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

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The Workhouse Associate Artists (WAA) is pleased to announce the winners of the April 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 April 9, 2016. The winners are Hilaire Henthorne (1st place), and Alex Trejo (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:

"Fleeting Beauty" by Hilaire Henthorne

“Fleeting Beauty” by Hilaire Henthorne

Hilaire Henthorne (1st Place) – Artwork: “Fleeting Beauty”

Hilaire Henthorne’s Artist Statement:  My paintings explore our spiritual connection to nature and the universe: the flow of life that is as ancient, sacred and eternal as our oceans, earth and sky. They celebrate my sense of the extraordinary beauty found in ordinary things, and my gratitude for that discovery. I invite viewers to renew their sense of delight and wonder by sharing in this visual feast with me!

My inspiration to create Fleeting Beauty came from the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, honoring the friendship between the United States and Japan.


Alexander Trejo (2nd Place) – Artwork: “The Pictorialist in Galway”

Alexander Trejo’s Artist Statement: A native of Philadelphia, Alexander began taking photos in his teens. While working for several years in the architectural field, he traveled whenever possible and noticed that his ‘hobby’ of taking pictures was becoming a real passion. Wanting to learn—not just point and click, but to capture, to compose, to make a photograph—he took a course at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The combination of architecture, photography and other forms of illustrative and surreal art meld with the desire to share what he can see in his mind’s eye.

I was inspired by “Pictorialism,” an aesthetic that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries, in which the photographer has somehow manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of “creating” an image rather than simply recording it.

"The Pictorialist in Galway" by Alex Trejo

“The Pictorialist in Galway” by Alex Trejo


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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