By guest blogger and artist Melanie Kehoss.
This year marks the fourth Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour (AVAST). On September 25 and 26, 48 artists open their studios to art lovers so they can see inside the artistic process and the studios, most of which are rarely open to the public.
The various disciplines include paintings, ceramics, metals, photography and more. The weekend event will begin with a launch party Friday, September 24, at the Cody Gallery on the Ballston campus of Marymount University.
After going virtual last year due to the pandemic, this marks the activity’s return to being an in-person format. The event will follow CDC guidelines with masking, social distancing, and other safety and health measures determined by individual artists.
AVAST is a joint effort of independent artists and volunteers, supported by contributors, including Schnider Investment group and Dominion Lighting, and in cooperation with Arlington’s visual art organizations. Arlington Arts was a founding sponsor of this new cultural tradition.
This year’s participants are listed, each with a sample photo and short description of their work, at this link. AVAST will add a guide with opening times and locations so that visitors can select for themselves the studios they wish to visit. The guides will be online and print versions will be available at Arlington galleries and sponsor locations starting in mid-September, and at studios during the tour.
For last year’s virtual tours, some 40 artists created online video tours that attracted thousands of viewers. To give you an idea of what you can once again experience in person, check out the montage of videos below.
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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
Please register in advance to assure your place at the webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/29543206508863839.
About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
Valentine gifts for someone special or for yourself are here at George Mason University from noon -4pm on February 14, 2023. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Kingsbury Chocolates, find a handmade bag from Karina Gaull, pick up treats from Village