WORKSHOP with Amy Shawley Paquette Exploring Acrylics, Mediums, Gels and more

March 21 & 22, 2020

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

@ Vienna Art Society 

243 Church St. Suite 100 Lower Level, Vienna, Va

Cost: VAS Member: $230 

Non Member $240

Discover the excitement of using acrylic color and mediums during this two-day workshop!  Students will combine both traditional and contemporary painting techniques using a range of color applications (like washes, glazes, and blending) layered with gels, mediums, and pastes.  We will explore several color formulations, experiment with a variety of mark making tools, and create unique textures.  We will develop several small painting surfaces throughout the workshop, so students get working knowledge of the breadth of acrylic products available.  This workshop is designed for painters of all experience levels!

All supplies needed for this workshop, including GOLDEN paints/mediums, tools, and painting surfaces, will be provided by the instructor.  Students should bring an apron or wear “paint clothes” in case things get messy!  Also bring note-taking supplies and a trash bag to lay in your car for taking your projects home (in case they are tacky/wet) – we will have about 6-8 surfaces sized 6×6 up to 9×12 inches. 

Amy Shawley Paquette is a Virginia-based visual artist whose painting and illustration is inspired by the natural world.  Her paintings incorporate fauna, flora, landscapes, and textures she has experienced during her travels and daily adventures in the countryside.  After earning her Art History degree, developing her love of paint, and exhibiting her work in New York and LA, Amy was selected and trained in 2008 by Golden Artist Colors for their Working Artist Program.  She taught and lectured in their southern California territory for six years before relocating back east in to offer painting lectures in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and Delaware. In addition to her work with GOLDEN, Amy was trained in 2016 to be an Artist Lecturer for Williamsburg Oils.
Amy teaches art workshops nationally, offers online education, and published her first book in 2015.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT     (Fee DUE IN FULL at Registration*)

*(Cancellation Policy: A refund of 90% if cancel by February 20, 2020; thereafter 90% refund available ONLY if there is another artist to take your space).

NOTE:  If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to Vienna Arts Society with the name of the workshop in the memo line; include a note with your name, address, and phone number, and mail to:

Vienna Arts Society,
243 Church Street, NW,
Suite 100LL,
Vienna VA 22180.

WORKSHOP with Amy Shawley Paquette Exploring Acrylics, Mediums, Gels and more

March 21 & 22, 2020

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

@ Vienna Art Society 

243 Church St. Suite 100 Lower Level, Vienna, Va

Cost: VAS Member: $230 

Non Member $240

Discover the excitement of using acrylic color and mediums during this two-day workshop!  Students will combine both traditional and contemporary painting techniques using a range of color applications (like washes, glazes, and blending) layered with gels, mediums, and pastes.  We will explore several color formulations, experiment with a variety of mark making tools, and create unique textures.  We will develop several small painting surfaces throughout the workshop, so students get working knowledge of the breadth of acrylic products available.  This workshop is designed for painters of all experience levels!

All supplies needed for this workshop, including GOLDEN paints/mediums, tools, and painting surfaces, will be provided by the instructor.  Students should bring an apron or wear “paint clothes” in case things get messy!  Also bring note-taking supplies and a trash bag to lay in your car for taking your projects home (in case they are tacky/wet) – we will have about 6-8 surfaces sized 6×6 up to 9×12 inches. 

Amy Shawley Paquette is a Virginia-based visual artist whose painting and illustration is inspired by the natural world.  Her paintings incorporate fauna, flora, landscapes, and textures she has experienced during her travels and daily adventures in the countryside.  After earning her Art History degree, developing her love of paint, and exhibiting her work in New York and LA, Amy was selected and trained in 2008 by Golden Artist Colors for their Working Artist Program.  She taught and lectured in their southern California territory for six years before relocating back east in to offer painting lectures in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and Delaware. In addition to her work with GOLDEN, Amy was trained in 2016 to be an Artist Lecturer for Williamsburg Oils.
Amy teaches art workshops nationally, offers online education, and published her first book in 2015.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT     (Fee DUE IN FULL at Registration*)

*(Cancellation Policy: A refund of 90% if cancel by February 20, 2020; thereafter 90% refund available ONLY if there is another artist to take your space).

