Arts & Entertainment

Northern Virginia Art Beat

When space allows we are now trying to run photos with the art reviews, for all the obvious reasons. What is far less obvious, and probably worth mentioning, is the web based version of the Falls Church News-Press.

Due to space considerations in the printed version, on occasion there are differences between the printed and the web based versions. One fairly large difference is the use of color, and higher quality images in almost all of the online photos.

So if you’d ever like a better look at the art in question (or any other photo in the paper) take advantage of the opportunity, and check out the web version. Just click on the small images to see bigger photos at


40th Annual Patrons’

Show Fundraiser

At the Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center (105 North Union St, Alexandria, VA), this Sunday February 18. Tickets for art works donated by Art League, and Torpedo Factory artists are $175 each (on sale now). Tickets will be drawn Sunday, and art works selected until everything is gone. Evening viewings of the art up for grabs will be Thursday, February 15 and Friday, February 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Call (703) 683-1780, or email the gallery at  


Greater Reston Art Center Champagne Art Auction

To be held Saturday, February 24. Art works will be offered up in live and silent auctions. The various works are now on display in the GRACE gallery. For further information call (703) 471-9242, or email


Kay Flanagan’s Watercolors

Falls Church resident Kay Flanagan’s watercolors will be at Curves (240 West Broad Street, Falls Church) throughout February. Her work can be seen by women during normal business hours. Men will have to make an appointment. Call (703) 536-0140 for more information.


Artist Opportunities


James C. Macdonald

Fine Arts Scholarships

Deadline for applications is Wednesday February 28. Open to McLean High School students intending to further their interests in the fine arts. Sponsored by the Alden Theatre and the McLean Community Center, the scholarship competition encourages artistic achievement and promotes study in the arts by high school students. The competition is open to students, grades 9-12, who are attending a local (McLean/ Dranesville Small Tax District 1-A) high school on a full-time basis. A $1,200 scholarship prize will be given to first-place winners in each of the following categories: Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Second-place winners in all four categories will receive $800 and third-place winners each receive $400. All finalists will be required to show proof of age and residence or school affiliation before they can proceed to the final stage of competition. Finalists must be present and prepared to perform at the final competition in Alden Theatre at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, to be eligible to receive an award.

Application forms are available at local high school guidance offices and at the reception desk of the McLean Community Center. For more information or for an application form, call Alden Theatre Youth Director Kathy Herr at 703-790-0123, or

Note: Scholarships of all sorts are available no matter where you live. Check with your guidance counselors to see what is available in your area. This is not my area of expertise by any means, but I have heard of scholarships hurting for applicants. You’ll never really know what’s available unless you ask.


Falls Church Arts 2007 Annual Meeting

To be held Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m. in FCA’s Park Avenue Gallery, 111 Park Avenue, Falls Church. Everyone is welcome to attend. See what FCA has on it’s plate for 2007 and beyond. Don’t forget, February 25 is also the deadline for two upcoming FCA art shows. See for details.


-The Northern Virginia Art Beat is compiled by Kevin Mellema. To e-mail submissions, send them to