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Open Call for Exhibits

December 16, 2016 - December 31, 2020

Open Call for Exhibits The Workhouse Arts Center offers artists and curators and groups opportunities to exhibit at the Workhouse in one of many galleries.  This open call facilitates interested parties in communicating information to the Center.  There is no deadline for entries. Please allow for one-two month processing. Entry Instructions:  Open to all artists, groups or curators. Entry Fee:   $8 administrative fee. Funding:   As a non-profit, the Workhouse may offer exhibit space, basic installation support and basic in house advertising but does not necessarily fund all/additional exhibit needs. Potential exhibitors should be prepared with a budget and potential funds. Please Note:…

Call for Entry: Workhouse Clay International Ceramics Exhibition

December 13, 2017 - May 21, 2018

Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its 8th Annual Workhouse Clay International Ceramics Exhibition 2018. This 8th Annual Workhouse Clay International Ceramics Exhibition is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks. The Workhouse Arts Center is excited to continue promoting the best of contemporary ceramic artwork being created throughout the USA and Abroad. DOWNLOAD PROSPECTUS  

House, Sky and Abyss: Gerardo Camargo

April 25 - June 24

House, Sky and Abyss Gerardo Camargo On View April 25 – June 24, 2018 Vulcan Muse Gallery Reception: Saturday, May 12 6pm – 8pm   Exhibition Statement Gerardo Camargo’s House, Sky and Abyss presents a transformative series of works chronicling the relationship between natural environment and social constructs. A collection of carefully selected vinyl and paper works, presumptive photographs and organic sculptures create an unpredictable, visual dialogue in relation to ideas of existence and non-existence, construction and de-construction. Camargo’s fascination with human behavior and circumstance, led to his inspiration in creating through the use of found objects – fallen tree…

Candy for the Eye and Food for the Soul: Gene Moty

May 9 - July 8

Candy for the Eye and Food for the Soul Gene Moty On View May 9 – July 8, 2018 Warrior Way Gallery Reception: Saturday, May 12 6pm – 8pm EXHIBITION STATEMENT Gene Moty, a retired Air Force officer, creates contemplative, whimsical paintings using traditional materials. Inspired by the Bauhaus and De Stijl art historical movements, Gene focuses on pure abstraction and simplicity by incorporating geometric shapes, perpendicular lines, grids and primary colors in his work. In Candy for the Eye and Food for the Soul, Gene engages with the viewer by creating moments of intricacy describing his work as simple…

NEW BREED Pop-Up Exhibition

May 16 - May 26

NEW BREED Pop-Up Exhibition On View May 16-26, 2018 Closing Reception: May 26, 4pm - 6pm Featured artists include Nick Zimbro, Shepherd Norman, Zak Goldwasser, Tehron Porter, Robin Kovzelove, David Warner, Trent Barfield, Harry Mayer, Sean Bostick, Gaby Carpo, Kyle Murray, Tommy Kiesner Works are available for purchase: Hand painted works: $180 Mixed media works: $70

VMFA: Futures

May 19 - August 5

VMFA: Futures On View May 19 - August 5, 2018 Vulcan Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center Reception: Saturday July 14, 6pm – 8pm Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to present VMFA: Futures showcasing a select group of artists joining the 2018-2019 Fellowship Program at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. This lucid presentation is comprised of a broad selection of humanizing works of ingenuity which liven the art landscape through sculpture, videography, painting, photography and new media. Though this exhibition highlights emerging talent, it also explores a common thread amongst the artists’ work each embodying a provocative storyline…

Fiber National

June 1 - July 29

Fiber National showcases the best in contemporary fiber art from around the United States. The second biennial of the exhibition will highlight exciting, innovative artwork utilizing both traditional and non-traditional techniques. All artists that incorporate fiber and/or fiber techniques in their artwork are invited to apply.   LEARN MORE AND SUBMIT ENTRY   Juror – Rebecca A. T. Stevens Rebecca A. T. Stevens was the Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles at the Textile Museum (now George Washington University Museum – The Textile Museum) in Washington, D.C. for more than three decades. She organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary fiber art, including a…

