Family events

Community: Baker’s Crust, Ashburn, VA

This past week I had the pleasure of joining the RHOLC and Baker’s Crust in “Buy a Stake in your Community” benefiting the Brain Injury Services (  Each Monday this month Baker’s Crust in Ashburn (19890 Belmont Chase Drive, Unit 135. Ashburn) is donating a portion of their great steak and cauliflower mash dinner to this non profit!  


Summer Brings New artWorks Exhibits at Old Ox Brewery

Image: Crossing the Ward by Samantha Marshal

Image: Crossing the Ward by Samantha Marshal

Show Features Works by Samantha S. Marshall
Press Release: May 22, 2017

The LAC's artWorks program will feature the work of an accomplished Loudoun artist this summer. Photographer Samantha Marshall's arresting digital images will adorn the walls of the Old Ox Brewery Tasting Room.

Marshall's work inthe show "If These Walls Could Talk..." is based on photographs she alters digitally for effect. Her images have a breathtaking sense of imagery and staging. The exhibit will be up at Old Ox Brewery at 44652 Guilford Dr #114, in Ashburn June through August. The Tasting Room is open Tuesdays through Sundays; check for details. Meet Samantha at a special Artist's Reception on Friday June 16 at 7 pm.

Over the past two years the artWorks program has launched several art exhibits at area venues, each curated for the individual space. These shows and accompanying Artist's Receptions have resulted in new connections between artists and patrons, as well as art sales. Patrons can buy art on the spot using the LAC's new tagging system, which uses QR codes. Purchasers can pay for art using their smart phones, show the receipt to staff, and take their artwork home. "It's important to make the art purchase as easy as possible for patrons," says LAC President Jill Evans-Kavaldjian. Interested in learning more about becoming an artWorks artist or venue? Visit our artWorks page.


The artWorks Exhibit Program matches local venues with local artists.

Heat and Light: A New Show at a New artWorks Venue

Ravese, Frazier, Hutchison and Marshall Exhibit Works for Summer at Leesburg Clarion Inn

Press Release: April 11, 2017

Monarch Cascade, by Mary Louise Raves

Monarch Cascade, by Mary Louise Raves

Four local artists are part of Heat and Light, a new summer exhibit at the Clarion Inn in Leesburg. Photographers Mary Louise Ravese and Samantha Marshall and Painters Octavia Frazier and Karen Hutchison display work with palpable energy for this inaugural show at the Clarion Inn.

The inn's lounge has undergone an extensive renovation, and the exhibit program is the final touch on the open airy space. Brenda Page, the Loudoun Arts Council's artWorks coordinator is thrilled that the exhibit program is expanding. "The artWorks program is a great way to get local artists work out and appreciated by the public," she says. "At the same time, the venues get rotating shows of art that suit their spaces," she adds.

Come by between 6-8pm on Friday, June 2 for an artist meet and greet!

The Clarion Inn is located at 1500 East Market Street, on the eastern end of Leesburg, Virginia. The lounge is open nightly. The artists are planning a reception for May. Check back soon for details.

Broadlands Live! Another Summer of Fun Begins!

It is the 14th year of Broadlands Live! and my third as the official photographer!  It is definitely a fun family event each second Friday of the Spring/Summer months!  May 12th was the opening night and the rain was just unforgiving... so the team pre-planned and set up across the street at the Broadlands Community Center!  The sponsors and vendors were all lined up under tents and there was even a new food truck from Parallel Wine & Bistro - check out their website here.   The Music line up was the amazing Kelly Neff and Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass along with the always fun Kids' favorite opener, The Great Zucchini

Beautiful Churches + Baptism | Loudoun Family Photography

The Summer is fading behind us, and as I reflect on some of the sweet events I was blessed to attend, this one stands out!  The baptism ceremony was held at the Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church.  The beautiful architecture of this Purcellville church plus the emotion of witnessing the introduction of a child to God will always be one of my sweetest memories this year!  

Helping the parents to focus on their child's special day is just one of the many reasons I love what I do!  Capturing memories with all of the family members in the frame... priceless!