Arts & Entertainment

Northern Virginia Art Beat

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

The Taste of Falls Church festival Saturday, September 30 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Good food, good music, good art! This family friendly event will take place in the parking lot behind the 100 block of North Washington Street next to The State Theatre. Highlights feature food from over 20 area restaurants, art work form over a dozen area artists, and Blues from Catfish Hodge from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Food sample tickets are offered at $3 each, or 10 for $25. For a complete list of events see
or contact Tom Gittins at 703-304-3790.

The funky urban underground Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair is Sunday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or shine will be held outside at the Marie Reed Learning Center located at 18th and Wyoming in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. From more information see

"Bookworm" photos by Rosamond Purcell through October 28 at Kathleen Ewing Gallery, 1609 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday Noon to 6 p.m.

Rosamond Purcell presents a collection of photos largely based on all manner of old decaying books. It’s an unusual subject, and as the traditional storehouse of human knowledge and understanding, the decay there of offers a rich vein of obvious metaphoric value. I was mostly reminded of scenes from the Time Machine where the time traveler ventures into the future to find a world where books have gone unread for so long that they crumble to dust when tries to pull them off the shelves. Like those books, these books have gone long unattended and certainly unread as they are, more often than not, now unreadable.

In a world now dominated by magnetically recorded media, one has to wonder if our libraries will fair any better than the long destroyed library at Alexandria, Egypt. Will our writings be any more plentiful in the future than those we now possess from the Greco-Roman period? Some will say "We have CDs!", ah yes we do… but aluminum is highly susceptible to oxidation, and few of us use gold plated CDs, and of course technology will change as it inevitably does. So the question remains.

The artistic quality of the photos in this collection were somewhat uneven to my eye. At times they seem masterful, even playful and abstract such as "Foucault’s Pendulum". Which fools the eye. One second it looks like an iceberg adrift, a moment later it’s a hunk of blue cheese. I wish all the photos were this good. A few photos had a definite ‘snapshot’ quality to my eye. Perhaps a bit more culling and editing was in order. Either way it’s a show worth seeing.

 For more information call (202) 328-0955, or see


Artist Opportunities———-

Time to get busy, and get those entries in for the Sixth Annual City of Falls Church Student Art Contest . The 13 winning entries will be featured in the official 2007 Falls Church City calendar. New Falls Church City mayor Robin Gardner will present awards to the winners. Winning selections will also be on display at Art & Frame on Broad St. throughout December.

Contest is open to any K through 12 student residing in Falls Church City, or attending a Falls Church City school. NO edible art (macaroni, beans, etc.), NO sharp edges, or objects (glass shards, etc).

Entries must illustrate one or more aspects of the theme "Falls Church City – Past Present, and Future". Two dimensional work should be flat, NOT rolled. Three dimensional work WILL be accepted. All entries should be delivered to the Office of Communications, Falls Church City Hall, 300 Park Ave. Deadline for delivery is Friday, October 6.

 Call (703) 248-5003, or see for complete details.


Once again, it’s time to sign up for Open Studio Figure Drawing at McLean Project for the Arts. $65 for twelve 2½-hr. 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


 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 October 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 $1,500 in prize money.

  See for complete information and form.