2nd Biennial Fiber National Exhibition

June 1 - July 29

2nd Biennial Fiber National Exhibition Juror: Rebecca Stevens, former Consulting Curator at the Textile Museum  On View June 1 – July 29, 2018 Reception: Juror Talk and Awards Presentation: Saturday June 9, 6pm – 8pm Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening of Fiber National, a juried exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary fiber art from around the country. The 2nd biennial of the exhibition will highlight exciting, innovative artwork utilizing both traditional and non-traditional techniques. This year’s Juror is Rebecca A. T. Stevens, formerly the Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles at the Textile Museum (now George Washington University…

Ice Cream Social

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The 2018 Workhouse Ceramics Program Ice Cream Social Fundraiser will occur on June 2nd, 2018 from 12pm-4pm on the Workhouse Quad. The event involves the sale of hand-made ice cream bowls created by our students, ceramic artists and instructors. Participants pay $20 per bowl and are given Ice Cream and toppings (included in purchase price), listen to live Jazz and Rock music by Eric Highsmith, a performance by the Great Zucchini and visit with our local firefighters from Crosspointe Fire Station #41. Watch other on-site artist demonstrations, buy a raffle ticket for $5 to win a gift certificate for a Ceramics…

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: South County High School Jazz Band (Jazz)

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The South County High School Band program is a comprehensive band program for students grade 9-12 living in southeastern portion of Fairfax County, Virginia. The band program consists of two high school concert bands, jazz bands, percussion ensemble, an indoor drumline, an indoor color guard, and a marching band. The band program has been named a Virginia Honor Band for the 2006-2013 school years after obtaining superior ratings in both its Symphonic Band and Marching Band programs, during state and district assessments.

Next Reflex Dance Collective Annual Concert

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Next Reflex Dance Collective presents new work from the resident artists Covenant Babatunde, David Deegan and Roxann Morgan Rowley and NRDC alumni Sandra Atkinson, Tina Fratello, and Erika Surma. Featured musical guest includes Nate Masters. With lemons, water, buckets, ladles and lots of dance this spring line up is sure to be exciting.   BUY TICKETS NOW    

Open Life Drawing

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Watercolor Printmaking: Japanese Woodblock with Visiting Artist Linda Beeman

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Linda Beeman: Watercolor Printmaking: Japanese Woodblock All skill levels, Young Adults to Adults Linda Beeman is an award-winning Mokuhanga artist whose detailed prints have garnered top awards in juried competitions. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world. Known for both the precision of her carving and her subtle, quiet colors, Linda’s prints transport the viewer to a place worth knowing and protecting. This is an intensive 3-day workshop that covers various aspects of the traditional and rare Japanese printmaking process — mokuhanga. The process is versatile and differs from western (oil based ink) woodblock…

Second Saturday Art Walk

June 9 @ 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…

Hand-Crafted Mixologist

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until March 9, 2019

All Skill Levels, Ages 21 and up Take your cocktail party to the next level! Learn how to create special, signature drinks sure to wow your guests and friends. This is a great class for groups, friends and couples and features a cocktail theme that changes monthly. (Meets in W-3, 302)   REGISTER NOW  

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: Stacy Brooks Band (Blues)

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Stacy Brooks Band was formed in February 2007, in her short span on the blues circuit she has shared the stage with blues legends Grammy Award Winner Sugar Blue, Guitar Legend Bobby Parker, The Nighthawks, Grammy Nominated Billy Branch, Kenny Neal and Memphis Gold to name a few.

Open Life Drawing

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Date Night: Chef’s Table

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until February 23, 2019

Anyone can go out for dinner and a movie so why not make your night something special to be remembered! Date Night cooking classes are designed to be fun, relaxing and an escape from the daily grind. They are great way to learn some basic cooking techniques while enjoying your company and making new friends. The menu items will be prepared by participants working together at each of the cooking islands. No one will leave hungry! Every month you will prepare a new dish! Reservations are required. Reservations must be made at least two days prior to event start date.…

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: Cha Wa (Mardi Gras Indian Funk)

