Loudoun HIstory

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.

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.

Wreaths Across America: Loudoun Union Cemetery

Union Cemetery

This year we decided to visit a Loudoun cemetery for the annual Wreaths Across America event on December 17th.  The icy rain was causing delays throughout the morning and the wind was fierce, but it was nothing compared to what these veterans and families have given to us all.  Here are some photos of the local veterans' grave sites at Union Cemetery in Leesburg.

(From hallowedground.org) Established in 1855 on the immediate outskirts of Leesburg, Union cemetery was created as a public cemetery open to people of all faiths. It predated three other “Union” cemeteries in Loudoun County established at Hillsboro, Waterford and Lovettsville. The cemetery contains the 1908 Union Chapel and several notable monuments, including a Confederate War Memorial at the north end of the site, and an imperfectly cut 30-foot- high granite column, allegedly designed for a D.C. public building, but rejected and brought to the cemetery in the 1890s.

If you are interested in visiting this historic cemetery, the address is 323 N King St, Leesburg.