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There is big news in the New York art world – and art worlds everywhere.

The great Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – “The Met” as it is known – is releasing 375,000 images of “public domain” art from its incomparable collection … in partnership with the website powerhouse Wikimedia.

Art lovers, educators, parents stuck inside with bored kids – or people who just want to expand their horizons – can now open up their computer, go to metmuseum.org/art/collection, and search away through some of the most cherished pieces of art the world has to offer. … Continue Reading

Exhibit of Jim Sisley Paintings Opens at Old Ox Brewery

December 12, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Exhibit of Jim Sisley Paintings Opens at Old Ox Brewery

An exhibit of paintings by Jim Sisley — “Making Connections” — will be on display at Old Ox Brewery, located at 44652 Guilford Drive #114 in Ashburn. An artist’s reception is scheduled for January 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through February.

A resident of Loudoun County and Leesburg since 1994, Jim began art lessons as a child in San Antonio, Texas and started painting in earnest while attending the Glassell Studio School at the Houston Museum of Fine Art in 1985. Jeff Zielinski, Old Ox Tasting room manager, appreciated the bold nature of Sisley’s canvases. “They really pop,” says Zielinski of the large-format works. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Holiday Artisan Gallery Opens

November 30, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Holiday Artisan Gallery Opens

A Holiday Artisans Market is open in Purcellville through December 31. The Holiday Gallery is located on 21st Street in Old Town Purcellville between Re-Love It and Dominion Tea in the former Barber Shop space.

The Holiday Gallery features the creations of Western Loudoun County artist, potters, jewelers and more. The goal is to offer local hand-created gifts for the holidays. Discover Purcellville, a recently formed non-profit, put the gallery together for the local artisan community. Artists that have their work displayed include: Jill Perla; Deb Morrow; Anne Stine; Debbie Candenas; and Nan Bowe.

Anyone interested in selling in the Gallery should contact Michael Oaks at 540 751-0707 or reloveit@aol.com.

Calling All Artists

November 2, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Calling All Artists

Calling all Loudoun County artists or want to be artists. You are invited to take part in a fun community project to paint large holiday ornaments that will be used yearly and that will be displayed throughout Purcellville this November and December. Discover Purcellville, a non-profit organization handling fun events in town, is excited to provide the opportunity for local artists of all ages to showcase their talents in support of the Town of Purcellville and its citizens. They still need about 15 people to help paint them. Deadline has been extended to November 15.

The purpose of this fun project is to bring a Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa feel to the town of Purcellville this Holiday season.
Submission forms are available by e-mailing Michael Oaks at ReLoveIt@aol.com or stop by Re-Love It, 138 N. 21st Street.

Artwork Sought for W & OD Trail Exhibit

September 27, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Artwork Sought for W & OD Trail Exhibit

Regional artists and craftspeople are invited to enter their original artwork in the W & OD Trail Exhibit and Sale at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and historical nature of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a 50-mile linear park managed by NOVA Parks that begins in Loudoun County and ends in Alexandria. The exhibit will include artwork in all mediums and will also feature historical pieces from the NOVA Parks archive including tickets, schedules, conductor hats, and more. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Arts Council Hosts Exhibit By Lillian Miller

September 7, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Arts Council Hosts Exhibit By Lillian Miller
Town Hall Memorial Day

The third in a series of art exhibits in Purcellville’s Town Hall (221 S. Nursery Avenue) features the works of local artist Lillian Miller. The show runs through September 30.

Miller went from the Chicago Art Institute on to the University of Wisconsin where she majored in Art and Languages. In 1960, Miller returned to Brazil where she broadened her painting technique by studying with an international array of artists. She participated in numerous exhibitions in Brazil and in Italy. Miller returned to the United States in 2005. She is a member of the Loudoun County Sketch Club, an organization that arranges weekly outdoor painting sessions for its members at historic or otherwise attractive sites. … Continue Reading

Art in the Gallery

August 3, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Art in the Gallery

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the August Featured Artist exhibit, Hot & Cool, showcasing the red hot dichroic fused glass designs of Dave & Dale Barnes juxtaposed with the cool and reserved acrylic abstracts of painter Kay Layne, for a truly well-balanced exhibit for your summer viewing pleasure.

