GMHS Sophomore Robert E. Tartt III inducted into The Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame

March 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

20140302_182604By Barb Cram
Falls Church Times Staff
March 6, 2014

The Executive Board of the Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame  held it’s 24th Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the McLean Hilton Hotel. The awards ceremony honored Northern Virginia area youth and high school players, coaches, officials and cheerleaders along with other guests and the new Hall of Fame inductees.

Included in this year’s honorees is Robert E. Tartt, III, a Sophomore at George Mason High School. Robert was recognized as one of the Youth Sports – Youth Players of the Year – James Lee Football.

Robert was also recognized in the Congressional Record by Congressman Gerald Connolly, who congratulated the 2014 inductees that came from schools and Youth League teams throughout the Northern Virginia area.

Falls Church Arts – All Member Show – 2 nite opening – Visual & Performing Arts (Dance-Music-Film)

January 28, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

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and performances, videos, film premiers

Featuring Visual Artists on Friday & 
Performance Artists on Saturday
For the first time Falls Church Arts will be featuring its film, video, and performing artist members as part of the 11th Annual All Members Show that is celebrating its opening with a special two night celebration spanning Friday and Saturday nights (Jan. 31, Feb 1).  Friday night will be the art show opening featuring sculpture, ceramics; oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings; printmaking, mixed media, drawings, photographs, and ceramics.
Friday evening guests are asked to vote for their favorite artwork!  The awards for winners will be counted over the length of the All Members Show and those artworks with the highest total votes will be announced on February 27th at 7:30 pm at ArtSpace Falls Church.  The People’s Choice Party celebrates all of the artists and the winners of the awards.
Friday’s event and refreshments are  free and open to the public. The Gallery doors will open at 7 pm.
Upon arriving at ArtSpace this Saturday visitors will be greeted Falls Church Arts members including performers Andrew Acosta and Rosser Clark’s live music.  After a trip to the special “FCA Snack Bar” ( free hot popcorn, packaged snacks and cash bar featuring soft drinks,  IPA craft beers and wine) guests can  be seated in the theatre and view on wide screen, the premiere of Andrew’s new music video “Sights and Sounds” directed, filmed and edited by Michael Hamilton.
The next Falls Church Artist, Margaret Allen, will be doing a  live dance performance accompanied  by Larry Allen.  Following Margaret’s multi-media performance and dance will be a premiere of her short video – marge travels.  Margaret is a graduate of GMHS and VCU, and has just returned from study abroad, receiving her Circus Artist Certificate in Italy.

conrad_brooksFollowing the short video premieres and performance will be the film Taste of Desperation which is making its State of Virginia debut Saturday evening. This black & white feature length art noir caper produced by independent film company Absurd Productions Pictures (APP) features such film noir staples as the femme fatale, gloomy jazz score, alluring mistress, snickering psychotic villains, and actual 1950’s B-movie actor Conrad Brooks (pictured here).

Taste of Desperation won 1st place in the Crime Drama Feature category at the 2010 Indie Gathering Film Festival and has aired repeatedly at Film Festivals and art galleries in NY, DC, and OH since 2008. Mark Byrne, Writer/Director of Taste of Desperation, said the film not airing in VA up to this point was not by design.

“The film was set and shot in DC,” Byrne said. “So it just sort of made sense for that to be the screening place in the DMV area. Most of the cast lived in DC. But then along came this exciting opportunity to finally air the film in my home state of Virginia and adopted home town of Falls Church.”A black and white film, particularly one filled with 40’s era dialog and costumes, would seem to be a hard sell in an independent market focusing almost exclusively on horror and romantic comedy/dramas.

“I’d always wished a modern film would harken back to Film Noir era look, storyline, ambient sound, snappy dialect, like Chinatown and the 70’s noir remakes did – but in black and white,” Byrne said. “It was fun to have to follow some rules, not only in dialog but in little things like the muted violence and a lack of the cursing that is such a staple of today’s crime film. Living by bygone restrictions was a challenge, but not doing so would be an injustice to the genre. Besides the best part of noir, outside of the dialog, is framing scenes in total darkness or shooting characters in shadows offset by a bright window streaming light behind them. And since film noir officially ended in 1958, I decided to start my own genre- art noir.”

This wouldn’t be the only time Mark’s production company, APP created a genre. The company’s most recent film from 2013, Small Fish Small Pond, tied in to other alcohol-induced stories dating back to 1945 Academy Award winner The Lost Weekend as drinking dramas. With an on-going effort to not tie to one idea or genre, APP short films have also visited mystery, horror, and dark comedy genres. But if one genre deserves a re-visit, it would be noir.

