Creating Connections in Clay

This ARTSFAIRFAX residency program promotes empathy among peers and the global community by engaging students in storytelling through ceramic projects. Students work in pairs to share stories based on a topic chosen by the teachers such as a transformational personal story, a current event that is of interest to the class, a self-portrait relief or a family history, Classmates conduct interviews to deepen their understanding of each other’s stories. They swap and summarize the stories in first person and express aspects of the stories by incorporating abstract images into clay objects. Teachers may choose the type of functional clay object they prefer their students to make the choice.

Students will generate ideas several ways. They will:

  • Look at ceramic works by recognized artists and by the resident artist.
  • Examine attributes of found, possibly sentimental objects that correlate to emotions evoked by a short story prompt and use them as stamps in clay.
  • Swap personal stories with a partner, ask questions to further understanding and then retell each partner’s story.
  • Interpret and illustrate aspects of the partner’s story in drawings and finally in clay.

As a result, students are encouraged to see beyond themselves and experience the world through the eyes of another by participating in a story swap and creating a work of art to express their understanding of another human being.

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.

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.

Visit http://bit.ly/FairfaxCreativeAgingFestival for more information.

The County’s Art Buzz – March

There are plenty of art offerings in Fairfax, but have you checked out Twitter?

County resident and writer Jesse Stanchak tells his stories in 280 characters or less. A marketing professional in the metro area, Stanchak spins his literary prose three times a day via Twitter @MicroFlashFic. A modern version of an Irish Lyrics or a Japanese haiku, Stanchak’s work has attracted over 35,000 followers and been translated into multiple languages for audiences in countries around the world. Stanchak admits his work tends toward the scary and sad, but hopes readers will explore the many voices he represents in his work.

Stanchak gives this advice for aspiring artists, “The price of failure is so low. The worst that happens is that people ignore it.”

Link to his most popular Flash Fiction:  https://twitter.com/i/moments/990422367036944385

Four theaters nominated for Helen Hayes Awards

Four Fairfax County theaters received nominations for the 2019 Helen Hayes awards. 1st Stage leads the nominations with 22, and Brave Spirits Theatre, NextStop Theatre and The Hub Theatre each received two nominations. Get tickets now to see 1st Stage’s current presentation of “Columbinus” through April 20 and NextStop’s production of “Fallen Angels” until April 7.

Brave Spirits’ presentation of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and The Hub Theatre’s “The Burn” both start in April.

Brave Spirits and The Hub Theatre continue to receive audience and critical acclaim despite the challenge of finding a permanent home in Fairfax County.

Shape the County’s future

To understand residents’ needs and wishes, Fairfax County has launched a Countywide Strategic Plan survey to gather information to develop a plan for 2020 and beyond. The arts play a vital role in Fairfax, and it is critical for decision-makers to know the challenges facing the arts community. Please take time to complete this important survey: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/strategicplan/

Fairfax County citizens have other opportunities to speak for the arts by attending board of supervisors FY 2020 budget town hall meetings. Now is the time to get involved with your community and support the arts.

March art event highlights

Join the arts community for a variety of events in March. The Fairfax Choral Society presents music of composers, past and present that inspire thoughts about life on March 17, and The Fairfax Symphony presents students from Amit Peled’s studio of the Peabody Institute on March 31 both at Providence Presbyterian Church. McLean Project for the Arts is celebrating Youth Art Month by featuring work from students in the Fairfax County Public Schools Langley and McLean pyramids and the Fairfax Choral Society’s youngest choirs present “Bugtopia!” at United Methodist Church on March 16. For a great laugh, get your tickets for the Workhouse Arts Center’s presentation of “The Explorers Club” showing through March 31.

End the month by celebrating Women’s History Month and women in the arts. Join ARTSFAIRFAX President & CEO, Linda Sullivan and Senator Jennifer Boysko at the 4th Annual Women’s Choral Festival hosted by Capital Harmonia at the Community of Faith in Herndon on March 31. For more Fairfax events or more about the arts, visit artsfairfax.org.

The County Art’s Buzz – February

  • Each year, ARTSFAIRFAX connects professional artists with teachers to create an art learning experience beyond the traditional classroom lesson.This year, ARTSFAIRFAX placed three Fairfax County artists into three FCPS middle schools. Heidi Fortune Picker’s residency at Holmes MS explores movement and language arts. Suzy Scollon’s residency engages art students at Frost MS in making connections between visual arts and creative writing, and Chitra Sharma’s residency integrates printmaking into social studies and language arts with Glasgow MS students.
  • The Artist Residency Program trains professional artists to integrate their art practice into Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) curriculum to broaden students’ education experience and to help them develop skills that are adaptable to their classes and ultimately the workforce. Artists work with art teachers to develop and integrate innovative activities into students’ daily work during the residency. The program is open to sixth, seventh and eighth-grade art students.
  • Nominate your favorite arts organization or individuals by Feb. 14Nominations for the 2019 Arts Awards are accepted through Feb. 14. The public is encouraged to recognize their favorite arts organization or individuals 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.

