Tuesday, April 30, 2013
But some artists aren't happy about it.
The nonprofit Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance dance academy is the Workhouse Arts Center's newest tenant. The remaining artists have been cleared out of building W-4 (three have left for good, one relocated to a new studio on campus), and $350,000 in renovations will begin in May. "Because of the shortfall of venues on campus, our program is lacking in performing arts activities," said John Mason, the Workhouse President and CEO, to Patch. "Well, MPAA is all about visual arts." The Good News "By leasing W-4 with essentially no risk to us, we will start FY14 with a $100,000 per-year new revenue stream," said Mason. "My aim is that our operational budget will have a positive balance." MPAA is paying for the renovations (dance studios …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Have you bought a $10 piece of art for charity yet?
Workhouse Arts Center studio artists John Gascot and Mary Gallagher-Stout, also known as The Art Monkeys, have sold 250 artistic lunch bags, and have raised $2,500 for the Food for Others charity. More than 30 Workhouse artists contributed to the second annual "Have A Heart Project" by making a piece of art from an ordinary paper lunch bag. The bags cost $10. Last year's event raised enough money to purchase 750 pounds of food. "It's going fantastic," said Stout to Patch. "People are coming in from everywhere to get the bags." The last day for their second annual "Have a Heart Project" is March 3. You can see the bags in Building W-4 of the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.
Friday, January 18, 2013
All proceeds will go to Food for Others.
Workhouse Arts Center studio artists John Gascot and Mary Gallagher-Stout, also known as The Art Monkeys, are organizing their second annual Have a Heart Project. The artistic food drive opens to the public Wednesday, Feb. 6 and will display empty lunch bags with original artworks created by a number of Workhouse artists. Each of the pieces in the exhibit will be sold for a $10 donation, and all the proceeds will benefit the Food for Others charity. "We're trying to make a living, but also make our community a better place," Stout recently told Patch. "When you invest in your art and your community we become invested in you." Last year's project earned the non-profit 750 pounds of food. “We hope that visitors will share in our …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Voting ends Oct. 15
Workhouse Arts Center artists Mary Gallagher Stout and John Gascot are looking for votes to become the RAW DC Visual Artists of the Year. The Art Monkeys, as Gascot and Stout affectionately call themselves, are among the most prolific artists at the Workhouse, and host the arts center’s annual “Art Out Loud” exhibition, were recently featured in Arlington’s “Artomatic” show and hold painting exhibitions across the region. The RAW Awards are among the biggest prizes in the indie art scene. The awards operate in 54 cities across the U.S. and Australia, and welcome all genres of art. “Pleeeease vote for us!” wrote Stout in a recent email. “Getting the DC nomination (and even better, WINNING at national level in Los Angeles) will help us …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Painting to live music!
On Saturday, the Workhouse Arts Center hosted the third annual Art Out Loud 2012. The annual event featured the Art Monkeys - Workhouse artists Mary Gallagher Stout and John Gascot - painting to live music. "This may be the last hurrah as a Workhouse-produced event, since they're getting rid of the performing arts deparment," Stout said. "We were hoping that we'd have a bigger turnout, but because of the heat, it's kept people away. We really want to do this next year, because it's an awesome community event." The bands of Art Out Loud 2012: Keep up with all things Lorton with the Lorton Patch email newsletter and breaking news alerts. Learn more here.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Hundreds of pounds of food picked up today
Artists John Gascot and Mary Gallagher Stout of the Workhouse Arts Center are happy - they just finished a two-month-long project collecting hundreds of pounds of food for charity to fill their "empty kitchen". On Friday afternoon, donations from the "Have A Heart Project" in Building 4 were picked up by Food For Others, the largest distributor of food in Northern Virginia. The project began in mid-January, and included an art show with food-themed paintings. "It was definitely successful and rewarding," said Gascot. "We were working so hard to get donations that it was exciting when people donated on their own." Stout said that more than 500 pounds of food was collected. "I feel the community came through," she said.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Can this kitchen be filled with donated food by the end of February?
Workhouse Arts Center artists John Gascot and Mary Gallagher Stout are looking for donated non-perishable food to fill their "empty kitchen" in building 4 by the end of the month. The donations from the "Have A Heart Project" will be sent to Food For Others, the largest distributor of food in Northern Virginia. "Have a Heart Project" Opening Reception Since last month, a group of Workhouse studio artists have been gathering food donations and painting new work for the "Have a Heart Project's" opening reception, which is at building 4 on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6-9 p.m. "The show runs through the month, and we would love to have a bunch of people come with food on Saturday," said Gascot. "It's so easy - everybody has a little something …