Thursday, March 21, 2013
His work has appeared at the Kennedy Center, the National Theatre and Ford's Theatre, among others...
Workhouse Arts Center artist Joe St. Germain has a new project - painting golden-brown leaves. The work is full of intricate detail and concentration, and it's a breath of fresh air after his 48-year career as a professional scenic designer and scenic artist. "The thing I'm most proud of is the journey," St. Germain told Patch. "I've been a college professor of scenic design, an artist and now I'm an easel artist." St. Germain, 69, was born in Buffalo, NY, and spent his childhood in Maryland, Virginia and Connecticut. He abandoned a talent for cartooning in high school and briefly studied law at Lynchburg College before enrolling in an acting class. "I grew up watching 'Perry Mason' with Raymond Burr, and I thought taking an acting class…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Fun events in and around Northern Virginia Friday, March 15-Sunday, March 17.
Looking for some fun this weekend? We've found a bunch of happenings, courtesy of Fairfax County and other outlets taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in and around the area. Know of another fun event? Feel free to mention it in the comments box below. Katie & Logan Acoustic Duo Enjoy your Friday evening or Saturday afternoon with live music at Paradise Springs Winery, the closest winery to Washington DC and the first in Fairfax County. After a hard week at work, relax with a picnic, good friends, and a great bottle of wine. Featuring live music every Friday evening until 9 p.m., and every Saturday from 2-6 p.m. Artists include acoustic acts, pianists, jazz bands, banjos, or other various forms. Enjoy the sounds of Katie & Logan, …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The name change could raise awareness of the Workhouse Arts Center...
Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland raised an interesting question at Tuesday night's South County Federation meeting: Should less than a mile of Lorton Road at the intersection with Furnace Road (near the Workhouse Arts Center) be renamed Workhouse Road? Fairfax County provides the arts center with millions in annual funding, and Hyland said that the name change (which would require approval from the Board of Supervisors) could increase awareness of the former home of the Lorton Prison. He said that he has not yet come to a decision on the matter, and welcomes input. Take our Patch Poll and tell us what you think!
See her work in building W-9 of the Workhouse Arts Center.
Workhouse Arts Center artist Sarah Sertic can't get enough of rust, chipped paint and dirt. And it's all about texture, light and getting the perfect photo. "I've always loved the colors of things that decay," Sertic recently told Patch. "For me, decay doesn't mean something negative. It has an aesthetic beauty, and grittiness is something that I expect to see in my photos." Sertic, 30, is a lifelong resident of Fairfax County and graduated from St. John Neumann School in Woodbridge and studied photography at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). She knew she wanted to be an artist at 14, when she took her first summer course at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. "I couldn't draw, but I could always capture color well," Sertic said. …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The monthly series tells the story of Lorton's prison.
Ever wonder what Lorton Prison was like before it was transformed into the Workhouse Arts Center? The free Workhouse lecture series on the prison resumes on March 13, and this month's topic features a panel of former correctional officers. The panel will be moderated by Walter Ridley, a retired Director of the DC Department of Corrections. Lectures are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the McGuireWoods Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center in building W-16. Future Lectures Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? It takes less than a minute...
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The tournament raised more than $5,000 for the Lorton Community Action Center
West Virginia's Allen Holder, emerged the winner at the sixth annual Monopoly Game Tournament held recently at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. “I’m very excited to have won,” said Allen, who took home the top prize of $500. “This was my first time attending this tournament and it’s great to be the top prize winner. Knowing when to make the right trades and deals is the key and this year, it worked out for me”. The tournament, sponsored by Ron & Susan Associates, a leading real estate team with Re/Max Gateway, was organized to benefit the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC), whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty and prevent homelessness. More than 100 contestants participated in the three-round tournament. The top six …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
There's something for everyone out there this weekend.
Looking for some fun activities for the weekend? Look no further. We found a few events around the area we think you'll enjoy: Know something else going on this weekend? Share it in the Comments box below!
Monday, February 25, 2013
There's one more performance of the show!
There's only one more chance to see "Sleeping Beauty - The Broken Spell" at the Workhouse Arts Center. The show has enjoyed nearly sold-out performances at the theatre and the final show is at 1:00 p.m. on March 2, 2013. "The kids really like audience participation," said writer/director Vianlix Mestey. "You need silliness, and it has to be funny - not like an adult play." The Cast: Click here for more on the show. Mestey's next show "Cinderella" will premier at the Workhouse on March 30. Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter?
Thursday, February 21, 2013
She's making it happen.
Elizabeth Floyd always wanted to be an artist, and came to grips with her destiny as she counted the 30 candles on her cake. She'd been an architect for five years, and there was little consolation in the practicality of having chosen architecture over art. "I was trapped in a cubicle," Floyd recently told Patch. "I need to do something creative every day to be fulfilled." Floyd confided in her husband, S. Floyd, on her 30th birthday, and told him about her greatest ambition. "It took me a long time to listen to my own voice and follow my dream. I've just been very lucky that I have a husband who is supportive and instead of calling it a foolish dream, he asked me how we could nurture it. I'm very thankful that he's such a thoughtful guy…
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.