“I’ve thought about it, another film noir,” Byrne said. “There’s a cult following to noir, just like horror and sci fi, but less mainstream. I think that’s why there’s still an interest in this film through the years. And being artfully shot and conceived, noir always plays well to the art crowd. Taste of Desperation has been more successful screening at art galleries than film festivals, I think, because that crowd is more intuitive to noir’s artistic elements. They appreciate and accept the genre’s pacing and structure.”

So embrace the art noir atmosphere and “taste the desperation” at Artspace as the lure of the buck and the desire to stay alive walk a tightrope wire.

When: Saturday, Feb 1, 2014,  7 PM

Where: ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046

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Winning art from Plein Air Festival – “Park Avenue”, “Spring on Cherry St”, “W&OD Trail”, and “West End”

June 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

June 30, 2013

Plein Air painting is considered one of the most difficult painting challenges.  The elements, changing light, and expansive views are challenging and the rainy weather limited many to fewer paintings.

Please note that the photos cannot due justice to the works as the vibrancy and true colors, size, and energy of brushwork in the paintings are not accurately reflected in the photos below, but are instead presented to give an idea of the variety of media, styles and subjects that were part of this this year’s Festival, which has filled the Falls Church Arts permanent Gallery at ArtSpace Falls Church.

See the five winners below, then come to the Gallery today located at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue (look for the purple awning and FCA Sandwich Sign) from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Sunday Hours.

1st Place
The Don Beyer Volvo-KIA Plein Air Prize,  Mike and June Beyer prime sponsors,
$500 awarded to
Bill Abel
“Park Avenue”

2nd Place

The Tori McKinney, Rock Star Realtor Plein Air Prize
$250 awarded to
Patricia Walach Keough
“Spring on Cherry Street”

3rd Place

The Falls Church Arts President’s Plein Air Prize
$250 awarded to
Rajendra K.C.
“W&OD Trail”
Each year the guests at the Plein Air Festival Competition vote on their favorite painting from opening
until closing of the first day of the show at 4 pm.  The votes are counted and the entry with the highest
vote total wins the People’s Choice $100 award.  This year many votes were cast with almost all of the paintings receiving votes.  Two of our own artists tied for the win:  Kathy Clarken Buschow’s oil, “West End”, and Rajendra KC.’s oil “Spring Day at St. James” won top honors, thanks to the many who came to cast their votes.
People’s Choice Award

Tied with the highest number of votes

Kathy Buschow
“West End”
Rajendra KC
“St. James on a Spring Day”
Falls Church Arts sponsored the The 4th Annual Plein Air Festival.  This year’s contest entries represents a wide range of scenes in the City.  The artists all chose different locations to paint: homes, businesses, churches, streetscapes, parks, and other points of interest.  Artists from all over the metropolitan area as well as Fall Church competed this year with  Patricia W. Keough from Carlisle, PA. winning second place.  All of the other winning artists are well known Falls Church artists.

GALLERY Hours today Sunday, June 30th are 1:00 pm  – 3:30 pm.  Come to ArtSpace Falls Church at 410 S. Maple Avenue and see the beautiful Plein Air Paintings and the winning entries. All art is available for sale, and we encourage you to see the works, your home, business, church, or streetscape may be one of the entries!

“Scenes in the City” Plein Air Falls Church Competition, Saturday, 11 a.m

June 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

OVER $1,000 IN CASH PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED  by ART PATRONS: June and Mike Beyer, Tori McKinney, and others

Artists from as far as Carlisle, Pennsylvania,  join local area artists to compete in the 4th Annual Plein Air Competition this Saturday, June 22nd at 11 a.m. at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue in the City of Falls Church. The public is invited to attend this free event and vote for their favorite “Scene in the City” painting to win The People’s Choice Award.  Free refreshments will be served.

The Plein Air Festival (Plein Air means painting outside) runs for weeks to allow artists an opportunity to participate  – given their busy work, travel and family schedules.  All participants have their painted entries ready on Saturday.  ArtSpace is filled with the artists particular choice of a favorite or special “Scene in the City” of Falls Church – homes, businesses, parks, and more are represented in many styles and skill levels.  The contest is open to all.  Artists, art-lovers and the curious come and share brunch which begins at 11 a.m. and awards will be announced and presented at 12 noon.  Please come in time to vote for your favorite “Scene in The City”  for the coveted ” People’s Choice Award” .

The first 50 attendees will also receive a coupon for free 5 ou. Zinga Frozen Yogurt or $5 off ! The new Zinga location in Falls Church just opened at the West  Falls Plaza  Shopping Center, 1106-A W. Broad, near Staples and next to Domino’s Pizza!  Come vote and get your free yogurt coupon – 5 ounces free or $5 off – for this tasty summer treat!

