Reston Community Center


From compelling to sublime, donít miss the visual arts at Reston Community Center!

For more information on our galleries and how to exhibit, please see our Galleries page.

Exhibit artists and hours are subject to change. Please call RCC at
703-476-4500 to confirm details.


Call for Entries:
Art Mirrors Culture
Reston Multicultural Festival Intergenerational Exhibit
Entry Form Deadline: August 24

Art Mirrors Culture - Call for Entries: Jo Ann Rose Gallery
Art Mirrors Culture - Call for Entries: 3D Gallery


Jo Ann Rose Gallery

July 2014

Vacation Vistas: Painting the Travel
Experience –
Artworks of Christine Lashley
and her Students

July 1 - July 27

Reception: Sunday, July 6
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Watercolor by Christine Lashley

Christine Lashley and her students will exhibit over 50 oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings in an art show entitled "Vacation Vistas" at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery. The show is about an artist’s perception of international destinations. All artwork exhibited was created from direct, personal experience with the land, people, and culture.
A veteran of painting on-location, Christine has taught students on travel workshops in the US and internationally. Most of the paintings in the exhibit were created on location at her recent workshops in France and the Bahamas. Christine says, “Location painting not only records a scene, but conveys the intangible elements such as my feelings and emotions.” The process then becomes an interactive one with the subject, as the scene is always changing. For example, a market scene might have shoppers coming and going, or sunlight and colors can change. This creates a certain synergy and life within the art -- the idea that something could change at any moment, not unlike the very aspect of travel itself.

Larger paintings get created in a studio with reference from on-location paintings, abstract sketches, memory, or computer collages. Lashley discourages working only from photographs for herself and her students. “Photos can be great to record details, but used alone can hamper artistic creativity. Sketches or on-location paintings are always better for artists to interpret what they saw and experienced, otherwise you are just copying a photo,” she says.
Christine earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, having previously studied in Paris at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne. She has held solo shows in different areas of the country and has competed in numerous juried exhibitions, winning top awards. Her work has been exhibited in cities such as Seattle, St. Louis, Boston, and Paris. Christine is a signature member of several juried art organizations and has been an art instructor for more than 15 years. She lives with her husband and two children in Reston.

Christine Lashley, 2350 Paddock Lane, Reston, VA, 20191.

3D Gallery Exhibit:

Potomac Chapter of the American
Needlepoint Guild Exhibit

Exhibit Dates:
July 1 - August 24

The annual Teacher to Student exhibit continues in the 3D Gallery until June 22.  Three-dimensional works of art that students and teachers of Reston Community Center’s visual arts programs have created over the past year are displayed. 

Contact:  Gloria Morrow, Exhibit Coordinator, 703-390-6187

Hunters Woods Exhibit:

July - August 2014

To the Beach – Acrylic Paintings by Karen Pida

Exhibit Dates: July 5 – August 14

Reception: Sunday, July 20,
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Watercolor by Karen Pida

In this summer exhibit, Karen Pida shares her collection of acrylic paintings of beach scenes from lighthouses to cliffs to crashing waves on rocks and sandy beaches. Karen, at age 62, is a new artist:  “I am in my fourth lifetime – there was childhood, mommy time, work as an ESOL teacher, and now, an artist. I have four grown children and seven grandchildren. My dad was in the Navy so we usually ended up by the ocean. When we stood looking at the surf, someone would quote, “I must down to the sea again, the lonely sea and the sky…”  

Influences on her art came throughout her life in many ways and include coloring books, Disney cartoons, Van Gogh, her mother, and her daughter, Jennifer. “In childhood I used crayons on coloring book pages, shading and understanding colors. And Grandma Cummins would grade them when she visited. I copied Disney characters until I could draw from memory, learning to draw what I could see. I was “drawn” to Van Gogh, whose song Starry, Starry Night still makes me cry. His art taught me colors had life and movement. My mother used oils to capture the ocean waves and pastels for portraits. She spent many hours changing the colors in the leaves on the wallpaper in our dining room. She even painted ocean scenes directly on the walls in our house. However, it was Jennifer who took me the art gallery in DC for a college class that introduced me to the impressionists. She bought me a book How to Paint Like the Impressionists. I was on my way. I began to paint in earnest with two small paintings: ocean waves in 2011.”

All sales will go to benefit Knox Presbyterian Church to continue the work with children of the neighborhood and support the process of going green.


Contact: Karen Pida, 571-722-8090




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