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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 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.

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The artWorks Exhibit Program matches local venues with local artists.

Capturing History: Colgrove Farm - Old Houses and Barns and Silos

1926 Map courtesy of loudoun.gov

The map dates back to the early 1900s and research from the Balch Library shows this may have only been part of the Colgrove family’s farm land. 

In 2013, during the kid’s spring break we ventured into the overgrown wooded area for the first time after seeing the top of the silo from the highway.  The day was chilly and there was very little green, except some very determined little daffodils growing in patches near the stamped down path we helped create with our high boots.

 

The barn stood tall, towering over us to the left.  It had several exposed walls into its interior and showed some levels, with stairs still intact.  We did not dare go into any of these structures, by the way!

The main house with its two chimneys indicated this may have been where the kitchen was and convenient to the barn.  It is now decorated with peeling walls and graffiti.

The silo stood just behind the barn… tall and proud.  Its neighboring windmill blades rested nearby, rusting through the weathering seasons.

Though its history was hidden for years, there was evidence of inexpensive parties and even a makeshift house in the back area.

Photos above: Photos 1, 4  and 5 taken in 2013 during spring break... photos 2 and 3 taken in 2015 by Denise Silva when we ventured there again!  

As of today, in November 2016, the trees are all gone, leveled for future production.  Within a week, the bulldozers and bobcats have been working to remove the foliage and exposed the structures to the world again.  I drove by one morning this week and my heart sank that “our house” will be gone within days.  I stopped to take some photos from the road and wished I could ask when to expect the silo and house to fall.  Most of the barn was already collapsed.  But instead I snapped a few photos and continued on to work. 

I am so glad we went on our adventure so many years ago and got some photos to capture the memories of history soon removed.  The maps are all different… the cement will soon be poured and the future commuters of this area will never even know this was ever here.