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The infectious music and dazzling stage show of Cha Wa has been described as “funk with feathers” – a sound rooted in traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian music mixed with funk and soul, creating a non-stop groove machine. See the HBO series “Treme” for more details on the culture of Mardi Gras Indians, whose history dates in the Crescent City dates from 1885. Cha Wa, meaning “We’re coming for ya!” is a slang phrase used by every Mardi Gras Indian tribe. The band features legendary Mardi Gras Indians Irving “Honey” Banister and J’Wan Boudreaux on vocals and Kerry “Boom…

Ballroom Social Dance

June 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until January 18, 2020

Join us for our monthly Ballroom Social Dance in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16) featuring dancing, complimentary refreshments and cash bar. The social dance will be led by professional ballroom instructors Bobbie Brennan and/or Cookie Bell beginning at 8:00pm and the music, dance, food and fun continue through 10:30pm. All skill levels welcome! We are occasionally asked about dress code for the dances hosted at the Workhouse. We do not have a specific dress code, but most attendees tend to wear casual cocktail attire. Some of our attendees dress more casually and some dress up a little more.…

Cabaret Series

June 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until January 18, 2020

TBD

Open Life Drawing

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Youth Art Camp Fairs!

June 23 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on June 23, 2018 at 11:00am

The Workhouse Camp Staff will be participating in a number of camp fairs throughout Northern Virginia. Stop by to learn more about our Youth Arts Camps, meet instructors, and save with special discounts only available at the registration table during these camp fairs! Upcoming camp fairs include: Saturday, March 24 Springfield Town Center Mad Hatter Tea Party Fair 11am-4pm Saturday, June 23rd Taste of Woodbridge Stonebridge Town Center 11am -5pm  

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: Don Vilanova with Bruce Ewan (Blues, Rock)

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Guitarist Don Vilanova and harmonica player Bruce Ewan have toured together many times in Argentina, Chile and the US. In 2002, they recorded “LIVE IN RIO IV Argentina” and recently collaborated on a concert tour of Argentina, performing on Fox Net show, one of the highest rated TV programs in South America. Don Vilanova is one of the most beloved and respected blues/rock musicians in Latin America. He has toured extensively across the globe and written some 15 musical instruction books on the art of blues guitar. He started playing classical guitar at age 9 and his professional debut was…

Workhouse Fireworks 2018

June 30 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT FIREWORKS   Join us on Saturday, June 30th, when Workhouse Fireworks race skyward and illuminate the Northern Virginia landscape in an expertly-choreographed display of pyrotechnic light and thunder. Launched from our historic, 55-acre campus, the region’s largest pre-Independence Day fireworks show celebrates the history of this amazing nation and honors the courage and sacrifice that have made America a beacon of hope and freedom around the world. This year, the US Navy Band Commodores – the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble – will treat guests to the very best of big band jazz music in the…

Open Life Drawing

July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: Enter the Haggis (Celtic, Rock)

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enter The Haggis offers a high energy, Celtic-based explosion of blues, funk, and rock with a show that is a musical feast – viscerally dynamic, emotionally uplifting and intellectually stimulating. The band darts effortlessly from the traditional strains of The Chieftains and The Pogues to the frenetic pop of early Elvis Costello and even to the Latin-tinged spirit of the Buena Vista Social Club and beyond.

Open Life Drawing

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Second Saturday Art Walk

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until December 9, 2018

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…

Hand-Crafted Mixologist

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until March 9, 2019

All Skill Levels, Ages 21 and up Take your cocktail party to the next level! Learn how to create special, signature drinks sure to wow your guests and friends. This is a great class for groups, friends and couples and features a cocktail theme that changes monthly. (Meets in W-3, 302)   REGISTER NOW  

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: Machaya (Klezmer)

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Referred to as ‘one of the best Klezmer band in the US’ by the Washington Post, Machaya is a nationally acclaimed band playing authentic Klezmer, Yiddish, Israeli, International, Swing, Rock and Classical Music. The band masters the style, feeling and dynamism of authentic East European Jewish music. The band’s versatile musicians carry on an exciting dialogue in that free-style improvisational mode that characterizes true Klezmer music.

