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The Arts, Aug. 27-Sept. 2

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Berries, a giclee digital print by Veronica Morrison, will be on exhibit at the Loudoun campus of Nothern Virginia Community College through Sept. 12.

Send announcements or events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call 703-917-6454.

Leesburg Crossroads' Fall into the Arts committee invites all artists, in any fine-art medium, to submit work for a juried art exhibit at Leesburg's sixth annual 2008 Fall into the Arts Festival by Aug. 30. This year's festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., in historic downtown Leesburg and will include live music as well as special exhibits on the Town Green and throughout the downtown shops.

Artists may submit photos or jpegs on a compact disc of up to three original works along with a $25 entry fee to "Fall into the Arts," c/o Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 South King St., Leesburg, VA 20175. Entry forms and instructions are available online at www.fallintothearts.org. E-mail Jim Sisley at jsisley@verizon.net.

Art exhibitions at local libraries throughout September and October include at Ashburn Library, world photography by Dean Villanueva and at Cascades Library, photography by Mary Kaye Mason.

The Artists' Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan presents Etched in Time, an exhibit of etchings by Roger Frey of Woodbridge and etched and fused glass by David Barnes of Sterling. The exhibit runs through Sept. 1. An artist reception will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, from 4-6 p.m. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, and is located at 309 Mill St. in Historic Occoquan. Contact the gallery at 703-494-0584 or at www.theartistsundertaking.com.

George Washington University Virginia Campus Gallery Lounge, 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn, will hold an artist reception for Michael Beckner, Sept. 4, 7 p.m. RSVP by Sept. 2 to reservations@va.gwu.edu or call 703-726-3650. Free and open to the public.

Bridges, roads, buildings, overpasses and construction sites are artist Michael Beckner's favorite subjects. Beckner's exhibit of acrylic paintings, titled Under Construction, is presented by The George Washington University Virginia Campus in partnership with Gallery 222/Loudoun Academy of the Arts. The exhibit is open to the public through Sept. 30. Visit http://www.gwvirginia.gwu.edu/ or contact Gallery 222 at 703-777-5498.

Get Real!, a show of realism featuring original paintings and drawings by Loudoun artists opens Friday, Sept. 5, at Gallery 222, 222 South King St., Leesburg, during Leesburg's First Friday Gallery Walk, from 6-9 p.m. The exhibit continues through Sept. 27.

Get Real! showcases artwork by Conor Backman, Tim Chambers, Michael Davis, Jonathan Linton, Sarita Moffat, Ann Noel, Sherry Sanabria Kurt Schwarz, Libby Stevens, Jeffery Stockberger, Dana Thompson and Dan Williams.

Gallery 222 is open Mondays-Saturdays, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery is a component of the Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 visual arts center offering fine art instruction, gallery exhibitions and studio space for working artists. Visit www.gallery222.com or call 703-777-5498.

Gallery Two at 222 will host a special exhibit of paintings by artist Helen Wiegand titled Spiritual Relatives. An opening reception will be hold Friday, Sept. 5, during Leesburg's First Friday Gallery Walk, from 6-9 p.m. The exhibit continues through Sept. 26.

Wiegand's work focuses on figurative forms and their relationships to one another.

Gallery two is co-located with Gallery 222 at 222 South King St., Leesburg. Both galleries are components of the Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation, a 501(c) 3 Visual Arts Center which offers fine art instruction, gallery exhibitions and studio space for working artists. The galleries are open Mondays-Saturdays, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. Visit www.gallery222.com or call 703-777-5498.

The Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra is holding auditions for the 2008-2009 season. The youth orchestra is open to young musicians age 10-18 years who have had a minimum of three years of private instruction or who have participated in a school band or orchestra program for three years. The orchestra meets weekly in Leesburg and performs two-three times per year. Auditions will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7, at Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg. There is no audition fee, however, individuals must preregister to arrange an audition.

The audition requirements are a short prepared solo, scales up to four flats and four sharps, two or three octaves and sight-reading. Students must provide their own instrument. Tuition for the season is $300 per student, payable in two installments in September and January. A limited number of financial aid scholarships are available. To schedule an audition, send an e-mail to youthaudition@loudounsymphony.org or call Heather Coffey at 703-779-9925.

2nd Flight Theatre Company presents "Bare: A Pop Opera," weekends through Sept. 6, at the Waddell Theater, Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Communty College, 1000 Harry Byrd Highway, Sterling. Directed by Debbie Niezgoda and based on the book by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo with music by Intrabartolo and lyrics by Hartmere. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, at 7 p.m. Cost: $15 general addmission, $10 students with valid ID. Visit www.CCT2FT.com.

Faculty at the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College will be displaying their artwork in Waddell Art Gallery through Sept. 12. The campus is located at 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling, and the gallery is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays-Fridays.

The exhibitors, representing programs in communication design and fine arts, include Matthew Best, Patti Chisholm, Donald Depuydt, Rebecca Freeman, Jackie Gage, Lauren Jacobs, Brian Kirk, Veronica Morrison, Joan Petro, Shelley Stevens, Dwayne Treadway, Julia Turner, David Whipple and Cathy Wilkin.

The exhibit will feature examples of ceramics, painting, printmaking, digital photography, graphic design, sculpture and stained glass.