NOTE:  If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to Vienna Arts Society with the name of the workshop in the memo line; include a note with your name, address, and phone number, and mail to:

Vienna Arts Society,
243 Church Street, NW,
Suite 100LL,
Vienna VA 22180.

The County’s Art Buzz – October

 

Arts Buzz- October

By Dana C. Stewart

The 2019 Arts Awards

Fairfax County will celebrate excellence in arts and give tribute to arts visionaries at the 2019 Arts Awards on Friday, October 18, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Fairview Park Marriott. This year’s awardees have increased access and created opportunities to expose art to audiences in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Bikki Stricker, a potter that specializes in crystalline glazes, designed the awards for honorees Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Chairman Sharon Bulova, Margaret and Shashi Gupta, artist Foon Sham, NextStop Theatre Company and philanthropist Stephen Roberts. The event is a fundraiser for the arts and open to the public, but tickets are required.

True Stories of Seven Women 

“Seven” is the theatrical experience telling the true stories of seven women who have fought to create lasting change in their communities. Seven acclaimed playwrights collaborated to weave together the struggles and triumph of these inspiring women who hail from Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia. Each story shares the threats and obstacles faced in their quest to improve the lives of girls and women in their home country. Some content may not be suitable for young audience members. Tickets are required for the October 18, 8 p.m. showing at the George Mason University’s (GMU) Center for the Arts.

Star Wars Red Carpet at the Washington West Film Festival

Anthony Daniels will headline the opening night of the 2019 Washington West Film Festival, set to take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Reston, Virginia. The actor and writer – best known for portraying C-3PO in all of the Star Wars episodic films – will participate in an hour-long In Conversation Q&A event, followed by an exclusive screening of Star Wars: A New Hope.

“Washington West has built a national and international reputation among film festivals, not only for the quality of our programs and special events but especially our unyielding passion that ‘Story Can Change the World,'” said festival founder and President, Brad Russell.

The Washington West Film Festival is a non-profit organization that celebrates the transformative power of film. This year’s showcase features selected shorts, documentaries and fictional films that highlight a variety of perspectives. The Festival runs October 24 – 28. Check wwfilmfest.com for a complete screening schedule.

 Arts Highlights for October

The Virginia Opera opens its 45th season with “Tosca” at the GMU’s Center for the Arts on October 12, 8 p.m. and October 13, 2 p.m. Aspiring actors in grades 4 through 12 can hone their skills in Traveling Players movement classes starting October 13 through December 15th, registration is required. Amadeus Concerts presents Washington Symphonic Brass at St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean on October 13, 4 p.m. The Bluegrass Barn Concert Series presents a concert by Nothin’ Fancy at Frying Pan Park on October 13 and Colebrook Road on October 27 at 7 p.m.  Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia presents Judy Wengrovitz – A Retrospective from October 16 through December 2. Enjoy Chinese circus arts with Cirquie Mei at GMU’s Center for the Arts on October 19, 2 p.m.

The County’s Art Buzz – July

World Premiere Event

The Hub Theatre presents the world premiere of ‘American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables’ by playwright Sam Hamashima on July 12 and runs through August 4 at NextStop Theatre. The presentation of an original play highlights the dedication of small, local theaters to bring high, quality art to Fairfax County.

Known for performances that highlight humanity and commonality and productions that rival the thought-provoking theater of New York City, The Hub’s recent loss of performance space has not deterred its’ ambitious commitment to bring ground-breaking theatre to Northern Virginia.

The play, directed by Helen Hayes award-winning director, Kathryn Chase Bryer, follows a Japanese-American family as they learn of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Hamashima’s story mixes family and charm to examine what it means to be a family.

“Sam Hamashima’s sparkling play examines a difficult chapter in our nation’s history through one American family’s struggle to protect themselves against a sudden wave of distrust. This production maintains The Hub’s mission of bringing people together through art that uses specific stories and innovative storytelling to discuss universal experiences with heart, humor, and hope for a better way forward, despite the darkness that pushes against our collective humanity,” stated Matt Bassett, Artistic Director.

