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Artists at the Arlington Art Center Express Play through Art

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 6th, 2015

Arlington Arts Center

Artists Annette Isham and Zac Willis take play to the soccer field with their exhibit, which includes a video of both the banter before and the actual competition of field goal kicking. Photo courtesy of Annette Isham and Zac Willis.

Artists are transforming gallery spaces at the Arlington Arts Center to explore the concept of play. Through contemporary art installations, “Play” examines what playing means to artists and to society. The show runs from July 11 through Oct. 10. –Victoria Gaffney

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Vienna Arts Society helps vets tap into their inner artist

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 6th, 2015

People viewing 2014's "The Puzzle" auction piece / Photo Courtesy of Dore SKidmore

People viewing 2014′s “The Puzzle” auction piece / Photo Courtesy of Dore’ Skidmore

By Raquel DeSouza

Artists from the Vienna Arts Society think art can be a collective act that anybody, even those without crafty experience, can help create and, most importantly, can enjoy the process. With high-quality acrylic paints and 12-inch cardboard puzzle pieces in hand, volunteering artists from the Vienna Arts Society visit veterans at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

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5 NoVA community theater shows to catch this summer

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

NoVA community theatre in July

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By Robyn Smith

Community theater is like a book club for intellectual types who need that Socratic fix—no one is in the club to become a successful author; they’re just there because they love to read and want to share this love with others.

The amateur actor does what she or he does for love, not compensation. In fact, in many community theater performances, actors have to pay to play. This atmosphere is built by the cast, for the cast to connect with their community the best way they know how.

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3 Northern Virginia survival schools, plus binge-worthy TV shows to inspire

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Northern Virginia Survival Schools

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By Sophia Rutti

Now that summertime is in full force, all the kids and their parents are taking off on vacations, starting summer camps and finding different ways to spend these sweltering summer months. Northern Virginia is a place with many options when it comes to what to do locally, but after a while even a trip to the Outer Banks or a NoVA winery can get stale. If you’re looking for something quirky and unique to do in the area, head out to one of the local survival schools.

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10 Things to Take the Kids to in July

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Edited by Sophia Rutti

Celebrate America Fourth of July Celebration Old Town Manassas

Photo courtesy of David G. Barger/shutterstock.com.

1Celebrate America Fourth of July Celebration  
Old Town Manassas will be celebrating an all-American party all afternoon. There will be live music for families to dance to, a competition for amateur bakers to enter and plenty of carnival rides. Carnival food will also be available alongside the red, white and blue hayride. The monumental fireworks display will go off at 9:15 p.m. / July 4

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July’s Not-To-Miss Events

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Edited by Sophia Rutti

‘An American  Celebration’ at Mount Vernon.

Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon.

1‘An American Celebration’ at Mount Vernon
Come to Mount Vernon, one of the most American places in Northern Virginia, to celebrate Independence Day. There will be fireworks over the Potomac River, military reenactments and more United States history and excitement than one day can handle. / July 4

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Drink to the Fourth of July at these four wineries

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 29th, 2015

4th of July wine events in Northern Virginia

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By Raquel DeSouza

America is turning 239 years old this Fourth of July, and of course fireworks will light up the night sky. But what to do when the sun’s still out? Skip out on sweating at the grill and visit a Northern Virginia winery instead. The state has a long history with wine, so think of this as a historical throwback fitting for the holiday. Our Founding Fathers would toast to that.

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‘Potomac Skies’ gallery brings NoVA’s natural beauty to light

Posted by Editorial / Friday, June 26th, 2015

Maremi Andreozzi

Courtesy of the Maremi Andreozzi.

By Cameron Mellin

To the untrained eye, the subject is the same: a birch tree, its branches often bare and hung over the river banks; the sun’s light or lack thereof dancing off the rippled waters of the Potomac. And you wouldn’t be wrong to assume so. The tree and its backdrop of river, cloud and sun is the focal point of many a painting featured at the “Potomac Skies” exhibit in downtown Alexandria. But to the artist, and to the audience that truly witnesses Maremi Andreozzi’s work, the differences, be they shifts in season, emotion or recognition of a beauty often overlooked, are clear as day. 

“This was very much a coming-home series for me,” Andreozzi says. “Those moments of the sky’s change in color, from sunrise to sunset, are pivotal moments in our day.” Bringing such instances and the simplistic beauty of the Virginia sky’s changing clouds and color palette to our attention is a priority of Andreozzi’s “Potomac Skies.”

Maremi Andreozzi

Courtesy of Maremi Andreozzi.

Returning from Guam in 2010, Andreozzi was inspired by the relationship between the sky and sun over the river as it runs parallel to the George Washington Parkway. “It seems so mundane, but when you really look at it …you find the beauty.” It’s an ethereal landscape even she took for granted, stating: “I don’t think I really appreciated the Potomac [before], but we would go to Founder’s Park all the time. [Potomac Skies] is this re-appreciation of the light and surroundings around us.” 

It is this appreciation that makes “Potomac Skies” so powerful. What you see is a landscape all too familiar, yet what you feel is adoration for the natural beauty of a region too easily forgotten when caught in the fray of rush-hour traffic. To Andreozzi the exhibit centers around concentration, forcing the audience to halt and truly “look at the landscape, which is not always an easy thing to do.” However through her use of vertical composition, Andreozzi can“selectively choose what I want the viewer to look and focus on,” which encourages the observer to admire a seasonal terrain always in flux. This “creates a very dramatic moment” according to the artist and ignites an audience’s otherwise dormant awe of the region’s splendor. 

 

 

Requiring over a year and a half of research and photography, “Potomac Skies” is a reflection of both the process of the seasons and of Andreozzi, who states: “I approach my art in a very scientific manner, but on the canvas …the process is impulsive. I trust my gut and see what happens.” The willingness to trust her artistry has resulted in a portrayal of an emotional landscape as well as a physical one. Each piece possesses a distinct feeling unique to Andreozzi because “painting allows me to manipulate the image, to create my own world.” 

Maremi Andreozzi

Courtesy of Maremi Andreozzi.

And perhaps that is the grandeur of “Potomac Skies,” for in the work one discovers an ability to mesh both the actual image and the emotion attached. The audience drawn into the ever-changing world of an artist whose emotions, like our own, rise to peaks and dip into valleys over time. How we perceive our world is ephemeral, her beauty acknowledged or forgotten depending on the day, yet that same beauty, of a blue sky sprinkled white and grey with clouds, is ever-present—necessitating only our notice to exist.

Exhibition runs through July 6.
The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria
Price: Free

 



Summer in the saddle: 3 getaways in Virginia’s horse country

Posted by Editorial / Friday, June 26th, 2015

George Washington National Forest

George Washington National Forest, Jon Bilous/shutterstock.com

By Cameron Mellin

Those seersuckered memories of Foxfield still fresh in mind? Or perhaps American Pharoah’s Triple Crown win has you reminiscing about Virginia original Secretariat’s dominance in 1973. Whatever your reason, Virginia is considered horse country for many reasons. Do your part as a commonwealth citizen this summer and get yourself, the kids or your significant other back in the saddle.

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5 reasons to stay up late this summer

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Zip tour at Salamander Resort.

Zip tour at Salamander Resort. Photo courtesy of Coleen Hauth.

By Laura Wingfield

Now we aren’t suggesting that you do away with bedtime—we know that would result in utter chaos. But as the sun begins to sink a little later each night and the temptation to enjoy the warm evenings becomes a little stronger, you may find yourself searching for something to do after hours.

Look no further. These are our top picks for late-night outdoor events this summer.

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