Arts Digest

This is the arts & culture blog for Fairfax County,Virginia.

July Festivals

Obon1You can stop yearning for that beach vacation and just plan a staycation in Fairfax County! With all these festivals happening in July, why sit in traffic on 95? For complete details, visit the Fairfax Directory.

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Fourth of July Guide: Fireworks and Where to Find Them

fireworksWe all know the National Mall gets crazy on July 4th. Here are some alternatives throughout Fairfax County if you want all the fun but none of the hassle of getting into our nation's capital. 

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High Country Basketry Guild Reception

HighCountryBasketThe High Country Basketry Guild is holding a reception to kick off the July/August show of The Craft Gallery of Artisans United. As the featured artists of this show, several of the Guild members are scheduled to be on hand to discuss their craft and talk about their creations. Many of the articles on display are available for purchase.

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CAPTIVE Arts Exhibition

Epicure Café and The Bunnyman Bridge Collective Present:
CAPTIVE
June 27, 2015-August 15, 2015

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Herndon Town Calendar Photography Exhibit

ArtSpace Herndon and the Council for the Arts of Herndon present the fifth annual Herndon Town Calendar Photography Exhibit. Competition jurors Sabina Skulska and Lee Love selected the finalist photographs from entries to the Herndon Town Calendar Photography Competition. The finalist photographs will be on exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon Tuesday, June 30 through Sunday, July 26, 2015. Visitors to the gallery during the exhibit are invited to vote for their favorite photograph. Winners of the competition and the People's Choice will be announced during the reception on Saturday July 25, 2015, 7 to 9 p.m. The winning photographs and People's Choice will be published in next year's Herndon Calendar and Town Services Guide. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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Workhouse Arts Center Has Plenty of Summer Fun

Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 9.44.36 AM copyThe Workhouse Arts Center, located in Lorton, Virginia, has plenty of events to keep you occupied this summer! You can register for a variety of summer classes, including:

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Voce Chamber Singers Auditions

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Voce Chamber Singers
Audition Dates: June 22, 23, and 29

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Visual Arts This Week

Falls Church Art CriTique

CriTiqueOn Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30pm ArtSpace will hold its next Falls Church Arts CriTique session. This is a chance for artists to share observations, comments, and suggestions about one another's artwork (including paintings, photographs, sculpture, poetry, stories, and performance).  All styles and levels of experience are welcome to this open, informal, and friendly meeting. 

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Bethesda Announces New Outdoor Mural Project

Art is what makes our communities beautiful. It gives the community something to share, to take pride in. And Bethesda, MD wants to give the public more art. The following is a press release asking artists to join in the first ever public art mural in the "Paint the Town" initiative.

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Festivals Around the World

So lately, you've been hearing a lot from us about festivals happening in Fairfax County in the upcoming months. But what about around the world?

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2 Series, 2 Seasons

PinkMartini1For all those music lovers in the DC area, there are always a number of concerts to choose from. Here are two series of concerts and shows coming up. The first is an announcement Of Wolf Trap summer performances and the second is a subscription offer from George Mason University. 

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Your Guide to Summer Festivals

sideimage-b-000The winter frost has melted away, jackets are stowed in the back of closet, and people are venturing outside. Summer is here. And with summer (and well into fall) comes a slew of outdoor festivals. Here is an overview of the festivals in Fairfax County happening in June, July, and August. 

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Free Screening of The Hunting Ground

hunting ground"The Hunting Ground was at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and provides a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. The film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue both their education and justice." - IMDB

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Sacred Threads 2015 Press Release

SacredThreadsSacred Threads 2015 is a national juried exhibition of art quilts exploring themes of joy, peace & brotherhood, inspiration, grief, healing, and spirituality.  From its beginning in 1995 this biennial exhibit has provided a respectful, dignified venue for the artwork of quilters of all faiths who use their work as a connection to deep life experiences or as an expression of their spiritual journey.  These powerful stories-in-fabric from all over the country offer an inspiring source of encouragement, healing, strength and connection to show visitors.  

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Getty Images Instagram Grant, Deadline: June 4

b2ap3_thumbnail_GettyImages-logo.pngGetty Images is proud to announce, in collaboration with Instagram, the inaugural Getty Images Instagram Grant. The purpose of this grant is to support photographers using Instagram to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world. This grant provides financial support and mentorship to amplify their impact. http://imagery.gettyimages.com/getty_images_grants/Instagram.html

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American Arts Incubator: Request for Qualifications for Artists, May 31 Deadline

ZERO1 is calling innovative new media and digital artists with a love of travel and passion for community-driven public art to apply to participate in the American Arts Incubator.  American Arts Incubator is an international arts exchange program developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program sends artists abroad to collaborate with youth and underserved populations on community-based new media art projects that bolster local economies, influence public policy, and further social innovation. Inspired by the "business incubator" model made popular by Silicon Valley's technology and start-up companies, American Arts Incubator is a hybrid training lab, production workshop, and tool for public engagement.  http://zero1.org/opencall/aai_round2

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June Festivals in Fairfax County

The sun is shining and the frost from winter is gone. That can only mean summer is here! And along with summer comes a multitude of festivals. The following is a list of festivals happening in Fairfax County during the month of June. Visit the Festival Directory for the full details for each festival. 

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Reston on the Cutting Room Floor, June 2

b2ap3_thumbnail_Reston-cutting-room-floor.jpgJoin Peabody Award-winner Rebekah Wingert-Jabi as she discusses the process of editing a film for submission to festivals and for consideration by television broadcasters. Rebekah will update the progress of Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston,VA and share some of the excerpts that landed on "the cutting room floor" during the editing process. Both excruciating and exhilarating, editing is a part of great filmmaking that is rarely seen or discussed. Come enjoy a first-hand tour of how it works.  http://www.restoncommunitycenter.net/attend-shows-events-exhibits/event-detail/2015/06/02/default-calendar/reston-on-the-cutting-room-floor

RCC Hunters Woods - the CenterStage
Tuesday, June 2 • 7:30 p.m.
Free • Drop-in • 18 Years and Older

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Call for Art - Courthouse 2.0: Reimaging the Civic, Deadline: June 19th

Arlington County, Virginia, is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams interested in creating temporary public art projects and/or activations that would be commissioned as part of Courthouse 2.0: Reimaging the Civic—an ongoing, multi-year initiative aimed at imagining Courthouse Square as an engaging, creative space where Arlington explores its civic future.
Deadline: June 19th at 11:59  Submissions must be done using Slideroom.  https://arlington.slideroom.com

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Call for Entry - Art Educator's Exhibition, Deadline: June 1

b2ap3_thumbnail_GRACE-art-educators-call.jpgThe Greater Reston Arts Center is proud to present the first of what will become a biennial exhibition celebrating the accomplishments of metro area art educators. Teachers on the elementary, middle and high school levels, as well as college educators, may apply for this juried exhibition focusing upon educators as artists, first and foremost. All media and artist approaches will be considered for this exhibition highlighting the talent and diversity of the areas's art educators. http://www.restonarts.org/Exhibitions/ArtEducatorsCall.htm

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