Reston based artist, James W. Bailey calls his violent style of photographic art “Rough Edge Photography," buying damaged cameras in thrift stores and mutilating his film and prints. One of Bailey’s “Rough Edge Photography” pieces, “Circle Theatre – New Orleans”, has been selected to appear in the 2004 Bethesda International Photography Competition sponsored by the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, Md. William F. Stapp, the National Portrait Gallery’s first Curator of Photography, awarded Bailey an honorable mention prize for “Circle Theatre – New Orleans” at the opening reception and awards ceremony.
Michael McDonnell, manager of Hidden Oaks Nature Center and a resident of Reston, was honored at the Fairfax County Park Authority 2004 Stewardship Awards, recognizing outstanding performance and exceptional efforts by individuals or teams that contribute to a Resource Management Division site, division goals or operations. McDonnell led his staff through the complete interior renovation of site exhibits, as well as threatened budget reductions which would have closed the facility.