ArtShare at 20: Keeping Loudoun's Arts Groups Going Strong

Twenty years ago this month, the Loudoun Arts Council launched a local grants program, called artShare, to help support Loudoun's home-grown arts organizations. Since that time the local grants fund has financed terrific community partners like VSA of Loudoun County, the Loudoun Symphony, Loudoun Ballet, and many others.

Originally set up as an endowment, the source of funding for this program has steadily declined in recent years. Now a local friend of the arts council has stepped up to offer a matching grant of $1,000. For every dollar you donate, this generous friend will donate another dollar, up to $1,000 in total. The LAC needs your help to keep this program strong. Make a tax-deductible donation today!

LAC Seeks Applicants for COLLAB Winter Residency Program

Are you looking for a venue for your creative ideas? In the COLLAB atelier project, Embark Center and IndED join the Loudoun Arts Council to offer qualifying LAC members quarterly residencies in a studio space in Leesburg's Arts and Culture District. Visiting artists can use the space as a working studio and exhibit area and have the opportunity to engage with the public in a unique way in the heart of downtown Leesburg. In lieu of rent, IndED and Embark students will have access to their process. The deadline to apply for the winter quarter residency (December through February) is November 15, 2018.

2018 artShare Grant Applications Due by October 31st

The Loudoun Arts Council’s artShare grants were created to assist organizations of artistic merit to the Loudoun County community by providing funds to help maintain their stability and encourage their development. This year the Arts Council is looking for new initiatives to bring the arts to Loudouners in more creative ways. Instead of submitting an update past grant applications, a common practice for non-profits, “This year, we want to challenge our local arts organizations to think creatively about ways to use our grants,” says artShare administrator Mary Kenesson.

Barn Quilt Trail Focuses on History, Culture, and Agriculture

The Loudoun County Barn Quilt Trail will open this fall and focus on important agricultural structures and locations in Loudoun County. Residents and visitors can learn about the importance of these farm buildings, their history, and the activities they currently house. These buildings tell important stories about our history and our future. The Barn Quilt Committee is seeking new participants and sponsors for this new program in rural Loudoun.

Painter Norma Lasher Reflects on a Life of Travel in New artWorks Exhibit, "Tourist By Nature"

Painter Norma Lasher and her husband, whom she affectionately refers to as Lash, have traveled the world since the 1960s.  Lasher’s tours of Asia and Europe have provided much inspiration for her art. “My subject matter for landscapes is usually a place I have been, and I want to remember. If others are entertained or their memories are evoked, I am doubly blessed,” says Lasher.

Marni Manning Brings "Americana Culture" to Old Ox

American folktales live inside us, instilled in us as children. In Marni Manning's new artWorks exhibit at Old Ox Brewery, she brings these historical stories to new life. Born in North Carolina, Manning lived abroad in Asia for several years, which gave her a new appreciation for cultural differences. Manning's sister and writer A.C. O'Dell lent her creative talents to penning poetry complementing each artwork in this show. Americana Culture will be on display through December.