Join Dave, Dale, Kay and other Gallery artists for the Featured Artists’ reception at the Gallery on Sunday, August 7 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116 in Leesburg.

Liz Friedman Photography at North Gate Vineyard

June 1, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Liz Friedman Photography at North Gate Vineyard

North Gate Vineyard announced the appointment of local artist, Liz Friedman as the program’s newest Artist-in-Residence. Liz will be hosting a public reception showing her work entitled ‘Portraits of Nature’ at North Gate Vineyard on Saturday June 4, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Her show features a collection of close up photographs of flowers, insects, birds and animals. Her work will be on display through August 29. She is an avid nature lover, artist and amateur photographer who has been shooting close-up images of local flora and fauna for the past 11 years.

Loudoun Arts Council Presents “Metal” Exhibit

June 1, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Arts Council Presents “Metal” Exhibit

Loudoun sculptor and teacher Brian Kirk has taken his metal work in a new direction, using time, water and oxygen to tell a different set of stories through fascinating rust prints. Equal parts art and physics experiment, the images have ghostly quality that is unpredictable and moving. Arts Council President Jill Evans-Kavaldjian said, “Experimentation is a key part of the artistic experience.”

Old Ox Brewery has been the pilot location for the LAC’s artWorks program. “METAL,” will be on display at Old Ox Brewery from June 8 through August. Meet the artist at the reception on July 1, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

For more information, visit www.loudounarts.org.

Purcellville Arts Council Sponsors “Youth Art Month” Show in the Purcellville Train Station

March 4, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Arts Council Sponsors “Youth Art Month” Show in the Purcellville Train Station
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In celebration of Youth Art Month, the Purcellville Arts Council will sponsor a student art show each weekend in March. Starting Saturday, March 5, the historic Train Station in Purcellville will be filled with artwork by area Middle School students. In conjunction with Loudoun County Public School’s One To The World program, artwork is being brought from the schools out into the community. Harmony Middle School art teacher Lori DeMark states, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to display their work in a gallery setting; it is also a chance for the public to see art created by truly talented kids.” Harmony Middle School will be the first two weekends in March (5 and 6, 12 and 13). Blue Ridge Middle School will be the last two weekends (19 and 20, 26 and 27). Blue Ridge Middle School art teacher Liz O’Neill hopes that the community takes advantage of the opportunity to see artwork outside of the school, “It is our intention to display a variety of work from Grades 6 – 8 and we think the public will really enjoy the different techniques of each student.”

The art shows will run each Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. throughout the month of March. The Purcellville Arts Council strives to support local artists and to bring more art into the community.

Comstock Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition

March 2, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Comstock Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has announced the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. The competition is open to all high school students who reside in the District. The Best in Show winner of the competition will have their piece of art displayed in the United States Capitol and runners up will be invited to have their pieces of art displayed in the Congresswoman’s office. Congresswoman Comstock is a member of the Congressional Art Caucus and started the House Arts Caucus in the Virginia General Assembly. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Painted Wine Barrels 2016

March 2, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Painted Wine Barrels 2016

A Community Art Project

Calling all Loudoun County Artists, you are invited to take part in a fun project that will be displayed throughout greater Purcellville this summer.  This opportunity is for local artists to showcase their talents in support of the Town of Purcellville and surrounding Loudoun County Towns. … Continue Reading

What Makes America REALLY Great?… Maker-Pioneers Like You

March 2, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on What Makes America REALLY Great?… Maker-Pioneers Like You

By Tom Hill

I hear a lot of talk these days from politicians promising to make our country great again. It got me thinking – what makes America great, and how do we foster that?

The list of things that shape and determine America’s greatness is as short and simple as it is profound:
We work hard
We innovate. (Call it Yankee ingenuity or can-do spirit, but we do our best to get it done, with what we have.)
We are a land of opportunity.
We are a diverse and accepting country.
We pitch in to help each other. … Continue Reading








The Holocene Climate


(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions


Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio


I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power


“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017


?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception


We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

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Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Protecting Free Speech


By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …


Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017


The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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