Pigeon Pals by Carolyn Grosse' Gawarecki

“Pigeon Pals” by Carolyn Grosse’ Gawarecki

This year’s Competition will be judged by Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki who is a nationally recognized artist whose paintings are in museums, as well as corporate and private collections.

She is the founder and first president of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Carolyn is also a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists, Virginia Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, and the Washington Watercolor Society. Carolyn is listed in Who’s Who in America, The World Who’s Who of Women and Who’s Who of the South and Southwest.  See more of her work and information on her life as a painter…..and the Fourth Annual Falls Church Plein Air Festival by clicking the link below.

FCAPAF Juror announced, Virginia Artist Carolyn Grossé Gawarecki

Plein Air Sponsors include Falls Church Arts who produces this event annually and prime FCA sponsor Don Beyer Volvo – Kia (June and Mike Beyer), Tori McKinney – Rock Star  Realtor, Zinga Frozen Yogurt of Falls Church, and Plaza Arts of Fairfax, VA.

Yellow House by Carolyn Grosse' Gawarecki

Yellow House by Carolyn Grosse’ Gawarecki


FCAPAF Juror announced, Virginia Artist Carolyn Grossé Gawarecki

“DECAVENT” All-Members Art Show Open thru April 28

April 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Barb Cram
April 5, 2013

After days of preparation and painting, moving walls, added lighting,  cleaning and painting floors and platforms, and the help of dozens of volunteers, Falls Church Arts will be ready to greet the public at ArtSpace Falls Church at 7 pm Friday, April 5.  Free admission and food with cash bar will greet the guests at 410 South Maple Avenue.

DECAVENT, a new word  invented by Cathy Kaye, the show’s curator, was created to describe this special 10 year event – ten years of creativity and art in the City of Falls Church.  Falls Church Arts was established in 2003.  More than 50 artists are participating in this All Members Show with a wide variety of media represented, terra cotta sculpture, paintings, etchings, digital media, monotype, wire sculpture, lamp worked beads, linoprint,  foam sculpture, prints, photography, and more cover the inside walls of the newly transformed ArtSpace Falls Church. Read more

Final weekend for ECO-ART at ArtSpace Falls Church

March 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

FALLS CHURCH ARTS at ArtSpace Falls Church is hosting the final weekend ofthe very popular ECO ART Show which was juried by Eco Artist Olivier Giron.

GMU Professor Olivier Giron, on right with students

In a recent Falls Church Arts interview Giron explained his experience with Falls Church Arts ECO-ART show:

” When I was asked to jury the Falls Church Arts at ArtSpace Eco-Art exhibit, I was thrilled to participate. I am continuously inspired by the way eco-art practice utilizes methods from a wide spectrum of arts, sciences, and creative approaches in pursuit of a sustainable planet.   The environmental issues we face, are largely the product of our culture, and require ecologically conscious cultural responses.   Artists can offer intellectually and emotionally engaging models for pursuing alternative relationships with our social, political and ecological systems.”

Giron continued ” All of the artists in the show showed tremendous creativity in finding where their voice fits into this larger conversation. Figuring out how you want to communicate your ideas can be just as difficult as working with the materials themselves. I was engaged by the variety of ways in which the participants were exploring these ideas in their own work.”

When asked which Eco-Art submissions he preferred Giron said, “The pieces that stood out to me the most were those that were exploring the concepts behind their work and blending their ideas with the materials they were working with. The ability to reuse and recycle materials provides its own challenges, as we give new life to objects that have outlived their purpose and transform them into fresh ideas. What if we don’t stop there, and instead, use our chosen mediums to ask questions about our surroundings in pursuit of more sustainable lives?   It was refreshing to see several of the artists entries exploring these questions as they pose questions of their own.”The final weekend Gallery Hours of the ECO ART Show :Saturday..1 pm – 2 pm and after 3:30 to closing and in the evening 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm and after 9 pm to closing. Sunday….1 pm – 2 pm and after 3:30 to closing.

All-Members Show, Falls Church Arts at ArtSpace Falls Church

All-Members Show, Falls Church Arts at ArtSpace Falls Church COMING IN APRIL – Falls Church Arts new show THE 10th ANNUAL ALL MEMBER SHOW will fill the entire wall space of ArtSpace Falls Church – DECAVENT,  Celebrating 10 years of Art in Falls Church. The DECAVENT grand opening Gala will be FRIDAY, April 5 beginning at 7 pm. Open to the public at no charge, free refreshments will also be served.  Come enjoy the best of Falls Church Arts artists!  SAVE THE DATE!







