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 (www.braininjurysrvc.org). 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!
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 www.oldoxbrewery.com 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.
Ravese, Frazier, Hutchison and Marshall Exhibit Works for Summer at Leesburg Clarion Inn
Press Release: April 11, 2017
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.
“One day we will live in a world where we won’t have to call it 'brave' when talking about mental illness. We’ll just call it talking.”
Saturday, I had the honor of photographing fourteen brave individuals who shared their stories of overcoming or living closely to someone with mental illness. Poetry, original music, and stories were performed live, evoking tears and laughter from the audience.
"Through the sharing of stories and experiences of those in recovery, we provide a sense of community and hope; and encourage others to share their stories. We believe that each time one of us shares our story, there’s another crack helping to break down the stigma of mental illness. Right now, it's time to #LiveBrave and bring mental health issues into the spotlight because they've been in the dark too long."
You can also mail a check (payable to This Is My Brave, Inc.) to: 43300-116 Southern Walk Plaza #652, Broadlands, VA 20148
"Thank you so much for your support of our mission to end stigma through storytelling!"