Hamashima work as a playwright has been produced or developed by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Post Shift Theatre, National Queer Theater and in venues throughout Washington, D.C. and New York City.  Visit thehubtheatre.org for tickets for dates and times.

Visit Public Art in Springfield

ARTSFAIRFAX and Epigram artist team present INOUT:Springfield, a public art installation that reflects the opinions and photos of people who live, work, and play in Springfield.

“A very up to date project with regards to photo apps, selfie moment, and sharing who you are and what you do! INOUT is a fun installation that connects you with your local community and can be viewed by your friends and family anywhere! Come participate, be featured and invite your friends from elsewhere to be part of the art in Springfield,” says Epigram artists Julieta Guillermet.

The art installation will be at Old Keene Mill Shopping Center, July 13 – August 9, and Springfield Town Center, August 10 -23.  INOUT:Springfield is part of ARTSFAIRFAX’s Imagine Art Here projects which are designed to engage the community and give them a voice and an opportunity to experience public art.

 Grant Opportunity

ARTSFAIRFAX will host a grant information session for arts organizations interested in applying for an Organizational and Professional Development Grant or the new Next Step Grant on July 31 in Mosaic District at 2985 District Avenue, Suite 100, Merrifield. Organizational and Professional Development Grants encourage the advancement of the arts in Fairfax County by improving the organizational management of nonprofit arts organizations within the boundaries of Fairfax County and the Cities of Falls Church and Fairfax and provide grants from $1K to $5K. Next Step Grants award up to $25,000 to an organization for a capacity enhancement project. The Letter of Interest for the Next Step Grant is due August 30, and the application deadline for both grants is September 25, 2019.  For more information, visit artsfairfax.org

Arts Highlights for July

The 3rd Annual Logan Festival of Solo Performances occurs July 11 -21 at 1st Stage Theatre and features national, award-winning solo performers. Visit www.1ststagetysons.org for tickets and times.   Take the kids to The Hunter Mill Melodies presented free every Wednesday throughout July from 10 to 10:45 am at Frying Pan Park’s Visitors Center pavilion.  The Hunter Mill Melodies presents entertainment for the whole family with The Reunion Jazz Orchestra on July 11, Whiskey Wildfire on July 18 and Bumper Jacksons on July 25.  Each performance is from 7:30 – 8:30 pm at Frying Pan Park, Kidwell Farm.

ARTSFAIRFAX Organizational and Professional Development Grant Information Session

Joins us to learn about FY21 Organizational Professional Development Grants and the new Next Step Grant category. In addition to $1,000-$5,000 grants for capacity building projects, one $25,000 grant will be awarded to an organization for a major capacity enhancement initiative which will include consultant support including an assessment to shape a strategic direction, evaluation process and next steps.

The Glasgow Print Society

Through the Glasgow Print Society ARTSFAIRFAX artist residency, students communicate their ideas about community and environment through poster design and printmaking.

Students discuss what being a member of a society means to them, and how they can empathize with one another through peer discussion and active listening within the society.

Students investigate what makes a school environment conducive for learning and how the environment connects to the school community as a whole. As members of the community, they explore ways by which they can and actually do impact their own learning environment.

 

Students recognize how graphic design affects environments and communities. They identify both positive and negative ways in which design can impact a community, through examining real world examples. This includes a selection of WWII posters, works by Shepard Fairey, and local publicity. They collectively break down and analyze these examples of graphic design by developing their understanding of how principles of design can be used to express ideas and meaning. They discuss how to find creative solutions to everyday problems through design thinking. This informs their thought process as they plan their own poster designs. Students learn about and apply methods of screen printing to create affirmation and motivational posters about the school community. They learn about screen printing processes, apply these approaches and learn how to recognize

Exploring Movement in Improvisation

This ARTSFAIRFAX theatrical residency offers students opportunities to practice effective communication active listening skills. By creating original, imaginative stories through improvisation, students learn and demonstrate the basic tenets of improv. Using techniques such as CRO/OW (character, relationship, objective, obstacle, and whereabouts) and a movement vocabulary based on the work of renowned theatrical movement practitioners, students will perform improvised scenes from beginning to end.

