Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Midtown Community Mural ready to get underway.
Friends of the Midtown Mural celebrated being fully funded and ready to get started Friday in a reception at Deva and JP Brehony's home at Reston Town Center. Reston artist Dana Scheurer will get started this spring on the approved artwork for the empty art wall on the New Dominion Drive-facing side of the Midtown North Condominium building. Major contributors for the project include Kettler Companies, Fairfax County, Initiative for Public Art Reston, Reston Town Center Association, and Reston Historic Trust. More: Reston Artist Ready for Mural Project
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Movie night will showcase artworks commissioned by US State Department.
The Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) and the Reston Community Center are teaming up for an evening of art around the world through a look at works commissioned by the US State Department at Embassies around the world. Camille Benton, a curator of the Art in Embassies (AIE) program, will introduce a series of videos and talk about the AIE program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Among the videos will be one detailing an installation by Maryland artist Margaret Boozer, From This Distance: Djibouti, commissioned by AIE for the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. The artist also will be there to discuss the process, challenges, and installation of her work. AIE is Celebrating its…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, IPAR, Reston Association recognized at Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
Three Reston groups received recognition from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Among the honorees: * Reston founder Robert E. Simon, Reston Association and its community partners for their vision and community leadership, resulting in the selection of Reston as the No. 7 Small City by Money Magazine in 2012. * Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) and the Reston Historic Trust, their vision and efforts to celebrate the story of community through art. * The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. For more: Reston Makes Money's Top 10 List IPAR Honors Three at Annual Meeting Reston Chamber Celebrates 30 Years
Monday, December 31, 2012
Reston artist Dana Ann Scheurer has painted watercolor that will be basis for planned mural on New Dominion Parkway.
Like almost everything else in Reston, the Midtown North Condominiums were built with a plan. There were to be two separate structures, one with 70 units and a smaller one with eight units. Separating the two would be a large wall that would feature a beautiful and interesting mural with a Reston theme. And it all went according to plan – except for the wall. It’s there, but it’s blank, and has been for five years. Fortunately for those who drive and walk past it every day, that is about to change. Sometime next year, the wall, at 12025 New Dominion Pkwy., will be bursting with the color and whimsical designs that are the trademark of well-known Reston artist Dana Ann Scheurer. The artist signed on after meeting Deva Brehony, a …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
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…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
IPAR will honor achievements and unveil new projects at annual party.
The Initiative for Public Art—Reston (IPAR) will celebrate another year of making art and culture a vibrant part of everyday part of life at its IPAR Annual Reception, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Midtown, Reston Town Center. The public is invited to join the party, which honors the people, businesses and organizations that have contributed to the achievements and growth of IPAR and make public art a reality in Reston. This year’s honorees will be announced at the reception. IPAR officers will also discuss plans for new projects. A live auction, conducted by Del. Ken Plum, includes: a chef’s table for eight at Mon Ami Gabi restaurant in Reston Town Center; a one-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Reston and a gift certificate for dinner …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Inaugural Arts Council of Fairfax County Arts Impact Award goes to Initiative for Public Art Reston for underpass and upcoming projects.
The Initiative for Public Art – Reston (IPAR) will receive the Arts Impact Award for the commissioning and placement of public art in Reston at the Arts Council of Fairfax County's inaugural Arts Awards Luncheon on Friday. The Arts Awards will be an annual program to recognize the outstanding arts organizations, artists and arts philanthropists in Fairfax County, organizers said. The 2012 Arts Awards Luncheon will present awards in the following four categories: the Jinx Hazel Arts Citizen of the Year Award, Arts Education Award, Arts Impact Award, and the Arts Philanthropy Award. IPAR completed its first permanent public art project — the Glade Underpass Project by artist Valerie Theberge – in 2010. IPAR is developing two permanent …
Friday, September 14, 2012
New exhibit highlights Reston's strong commitment to public art.
The Reston Museum and the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) will debut a new exhibition on Reston's public art history this weekend. The exhibit "Reston: The Art of Community" opens Saturday and will run through Nov. 11 at the Reston Museum. Opening night festivities begin with the showing of a 12-minute film produced by Reston filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi. The film, which will be shown at 4 p.m. at Reston Community Center - Lake Anne, highlights Reston's long public art history. The segment may be used as part of a bigger project as Wingert-Jabi is working on a longer film to honor Reston's 50th anniversary in 2014. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Reston founder Robert E. Simon, exhibit curator Mary …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Art installation/dance performance will take place next week.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Update, Friday 5:30 p.m.: Due to weather, the performance has been postponed until May 6 at 7:30 p.m. Original story: Lake Anne Plaza's waterfront will be turned into public art and a performance space on Saturday as the installation Out of Place debuts. The installation is presented by the Reston Community Center, the Initiative for Public Art Reston, Friends of Lake Anne and the Reston Museum. It was conceived by architect Ronit Eisenbach and dance artist Sharon Mansur, who were inspired by the history of the planned community of 1960s New Town of Reston and the sculpture and architecture of Lake Anne Plaza. The dance performance will take place on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. (rain date: May 6) at Lake Anne Plaza. A talk-back and …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Public art at Hyatt Park will integrate with vision and feel of Reston.
Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) supporters got a peek on Thursday at what Reston's next public art installation will look like. At a fundraiser held at Midtown, IPAR president Joe Ritchey introduced Baltimore artist Mary Ann Mears as the winner of a recent open call for artists to design an installation at Hyatt Park across from the Hyatt Regency Reston. Mears' proposed aluminum sculpture - which is still in the planning stages - will involve several curved, colorful 18-foot structures. Mears says she tried to keep Reston's relationship with nature in mind when designing the work. "There is a challenge with the asthetic and feeling of Reston Town Center," Mears said. "It seemed to me, to put a piece of sculpture there, it should …