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Arches Gallery Artists: People’s Choice Award Winners for November 2017 Exhibition

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The Arches Gallery Artists is pleased to announce the winners of the November 2017 People’s Choice Award for the current exhibition in their gallery in Building W9 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. We have 24 artists of varying artistic disciplines. The People’s Choice winners were chosen during the monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk on Nov. 11, 2017.

The works and others will be on exhibit through Dec. 3, 2017 in the Arches Gallery located in Building W9. The Workhouse Arts Center is located at 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri: 11:00 a. m. – 6:00 p. m.; Sun: 12:00 – 5:00 p. m.

Here is information about the winning artists and their work:

“Monkey King” by John Hartt

John Hartt (1st Place) Artwork: “The Monkey King”

John Hartt is an artist who lives and works in Manassas. He works in oils and leans toward a bright, colorful palette with his subject matter ranging from whimsical to “just plain weird”. His goal is simple he says, “I want my work to make people smile.” His work can be seen at Arches Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton and online at jortt.com.

About the piece: “The Monkey King – When I was young, a tribe of rouge monkeys terrorized our neighborhood. The leader, we called “The Monkey King” was particularly evil. When he led his devil monkeys on raids to rob and vandalize us humans he would often attempt to kidnap the children. One winter night he succeeded and got my cousin Teddy. Teddy hadn’t been seen ‘til ten years later in a toy factory in Poughkeepsie. But that is a story for another painting.”

“By the River” by Erika Schaaf

Erika Schaaf (2nd Place) Artwork: “By the River”

Erika Schaaf is a resident of Clifton. During high school, Erika discovered she had a knack for drawing. In particular, she developed a love for charcoal and ink. When Erika started college at Northern Virginia Community College, she continued to hone her drawing abilities. Additionally, under the guidance of one of the art professors there, she began experimenting with oil painting. Throughout these years, Erika has found people to be her preferred subject. She enjoys trying to capture the thoughts and emotions of her subjects.

About the piece: By the River was the first charcoal portrait I drew in high school; it is of my sisters and their friend.” 

“Be Mine” by Sharon Moores

Sharon Moores (3rd Place) Artwork: “Be Mine”

Woodbridge resident Sharon Moores is a metalsmith who specializes in silver jewelry that features large, colorful stones.  She is a member of the Ladysmiths, a group of female metalsmiths from the D.C. area, and shows her work at the Arches Gallery in Workhouse Arts Center. You can find more of her pieces at slathered.etsy.com.

About the piece: “Sharon’s metalsmithing work reflects a core component of her personality—being a rockhound since childhood. While she occasionally make pieces with only metal, most of her work contains stones from pedestrian to precious. The colorful pendants in “Be Mine” are made out of vintage valentines, with beads and semi-precious stones added to accent the bright tones.”

You can find more information about the Workhouse Art Center at workhousearts.org. The gallery is located at 9518 Workhouse Rd, Lorton. More about the Arched Gallery Artists can be found at facebook.com/archesgalleryartists, archesgallery.weebly.com/, and instagram.com/archesartgallery/.

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