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Brief: Winter Art Exhibit Opens At Great Falls Library

New show highlights work of 33 Great Falls artists; reception Dec. 10.

“Colvin Run Mill,” a painting by Hwa Crawford, is one of the featured pieces in the Great Falls Studios Winter Exhibit at the Great Falls Community Library.

“Colvin Run Mill,” a painting by Hwa Crawford, is one of the featured pieces in the Great Falls Studios Winter Exhibit at the Great Falls Community Library. Photo Contributed

An art exhibition featuring over 60 paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and other new works by Great Falls artists opened Nov. 2 and will be displayed through the end of December at the main conference room of the Great Falls Community Library. With 33 artists participating, it’s the largest show the group has ever mounted in this space.

The exhibit is sponsored by Great Falls Studios, a network of artists based in Great Falls. The group will hold an artists’ reception on Monday, Dec. 10, from 7-9 p.m. Plan to come see the show, meet the artists, and enjoy light refreshments.

“This is a terrific show highlighting the diversity of art being made in Great Falls today,” said Pat Neuman, a pastel artist who is co-chairman of the Exhibitions Committee of Great Falls Studios. “The work ranges from abstract to realistic, from photos to fiber—there’s even a piece that uses found objects woven onto a frame. Stop by and take a look at what your neighbors in Great Falls are doing.”

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“Tucked in the Curl,” a photo of a fern by Doreen Montis, is one of the artworks in the Great Falls Winter Show by an artist who is showing with the group for the first time.

The event is one in a series of monthly exhibitions at the library made possible by Friends of the Library. Most feature shows by artists from Great Falls Studios. The works on display are for sale, with 10 percent of the sale price going to the Friends of the Library to support library programs.

Great Falls Studios was founded in 2003 to nurture local artists and provide a way for the artists to serve the community. It holds two all-member exhibitions each year in the library, an annual Studio Tour in October, its signature event, plus other events and exhibitions in Great Falls. These shows provide a venue for visitors to see many of the works in one convenient location. Mark your calendars for the Great Falls Studios Holiday Art Show and Sale, to be held Dec. 8-9 at the Village Green Day School.

The Winter Exhibit includes paintings in oil, acrylics and watercolor, plus photographs of local scenes and landscapes from other parts of the country. Three of the artists are exhibiting with the group for the first time. Great Falls has become a center for quality art in northern Virginia. Its art-group members include some of the leading artists in the region, as well as less-established individuals who are displaying their work for the first time on a pathway to personal growth. You can stop by during library hours or see more on the group’s website: www.GreatFallsStudios.com.

The library is located at 9830 Georgetown Pike and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to the work in the main conference room, eight pieces are located in the glass-fronted case in the main hallway.