The County’s Art Buzz – May

Special to The Fairfax County Times, May 10, 2019

If you ask ARTSFAIRFAX’s recent Artist Grant honorees’ Tom Teasley and Foon Sham, it is through the audiences’ experience that brings their work to life and gives it meaning.

Teasley and Sham, widely known for their individual achievements and their demonstrated history of accomplishment in the art world, received the 2019 ARTSFAIRFAX’s Artist Award in April.

The Artist Grants recognize the talent of individual artists and the diversity of art created in Fairfax County. Teasley, a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator and Sham, a sculptor, take a unique perspective in how they share their artistic vision and story with the audience.

Teasley says, “As a musician I am a multi-dimensional performer and composer, crossing the boundaries of solo performance through the use of instruments from all over the world, cross-pollinating techniques, rhythms and styles from diverse traditions, and combining ancient percussion with digital technology.”

For Sham, a professor and sculptor, his work goes beyond enjoyment, it is reflective of the physical and spiritual aspect of his life.  Sham’s wood sculptures invite audiences into a moment of time and space.

Do You Know?

Fairfax County is home to many talented artists who bring their own unique perspective and interpretation to their art.  Individual artists are at the center of Fairfax County’s thriving creative life.  A few to check out in May include:

Alex Tolstoy, watercolors

Caroline Weinroth, musician & writer

Diane Coburn Bruning, choreography

Francesca Hurst, piano

John Brannon, book artist

Gabrielle Nami, visual artist

Gina Biver, composer

Humayun Khan, musical performance

Hyun Gi, visual arts

Judith Peck, visual arts

Jesse Stanchak, micro flash fiction

Julia Dzikiewicz, visual arts

Maremi Andreozzi, visual arts

Paula Saneaux, visual arts

Sarah Hardesty, visual arts

Sean Heely, multi-genre violinist and fiddler

Sean Pfueger, bass-baritone and composer

Travis Childers, visual arts

Plan your art outing

Vienna Choral Society presents “There is Always Plan B,” a concert May 18 at the Providence Presbyterian Church that tells the story of music from Bach to the Beatles. 1st Stage explores racism of the rural South in a coming of age story set in 1946 rural Georgia in “The Member of the Wedding” through June 2.  Amadeus Orchestra presents emerging artists in a concert on May 19 at Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean.  Reston Community Players present the family fun adventure of “Annie” at the Reston Community Center’s CenterStage on May 11 and 18.  The Art Guild of Clifton invites the public to enjoy their 6th annual Plein Air painting event May 16 -19th.  The Northern Virginia Players present the Disney classic, “The Jungle Book,” May 10 -19 at the Northern Virginia Community College Lakeside Theater, and the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Circus Spectacular” on May 19 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center.

Celebrate the Creative Aging Festival

Fairfax is celebrating adults over 50 with the month long Creative Aging Festival.  Over 60 events are planned at senior and community centers, public libraries and other locations throughout the County.  Participants can learn how to create floating gardens, listen to African drumming, read poetry out loud, try their hand at drawing, and so much more throughout May.  Visit to find an event.

The County’s Art Buzz – April

Special to The Fairfax County Times,  Apr 13, 2019

BalletNova awarded Martha Graham Dance Residency

A dozen young dancers are learning to transition from one movement to another to create a seamless whole. Every contraction, every lunge, every breath in time with the beat of the music rehearsed over and over again until the unnatural becomes natural. This is typical of the dance training hundreds of young people experience every day.

What is unusual for a select few high school students at BalletNova’s preconservatory dance division is to be trained and to learn from a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company. BalletNova is one of the few studios below the collegiate level to be granted a two-week artist residency from the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City.

“This work is usually done at a university level,” said BalletNova principal dancer Constance Walsh. “Our experience has gone beyond what I thought the students would appreciate.”

Martha Graham is considered one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century and an iconic figure of modern dance. Graham created a movement of language based upon the expressive capacity of the human body. Her studio, established in 1926, continues to teach students today. The artist residency at BalletNova began in February with Elizabeth AuClair and continues with former Martha Graham Dance Company and current BalletNova principal dancer Constance Walsh, who works daily with the conservatory level students to perfect a piece created and originally performed by Graham in 1936.

Students will perform their version of Graham’s “Steps in the Street” from May 3 – 5 during BalletNova’s Spring Show, “La Fille Mal Gardée & Other Works.” An ARTSFAIRFAX grant helped support this artist residency.

April art highlights

The arts are celebrating spring. NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra is presenting their spring concert on April 26 at the Richard J. Ernest Cultural Theater. On April 27, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will perform with the Fairfax County All-Star’s Youth Orchestra at the GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The Hub Theatre presents “The Burn,” an area-premiere play exploring what happens to a teacher and his students when a classroom conflict turns into an online witch-hunt. “The Burn” plays from April 26 to May 11. In Tysons Corner, 1st Stage presents the thought-provoking piece, “Columbinus,” a docudrama that explores the Columbine High School shooting. The Polaris Piano Trio presents an evening of music for the Jordan Kitts Community Concert Series on April 27. Audiences of all ages will enjoy Creative Cauldron’s presentation of “Alice in Wonderland” and Reston Community Players’ presentation of “Annie.” Check the ARTSFAIRFAX website for dates and times.

Creative Aging Festival

Mark your calendars now to participate in great art offerings in recognition of Older Americans Month. ARTSFAIRFAX is partnering with Fairfax County agencies to present the 2019 Creative Aging Festival through the month of May. The Festival celebrates older adults’ participation in the arts. Over 60 free and engaging activities will be available in 28 venues throughout Fairfax County.

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