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Second Saturday Art Walk + Winterfest
December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us from 6p-9p on the Second Saturday of each month to discover all the Workhouse Arts Center has to offer. Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, the Second Saturday Art Walk is the perfect time to meet nearly 100 Resident and Associate Artists, creating art in the studios or exhibiting in our 12 campus galleries. Enjoy thrilling performances of dance, cabaret, comedy, big band, jazz, and theater. Indulge in classes in the art of mixology or cuisines from around the globe. Experience art exhibitions in nine galleries of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics, and fiber art works.
Our December Second Saturday includes new exhibitions by our Featured Workhouse Artists as well as wonderful holiday programming as part of the regional Winterfest event.
9am-12pm, Building W-3
Winter Wonder Arts Camp (ages 6-10)
Campers will apply techniques learned in drawing, painting and mixed media to create special holiday cards for loved ones, design one-of-a-kind ornaments, and collage functional artwork! Before the day is done, they’ll have personalized gifts ready to give! ($70, Reservations required)
10am-1pm, Building W-3
Christmas Cookie Exchange (Family Class, ages 5 & up)
Learn to create some of the classic Christmas cookies from around the world and treat your neighbors and friends to a truly traditional gift this year. Some of the cookies could include Gingerbread men, Mexican wedding cookies, snowflakes, and thumbprints! A great workshop to take with the family! ($45, Reservations required)
12-3p, Building W-4
- 2nd Annual Instrument Petting Zoo (Free/Family)
This free family event is a chance for everyone to try the musical instruments they have been dreaming of! Professional musicians and instructors will be available to help guide you through making your first sounds. There will also be performances and demonstrations throughout the 3 hours and an instrument donation drive to benefit local youth music programs.
1-4p. Building W-7
- Fused Glass Ornament Workshop. Make your tree sparkle, and your relatives and neighbors envious with your very own handmade fused glass ornaments! This three-hour workshop gives a quick introduction to kiln formed glass including cutting, grinding and fusing. Create gifts for you AND a friend! Participants will be able to pick up ornaments within 5-6 days of workshop. ($80, Reservations required.)
SECOND SATURDAY ART WALK
Visit artist studios, stroll around campus, and enjoy holiday cheer. Gift shop, galleries, and studios open for Christmas shopping until 9p
- Visit with Santa
- Free Hot Chocolate in Building 16
- Snowflake Workshop (6:30-8p, Building W-6 Classroom, Free, Stu)
- Snow-Covered Tree Card Workshop (6-9p, Building W-10 Classroom, Donations Accepted to Cover Costs)
W-5: Denise Phalan, Take Three
No, not a movie, but a visually explosive exploration of color, theme, and scale. Phalan has moved her subjects beyond the usual one canvas, one view and presents us with an exhibition of artworks in triplicate-thus, Take Three.
Denise Shamoun Phalan, always a practicing artist, is a transplanted New Yorker who has lived and painted from one coast to the other and in Latin America as well. Finally landing in Virginia, Phalan earned an MFA from The Catholic University of America, and has been at the Workhouse since its inception.
“Painting keeps me sane. I am a happier person when I have made the time to paint.” I wrote this when I was a teen – just a few years ago (lol!) – but it is just as true today. For me, it is the action of painting that is important – I love to paint anything and everything. I paint still lifes, landscapes, interiors, portraits. I love the feel of the brush in my hand and the movement of the paint on the painting surface. This first love of painting does not precule me from working in other media. I also especially enjoy working in mixed media because it challenges me to look at objects and media in new ways – it brings a new kind of freedom and joy to my artistic expression.
Discover more of Denise’s art in her studio (507B) at the Workhouse.
W-6: Gwen Bragg, Autumn Glory
Reds — brilliant scarlets, mauve and rose — golden yellows, subtle violets and waning greens, paint the Virginia landscape with glorious colors for an all too brief few weeks each year. The colors change each day — now more yellow — then the red maples, and the dogwood are the stars. We savor this final display of color before the last leaves fall and the deciduous groves around us prepare for winter. Using all of the colors I can drag from my watercolor palette these paintings are lasting memories of the beauties of a fleeting season, the season of Autumn Glory.
Gwen Bragg is an award winning artist and sought after art instructor who lives in Alexandria. Holding a BS in Art Education and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from James Madison University, Gwen has taught design at JMU and watercolor at Northern Virginia Community College. She currently teaches watercolor at the Art League School in Alexandria as well as the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton Virginia. She has led international painting workshops in France, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Mexico, and Peru. She is a Signature Member of the National, Baltimore, Virginia and Alabama Watercolor Societies, Past President of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and immediate Past President of the Virginia Watercolor Society. Her work has been exhibited in numerous international, national, and regional shows and is included in the collections of the National Institutes of Health, Philip Morris, American Bank, the Petersburg Area Art League, and the Carrier Library at James Madison University. She has served as juror for numerous local, state and national art exhibitions. Her paintings have been featured in three editions of “The Artistic Touch,” as well as Elan and American Artist magazines.
W-9: Marie Kennedy, Bettie Sperty and Wendy Zaidman, Flow
For an artist, flow is characterized by the complete absorption in what one is doing, fully focused and involved, lost in the joyful process of creativity. As artists create, thoughts bubble up, rippling out into the current of ideas, riding the waves of inspiration, never knowing where the voyage will take us. We invite you to explore and experience our most recent journeys into that flow of creativity.
W-10: Group Show, A Few of Our Favorite Things
Join us in Building 10 for our annual Small Works Holiday show, “A Few Of Our Favorite Things,” featuring pieces that our artists consider their favorites from the year. We may have raindrops on roses… we may have whiskers on kittens… or not. Come find out and start off your holiday shopping right. Buy unique – buy local!
Featured image, “Barn Cats,” by Gwen Bragg.