EDIBLE ART  – a show within a show – will be a held on April 25th.  Winners will be announced at 8 pm and then guests will eat !
EDIBLE ART is brought to you by participating restaurants and other entries that have been juried into the show.  During this show The  DECAVENT – All Members Show will also be showing in the ArtSpace Gallery and Performance area.  Live music is also planned for this event.
Everything Art at ArtSpace, April 25th, 7 pm.  SAVE THE DATE!
Edible Art Vegetable Bowl




ECO ART opens Thursday, March 7 at 7 pm with presentation by Olivier Giron

March 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Falls Church Arts ECO ART SHOW juried by OLIVIER GIRON ( highlights the current of socially engaged art.  The art show is about more than the art on the walls and is designed to raise social consciousness and activism.

This Thursday, Falls Church Arts  will have a special program highlighting environmental issues with a presentation by Olivier Giron  at 7:30 pm.  Olivier’s environmental design training influences his artistic pursuits – pushing and promotion environmental consciousness.  Giron’s work has been highlighted on Voice of America, and ABC News Channel WJLA ( to see these videos go to


"Phytoremediation" ECO ART by Olivier Giron currently showing at ART MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS.

Area visiting artists, William Nell and Karen Spiering are featured as well as works by others include GMHS IB Art Teacher, Marc Robarge. Falls Church Art artists, Jacqlyn Sickler, Paul Levy, John Maier, Shaun VanSteyn, Robert Davidson, Teddy Wiant,  Jennifer Branigan, Antonella Manganelli, Gregory Bryant, Llori Stein,  Jolanta Noska, Victoria Lakes present different visions of their art utilizing trash, elements of our environment,  and photography to create awareness, organic beauty, and visually stimulate consciousness.

All are invited to this free event.  Refreshments will be served.  Program is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm in the performance area of ArtSpace Falls Church.  Please come, see, learn and be stimulated by this art activist – Olivier Giron, and our many participating artists.



Photo segment of Artist Marc Robarge sculpture “Family Tree” in ECO ART

William Nell Artist, and his story of “Kool Collection”

Made from wood with crow eyes in Tripps Run Streambed by ARTIST TEDDY WIANT

"Plastic Torso" by eco artist, Jen Driggers

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150 years later – Watch Night Falls Church

December 30, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Watch Night Celebration; 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation

Join the Watch Night New Year’s Eve Celebration Committee, Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, The Falls Church Episcopal and the City of Falls Church in a celebration to honor the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation  Proclamation.

In 1862, just six miles from Falls Church, the Emancipation Proclamation was penned by President Abraham Lincoln at his cottage in Washington, D.C.  This important document was partly a bold military measure during the Civil War and presented the first crucial step in the long path to freedom for enslaved people in the United States.  The document was anticipated to take effect on New Year’s Day of 1863.  On New Year’s Eve, 1862 many gathered to pray, discuss and contemplate the meaning of this document on what became known as “Watch Night” or “Freedom’s Eve”.  Enslaved and free men and women of color lived and worked in the Village of Falls Church, and they also eagerly anticipated Lincoln’s document.  Abolitionists and Union sympathizers of diverse religious backgrounds were also very likely among those excited about the Emancipation Proclamation.

Program 7 pm – 8 pm, Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Historic Falls Church

Historic Tours of the Church will be conducted from 6 pm until 7 pm prior to the program.

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Musical selections by Second Baptist Church Choir of Falls Church, VA.  “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

Welcome …..David Snyder, Vice Mayor, City of Falls Church

Brief overview-historical context of the period by David Snyder-Vice Mayor City of Falls Church, and member Falls Church Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and Edwin B. Henderson-Vice Chairman, Falls Church Historical Commission, President and Founder of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation

The program will include musical selections by the dynamic choir of Second Baptist Church, directed by Rev. Kevin Thompson.  Second Baptist was founded in the Village of Falls Church in 1870.

Vignettes, Watch Night, Falls Church, December 31, 1862

Harriet Brice, a free woman of color, Frederick Foote, Jr., an enslaved man, Eliza Honesty, a free woman of color, John Read, abolitionist, lay preacher, Ellen Scipio, an enslaved woman, Harriett Foote Turner, a free woman

Costumed Interpreters

Ron Anzalone, Chairman, Falls Church Historical Commission, Falls Church Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee member

Marion Dobbins, professional historic interpreter specializing in 18th and 19th century African American life

Edwin B. Henderson, II, Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation President

Nikki Graves Henderson, Executive Director Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, Co-chair FC Humanities Council, CATCH, Member FC Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee

Inga Watkins, J.D., Tinner Hill Advisory Board

Following the program presentation, guests are invited to enjoy Hot Chocolate and a warm fire outside.

Thank you for joining us in this celebration of freedom.


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