Arts & Entertainment

Northern Virginia Art Beat

A listing of new openings, exhibitions and opportunities to show art.

C-Note Sale

Greater Reston Arts Center has its annual C-Note Sale this Sunday, September 24. Tent opens at 11 a.m. to preview art. Sale begins at 1 p.m. Raffle tickets are $125, every tickets gets a work of art. First number drawn gets first pick. Second number drawn gets second pick, etc. until all numbers are drawn. All 166 works available (plus a few late additions) were donated by local artist for this benefit sale. Go to for a preview of most of the works available. Greater Reston Art Center, 12001 Market St. Suite 103, Reston, Va. Phone (703) 471-9242. Weather permitting, this event will be held in a tent on the west end of Reston Town Center, at the corner of St. Francis and Market streets.

John Balessari Discussion

Next Thursday evening , Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. John Balessari will discuss his career and his picks for the show “Ways of Seeing: John Balassari Explores the Collection” (through July 26, 2007) at the Hirshhorn. Advance ticketing begins at 6:15 p.m., and doors open at 6:30. The lecture is Free. The Hirshhorn gave Baldassari access to the permanent collection, and told him to make up a show of his favorites… It goes without saying that Baldassari is an A-List artist. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, at the corner of Independence Ave, and 7th St. SW, D.C. For further information see or call (202) 633-1000.

Pair of McLean Exhibitions

“Illusion: Now, Mind and World” by Inga McCaslin Frick, and “ColorScapes: Recent Works on Paper” by Howard Dean Spector, both through Nov. 4 at McLean Project for the Arts. Both of these shows are photography based, or rather have their origins in photography. Spector’s acrylic abstract paintings have their roots in his earlier landscape photography (not shown).

Frick’s large scale photo collages begin with digital photography and take off from there. Thematic devices revolve around fabric swatches, elliptical discs, and plant life. The fabric swatches are not only in the photos, but also hung from images, and glued into some pieces. The overall feel is one of a disoriented, semi-hallucinatory dream state where your mind hunts for meaning and order. The images have a multitude of sharply divergent focal planes that draw you into the image, and several inches away force you back out. It’s a visual push-pull that can make you feel a tad wobbly just looking at them. It’s challenging work that’s not easily grasped, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Frick gives an Artist Image Talk.

McLean Project for the Arts, on the second floor of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call (703) 790-1953, or see .

Artist Opportunities

Taste of FC Booths Available

A few artists booths are still available for the Taste of Falls Church festival on Saturday, Sept. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. Good food, good music, good art! The family friendly event will take place in the parking lot behind the 100 block of N. Washington Street next to The State Theatre. For more information about participating, contact

Open Studio Figure Drawing Class

Once again, it’s time to sign up for Open Studio Figure Drawing at McLean Project for the Arts. $65 for twelve 2-and-a-half hour sessions on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; Individual sessions $7. Eleven Thursday afternoon sessions from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. are $65, or $8 for individual ‘drop-in’ sessions. Through the week of December 14. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA. Call (703) 790-0123 or see the MPA web site at

MPA Starts ‘Genesis’ Call

McLean Project for the Arts is accepting entries for it’s up coming show “PhotoGenesis”. Two or three dimensional works that take their genesis from photography are eligible. Deadline for $25 entry fee, images (slides or jpgs) and form submissions is Oct. 6. This show has not one, but two curators from downtown on the jury panel. Stephen Phillips from the Phillips Collection (No relation), and Charles Brock an associate curator of American and British painting at the National Gallery of Art, as well as Claudia Bohn-Spector a freelance writer and curator specializing in US and European art and photography. The three of whom will award the $1,500 in prize money.
See for complete information and form.

Don’t Be Sheepish in Design Competition

2007 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival Cover Art Competition. Winning entry will be used for posters, T-shirts, etc. Winning entry will become the property of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, and naturally they will hold the copyright to the work, in exchange for which the winner receives a check for $1,000. Up to three $100 honorable mention awards will also be awarded. Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 6. See for full details and entry form, or call (410) 531-3647.