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IPAR Honors Three at Annual Reception

Members recognized for public art efforts at Initiative for Public Art Reston's annual reception.

The Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) gave special recognition at its annual fundraiser on Thursday to three of its members for their significant impact on the organization.

Honored by IPAR were Sally Brodsky, who is heading the efforts to install a memorial garden of reflection in Reston, a locale without a cemetery; Robert Goudie, who helped move forward the public art project at Hyatt Park at Reston Town Center; and Ken Knueven, the Reston Association president, for his participation in various committees.

IPAR Board Chair and President Joe Ritchey said at the reception at Midtown that public art has always been important in Reston. 

"Four of [Reston founder] Robert Simon's seven principles mention art and architecture," he said. "Bob started everything, and IPAR is trying to follow up."

Some of the IPAR projects in the works or recently completed:

*Dogwood Pool's interactive water feature and mosaic. Artist Valerie Theberge, who also created IPAR's Dogwood underpass public art feature in 2010, is designing this project. The mosaic work will get underway this weekend at the renovated Reston Association pool, which will be open next spring.

*The Hyatt Park sculpture by Baltimore artist Marianne Mears. This work was unveiled at IPAR's 2011 fundraiser. There have been some delays, but the large-scale work is expected to be installed next summer, Mears said.

*Fun, Beauty, Fantasty: Reston's Public Art, a short film about Reston's public art legacy by Reston filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi recently premiered. To see the film, click here.

*Reston:The Art of Community, an exhibit at the Reston Museum that traces Reston's public art history, opened in September. To read about the exhibit, click here.  

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