Farm to Fashion Travels to the Torpedo Factory

Seven pieces from Loudoun's Farm to Fashion Creative Challenge Exhibit were selected by the Torpedo Factory Art Center to be part of a traveling exhibit this winter in their 2nd floor gallery in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The "agricouture" show, a joint effort by the LAC, Franklin Park Arts Center, and Loudoun County Economic Development, will be exhibited 10 to 6pm February through March, with a special reception held on Friday, February 23 from 7 to 9pm.



Loudoun Arts Council Honors Past President Gale Waldron

The Loudoun Arts Council will honor long-time arts supporter and former board member Gale Waldron by re-naming its Excellence in the Arts program in her name. Waldron passed away on January 8th.



Loudoun Arts Council Revives Excellence in the Arts Youth Program

The Loudoun Arts Council announces the return of the Excellence in the Arts awards program for 2018. High school students may compete for cash prizes in eight arts categories: visual arts, digital arts, dance, piano, literary, instrumental, voice, and theatre. More information, guidelines, and application materials are available online now. Completed applications with payment must be submitted by March 5, 2018. To learn more or donate to the Excellence in the Arts awards program, email info@loudounarts.org.



LAC artShare Grant Winners Announced for 2017

We congratulate four outstanding Loudoun arts organizations as the 2017 recipients of the Loudoun Arts Council’s artShare grant program. These grants are awarded to local arts organization demonstrating strength in management, important contributions to the community, and high artistic quality. The awardees for the 2016-2017 Loudoun Arts Council ArtShare grants program are:

The ArtShare grants program was created to assist organizations of artistic merit to the Loudoun County community by providing funds to help maintain their stability and encourage their development. This annual grant opportunity is available to all Loudoun County non-profit arts organizations. Additional information about the ArtShare grants program is available on our artShare page.



Old Man Winter Brings Two New artWorks Exhibits

The winter artWorks exhibits at Old Ox Brewery and the Visit Loudoun Visitors' Center couldn't look more different. Painter Laura Hopkins' work in "Earth & Sky" focuses on expressing the mood and enduring beauty of quiet rural scenes in the atmospheric, soft light of twilight and dawn. Ben Wood's lively graphic canvases in the "This Is Personal" show at Old Ox Brewery works combine expressive brushwork and intentionally simplified forms with cartoon elements. Both artists' work can be seen through February in our new winter artWorks shows.



Dramatic Opening for New artWorks Venue

Performing groups know that theater space in Loudoun County is limited, forcing many groups to hunt for venues where they can perform their works. For StageCoach Theatre, that struggle is over. The company has found a home in the village of Ashburn, complete with a "black box " theater and classrooms for their programs for kids and adults.

Painter Marcia Klioze has included many of her dynamic portraits in a new show, entitled "Faces & Places," on exhibit from November through January at the Ashburn Theatre. StageCoach will host a special Meet the Artist reception right before their holiday production of "Naughty or Nice" on Friday, December 8 at 6pm (the reception is open to the public). 



Farm to Fashion Draws Public and Media Attention

Thirteen local artists presented stunning "agricouture" art garments made from materials provided by local farms and agricultural businesses in the Farm to Fashion Creative Challenge Exhibit, at Franklin Park Arts Center, culminating in a fabulous F2F Farmstyle Reception and Awards Event on Saturday, October 28th. More than 150 people attended the event, which was covered by Virginia Living magazine, Loudoun Now, and NBC4 Washington. The exhibit met its goal of highlighting Loudoun's strong arts and agricultural communities.



LAC Announces New Member Benefits

The Loudoun Arts Council was created in 1987 to support the work of local artists and arts organizations. As times have changed, the Loudoun Arts Council’s member services have changed. We’re pleased to announce expanded membership programs for art-makers and arts sponsors, with new levels of participation and — wait for it — reduced fees.



Loudoun County Creates Artisan Trail to Engage Visitors

Loudoun County will soon be home to Virginia’s newest artisan trail thanks to a partnership between the Artisans Center of Virginia, members of the arts community, Visit Loudoun, and the Loudoun and Leesburg departments of economic development.