Stonebridge Partners with County to Promote the Arts

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By Dawn Klavon

Sponsored by Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center touts that they have something for everyone, and now art lovers can be added to that list. The popular Woodbridge shopping center is home to a vibrant pop-up center for the arts, run by the Prince William County Arts Council.

“It is a 5,200-square foot space,” said Herb Williams, Arts Recreation Specialist for Prince William County. “It’s conducive to not only a gallery space but also programming in the back.”

On-Loan Pop-Up

The on-loan pop-up, located between Ann Taylor LOFT and Ulta, houses artwork of local Prince William County artists, which can be purchased. Williams said that since the location opened, artists have sold over $5,000.00 worth of original pieces. Art shows are held in the gallery portion of the site, and classes take place, with robust workshops for student artists as well as dynamic acting classes.

“My idea was to ensure that all the artists across the greater Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park had an opportunity to show their talents and share their gifts with younger artists,” Williams said.

Officials from Stonebridge are thrilled to partner with the Arts Council and bring a creative collaboration to their location.

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“It’s a nice thing to fill the space with and a great way to showcase the talent of Prince William County,” said Anastasia Podorski, a senior real estate manager with JBG Smith, who manages Stonebridge. “The community has been very responsive coming out to see the talent.”

Creative Events

Williams described creative events held at the pop-up site, designed to draw a wide patch of the community. Evening acting workshops are scheduled, with the concept that couples can stop by and act out a love scene, with coaching from the instructor. Friends may wish to join in the fun acting out a scene from, say, Steel Magnolias, Williams said.

“We’ve had a lot of fun with that,” he said. “We’re trying to find more opportunities like that to create a buzz.”

As for Stonebridge, Podorski says her center sees the partnership as a win-win. The Arts Council, on the other hand, is exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to share the gifts of talented local artists.

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“Outside of it being a blessing and a godsend,” Williams said, “it is everything that I think our society needs  – people that believe enough in the arts to say hey, we want you here to do this because we think it’s going to be a great thing for everyone.”

The Pop-up at Stonebridge is open Monday to Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you’d like more information about the pop-up Council for the Arts Center at Stonebridge, visit pwcartscouncil.org.

Dawn Klavon is a contributing writer for Prince William Living.

 

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