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Northern Virginia Art Beat

Health care reform. What in the world does health care reform have to do with the arts you ask? A lot. Traditionally, artists, like many self-employed people, have had a terrible time getting health insurance. It’s just one facet of an ever-lingering national disgrace.

Health care reform. What in the world does health care reform have to do with the arts you ask? A lot. Traditionally, artists, like many self-employed people, have had a terrible time getting health insurance. It’s just one facet of an ever-lingering national disgrace.

People unable to change jobs because their health insurance is tied to their place of employment. Other people are holding jobs they don’t want, or are ill-suited to, simply so they can get health insurance.

It was with some dismay that I read last week, in a Washington Post profile, of uber-lobbyist Heather Podesta’s lobbying efforts for Cigna. Cigna reportedly pushing for an employer based health care system. For those living under a rock, we have an employer based health care system now … that’s the problem.

It wouldn’t have been such a total mind bender if one didn’t already know that Tony and Heather Podesta are two of the biggest fine art patrons in town. We appreciate all they do for the arts community. It’d be nice if they exercised some of that lobbying muscle to help us get national health care as well. Dead artists don’t make art.

Collector’s Choice

Collector’s Choice Exhibit and Raffle at the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE). Exhibit runs to Sunday, Sept. 20, when the actual raffle takes place. GRACE (12001 Market St., Suite #103, Reston). Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 703-471-9242 or visit www.restonarts.org.

Some 150-plus art works donated by local artists will be raffled off on Sunday, Sept. 20 starting at 1 p.m. Each ticket bought guarantees the purchaser will take home one piece of art. Obviously, ticket sales are therefore limited to the number of art works available. Each piece of art is valued above the $150 ticket purchase price. Donated art works are often worth several times the ticket price. All proceeds support the running of GRACE.

For those unfamiliar with the format, the first ticket drawn gets first choice. Each subsequent ticket selected gets to choose from all remaining art works, until all the tickets are selected. If there are more art works than ticket sales, even the very last ticket drawn will have some choice.

It’s a fun way add to your art collection, while at the same time supporting one of the best art venues in Northern Virginia.

Artist Opportunities

pArts – Falls Church Arts (FCA) open call. Show runs from Sept. 18 – Oct. 11. Drop off art works Thursday and Friday, Sept. 10 – 11, at ArtSpace-Falls Church (410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church). For complete details, visit www.fallschurcharts.org.

All artists must be FCA members or join FCA. pArts is a juried show, with art works based on “the whole being greater than the sum of it’s parts.” Collage, assemblage, mosaics, etc. Even individual works as part of a series. Artists are limited to one single submission, or up to five works in a series.

Ofrenda – Art for the Dead, open call. Submission deadline is Sept. 22. Exhibition will be over Halloween weekend, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, on the ground floor of the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. This is a juried show with an entry fee of $35. It is organized by ArtOutlet and hosted by the Torpedo Factory. They will be installing selected works on 18 Artomatic-sized panels.

They are looking for traditional “Day of the Dead” alter-based works in all mediums. Prior ArtOutlet shows make me question their thinking. Submitting artists venturing well off the norm should ask a few questions before making submissions. For more information, visit artoutlet.org/news/events/ofrenda-art-for-the-dead.

 The Northern Virginia Art Beat is compiled by Kevin Mellema. See www.fcnp.com for photos and more. To e-mail submissions, send them to kevinmellema@gmail.com.

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