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

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"Declaration" by Kenn McKether

“Declaration” by Kenn McKether

The Workhouse Associate Artists (WAA) is pleased to announce the winner of the July 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 July 9, 2016. Two works by Kenn McKether tied for 1st place  and a work by Kathy Naylor took 2nd place. These works will be on exhibit through the end of June 2016 in Building W9. The Workhouse Arts Center is located at 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton, VA 22079. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday: 11:00 a. m. – 6:00 p. m.; Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 p. m.

Here is information about the winning artists and their work:

Kenn McKether (1st Place – tie) Artworks: “Declaration” and “Locked”

Kenn McKether’s Artist Statement: I’m a native of Michigan and spent twenty years as a Navy photographer. I am dedicated to recording those fleeting yet memorable glimpses of life that we take for granted, moments every family has but rarely sees revealed in print, using mixed mediums, to produce various styles of art.

My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, my work explores the varying relationships between popular culture and fine art. I engage in subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, Christianity, and modernist architecture.

These two pieces were inspired by Fourth of July themes of freedom and equality. I especially wanted to highlight the role of African Americans, Native Americans and colonial women in the American Revolution, since their participation in that conflict has historically been overlooked. 

Kathy Naylor (2nd Place) Artwork:  “Out on a Limb”

I’m a Warrenton resident and have been exhibiting my work for the past ten years. My media are pastels and oils and my subject matter is primarily inspired by nature and her outdoor surroundings. I’m a member of the Pastel Society of Virginia and have exhibited in many shows, including Oatlands, ArtSpace, Manassas Art Guild, Art at the Mill, Hylton Performing Arts Center and a solo show at James Madison University’s Arboretum. I’ve  also been published in The Piedmont Virginian Magazine.

Birds are such a fascination to me and I am inspired by their vivid to subtle shades; they are little jewels that color our world.

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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