A New 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.

LAC Seeks Applicants for COLLAB, a New Residency Program for Artists

Are you looking for a venue for your creative ideas? In the COLLAB atelier project, Embark Center and IndEd Academies join the Loudoun Arts Council to offer qualifying LAC members quarterly residencies in a studio space in Leesburg's Arts and Culture District. Visiting artists can use the space as a working studio and exhibit area and have the opportunity to engage with the public in a unique way in the heart of downtown Leesburg. In lieu of rent, IndED and Embark students will have access to their process.

LAC Offers Gallery Fixtures for Sale

The arts council is offering a variety of gallery/store fixtures, including display shelving, art pedestals, a glass jewelry case, utility shelving, folding tables, track lighting, decorative console tables, a printer/copier, and much more.

"Reflection" by Jill Evans-Kavaldjian — A New Exhibit at a Brand New artWorks Venue

Bonnie Archer had to do a little sleuthing, but she persevered and found Jill Evans-Kavaldjian's work on her Facebook page, and sent her a message. Would she be interested in exhibiting her work? Evans-Kavaldjian, an artist who works in several media (and is currently President of the LAC) was delighted. The resulting exhibit will be on display from June 14th through the end of August, and the public is invited to meet the artist at a special reception on Sunday, June 24th from 3pm to 5pm at the newest artWorks venue, Zephaniah Farm Vineyard, south of Leesburg.

Old Ox Brewery Displays New artWorks Exhibit, "With abandon"

Photographer Samantha S. Marshall captures the beauty in abandoned spaces in a new artWorks exhibit, "With abandon." Marshall highlights deserted hallways, hidden caverns and uninhabited rooms through vibrant color and natural light. Marshall's haunting images are on display at Old Ox Brewery through the end of August. Meet the artist at a special reception on Friday, June 15th at 7pm.

New artWorks Exhibit is a “Paradise Found” at StageCoach Theatre

Painter Charlotte B. DeMolay dives into deep sea blues and vivid pinks in her show “Paradise Found,” artWorks newest exhibit at StageCoach Theatre. Sightsee DeMolay’s coastal paradise at StageCoach Theatre through the end of July. Meet the artist at a special reception on Friday, June 8th at 5:30pm.

Old Ox Brewery Displays "Curiosities," a new artWorks Exhibit

Explore a world of curious creatures, enchanted faces and mystical landscapes created by painter Nancy Kfoury, the newest artWorks artist on display at Old Ox Brewery. Discover Kfoury’s beautifully eccentric exhibition at Old Ox Brewery at 44652 Guilford Drive, Unit 114, Ashburn, VA 20147 through the end of May. Meet the artist at a special reception on Friday, April 27th at 7pm.

"Suspend," A new artWorks Exhibit at Visit Loudoun

Terri Parent uses her striking photographs as a new language to describe the world. Her arresting images will be on display in the Visit Loudoun Visitors' Center at 112 South Street SE, Leesburg, VA 20175 through June. Meet the artist at a special reception on Friday, June 1st at 6pm.

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. Loudoun high school students (including homeschool 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.

Arts in the Village Gallery to Close Its Doors December 31st

After more than five years in its current location, Arts in the Village Gallery will close its doors on December 31, 2017. A program of the non-profit Loudoun Arts Council, the coöperative gallery has brought the work of Loudoun's visual artists to thousands art enthusiasts who supported this effort. The LAC is looking for a new opportunities for Loudoun artists in 2018. Stay tuned to this website, or subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about AitV artists, and future LAC programs.

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). 

Arts Mixer at North Gate Vineyard

Join the Loudoun Arts Council at NorthGate Vineyards for the first in a series of Arts Mixers!

Meet other artists, art lovers, and members of arts organizations. Collaborate and talk about hopes, plans, and dreams for the arts in Loudoun County. What do you want to see happen? A performing arts venue? More exhibit opportunities?

Enjoy award-winning North Gate wines (cash bar) and yummy snacks (on us!) at this special event from 5 to 7pm on Friday, November 10th. RSVP by November 8th by registering for your FREE ticket here!

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 Arts Council Announces 2017 Annual Meeting

Loudoun Arts Council members, prospective members, and the public are invited to the 2017 Annual Members’ Meeting of the Loudoun Arts Council, to be held at Sterling Library at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 3rd. Celebrate our 30th year in Loudoun County with refreshments and a special sneak peek at Journeys to Sterling — a special tile installation at the library created by renowned local artist Joan Gardiner. We'll also discuss the changing role the LAC can play in supporting and promoting the arts. We want to hear your ideas!

