At the Workhouse

At the Workhouse

The following events and exhibits are open at the Workhouse Arts Center, which is located at 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. For more information, call 703-495-0001 or visit

Art, Wine & All That Jazz. Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4, 12-8 p.m. Come for wonderful local wineries from Virginia and North Carolina, spectacular art and all day jazz performances. Jazz performers include Betty Buckley, the former star on the TV series “Eight is Enough” and Tony Award winner, who will be performing Saturday night with the Kenny Werner. The Maryland-based blues and boogie pianist/saxophonist Deanna Bogart will perform Sunday night. Singer, songwriter and pianist artist Laurence Elder also joins the line-up. Hailey Niswanger from Berklee College of Music in Boston will be featured on the alto saxophone. Pianist Steve Rudolph from Harrisburg, Pa. will be performing with French jazz vocalist Ilona Knopfler. Northern Virginia locals The Dan Leonard Trio are slated to perform and soulful singer Ericka Ovette will perform with guitarist Ken Hall. In addition, jazz pianists Hod O'Brien and Jim Wray are teaming up for an exciting, high-energy jazz performance called Dueling Jazz Pianos. Tickets on sale now. $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Visit for more information or call 703-584-2927.

Watercolor Classes with artist Catherine Hillis. Saturday mornings, beginning Oct. 3. Registration will be limited and it is suitable for beginners through intermediates. The first session of classes will review traditional methods of painting and will emphasize how to achieve a glowing painting utilizing several techniques. or or 703-584-2900.

Virginia Watercolor Society 30th Anniversary Exhibition runs through-Oct. 15. The juried exhibition celebrates the Virginia Watercolor Society's 30th Anniversary in Gallery W-16 featuring 101 works from the group’s members.

Workhouse Arts Center Exhibit runs through Oct. 4 in the Gallery in Studio 5. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.- 7-p.m., and Sundays, 12-5 p.m., 12-5 p.m. Free. Works of "Synergy," original encaustics, Intaglio prints and oil paintings by Julia Dzikiewicz, Norma Pfaff and Denise Shamoun Phalan. Come see this eye-popping combination of encaustics, printmaking and oils.

Workhouse Artists Associates Exhibit runs Oct. 7-Nov. 22. Members of the Workhouse Artist Associates are exhibiting a variety of works in the Associates Gallery, Gallery W-16, First Floor. A free reception for this exhibition and for the Workhouse Art Guild exhibition takes place on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 2-4 p.m.

Paper with ATTITUDE! Through Oct. 11, the Artisans Center of Virginia, a statewide center for fine craft, and the Workhouse Arts Center presents paper with ATTITUDE. Three artists from the Artisans Center of Virginia have been selected by curator Trudi Van Dyke including Renate Chernoff, Rebecca Humphrey and Angie Wiggins.

First Anniversary Celebration Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. The Workhouse Arts Center presents an outdoor, juried sculpture exhibit through Nov. 28. Jurors Robin Croft, independent curator and artist, along with Marti Deppa Kirkpatrick, the studio manager and exhibition coordinator for the Lorton Arts Foundation, selected a total of five works by area sculptors for display around the Workhouse grounds. Featured artists include Pattie Porter Firestone, Craig R. Schaffer and Mike Shaffer. All works will be on display on the Workhouse Quad.

Workhouse Art Guild Exhibit. The second Wednesday of each month the members of the Workhouse Art Guild (WAG) present a new show of juried works in Gallery W16, 1st Floor. The public is invited to a free reception to meet the artists and enjoy the diverse media exhibition on the third Sunday of each month from 2-4 p.m.

Workhouse Short Film Marathon. The Workhouse’s first shorts event takes place Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Local and student filmmakers are encouraged submit their short films for exhibition and enjoy the work of fellow enthusiasts. Contact for details. Submission deadline: Oct. 2.

National Spinning and Weaving Week Celebration. Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Quad. Free. Calling all fiber artists! Join the Workhouse Arts Center for a day of fiber art on the quad. Bring a picnic lunch and join in for an informal gathering of fiber artists, spinners and weavers to relax, spin, weave or knit and to learn about area guilds and fellow artists. The event is free however RSVP to Sue Helmken, Studio Fiber Arts at or 703-543-6735.

Second Saturday Art Walks. Saturday, Oct. 10. The Workhouse Studio Artists will keep its doors open after hours on the second Saturday of each month from 6-9 p.m. The Association of Interior Design Professionals (AIDP) will host a reception in conjunction with the Art Walks in W-16 from 6-7 p.m. to bring together artists, interior design professionals and the public to highlight the creative incorporation of original art into interior design settings. All are invited to talk art and design with these creative design professionals.

Gallery After Hours: Dead Men’s Hollow returns to the Workhouse Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7:30-11:30 p.m., for a concert in building W-16. The music is a mix of old-time, bluegrass, Americana and country blues and has been compared to the likes of Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Poetic Art Benefit Reception and Reading. The Poetic Art exhibition will open to the public Oct 21-Nov. 20. An opening reception will be Friday, Oct. 25, from 2-5 p.m., and will feature a reading of some of the submitted poems. The exhibition will feature both invited and juried artists and poets.