In the Gallery Now: Art & Artifacts of the W&OD
Co-sponsored by Franklin Park Arts Center and NOVA ParksWashington and Old Dominion Railroad — “Serving Northern Virginia”
Decades ago, the Washington and Old Dominion Trail was a vital route for a far different group of travelers. Then known as the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad, this route was once considered vital following its inception in 1847, with a primary goal of spreading commerce from the Alexandria seaport inland to the growing communities to the west. While its life as a commercial route never quite evolved the way the railroad’s developers envisioned, the route saw more than its fair share of history.
The railroad route experienced a few skirmishes during the Civil War, and was truly witness to the development of Northern Virginia based largely on its path. The tracks wound through what is today Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, Sterling, Leesburg, Purcellville and Round Hill – all significant modern sites, many of which are key for economic development. When the railroad finally encountered its demise in 1968, it underwent a series of changes – first at the hands of VEPCO – which had formerly been the local Virginia Power Company – and then later in 1974 by NOVA Parks. The ribbon on the first section of the W&OD Trail was cut on Sept. 7, 1974 by then Falls Church mayor Harold Miller – the first of what would be many events as the park expanded in both directions. On November 5, 1988, NOVA Parks celebrated the opening of the Trail’s final nine miles into Purcellville. Today, the Trail provides recreation for citizens along its path, and is an artery for visitors and commuters year-round.
The current gallery exhibit, “Art and Artifacts of the W&OD”, celebrates the history and present-day images of this park. Historical artifacts are blended with original artwork from regional artists who have captured scenes along the W&OD trail. The exhibit is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and weekends during performances. Call 540-338-7973 for more information
⇒ Call for Entries: “Joy”
December 7 – January 8
Artwork should reflect the theme of “joy”. All mediums accepted. Drop off December 5 & 6 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 8 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Youth Art Show – “Masks”
January 13 – February 12
Annual Youth Art Show open to ages 3 – 18. Drop off January 9 & 10 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4 Time, TBA
⇒ Call for Entries: Map Your World
February 17 – March 12
Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center sponsor this challenge show for artists to incorporate map pieces or maps into their artwork. Drop off Tuesday, February 14 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm & Wednesday, February 15 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 19 2:00 – 4:00 pm
DaVinci Exhibit (VSAarts program)
March 17 – April 2
⇒ Call for Entries: Spring Awakens
April 3 – April 30
Works in all mediums are accepted on the theme “Spring Awakens”. Drop off Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31. A collection of decorated eggs, submitted separately by local artists (by invitation), will also be displayed with this art exhibit. The decorated eggs will be auctioned off at a fund raising event on Sunday, April 9.
Opening reception & Egg Auction event: Sunday, April 9 1:00 – 3:00 pm
May 1 – 21
Botanicals & Bouquets Juried show
May 22 –June 2
Artists will submit works of flowers, bouquets, flowering plants and other botanicals via email by April 30, 2017. Artwork will be juried; artists will be notified if their piece was accepted by May 12. Drop off Sunday, May 21 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and Monday, May 22 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Artwork will be paired with a local florist/floral designer who will create displays using artwork as inspiration. All will be for sale at the opening event.
Opening Reception & Sale: Thursday, May 25 6:00 – 8:00 pm
View Some of Our Past Exhibits Online
Women with Vision Multimedia Exhibit
The Franklin Park Arts center presents its original Women with Vision exhibition, now online. The exhibit explores the creativity of seven female Loudoun artists and their collective impact on our community.
The exhibit highlights three generations of women within our community whose creative talent, in the opinion of the Arts Center, continues to shape the arts in Loudoun; the exhibit supported the Minds Wide Open statewide celebration of women in the arts. The show originally ran in the center from May 28 – June 14, 2010.
CLOUDY with a Chance of Art
An interactive exhibit experiment ran in the lobby gallery from Thursday, 16 September 2010 through October 10 2010, with the introduction:
“Is a picture worth a thousand words, or can a thousand words create a picture? Maybe both. Let’s find out. This unique, interactive exhibit asks you to write a couple of words about one or more of the art pieces on display. Feeling brave? Share more than a single word with us- share a thought or a story that the artwork brings to mind. Those words will be turned into their own ‘word cloud’ artwork throughout the show and final versions will be rendered at the show’s conclusion. Share your words in person or online on Flickr.”
Center Pieces, January 2011
Center Pieces, the Second Annual Mid-winter Art Show and Sale, featured creative works ranging from center pieces for the table to works that explore the ideas of physical and spiritual centering.
Viewer’s Choice winners:
‘Indigo Bunting Male’ by Stephanie Roan, ‘Still in Time’ by Alice Power, and ‘Entropy 2′ by Bob Friedenberg.
Many thanks to all who participated.
Sponsored by the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center.