McLean Art Society Showcases Local Art in Arlington

McLean Art Society Showcases Local Art in Arlington

Dipali Rabadiya won first place for her painting “Eggs and Cups,” which has been sold and claimed. This painting, also by Rabadiya, has a similar theme.

Dipali Rabadiya won first place for her painting “Eggs and Cups,” which has been sold and claimed. This painting, also by Rabadiya, has a similar theme.

The church service lets out at Walker Chapel United Methodist Church on Glebe Road in Arlington on Sunday, Nov. 14. The parishioners head down to their community room to browse through the McLean Art Society (MAS) Show. The show began with a reception on the evening of Friday, Nov. 12 followed by juror Allen Bentley’s awarding of ribbons for first-through-fifth place. One hundred and twenty hanging paintings and 90 tabletops by artists around the local area are on display and on sale to the public.
Lisiecki and Landry view the “Kinderdijk Windmills” painting that is based on a trip Lisiecki took to the Netherlands several years ago.


Lori Lisiecki, co-chair of the event, says the first place painting by  Dipali Rabadiya has already sold. It was called “Eggs and Cups” and looked just like it sounds. “The painting featured broken eggs in a clear bowl pictured with coffee cups. The juror liked the way the objects appeared to be etched out.” The first place painting has already been claimed but Lisiecki points to another painting by the same artist, a different version of eggs and cups, still on display. 

Rabadiya grew up in India and has painted since she was a small child. She paints daily and believes that painting often, and small objects, inspires artistic skill and encourages the individual to be more creative.

Around the corner, Lisiecki's oil painting, “Kinderdijk Windmills,” is on display; take it home for $275. Lisiecki says she saw these windmills on a trip to the Netherlands where the small village was famous for its 18th-century windmills. “It was a drizzly day and I was standing on a bridge over a canal. I tried to capture the subdued mood and the architecture of the structure against the sky.” She said she took photos that she could work with when she got home and then spent days capturing the experience.

Judith Landry, the co-chair of the event also has a painting on display that was inspired by a painting trip she took about five years ago. She remembers crossing the bridge, “and there it was, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, in a stunning scene. It was almost perfect. It kind of painted itself.” Landry says the painting process took some days. She lets her painting sit, both so that the oil can dry as she goes along, and also to give her time to think about it and give her perspective.

A family rounds the corner and ten-year-old Emily Maginnis, who attends Jamestown Elementary in Arlington, stops in front of Landry’s painting. Her mother explains Emily likes to paint, “my favorite subject,” and Emily adds, “especially trees.” Emily’s younger brother points to a picture nearby which he likes because of the water. “You know you’ve been there, Will. That’s in Georgetown close to where your grandparents live.”

The MAS was established in 1955 as a volunteer organization focused on broadening the interests of members and offering artists of every level the opportunity to show their art in a variety of media through regular exhibitions. 

Monthly meetings are held at the McLean Community Center and are open to the public.