Rural Economic Development Council Seeks Input from Arts Business Owners

Do you own an arts business in rural Loudoun? The Rural Economic Development Council (REDC) wants to hear from you.

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2018 artShare Grant Process Opens September 1

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 year the Arts Council is looking for new initiatives to bring the arts to Loudouners in more creative ways. Instead of submitting an update past grant applications, a common practice for non-profits, “This year, we want to challenge our local arts organizations to think creatively about ways to use our grants,” says artShare administrator Mary Kenesson.

New Arts Mixer at StageCoach Theatre Company

Artists can be masters at expressing themselves... until it comes to making an artist’s statement or talking in public about their work. The folks at StageCoach have you covered! In Making a Statement: Improv for Artists, you’ll learn stage techniques to feel more comfortable speaking when eyes are on you.

Painter Angela Giraldi Reveals Her "World View" — A New artWorks Exhibit at Visit Loudoun

British-born watercolor painter Angela Giraldi takes inspiration from her extensive travels in the states and abroad to create her World View, artWorks newest exhibit at Visit Loudoun.  From local tree groves in Loudoun County to fishing villages in Barcelona, Giraldi brings a lightness and optimism to the random moments of everyday life. Meet the artist at a special reception on Friday, August 3rd at 6pm.

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.

"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.

Loudoun Community Supports Talented Teens

Community leaders in business and the arts worked together with the Loudoun Arts Council this spring to restart the LAC's teen awards program, renamed the Gale Waldron Excellence in the Arts Awards. Dozens of talented young people submitted work for the competition in eight arts categories. Winners presented their award winning work at a special showcase on May 5th at StageCoach Theatre in Ashburn. The Loudoun Arts Council gives a heartfelt "thank you" all who made this event possible.

Loudoun Arts Council Congratulates 2018 Winners of the Gale Waldron Excellence in the Arts Awards

After a ten-year hiatus, the Loudoun Arts Council has revived its Excellence in the Arts awards program for teens in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Students in grades 10 to 12 competed in this year’s program, and 15 students received awards totalling $5,750. Their accomplishments will be honored at a special free reception and showcase at StageCoach Theatre in Ashburn on May 5th.