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The League of Reston Artists announced eight winners of its Reston Artists 2004 Annual Judged Fine Art Exhibition. The exhibition, which is on display at the Jo Anne Rose Gallery at Lake Anne through May 2, features 56 works of art by 30 artist members of the League. The contest judge, Karen Burton, an artist who is co-owner of Rendezvous Gallery in Leesburg selected "pieces that combine quiet, energy, depth and the skillful hand of the artist" and that "spoke on a personal level - each piece exuding its own 'atmosphere.'" The following local artists received equal merit awards:

* Betty Ganley - "Gulls & Dinghies"

* Sally Hall - "Blue Chair"

* Jan Sherfy - "Broken Skyline:

The following local artists received honorable mentions:

* Christine Barrie - "A Soothing Curve"

* Marti Deppa Kirkpatrick - "Gulf Storm"

* Stephanie Kozenchak - "Flight of Fancy"

* Stephanie Kozenchak - "Beyond the Door"

* Margaret Magee - "Beginning at Lake Anne"

<bt>The author of the recently published "The Dog of Knots," Kathy Walden Kaplan, has lived in Reston since 1983. Her fine press books are included in collections of the Stanford University Library, Special Collections of the University of California at Santa Barbara and the New York Public Library. Her artist and children's books have been exhibited the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., in 1995, 1997, and 1999. In 2002 she designed and executed a bronze relief to dedicate Freedom Grove, a Sept. 11 memorial, located at Brown's Chapel in Reston, Virginia. "The Dog of Knots," a historical novel for middle grades presents war through the eyes of nine-year-old Mayim, was awarded a Work-in-Progress grant from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. The story came out of Kaplan's experiences in Haifa during the war. Kaplan wrote the book to broaden the understanding of American children about the complex situation that confronts Israelis and Palestinians.

On Saturday, April 10, Freedom Hill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, elected Reston resident Tracy Elizabeth Rich to the office of First Vice Regent for the 2004-2006 term. Ms. Rich and the other executive officers will be installed at the June 12 meeting. For Freedom Hill membership information, call 703-356-2370 or view www.users.erols.com/denwards/.

The Gateway Gals from Gateway Community Church visited residents at Tall Oaks at Reston Assisted Living on April 3. The day's activities were organized by Susan Foose and included a tea and coffee social, an afternoon social, arts and crafts, games, prizes and ice cream sundaes.