    The Workhouse Arts Center needs your innovative ideas

    How art integrates into our daily life is an essential topic at any age. Fairfax County citizens have an opportunity to share their innovative ideas to transform the Workhouse Arts Center into the County’s first mixed-use arts campus. Planners are looking for ideas that complement the existing studio, gallery and museum spaces. For more information, visit the Workhouse Campus RFI or contact Regina Coyle with the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1214, TTY 711.

  • Creative Aging Festival is seeking artistsFairfax County and ARTSFAIRFAX’s Creative Aging Festival is seeking artists to participate in the 2019 Creative Aging Festival (CAF) to be held throughout Fairfax during May in conjunction with Older Americans Month. The Festival engages seniors (50+) and creates opportunities for long-term partnerships. Interested artists should upload information on the ARTSFAIRFAX website to be included in the CAF Resource Guide.

    Operating Support Grants workshop on Feb. 22

    ARTSFAIRFAX welcomes all arts organizations to the Operating Support Grants workshop on Feb. 22 and the Project Support Workshop on March 14.

    Art offerings in February

    Fairfax County has plenty of art offerings in February:

     Arts Herndon presents their 10th Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibit throughout the month

     Wolf Trap Opera and the Washington Concert Opera will present “Martin Le Vin Herbe”

     MVLE welcomes participants of their inclusive performance lab class with “Body Wise Dance”

     The Workhouse Arts Center is hosting events to introduce new participants to programs

     Creative Cauldron presents “Thunder Knocking on the Door” at various times and dates through the month

Northern Virginia Players presents “Jungle Book”

The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney’s The Jungle Book features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie.

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

Northern Virginia Players, voted Best Performing Arts Group for 2017 and 2018 Best of Fairfax, is sure to thrill audiences of all ages with this classic family favorite!

Fairfax Choral Society

The Fairfax Choral Society under the direction of Artistic Director Thomas Colohan is the largest choral organization in Northern Virginia serving more than 400 singers in twelve choral ensembles. The auditioned, 80-member adult Symphonic Chorus presents a season of 5–6 concerts of masterworks and contemporary works.  In its 2018-19 inaugural season, the 130-member adult Vocal Arts Ensemble under the direction of Michael Erlich is presenting sold out concerts that explore genres including folk, spirituals, and jazz.

The FCS Youth Program under the direction of Patrick Vaughn guides nearly 200 singers ages 5–19 in expanding their vocal experience in auditioned choral and music education programs.  Ten youth ensembles meet in locations throughout Fairfax County including Annandale, Centreville, and Vienna.  The Youth Choruses present 7 concerts including new commissions, classical, folk, and contemporary works.
Fairfax Choral Society
4028 Hummer Road
Annandale, Virginia 22003

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.

BalletNova Center for Dance

BalletNova Center for Dance opened in the Fall of 1981 as Arlington Center for Dance, founded by Ken and Kathy Fredgren. The studio grew in size and stature and has long been recognized as one of the premier dance training centers in the Metropolitan Washington DC area. Known for its pre-professional ballet program, the Center also has one of the most extensive adult dance programs available, with classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, modern, and body conditioning.

In 2002, The Fredgrens decided to retire, and turned the management over to long-time faculty member and choreographer Nancie Woods. The board acquired the school and merged it into one non-profit organization, with Ms. Woods as Artistic Director, becoming The Center Dance Company.

After 25 years in Arlington, the organization lost its lease in February 2008 and after an  exhaustive search was unable to find suitable space in Arlington. The best spot was a 20,800 square foot facility on Carlin Springs Road, which was renovated into 6 beautiful state-of-the-art equipped dance studios, with spring floors and high ceilings, and re-opened in July 2008 as BalletNova Center for Dance. The current space is only a block from Arlington, a short ½ mile from Alexandria and the City of Falls Church, and is in Fairfax County. Our studios are available for rehearsals, events, and more!

