SATURDAY: 4/13: Spontaneous Eco Art on City Clean-Up Day

On April 13, 13, in the city of Falls Church, Virginia, a group of spontaneous Eco-artists will gather, explore, assemble and attempt to create a sculpture with what was found during the City-Clean-Up day.

Trash stays. What we leave behind us and out of sight continues to live and impact our environment. We have to co-exist, why not make something interesting out of it? “Eco Art” is a contemporary form of environmental art created by artists who are concerned about local and global environmental situations, and who take art making to a functional format.

What goes unnoticed or reflect human neglect can become a source of inspiration, a source of education, a conversation piece, between artists, environmentally concerned citizens and the rest of the community. Much environmental art is ephemeral, and we have no idea what the future of this piece will be, except that it will be designed for the community to see, make comments, and hopefully reflect on the local and global environmental situation.

For more information, contact John Maier

FRIDAY/SATURDAY, 4/26 and 4/27: Falls Church City Art Show

February 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Department will present its annual Art Show & Sale April 26-27, featuring original artwork by art students, City residents and employees. The event kicks off with an opening reception at City Hall (300 Park Avenue) on Friday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. The show will also be open on Saturday from noon- 4 p.m. Artwork will be displayed in the G Level Corridor and Dogwood Room. Admission is free for both days.


City residents of all ages and employees are invited to submit original artwork to the show (limit two submissions per person). Photography, paintings (watercolor, oil, or acrylic), and drawings (pencil or pastel) of any size will be accepted. Submissions can be framed or unframed. All artwork may be submitted to the Community Center beginning Monday, April 22 and no later than noon on Friday, April 26. Artists must include their name, phone number, and selling price (if interested in selling the artwork) on the back of each entry. Submissions from children K-12 must also include their grade and age. All entries must be picked up from the Community Center no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

This event is sponsored by the City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Department. For more information, call 703-248-5178 (TTY 711).

SATURDAY 12/1 and SUNDAY 12/2: The Nutcracker Ballet

November 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet will be performing The Nutcraker Ballet at George Mason High School Theater next month, with a Falls Church native in the lead role. Kaitlin Kay, who is dancing the part of Clara, is a junior at George Mason High and received a coveted invitation to the Bolshoi Ballet’s summer intensive program in New York City this past summer. Performances are Saturday, December 1 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm and Sunday, December 2 at 2pm at the George Mason High School Theater, 7124 Leesburg Pike. Tickets are $30 at the door (cash or check only.) Visit for more information or contact Carolanne O’Neil for tickets at 703-893-0404 ext. 217 or [email protected].

SAT 10/13: Halloween Window Painting

October 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It is not too late to join the Halloween festivities by painting a Halloween theme on a downtown window.  This is the fifth year of a community tradition.  It’s lots of fun.

Several new businesses and restaurants have offered windows and now we need more painters.  Come join in the fun Saturday, October 13th from 10:00-2:00.

Contact Marty Behr for more details at 703-533-7454.

SATURDAY, 6/23: FC Plein Air Competition, Brunch Reception, Show and Sale, 11 a.m. ArtSpace

June 23, 2012 by · Comments Off on SATURDAY, 6/23: FC Plein Air Competition, Brunch Reception, Show and Sale, 11 a.m. ArtSpace 

A brunch reception will begin at 11 a.m when the doors open to the public, and the awards and winners will be announced at 12 noon.  The Show and Sale will continue until 4 pm on Saturday, the show will run through August 5th. The event is free and everyone is invited.

After almost seven weeks of painters capturing “Scenes in the City,” the Third Annual Falls Church Arts Plein Air Festival competition will culminate in a free brunch opening with artists and the public awaiting the much anticipated cash awards.  The Annual Don Beyer Volvo-KIA Plein Air Prize of $500  for Best in Show will be presented by June and Mike Beyer.  The Tori McKinney, Rock-Star Realtor Plein Air Prize of $250 will be presented by Tori McKinney, and the President’s Prize of $250 will be presented by The Falls Church Arts Board.    Kendall’s Cakes is donating a not-to-be-missed Tupelo honey cake, decorated by FCA artist Jacqlyn Sickler; and Galleria Florist owner, Carol Beales, another FCA member is donating a beautiful floral arts piece.

