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<lst>Riverbend Park is launching a new program featuring the work of local artists whose art relates to the park in Great Falls. The first exhibit, "Seasons on the Potomac," presents the art of impressionist Jack Warden of Reston. Forty oil paintings will be on display and for sale in the park's visitor center, 8700 Potomac Hills St., September through November. Riverbend Park will host an opening recepton for the artist Sunday, Sept. 18 from 2-4 p.m. at the Visitor Center. He will be conducting an eight-week course on beginning oil painting at the park in January. Call 703-759-9018 or 703-759-1627.

Art Classes. The Great Falls Art Center provides weekly classes in drawing, oil painting, pottery, sculpture and art history for children over 6, teenagers, adults and seniors at its Walker Road studio in Great Falls. All teachers are well-trained, experienced, professional art teachers. For a class schedule, call 703-759-3867 or e-mail greatfallsart@yahoo.com. Activities of the GFAC are supported, in part, by the Arts Council of Fairfax County.

A View Through: Sculpture by Tess Cummins. Exhibit runs Sept. 15-Nov. 5 in the Emerson Gallery at the McLean Project for the Arts. Reception and Gallery Talk is Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7-9 p.m. Richmond artist Tess Cummins creates sculpture using unusual and idiosyncratic materials, including weathered copper roofing sheet, gemstones, wrapped copper wire and handmade hinges and chain. Her designs incorporate both contemporary sculpture and drawing and to the metalsmithing processes used in ancient jewelry design. McLean Project for the Arts is located on the second floor of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday from 1-5 p.m. For information or to schedule a group tour call 703-790-1953 or visit www.mpaart.org.

Paintings of Paula Crawford. Exhibit runs Sept. 15-Nov. 5 in the Emerson Gallery at the McLean Project for the Arts. Reception and Gallery Talk is Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7-9 p.m. The artist's abstractions are rooted in the process and materials of painting. Using a grid structure to ground each piece, Crawford also introduces an enigmatic and energetic depiction of space, which alternately recedes, comes forward or lies flat on the picture plane. McLean Project for the Arts is located on the second floor of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday from 1-5 p.m. For information or to schedule a group tour call 703-790-1953 or visit www.mpaart.org.

Nature Examined: Drawings by Beverly Ress. Exhibit runs Sept. 15-Nov. 5 in the Atrium Gallery at the McLean Project for the Arts. Reception and Gallery Talk is Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7-9 p.m. Exploring both the wonder and the brutality of nature is a central concern for Maryland artist Beverly Ress. Her drawings depict fragments from the natural world rendered with great care in order to highlight the inherent and inevitable cycles of life and death. McLean Project for the Arts is located on the second floor of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday from 1-5 p.m. For information or to schedule a group tour call 703-790-1953 or visit www.mpaart.org.

Bodies of Paint: Works by Anthony Brock. Exhibit runs Sept. 15-Nov. 5 in the Ramp Gallery at the McLean Project for the Arts. Reception and Gallery Talk is Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7-9 p.m. Working loosely and with a broad pallet, McLean artist Anthony Brock's expansive paintings on plastic sheeting explore both figurative and purely abstract imagery. McLean Project for the Arts is located on the second floor of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday from 1-5 p.m. For information or to schedule a group tour call 703-790-1953 or visit www.mpaart.org.

Seeds: Gail Gorlitzz and Karin Birch. Exhibition runs from Dec. 6-Jan. 14 in the Emerson Gallery at the McLean Project for the Arts. The common ground between Gail Gorlitzz's sculptures and Karin Birch's two-dimensional works lies in a shared organic and additive approach to fashioning artwork. Both artists build from small components, be they beads, stitches or brushstrokes, compiling hundreds of small parts, pieces or gestures into works both complex and harmonious. McLean Project for the Arts is located on the second floor of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday from 1-5 p.m. For information or to schedule a group tour call 703-790-1953 or visit www.mpaart.org.

Second Nature: Pulp Paintings by Ellen Hill. Exhibition runs from Dec. 6-Jan. 14 in the Atrium Gallery at the McLean Project for the Arts. By building her images from colored paper pulp, Maryland artist Ellen Hill creates two-dimensional works through a layering process that seems almost sculptural. McLean Project for the Arts is located on the second floor of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday from 1-5 p.m. For information or to schedule a group tour call 703-790-1953 or visit www.mpaart.org.

McLean Art Club Juried Exhibit. An ecclectic mix of work by members of the McLean Art Club. Runs from Dec. 6-Jan. 14 in the Ramp Gallery at the McLean Project for the Arts. McLean Project for the Arts is located on the second floor of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday from 1-5 p.m. For information or to schedule a group tour call 703-790-1953 or visit www.mpaart.org.