In September of 2015, BalletNova launched its new Fredgren Studio Theater, dedicated to the co-founders Ken and Kathy Fredgren. The Fredgren Studio Theater is a black box-style theater designed for dance, the only one-of-its-kind available to the public in Northern Virginia. It offers sprung wood flooring with marley overlay, 150-seat audience area, fully equipped sound and lighting, and free parking. The Fredgren Studio Theater is available for rental, and has a significant discount for non-profits.  BalletNova anticipates that the Fredgren will become an important community resource and encourage small dance, theater and music groups to increase their performance activities, and grow the impact of the arts presence in Northern Virginia.

The organization, now with over 1,300 students, is based on elements from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum syllabus (nationally and internationally recognized systems that provide a certification program in classical ballet) across all levels of children’s pre-professional classical ballet curriculum. BNCD operates on a semester basis for adult and enrichment divisions, school year basis for Pre-professional training program. The Center accepts children and adults at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels into a year-round program.

At BalletNova Center for Dance (BNCD) our mission is to provide a center of dance excellence in Northern Virginia, nurturing and training dancers of all ages, and offering superb community performances.

Our vision is:

  • To offer rigorous ballet training for aspiring professionals in a nurturing environment
  • To provide quality dance instruction for children and adults at all levels
  • Make creative opportunities available for local professional choreographers, dancers and teachers
  • Create a learning atmosphere based on mutual support and respect
  • Build community and inspire public appreciation of dance as an art form through performance, education and outreach

Fall for Fairfax / Kidsfest

Enjoy exciting, interactive and education programs, entertainment and activities. Fall For Fairfax KidsFest is specially designed for families with elementary & Pre-K aged children. Activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, petting zoo, model trains, instrument petting zoo, and the KidWay MidWay (with more than a dozen rides and attractions). And more than 75 exhibits, activities, and great festival food!

Hub Theatre

The Hub Theatre is an award winning, professional non-profit theatre making its home in Fairfax County, Virginia. The Hub Theatre is a member Theatre Washington. The Hub has received grants from Target, the Fink Foundation, the Arts Council of Fairfax, The Friends of Lake Anne, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax, Integrity Applications, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
The Hub is in residence at the John Swayze Theatre in The New School of Northern Virginia located in Fairfax, VA for its full-scale productions.

Address
9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax, VA, 22031
Telephone
1.800.494.8497

George Mason Center for the Arts – Harris Theatre

The Center for the Arts Harris Theatre is a modified proscenium/thrust theater, containing 460 seats. With two levels of seating and exquisite acoustics it is the ideal setting for smaller-scaled concerts or theatrical productions, recitals, lectures, recordings, and screenings.

It is located on the campus of George Mason University near the Center for the Arts, just northeast of Mason Pond Parking Deck. The orchestra and balcony levels of Harris Theatre have separate entrances allowing the balcony to be closed when not required.

For an hourly fee, the Sandy Creek and Mason Pond Visitor Parking Decks offer covered parking and a walkway to both the Concert Hall and Harris Theater. Free parking is only available in Lot K (located directly across the pond from the Concert Hall).

Address
4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA, 22030
Free Parking
Yes

Patriot Center

Located on the campus of Northern Virginia’s George Mason University, the Patriot Center is a 10,000-seat arena that hosts Mason men’s and women’s basketball games, concerts, family shows and commencement ceremonies.

Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Bob Dylan, Ricardo Arjona, Enrique Iglesias, the Harlem Globetrotters and Disney on Ice are only a few of the concerts and family shows that have performed at the arena over the past 29 years.

Address
4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA, 22030
Telephone
(703) 993-3000

George Mason Center for the Arts – Concert Hall

The Center for the Arts is the centerpiece of performing arts on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Each year, the Center welcomes hundreds of thousands of community members into its 2000-seat Concert Hall for performances by renowned professional artists, accomplished faculty, and emerging student artists.

Address

Mason Pond Dr., Fairfax, VA, 22030-4444

Free Parking
Yes

National Firearms Museum

The NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia, consists of 15 galleries comprised of 85 exhibit cases housing 3,000 firearms in a 15,000 square foot facility. The Museum details and examines the nearly 700-year history of firearms with a special emphasis on firearms, freedom, and the American experience. Each gallery is evocative of a period of time in American history, from the stockade fort at Jamestown to the gun factories of New England. Life-sized dioramas include a nineteenth-century riflemaker’s shop, a trench on the Western Front in WWI, and a shelled-out town square in Normandy in WWII. The firearms tell the stories of how they were used to provide security and sustenance to the early colonists, how they were used to secure our freedom and independence, and have been used ever since to maintain and preserve those liberties. Within the galleries are also tales of exploration, manufacturing, competition, hunting, and recreational shooting sports.

