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'Now & Then' reflections of the past and present

Manuela Costescu introduces her paintings.
Manuela Costescu introduces her paintings.
James George

Different artists have different takes on the meaning of “Now and Then” which are described in their artists’ statements for this show. For my watercolor painting, my statement is explicit as it is made from sitting on the porch at Cherry Hill Farm. That old porch watched the world go by as the Civil War played out in front of it. Poet James Whitcomb Riley walked on this porch while visiting his uncle, the Judge who lived there and was instrumental in founding Falls Church as a legal city. Riley rested there before reading his poetry for President Benjamin Harrison. Native Americans camped here as long ago as 500 B.C.

'Now & Then' exhibit at Falls Church Arts Gallery

Now, visit Falls Church Arts Gallery to view the extraordinary interpretations from our local artists. This group produces consistently high quality work that is worthy of collectors, investors, and people who just appreciate fine art. Theresa Stifel curated this show and has a piece of her work in it as well.

Manuela Costescu is exhibiting some very creative paintings in a bold and modern style. She is a web designer with a passion for visual arts.

Last evening, I met Alex Beck who is exhibiting in this show. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. It is great to see his representation in this group as different schools are the root of diverse training and ideas.

Richard McMurry is an exquisite painter who captures mood and harnesses light in extraordinary style. He is exhibiting several paintings. You truly must visit the gallery to appreciate the color accurately as gallery photos don’t do the paintings justice. Richard shows the result of training in classical techniques at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

It was delightful to meet fiber artist, Ellen Flaherty, whose work “The Real Power Suits” is a kick. Her work has already won distinction.

“The Viewers’ Choice Made Me Think Award went to Ellie Flaherty for her quilt The Real Power Suits. The quilt featured three nuns made in the image of her mother, her grandmother, and her great-grandmother. I love the play on words: The Real Higher Power Suit.”

Victoria Lakes painted “Ancient Volterra Wired.” She is the artist who first introduced this reviewer to Falls Church Arts.

Llori Stein painted “My Flower goes to Mrs. Canvas.” Llori’s style is direct and distinguished. Her artist statement reminds patrons that she is legally blind.

There is much more to see and to experience at Falls Church Arts where this is a cultural happening in a vibrant community.

FCA GALLERY at ArtSpace Falls Church
410 S. Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046

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