November Featured Artists at the Workhouse

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Gloria Benedetto, Now Showing...1942, Graphite, 8x10

Gloria Benedetto, Now Showing…1942, Graphite, 8×10

Building W-5 Featured Artists: Gloria Benedetto and Traci Oberle

“Shades and Tones Spiced with Color”
Gloria Benedetto and Traci Oberle
November 6 – December 8

Artist Statement:
Art imitates life in this new collaboration of two innovative artists, Traci Oberle and Gloria Benedetto. As the world operates in subtle tones spiced with colorful events, so do these artists. Their works of found objects, paint and graphite balance the art of grisaille against works of vibrant colors.  Experience art created with shades and tones spiced with works of rich color.

Traci Oberle, "In the Fast Lane", Acrylic and Collage, 11x14

Traci Oberle, “In the Fast Lane”, Acrylic and Collage, 11×14

Permission to reprint image is granted by the artist.

For interviews or to learn more about the artist and their work, please contact them directly:
Gloria Benedetto,, 703-772-1720, Studio 510A
Traci Oberle,, 703-425-7332, 509

Building W-6 Featured Artist: Britt Conley

Conceptual Structuralism: Considerations with Graphite
Britt Conley
November 9 – December 1

Artist Statement
To me, art is a means of communication that goes far beyond subject matter alone. Although direct reference can be used to motivate the mind or evoke a reaction, visuals can be configured to move a person and trigger aesthetic responses on much broader and hopefully, deeper, levels. These abstract drawings are from a nearly daily drawing journey from which I have been exploring conceptual structuralism.

Britt Conley, What Not, 2011, Graphite, 6 1/2” x 7 1/2”

Britt Conley, What Not, 2011, Graphite, 6 1/2” x 7 1/2”

I find graphite to be both an incredibly versatile and neutral medium which allows for expressive explorations into the potential of line as well as subtle “breathable spaces.”   For these graphite works line is a character supporting a conversation among spatial areas.  Each of the images constitutes an evolving journal of ideas, considerations and concepts, which have in turn, helped shape the blueprints of my larger works.

For interviews or to learn more about the artist and their work, please contact them directly:

Britt Conley,, 703 981-5442, Studio Building W-6

Building W-7 Featured Artist: David and Dale Barnes

Artist Statement

Falling Waters, David and Dale Barnes

Falling Waters, David and Dale Barnes

Our artistic goal is to use the brilliance, color and transparency of art glass to form an exciting visual experience full of visions, impressions and memories.  We enjoy combining a variety of different kiln-formed fused glass techniques to achieve unique lighting and design effects throughout each work.

For interviews or to learn more about the artist and their work, please contact them directly:
David and Dale Barnes,, 703-430-8908, Studio Building W-7

Building W-8 Studio Exhibition: Ceramics Resident Artists

A recurring exhibit of functional and sculptural works by Ceramic Resident Artists can be seen in Ceramics Building W-8 throughout the month.

Vulcan Gallery Studio Artist Space Exhibition: “From the Fire”


LORTON, VA – Five diverse ceramic artists challenge themselves to create personal work for a joint firing in “From the Fire”, an educational exhibit of 30 works and concomitant photographs and text.

Curated by Brian Grow, the kiln builder of the Cheltenham (PA) kiln that was used for the September 2013 firing, the show’s focus is how each of five artists (Pam Eisenmann , Brian Grow, Carol Tripp Martens, Hadrian Mendoza and Joan Ulrich) considered and created specific works for a shared wood firing. “Wood firing is in and of itself an outrageous process, fully consuming and engaging.” Grow said. “I challenged my Workhouse colleagues to make work for my kiln, knowing this would force some creative stretching.”

“From The Fire” Opening reception

When:  6:00-9 p.m. November 9, 2013

Where: The Vulcan Gallery, Building W-16 @ Workhouse Arts Center

9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA

“From The Fire” is on exhibit November 9, 2013 through January 5, 2014 in Building 16 at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia.  Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Sundays.  Admission is free.  For more information, call (703)584-2982 or

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