This year’s judge will be Meg Walsh, whose work has garnered numerous awards at juried exhibitions and national plein air competitions, including winning the Best in Show prize in the 2011 Falls Church Plein Air Festival.  Her work is on sale at fine art galleries in three states, and Falls Church Arts

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is pleased to have Meg’s talent and experience for judging this year’s Falls Church Arts Plein Air Festival.

Plein Air, literally means “painting outside” and painters from around the area and as far away as Carlysle, Pennsylvania, have come to paint “Scenes in the City”.  The outside paintings express the color, atmosphere, and temperature that is often lost in paintings that are made from photographs.  Though painting outside is considered more common these days, it was a revolutionary development.  It is associated with Impressionism, capturing natural light and fleeting moments on the canvas.  It was made possible by the innovations of the paint tube and portable easels, and  plein air paintings are considered to have a special natural charm.   Falls Church Arts would love to see City residents view the artist’s renditions of “Scenes in the City”.


THURSDAY, 6/21: Acclaimed Artist Seth Havercamp at ArtSpace Falls Church

June 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Widely acclaimed portrait artist Seth Haverkamp will appear again this week at ArtSpace Falls Church for two days only.  Seth will do a special program at 7:30 pm on Wednesday June 20 and Thursday June 21 at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church City.

Seth has just finished a life-size portrait measuring 6.5 feet tall and 4 feet wide, which will be shown this week before it is delivered to the client.  He will also exhibit other recent works.  Se

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th will give a presentation with the exhibit on the topic “Life Size Portraiture, Challenges and Solutions”, followed by a Q & A session with guests.  The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Seth Haverkamp, who lives in Falls Church with his artist wife, Katherine Haverkamp, and their four children,  has studied at The Cleveland Institute of Art, The Memphis School of Art, and at Nelson Shanks Studio Incamminati School in Philadelphia.  Seth has won many awards including “Best in Show” in the International Portrait Competition.  M. Steven Doherty, editor of  American Artist magazine called Seth, “one of the most promising artists I have met in recent years”.

Come see for yourself the wonderful work of this fine young artist Wednesday and Thursday at ArtSpace Falls Church.


FRIDAY, 6/1: FIRSTfriday Events Indoors and Outdoors

May 29, 2012 by · Comments Off on FRIDAY, 6/1: FIRSTfriday Events Indoors and Outdoors 

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The June FIRSTfriday of Falls Church event highlights include Call It the Blues, an all media juried art exhibit at Art and Frame of Falls Church celebrating the Tinner Hill Blues Festival and showcasing the works of various area artists.   At Stifel and Capra, meet clay artist Linda Vroegindewey and see her fun and whimsical works.  In the parking lot at 111 Park Avenue, experience Art-A-Lot with an antique car Cruise-In, a musical performance by To

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m Nichols and Holly Montgomery and special guest Helen Hausmann, and several exhibits featuring various painters, jewelers, and other artists. Head over to Quinns Auction Galleries for more music by the Art Daniels Band and an auction preview.  Wine tastings, yoga class, dance moves, more music and more fun at FIRSTfriday locations throughout The Little City.  For details go to


Falls Church Native Nick Galifianakis wins National Cartoonist Award

May 29, 2012 by · 1 Comment

May 29, 2012

At the 66th Annual Meeting of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS), held at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nev., Nick Galifianakis won the Reuben Division Award for Advertising Illustration. The contending finalists were Kevin Kallauger and Tom Stiglich.

Born in Durham, NC, and raised in Falls Church, Va, Galifianakis does the cartoon Nick and Zuzu. Since 1997, he has drawn the cartoons f

or the national syndicated advice column Carolyn Hax, formerly known as Tell Me About It. He illustrated the book Tell Me About It: Lying, Sulking, Getting Fat … and 56 Other Things NOT to Do While Looking for Love, authored by Hax in 2001. He has also illustrated a number of books by writer and novelist Andrew Postman, and published his own book, If You Loved Me, You’d Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You.

Nick’s father Peter Galifianakis is an accomplished sculptor and painter, and Nick is the first cousin of actor Zach Galifianakis, and his uncle is former U.S. Representative Nick Galifianakis.

The National Cartoonists Society is based in Maitland, Fla., near Orlando.


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