Open Life Drawing

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Date Night: Chef’s Table

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until February 23, 2019

Anyone can go out for dinner and a movie so why not make your night something special to be remembered! Date Night cooking classes are designed to be fun, relaxing and an escape from the daily grind. They are great way to learn some basic cooking techniques while enjoying your company and making new friends. The menu items will be prepared by participants working together at each of the cooking islands. No one will leave hungry! Every month you will prepare a new dish! Reservations are required. Reservations must be made at least two days prior to event start date.…

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: Brass 5 (Light Classical, Jazz)

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Sounds of the Big Bands – some of America's best music from the best artists of the big band era: Miller, Ellington, Dorsey, Basie and more. It's just like you were there.

Ballroom Social Dance

July 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until January 18, 2020

Join us for our monthly Ballroom Social Dance in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16) featuring dancing, complimentary refreshments and cash bar. The social dance will be led by professional ballroom instructors Bobbie Brennan and/or Cookie Bell beginning at 8:00pm and the music, dance, food and fun continue through 10:30pm. All skill levels welcome! We are occasionally asked about dress code for the dances hosted at the Workhouse. We do not have a specific dress code, but most attendees tend to wear casual cocktail attire. Some of our attendees dress more casually and some dress up a little more.…

Cabaret Series

July 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until January 18, 2020

TBD

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: Mariachi Los Amigos (Mariachi)

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mariachi Los Amigos was founded in 1979 and has continued to evolve over the years. Los Amigos truly are what their name depicts: a group of friends who share a passion for the lively, extroverted sound of mariachi music. Mariachi music originated among the ranching and farming people of west Mexico in the 19th century and began to gain recognition in the US during the early 20th century. Traditionally found at weddings, birthdays, saint's day celebrations and rural dances, this upbeat style of music was used to inspire celebration at special occasions in Mexico.

Open Life Drawing

August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Workhouse Brewfest

August 4 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Workhouse Brewfest takes place each August, with more than 30 Virginia craft breweries, artisan distilleries, and Virginia wineries on tap! This unique event features live performances by some of the region’s most popular bands, unique food trucks, access to 12 air-conditioned art galleries and 65 artist studios, and some of the area’s most exciting beer, spirits, and wine. The day provides an unforgettable experience for every kind of beer lover – from the uberknowledgeable beer geek to the casual drinker and those new to the world of craft beer. Fairfax County, Visit Fairfax, Fairfax County Park Authority, and Celebrate Fairfax partner…

Open Life Drawing

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Second Saturday Art Walk

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until December 9, 2018

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…

Hand-Crafted Mixologist

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until March 9, 2019

All Skill Levels, Ages 21 and up Take your cocktail party to the next level! Learn how to create special, signature drinks sure to wow your guests and friends. This is a great class for groups, friends and couples and features a cocktail theme that changes monthly. (Meets in W-3, 302)   REGISTER NOW  

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: Kevin Maines and The Volts (Soul, Blues, Jazz)

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Raised in North Florida, where gospel and soul music lay as thick as the hot, humid air, Kevin Maines brings a youthful vibrancy to the classic southern R&B/Soul legacy. Kevin’s debut album, American Hustle, received praise for its creative writing, playing, and production, as well as the strong musical maturity rarely seen in debuts. From deep and dirty Duane Allman-esque slide guitar rockers to sweet gospel-inspired falsetto singing, Kevin Maines doesn’t just play in the southern soul traditions, he consumes and then gives them back bursting with his own unique twist. From gritty to ethereal, this music speaks for itself.

Open Life Drawing

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Date Night: Chef’s Table

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until February 23, 2019

Anyone can go out for dinner and a movie so why not make your night something special to be remembered! Date Night cooking classes are designed to be fun, relaxing and an escape from the daily grind. They are great way to learn some basic cooking techniques while enjoying your company and making new friends. The menu items will be prepared by participants working together at each of the cooking islands. No one will leave hungry! Every month you will prepare a new dish! Reservations are required. Reservations must be made at least two days prior to event start date.…

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: Bill and the Belles (Country, Roots)

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, Bill and the Belles skillfully breathe new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old time music, Bill and the Belles (Johnson City, Tennessee) continue to further the music traditions of their region. From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a Bill and the Belles show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented. Lifelong musicians Kris Truelsen, Grace Van’t Hof, Kalia Yeagle, and Karl Zerfas bring to the stage…