Opening Hours
9:30AM-5PM, daily except Christmas

Address
11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA, 22030

Telephone
703-267-1600

Twitter Handle
@nramuseums

Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Take a trip back in time to 19th-century Virginia in the heart of metropolitan Washington. The 12-acre site features historic buildings and beautiful vistas that transport visitors to Fairfax of yesteryear. The modern Civil War Interpretive Center furthers the Civil War interpretation through its gallery and program space. The site is used for educational tours and programs, lectures by prominent scholars, Civil War living history events, and demonstrations.

The Historic Blenheim home is a central-hall plan brick farmhouse built by Albert Willcoxon (c. 1859) just prior to the Civil War (1861-65). It is nationally significant for the more than 120 signatures, art, games, thoughts, and poetry left on the house walls by Union soldiers during their occupation of the Fairfax Court House area in 1862-63. The house contains one of the most voluminous and best-preserved examples of Civil War inscriptions in the nation, a “diary on walls” providing insight into typical soldier life during the Civil War as well as the effect of the war on local residents such as the Willcoxon family. House inscriptions and pictographs are also reproduced and discussed in detail in the replica attic with full-scale images in the Civil War Interpretive Center. The house is open for tours of the first floor at 1 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Historic Blenheim is a member of the Northern Virginia Civil War Graffiti trail.

Opening Hours
10AM-3PM Tue-Sat; guided tours at 1PM Tue-Sat

Address
3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA, 22030

Telephone
(703) 591-0560

Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center (old Fairfax Public School)

The Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center is located between Washington Dulles International Airport and Washington, D.C., in the heart of Northern Virginia. The Museum & Visitor Center and the City of Fairfax provide a strategic base for visiting the District, Manassas, Tysons Corner and Northern Virginia, including the Shenandoah Valley and Skyline Drive.

The visitor center provides general visitor information for both tourists and residents, including lodging, restaurants, transportation and historic and natural attractions. The visitor center also is the place to find out about special events in and around the city.

The museum produces special exhibitions on city history, provides educational outreach to school and youth groups and offers walking tours of Old Town Fairfax and the city’s historic buildings in the spring and fall.

Opening Hours

Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Easter Sunday.

Address
10209 Main Street, , 22030
Telephone
(703) 385-8414

The Bunnyman Bridge Collective

The Bunnyman Bridge Collective is a suburban art movement that originated in Fairfax, Virginia by artists Jason Davis, Jessica Kallista, and Javier Padilla.

The Bunnyman Bridge Collective seeks to counteract the fragmented relationships between neighbors and community members who know each other only well enough to nod. We seek to disrupt the surrender to homogeneity of manicured lawns and living rooms decorated with art that does nothing more than match the sofa. We recapture missed opportunities for creative relationship, interconnectivity, and growth in order to put an end to the isolation and alienation experienced by each individual attempting to live in Suburbia. Art is a means to understand, reveal, and nurture our shared humanity.

The Bunnyman Bridge Collective envisions a more balanced Suburbia, in which art helps shape reality in a manner that:

•encourages collaboration rather than competition
•promotes cooperation, community, and togetherness
•challenges artists to consider conceptual approaches and to move beyond art that is created simply for the eye
•instigates art lovers and community members to engage in and with the new, the weird, the wild, the avant garde, the absurd
•embraces a love of chance, experimentation, surprise, and play

Opening Hours

We are open from 5pm-12:30am everyday. On Thursdays, we are open a bit later! 🙂

Address
Epicure Cafe- 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA, 22030
Free Parking
Yes
Telephone
(703) 352-9193

Old Town Hall Gallery

Welcome to Old Town Hall, the perfect place for a wedding, party or meeting. Old Town Hall is located in the heart of the nationally recognized City of Fairfax Historic District at 3999 University Drive.

Adjacent to Old Town Hall and the historic Ratcliffe-Allison House is the Kitty Pozer Garden, with perennials and shade trees, a true oasis in downtown Fairfax.

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 10AM-2PM

Address
3999 University Dr., Fairfax, VA, 22031
Free Parking
Yes

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNOVA) – Bodzin Art Gallery

The JCCNV Fine Arts Program supports and encourages the development of Jewish artists and/or Jewish arts. The program is also committed to establishing and strengthening the relationship between the Northern Virginia community and Israel by integrating Israeli arts into its program.
The Program’s dedication to the arts has garnered an international reputation that’s both credible and well-respected amongst art enthusiasts, artists, art buyers, and sellers. Over the years, the Center’s Bodzin Art Gallery exhibitions have attracted talented artists who work in a wide-variety of media including painting, photography, jewelry, crafts and new media.

Address
8900 Little River Tpke., Fairfax, VA, 22031

Free Parking
Yes

Telephone
703.323.0880