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Vienna Arts Society Exhibits the World, Honors Springtime

‘Great Escapes’ gives way to ‘Music to My Ears.’

The Vienna Arts Society does much more than bring local artists together. It reaches out to the community with art classes for adults and children, fine arts competitions, art camps for kids, and gallery exhibitions of quality pieces that change monthly. March’s exhibition of "Great Escapes," runs through March 29.

"Great Escapes" is a fine arts travelogue, original works inspired by travel in America and around the world.

From an Essex pasture and whales of Alaskan waters to fields of French lavender and lighthouses, the exhibition embraces the diversity of the world’s locales. VAS artist-of-the-year Debi Elliott paints with movies in the background as her muse, and her purple and green "Lavender Fields of Provence" evokes images of the south of France.

"Sometimes it is therapeutic to get away from the realities of life in Northern Virginia, and art is one of the cheapest ways to travel," said Elliott.

"Music to My Ears," the arts society’s April exhibition, opens on Saturday, April 5, with a reception featuring the art society’s annual judged Spring Show. The exhibition explores music through the ears of the beholder, from birdsong to traditional interpretation. VAS invites the community to the opening reception on April 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the center.

Light refreshments are offered and members of the Vienna Arts Society will be on-hand. Juror Carolyn Gawarecki is scheduled to present awards to artists for original artworks reflecting the range of responses to April’s theme of music.

The April exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10a.m. to 4p.m., April 1 to 26.

The Vienna Art Center is at 115 Pleasant St., NW, Vienna. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is no admission fee. Call 703-319-3971 for class information or to learn more about the Vienna Arts Society or visit www.ViennaArtsSociety.org.