colored Pencil. And monthly workshops at Claude Moore Rec Center on a variety of art techniques.
          o Wednesdays 10-12:30
          o See full schedule at www.lisarts.com or contact teacher at 703-404-2977 mrsartmom@yahoo.com
Summer Art Camps
          o 6/20-24 Big Art World (5-9yrs), 6/27-7/1 Mystery Art Detectives (8-12yrs), 7/11-14 Teen Studio Art Boot Camp (12-18yrs), 7/18-22 American Girls Art Camp (7-11yrs), 8/1-5 Wild Wild World Art Camp (6-10yrs). All Camps held at Claude Moore Rec Center. More info and camp descriptions at www.lisarts.com/camps
          o June - August
          o Registration begins 3/22 online, consult the webtrac at www.loudoun.gov/camps. You may also call Lisa to pre-register before that date at 703-404-2977 or go to www.lisarts.com
Teen Art Classes
          o TEEN ART WORKSHOPS at the artist's studio, Monday s 6-7:30pm TEEN HOME-SCHOOL CLASSES at Galilee United Methodist Church in Sterling. Both classes open to grades 7-12. Basic Skills Art: Fridays, 10:30-11:50AM OR 12:35-1:55PM - Advanced Studio Art: Fridays 9-10:20AM. Also, CHILDREN's Classes and ADULT workshops, see full class descriptions at www.lisarts.com
          o Mondays 6 - 7:30PM or Fridays 9 - 10:30AM
          o Website: www.lisarts.com Phone: (703) 404-2977 Email: mrsartmom@yahoo.com

Mosaique LLC, Language & Cultural Arts
katayoundance@hotmail.com Middle Eastern Dance (Belly Dance & Persian Dance)
~ Katayoun, founder and chief instructor at Mosaique, is one of the top instructors of Middle Eastern and belly dance forms in the area. She offers instructional programs for children age 3+ to adults over 55. Mosaique programs include multicultural music & movement/dance, dance fitness, technique, artistry, performance skills, music (percussion) and culture eduction.
          o Several class days and times.
          o www.katayoundance.com for class descriptions, or www.mosaiquecenter.org for current class schedule.

Round Hill Arts Center
Round Hill Arts Center is community-based, encouraging participation in the arts for the benefit of the entire community of western Loudoun. We also seek to foster an understanding of the many ways in which art is present in our lives - from paintings and drawings to furniture and textiles. In short, we are about getting people into art!
          o Please visit our website for the full schedule: www.roundhillartscenter.org or email us at info@roundhillartscenter.org

TREEHOUSE for creative kids
TREEHOUSE for creative kids (TCK) is a fine arts and performing arts center offering structured and enrichment lessons in art, theatre and acting to students who are interested in developing skills and techniques in expressing their creativity through arts. With arts, the students will enhance their cognitive thinking, creative abilities, and social skills and will build on their craft.
          o Visit our website for full list of classes: http://www.tckme.com LOCATION: 20608 Gordon Park Square #170, Ashburn, VA Phone: 571-239-5579, Visiting hours: 3-6pm (Mon-Wed); 10am-4pm (Sat); or call for an appointment.

The Dance Academy of Loudoun
Combo and Jazz/Hip-Hop. Jazz/Lyrical classes
         o www.danceloudoun.com 705H East Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176 (703) 443-1093

The Old Furniture Factory
Pottery Classes, Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner
          o The Old Furniture Factory Ceramic program is designed for both the novice and experienced potter and provides an overview for anyone interested in ceramics. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace. Tuition includes open studio time, glaze materials, firing fees, instruction, 25 pounds of clay and parking. We provide Adult and Children's classes in Wheel, Handbuilding, and Sculpting. Instructors: David Norton, Bruce Bucklin, Pat Miller, Amy Manson, and Rosalba Negrete
          o 6:30-9:00PM Mondays, 6:30-9:00PM Tuesdays, 9-11:30 AM Wednesday, 6:30-9:00PM Thursdays
          o For more information please contact: www.theoldfurniturefactory.com or call 540-338-5050

The Loudoun Arts Council is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing artists
and art and cultural organizations by increasing recognition and support for their work; and promoting the
value of the arts and culture to a thriving and dynamic community.