Students practice focus, risk-taking, and working as an ensemble by learning a series of warm-ups, exercises, and games. Using a movement vocabulary, students explore how movement and gesture impact character development and relationship within scenes. Students practice effective communication and active listening skills by working in pairs, small, and larger groups to create improvised scenes. Collaborating in small groups, students utilize creative and critical thinking skills to build scenes from a series of prompts from their classroom colleagues. Students offer feedback to their colleagues to deepen the understanding and practice of the theatrical concepts.

Fairfax County’s Hidden Gem – January

Fairfax County’s Hidden Gem

Special to the Fairfax County Times, Jan 11, 2019

Welcome to the first column dedicated to the arts in Fairfax County. It has long been known that the Fairfax County arts scene is a hidden gem treasured by residents, but its talent and vibrant offerings for professional artists, students and patrons make it a destination for everyone’s entertainment.

What is ARTSFAIRFAX?

The Fairfax County arts community is brought together by ARTSFAIRFAX, a nonprofit organization incorporated to be Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency. ARTSFAIRFAX has been the voice of the arts since 1964. The organization rebranded in 2018 from the Arts Council of Fairfax County to better serve Fairfax County – growing exposure to the many arts opportunities in our community, increasing equity, inclusion and access to art for all.

ARTSFAIRFAX serves Fairfax residents and visitors, the arts community, local government and private sector arts supporters. ARTSFAIRFAX is your resource for Fairfax County art information. Our website provides an events calendar and a county arts directory helping you find the arts in your community.

We work to strengthen our arts community by providing professional development workshops, job listings, public arts, and an Artist Residency Program in Fairfax County Public Schools. We aid the County by distributing county funds for the arts and collaborating on a Creative Aging Festival and County Master Arts Plan. Organizations funded in part by ARTSFAIRFAX’s grants offer some exciting events in January. Don’t miss ArtSpace Herndon’s “Three Moves to Divine Exhibit,” NextStop Theatre’s “[title of show],” American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert, Reston Community Players’ “Superior Donuts” or 1st Stage Theater’s “The Brother’s Size” to highlight a few.

Operating Support Grant information workshop, Feb. 22

In Fiscal Year 2018, ARTSFAIRFAX awarded 64 grants in the following categories: Operating Support, Organizational and Professional Development, Project Support, Fast Track and Artist Grants. Fairfax County artists and arts organizations are encouraged to apply for FY20 funding. An Operating Support Grant information workshop will be held on Feb. 22.

Awards nominations from the public are accepted until Feb. 14

The arts are an important part of our community. Each year, ARTSFAIRFAX strives to recognize the hard work, effort and dedication of artists and those who support the arts through its annual Arts Awards luncheon in October. The Arts Awards brings together the arts, businesses, civic communities and elected leaders to celebrate the arts in Fairfax County. This year, ARTSFAIRFAX is accepting nominations from the public until Feb.14 in the following categories: Arts Philanthropy, Arts Achievement, and the Emerging Arts Awards. For more information and to learn how you can participate, visit the ARTSFAIRFAX website or call 571-395-4619.

ARTSFAIRFAX is funded by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit ARTSFAIRFAX.org to learn more about the arts in Fairfax, find an arts event, information on applying for a grant, or submit an Arts Awards nomination.
Make participating in the arts your new year’s resolution and visit our column monthly to learn about the arts in Fairfax County.
Don’t forget to stay connected to the arts by following and tagging ARTSFAIRFAX on Facebook.

Philanthropy/Nonprofit Consultant

A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with extensive experience in the arts, Melanie Wolfe provides counsel on capacity building through fundraising, board development, communications, and strategic planning for high-impact cultural organizations of all sizes.  Her career has included tenures with the Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, League of American Orchestras, and Arts for the Aging, Inc., as well as service on ARTSFAIRFAX grants review committees.  Innovative and high-touch approaches to philanthropy, which are based on best practices and customized to suit individual organizations, are her trademark.  Consulting areas of expertise are:

  • Development operations assessments
  • Fundraising campaign planning and execution
  • Major and planned giving programs
  • Donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and retention
  • Annual giving programs
  • Board development
  • Teambuilding
  • Strategic visioning and planning
  • Communications

For further information, please email.