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. Guidelines and applications will be available online beginning January 1, 2018. 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.

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.

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!

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."

Loudoun Arts Council Seeks Part-time Bookkeeper

The Loudoun Arts Council is seeking a paid bookkeeper to work approximately 24 hours per month on a contract basis.

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.

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.

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.

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.