Workhouse Artist Associates: People’s Choice Award Winners for May 2016 Exhibition

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The Workhouse Associate Artists (WAA) is pleased to announce the winners of the May 2016 People’s Choice Award for the current exhibition in their gallery in Building W9 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. We have 18 artists of varying artistic disciplines. The People’s Choice winners were chosen during the monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk on May 14, 2016. The winners are Kathleen Best Gillmann (1st place), and Sara Harland (2nd place). Their works will be on exhibit through the end of April 2016 in Building W9. The Workhouse Arts Center is located at 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton, VA 22079. 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:

Solitude by Kathleen Best Gillmann

Solitude by Kathleen Best Gillmann

Kathleen Best Gillmann (1st Place) Artwork: “Solitude”

Kathleen Best Gillmann’s Artist Statement: Growing up in Maine, I grew to appreciate nature and being outdoors in all seasons. However, since I’ve been living and working in the mid-Atlantic over two decades, it was a trip to the north shore of Lake Superior in 2003 that helped me find my artist’s voice. The rocky coast there felt familiar and after creating work reflecting that northern shoreline, it was an easy transition to painting the coastal region of Maine that I still visit frequently. I also paint Virginia landscapes and other locations that capture my attention while traveling. In July, my work will be on exhibit in “Vision at Water’s Edge,” in the solo gallery at the Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. My work is also found online at and at the Workhouse Arts Center.

Solitude was inspired by an off-season visit to my favorite beach in Kennebunk, Maine when the sky was luminous and uplifting and the air brisk and refreshing.

Sara Harland (2nd Place) Artwork: “Set in Stone”

Set in Stone by Sara Harland

Set in Stone by Sara Harland

Sara Harland’s Artist Statement: First and foremost, I paint for the pure pleasure of the physical act of applying paint with a brush or palette knife onto a surface. This then leads me to delve further into why I do what I do. I strive to create a visual expression of my feelings at the moment. I want viewers of my work to experience some sort of emotion, whether it be joy, energy, contemplation, or even sadness. I don’t consider a painting successful if the only thing it says to me is “I am pretty”.

The textures and patterns on cliff faces fascinate me and this source of inspiration has become a recurring theme in my work.

You can find more information about the Workhouse Art Center at The gallery is located at 9601 Ox Road Lorton, Virginia 22079. More about the Workhouse Associate Artists can be found at and



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