2017 artShare Grant Deadlines Announced

The Loudoun Arts Council’s artShare grants were 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.

Summer Brings New artWorks Exhibits at Old Ox Brewery and Visit Loudoun

The LAC's artWorks program will feature the work of two accomplished Loudoun artists this summer. Christine Dixon will bring her colorful still life paintings to the Visit Loudoun Vistors' Center in Leesburg, while photographer Samantha Marshall's arresting digital images will adorn the walls of the Old Ox Brewery Tasting Room. Meet Samantha at a special Artist's Reception on Friday June 16 at 7 pm.

Heat and Light: A New Show at a New artWorks Venue

Four local artists are part of Heat and Light, a new summer exhibit at the Clarion Inn in Leesburg. Join the artists for a special reception on Friday June 2 at 7 pm.

Help Name the Loudoun Artisan Trail!

Calling all who live and work in Loudoun County and who have an interest in our artisans, agri-artisans, cultural and hospitality businesses!

Join us at Stone Tower Winery on Tuesday March 28 at 6 pm for a fun evening with appetizers, Loudoun wines, beers and live music. Musician Ted Garber and Artisan Center of Virginia's Sherri Smith will lead the "Name Game."

Two New artWorks Exhibits Arrive Just in Time for Spring

The Loudoun Arts Council presents two new artWorks exhibits: “Bloom” by Artist Lisa Cohen at the Visit Loudoun Visitors' Center, and “Olden Times” by Fine Art Photographer Dora Ramirez at Old Ox Brewery. Join Dora at the Brewery on April 7 at 7 pm for a special Artist's Reception. Learn more about her insiprations and process... and taste some of Old Ox's new works of art — and current LAC members get discounts on their beer!

Help Launch a New Makerspace in Purcellville!

Makersmiths, Loudoun County's maker organization, is working with the Town of Purcellville to convert an old town garage into a community makerspace. To fund the new effort, a new Kickstarter campaign has been created.

LAC Expands Its artWorks Exhibit Program

The Loudoun Arts Council is seeking applicants for the expansion of its artWorks exhibit program. The artWorks program brings local artists and businesses together through quarterly art shows in vibrant gathering places throughout the County.

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.

"Making Connections: Paintings by Jim Sisley" Opens at Old Ox Brewery

Jim Sisley's paintings focus on simple daily experiences that we all "see" but seldom stop to deeply consider. His work is included in a one-person exhibit, Making Conections:  Paintings by Jim Sisley at Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, VA through February 2017.

Congratulations to the 2016 artShare Grant Awardees

Congratulations to the three outstanding Loudoun arts organizations named the 2016 recipients of the Loudoun Arts Council’s artShare grants program. The awardees for the 2016-2017 Loudoun Arts Council artShare grants program are:

Endless Fascination: Watercolors by Alice Power

Loudoun arts icon Alice Power brings her keen eye and love of life to her watercolors, on display through February at the Visit Loudoun Visitors' Center in Market Station in Leesburg.

Highlights from the LAC's 2016 General Membership Meeting

The LAC's 2016 General Membership Meeting on October 27th was quite a success! Loudoun Arts Council members in attendance learned about the progress of our programs and elected new Board members to replace outgoing Board Secretary Karen Watson and at-large member Susan Trask.

Wine Country Harvest Ball and Art Sale Scheduled for November 19th at Salamander Resort

For the second year in a row, the Loudoun Arts Council and PHILLIPS will present the Wine Country Harvest Ball and Art Sale at Salamander Resort. This black tie gala — set for 7-11 pm on November 19th — features a sumptous meal, live music, and a sale of fine art and craft by Loudoun and Fauquier artists and artisans.

Annual Meeting Set for October 27th

As we begin our 30th year in Loudoun County, it’s time to meet together to discuss the changing role the LAC can play in supporting and promoting the arts. We want to hear your ideas! We'll meet at Arts in the Village Gallery at 7 pm.

Loudoun Arts Council Seeks Grant Writer

The Loudoun Arts Council is looking for a person with experience writing grant applications to help fund an expansion in the LAC's programming supporting the arts in Loudoun County.

Loudoun Arts Council Announces 2016 artShare Grants Program

The Loudoun Arts Council’s artShare grants were 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.

