Reinventing the Wheel: Notes from the President

The Loudoun Arts Council is at an turning point in its existence. It is time to reframe and revitalize our approach to supporting the arts and all the artists in Loudoun. We are presented with an opportunity to shape the future of the arts in Loudoun County, and we invite you to join us in this effort.

We want to hear your thoughts about the future of the arts in Loudoun County. To learn more (including reports on our programs and finances) please attend our annual membership meeting on Thursday, November 7 at 6pm at Brambleton Library, 22850 Brambleton Plaza, Brambleton, VA 20148. If you cannot attend, pease email us at

All Arts Council Members Invited to Annual Meeting

Loudoun Arts Council Members are invited to join the Board for our Annual Meeting, held in the Teen Room at Brambleton Library in Ashburn on Thursday, November 7, from 6pm to 7pm.

We will enjoy refreshments, observe the COLLAB program singers in rehearsal, tour the Makerspace, and nominate and vote on new board members. After the general meeting, the new board will elect its officers. We are looking for volunteers ready to help with our exciting new projects for 2020. Interested? Join the Board, form a committee, or just offer your thoughts. We want to hear from YOU.

Got a Great Idea?

Do you have an idea, vision or work in progress that would bring attention to the value of the arts in Loudoun County? The Loudoun Arts Council is pleased to announce a new artShare Grant Program, open to all LAC members - individuals, groups and organizations - with a simplified application form and award criteria that emphasize innovation and/or creative collaborations to enrich our community through the arts.

Rust Library Offers New COLLAB Residency

Are you looking for a venue for your creative ideas? Rust Library in Leesburg has joined the COLLAB residency project! Loudoun County Public Libraries join the Loudoun Arts Council to offer qualifying LAC members three-month residencies in two branches: Brambleton in Ashburn and now Rust Library in Leesburg. Sydney McCoy, Branch Manager at Rust Library, is happy that Rust will join the COLLAB program. "It seems like a perfect fit with our outreach," she says.

Interested in this creative opportunity? Apply Here.

Libby Stevens Brings the "Brilliant Earth" to Zephaniah Farm Vineyards

Libby Stevens has honed her craft over the last three decades. A self-taught artist, Libby is best known for her luminous depictions of the scenery of Loudoun County, but her still life compositions are equally arresting. "Brilliant Earth" includes a selection of pastel and oil paintings, and will be on display at Zephania Farm Vineyard through February 2020.

COLLAB Artist Residency Program Kicks Off at Brambleton Library

The inaugural COLLAB EAST Artist-in-Residence program launches this month with artist Steven McCarthy at Brambleton Library's Makerspace in Ashburn.

McCarthy is influenced by the graphic nature of comics, as well as by artists Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Shepard Fairey.& "My current works explore imagery ranging from pop-cultural iconography to natural representation. Color and shape actuate these stylized images while subtle patterns softly emerge," says McCarthy.

Barn Quilt Trail Focuses on History, Culture, and Agriculture

The Loudoun County Barn Quilt Trail will open this fall and focus on important agricultural structures and locations in Loudoun County. Residents and visitors can learn about the importance of these farm buildings, their history, and the activities they currently house. These buildings tell important stories about our history and our future. The Barn Quilt Committee is seeking new participants and sponsors for this new program in rural Loudoun.