In the Gallery

In the Gallery Now: Spring Awakens

Anne Marshall Block's Tidal Basin painting - detailDetail of Tidal Basin by Anne Marshall Block
April 3 – April 30

An open call for entries for works on the theme “Spring Awakens” in any media brought together a gorgeous collection of spring-themed work for this art exhibit.

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 9 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Upcoming Exhibits

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  • Colors of Loudoun
    May 1 – 21

    Members of the Loudoun Sketch Club present an exhibit of member work. The very popular Loudoun Sketch Club was founded in 1944 and is known for its plein air painting sessions at scenic and historic rural properties.

  • Botanicals & Bouquets   Juried show
    May 22 -June 2

    Artists will submit works of flowers, bouquets, flowering plants and other botanicals via email by April 30, 2017. Artwork will be juried; artists will be notified if their piece was accepted by May 12. Drop off is Sunday, May 21 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm and Monday, May 22 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
    Artwork will be paired with a local florist/floral designer who will create displays using submissions as inspiration. All will be for sale at the opening event.

    Opening Reception & Sale: Thursday, May 25, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour
    Juried Show
    June 2 - 4

    Visit to learn more about this amazing event. Franklin Park Arts Center is one of more than 30 stops where you can see and experience art in an art-making location. Many of the studios are only open to the public for the Tour weekend. Mark your calendar now!

  • ⇒ Call for Entries: Landscapes of the Mind
    June 9 – July 5

    Artists are invited to submit works in any medium, 2D and 3D, that depict actual or imagined landscapes. Artwork can be from plein air painting, but not required. Drop off is June 6 & 7, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. All artwork will be for sale. Artwork must be picked up by July 6.

    Opening Reception: Sunday, June 11 1:00 – 3:00 pm

  • ⇒ Call for Entries: Summer Challenge: Bizarre and Surreal
    July 7 – August 6

    This summer challenge exhibit is open to all artists in all mediums – 2D, 3D and film/video. The theme is bizarre and surreal, so anything goes! The film/video submissions will be shown on screens in the gallery. 3D artwork will be displayed on pedestals or in our display case. 2D artwork must be ready to hang. Drop off July 5 & 6, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. All artwork will be for sale. Artwork must be picked up by August 8, 2017

    Opening Reception: Sunday, July 9 1:00 – 3:00 pm

  • ⇒ Call for Entries: Fish and the Sea
    August 9 – September 5

    Be inspired by fish and the sea and submit works that relate to this theme. This exhibit will hang during our annual Japanese Festival: Tanabata and we will host a Gyotaku print class and display prints as part of the exhibit. Artwork in all mediums accepted. Drop off August 7 & 8, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. All artwork will be for sale.

    Opening Reception w/Japanese Festival: Tanabata* Sunday, August 13 6:00 – 8:30 pm

    *Tanabata is a traditional Japanese Festival. Our lobby will be decorated with lanterns and colorful streamers. We will decorate a bamboo tree with tanzaku, dress in traditional Japanese costumes and make gyotaku prints (fish prints). At dusk, we will release floating lanterns in the pond at Franklin Park. All ages are welcome; fee $8/person—artists will be admitted free of charge.

  • September 8 – 24 “10!” Celebrating the Arts Center Open Call for Entries

    September 8th marks the beginning of Franklin Park Arts Center’s 10th Season of music, theater, dance, comedy and special events. We want to celebrate our 10th Season with a visual art exhibit inspired by the performing arts. Artists are invited to submit works in all mediums that fit the theme -- art incorporating the number 10, inspired by the performing arts or in some way depicting the Franklin Park Arts Center. Celebrate with us! Drop off September 5 & 6, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. All artwork will be for sale.

    Opening Reception: Sunday, September 10 1:10 – 3:10 pm

  • Claude Moore Park Photography Show
    September 25 – October 1

  • ⇒ Call for Proposals: Agricouture: Farm to Fashion
    Entry deadline: May 31

    On View October 4 - 29

    Artists, fashion designers, students and craftspeople are encouraged to create proposals for the Farm to Fashion Project, a public art project sponsored by the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center, Loudoun Economic Development, and the Loudoun Arts Council. The project goal is to display creative “Agricouture” projects made from materials provided by local agriculture businesses. Open to students and adults, prizes awarded. Installation: Sunday, October 1, 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

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    Farmstyle Reception & Awards Event: Saturday, October 28 2:00 – 5:00 pm

  • ⇒ Call for Entries: Native American Beauty
    November 3 –26

    Artists are invited to submit works in all mediums (2D and 3D) that fit the theme: artwork inspired by the beauty of Native American culture, real or imagined. Drop off is Tuesday, October 31 and Wednesday, November 1 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. All artwork will be for sale. Artwork must be picked up by Monday, November 27th.

View Some of Our Past Exhibits Online

Women with Vision Multimedia Exhibit

View Online

Minds Wide OpenThe Franklin Park Arts center presents its original Women with Vision exhibition, now online. The exhibit explores the creativity of seven female Loudoun artists and their collective impact on our community.

The exhibit highlights three generations of women within our community whose creative talent, in the opinion of the Arts Center, continues to shape the arts in Loudoun; the exhibit supported the Minds Wide Open statewide celebration of women in the arts. The show originally ran in the center from May 28 – June 14, 2010.

CLOUDY with a Chance of Art

View Online @ Flickr

cloudy with a chance of art - logo

An interactive exhibit experiment ran in the lobby gallery from Thursday, 16 September 2010 through October 10 2010, with the introduction:

“Is a picture worth a thousand words, or can a thousand words create a picture? Maybe both. Let’s find out. This unique, interactive exhibit asks you to write a couple of words about one or more of the art pieces on display. Feeling brave? Share more than a single word with us- share a thought or a story that the artwork brings to mind. Those words will be turned into their own ‘word cloud’ artwork throughout the show and final versions will be rendered at the show’s conclusion. Share your words in person or online on Flickr.”

Center Pieces, January 2011

Center Pieces, the Second Annual Mid-winter Art Show and Sale, featured creative works ranging from center pieces for the table to works that explore the ideas of physical and spiritual centering.

Viewer’s Choice winners:
‘Indigo Bunting Male’ by Stephanie Roan, ‘Still in Time’ by Alice Power, and ‘Entropy 2′ by Bob Friedenberg.
Many thanks to all who participated.

Sponsored by the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center.