Wine Country Harvest Ball & Art Sale — Call for Art!

The Loudoun Arts Council and the PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families are hosting a special fundraising exhibit at Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia, from October 15th through November 19th, the date of PHILLIPS’ second annual Wine Country Harvest Ball & Art Sale.

"METAL" An Exhibit of Brian Kirk's Rust Prints Opens June 8 at Old Ox Brewery

Loudoun sculptor and teacher Brian Kirk has taken his metal work in a new direction, using time, water and oxygen to tell a different set of stories through fascinating rust prints. The exhibit will be on display June 8 through the end of August, with an Artist's Reception at the brewery on July 1 at 7pm.

The Artists of WLAST: New Exhibit Opens at Visit Loudoun Visitors' Center

Two-dimensional works by some of the artists participating in the Western Loudoun Artists' Studio Tour will be featured at the Loudoun Visitors' Center through the end of June. Featured artists will be on hand during two special First Friday Receptions in May and June.  The public can meet the artists and view their works from 6 pm to 8 pm on May 6th and June 3rd. Wine and refreshments will also be available.

Creatures of Imagination Invade Old Ox Brewery!

Artist Steve Loya's Splotch Monster paintings began as an experiment and a daily creative exercise and became so much more. Creatures of Imagination is the latest exhibit sponsored by the Loudoun Arts Council's artWorks program.

New artWorks Exhibit Opens at Visitors' Center in Leesburg

Works by artists from the Arts in the Village Gallery will be featured at the Loudoun Visitors' Center through the end of March. The Visitors' Center, located in Market Station in Leesburg, is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, and will host a special reception featuring AITV artists as part of Leesburg's First Friday event from 6 pm to 8 pm on March 4. Wine tastings will be offered, and the public can chat with the artists in attendance.

Interior Landscapes: An Exhibit of Mixed Media Work by Octavia Frazier

Sterling artist Octavia Frazier's bold abstract compositions are directly connected to her years of work as an interior designer; her bold use of color and the different textures used are a delight for the eyes.

Loudoun Lyric Opera, VSA of Loudoun County Awarded artShare Grants for 2015-2016

The Loudoun Arts Council congratulates two outstanding Loudoun arts organizations, Loudoun Lyric Opera and VSA of Loudoun County, as the 2015-2016 recipients of the council’s artShare grants program.

Local Candidates Respond to LAC Questionnaire

Loudoun Board of Supervisors candidates weigh in on the importance of the arts in Loudoun County.

The Loudoun Arts Council's 2015 Business Meeting

LAC members met on on October 28th at Franklin Park Arts Center to learn about the LAC's recent work and plans for the future. Read the president's remarks after the jump.

Arts On Tap

Loudoun arts groups, individual artists of all kinds, and the general public are invited to learn more about our county’s vibrant arts community at the Arts On Tap mixer at Old Ox Brewery on October 12th. Loudoun Arts Council members can pick up their new membership cards at the event. The cards have special benefits, including a discount on purchases at Old Ox, a generous LAC sponsor and the first LAC Member Card partner.

Hunt Country Harvest Ball and Art Show

The Loudoun Arts Council and the PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families, and Salamander Resort are hosting a special fundraising exhibit in Middleburg, Virginia, from October 26th through November 7th, the date of PHILLIPS’ Hunt Country Harvest Ball and Art Sale.

Focal Points: A New artsWorks Exhibit at Old Ox Brewery

LAC's artWorks program announces a new exhibit at Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn Virginia. Focal Points: Leaning In and Stepping Back features the works of LAC members Jan Blacka and Bob Friedenberg.

LAC artShare Grants: Funding for Local Arts Organizations

The artShare grants program was created to assist Loudoun non-profit arts organizations by providing funds to help maintain their stability and encourage their development.

Note: The 2015 application period has now ended. Grant awards will be announced Sunday, November 29th.

New Visiting Artists Program Announced

The Loudoun Arts Council (LAC) and Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) are collaborating on an initiative for local visual artists to visit classrooms during the 2014-2015 school year. The Visiting Artists program will demonstrate that art isn't in the past or confined to textbooks, but that is happening here and now, and continuously evolving. Visiting artists will share their experience with art as a career or as a creative journey, and engage students in the process. Besides collaborating with art teachers to enrich the LCPS arts curriculum, participating artists will be able to practice speaking about their work and methods and refine their presentation skills.