Ballroom Social Dance

August 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until January 18, 2020

Join us for our monthly Ballroom Social Dance in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16) featuring dancing, complimentary refreshments and cash bar. The social dance will be led by professional ballroom instructors Bobbie Brennan and/or Cookie Bell beginning at 8:00pm and the music, dance, food and fun continue through 10:30pm. All skill levels welcome! We are occasionally asked about dress code for the dances hosted at the Workhouse. We do not have a specific dress code, but most attendees tend to wear casual cocktail attire. Some of our attendees dress more casually and some dress up a little more.…

Cabaret Series

August 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until January 18, 2020

TBD

Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series: Washington Balalaika Orchestra (Russian)

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hear musicians devoted to the study and performance of the music of Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe perform on traditional instruments -- the balalaika, domra, bayan, plus folk wind and percussion.

Open Life Drawing

September 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Education Open House

September 8 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn about the creative arts offerings at the Workhouse during our Education Open House! This free event is open to the public and will feature demos, hands-on workshops, opportunities to talk one-on-one with our amazing instructors as well as explore our beautiful, historic campus. Young and young-at-heart attendees will enjoy free balloons and cotton candy. Please check back for a final date and updated schedule of free demos and workshops! For questions about the Education Open House, please contact Debra Balestreri, Director of Education, at 703-584-2909.

Second Saturday Art Walk

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until December 9, 2018

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…

Hand-Crafted Mixologist

September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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All Skill Levels, Ages 21 and up Take your cocktail party to the next level! Learn how to create special, signature drinks sure to wow your guests and friends. This is a great class for groups, friends and couples and features a cocktail theme that changes monthly. (Meets in W-3, 302)   REGISTER NOW  

Open Life Drawing

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Date Night: Chef’s Table

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until February 23, 2019

Anyone can go out for dinner and a movie so why not make your night something special to be remembered! Date Night cooking classes are designed to be fun, relaxing and an escape from the daily grind. They are great way to learn some basic cooking techniques while enjoying your company and making new friends. The menu items will be prepared by participants working together at each of the cooking islands. No one will leave hungry! Every month you will prepare a new dish! Reservations are required. Reservations must be made at least two days prior to event start date.…

Ballroom Social Dance

September 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Join us for our monthly Ballroom Social Dance in the McGuire-Woods Gallery (second floor of W-16) featuring dancing, complimentary refreshments and cash bar. The social dance will be led by professional ballroom instructors Bobbie Brennan and/or Cookie Bell beginning at 8:00pm and the music, dance, food and fun continue through 10:30pm. All skill levels welcome! We are occasionally asked about dress code for the dances hosted at the Workhouse. We do not have a specific dress code, but most attendees tend to wear casual cocktail attire. Some of our attendees dress more casually and some dress up a little more.…

Cabaret Series

September 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Open Life Drawing

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

Madhaunter’s Madhouse

October 1 - November 3

The Workhouse Arts Center is thrilled to announce the return of the Madhaunter’s Madhouse haunted maze of terror – to the Workhouse (9518 Workhouse Road, Lorton, VA 22079) on select nights in October, 2018. Screams will echo across the Workhouse’s 55-acre historic campus, built on the grounds of the abandoned and notorious DC Department of Corrections Lorton Reformatory. Madhaunter’s was judged in 2016 to be Virginia’s “top haunt” by industry experts at FrightFind.com, scaring the souls out of nearly 10,000 guests during its month-long run. Our frightmasters haven’t been content to rest on their blood-soaked laurels, however. Visitors to the…

Open Life Drawing

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

Open Life Drawing All Skill Levels, Ages 16 & Up Drop in and Draw! Three hours of drawing from a live model for a low-low-price. Come to brush up on your skills or work on that portfolio! The poses will range from 1 minute gestures to long poses; nude and clothed model sessions. Models will vary from 1 week to 3 week increments. Bring your own drawing supplies (i.e. Charcoal, drawing board, paper, etc.) Easels, stools, tables and rolling carts are provided. This is not a class. No instruction will be provided. There will be a monitor present to accept…

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