Art Shows are Happening – Take a Look!

Carol Nahorniak Art & Culture

Now and Upcoming at Reston Art Gallery and Studios

“Art In Motion” by Wayne Schiffelbein
through August 1

Wayne Schiffelbein introducing his show, “Art In Motion,” wearing his bespoke hat with its own mobile. Photo credit: Carol Nahorniak

As a student, and through his profession in architecture, Wayne Schiffelbein had a strong interest in mobiles and stabiles that led to a career in sculpting these fine art objects. As an artist, now his Calder-esque works are in a featured show, “Art In Motion,” on display at Reston Art Gallery and Studios (RAGS) on weekends through August 1. Combining colored aluminum and glass, balanced with stainless steel in contemporary style, Schiffelbein’s mobiles are inspired by his visit to the Guggenheim Museum’s 1964 feature of Alexander Calder’s work. “It was an unforgettable experience,” he says. “I spent hours observing and moving among the various mobiles which were hanging everywhere in that very dynamic exhibition space.” The caliber of Schiffelbein’s work caught the attention of Arts Fairfax, which commissioned four of his stabile sculptures for presentation to recipients of the 2017 Arts Awards.

“At Water’s Edge” by Sandra Dovberg
August 5 through August 29

Sandy Dovberg painting – Lazy Summer Day – 19×26 inches – Courtesy of artist

“At Water’s Edge,” a show of acrylic paintings and more by Sandra Dovberg, is a focus on where land meets water from ocean beaches to ponds. From August 5 through August 29, this featured display includes Dovberg’s fascinating jellyfish wall hangings from her Cnidarian series. Dovberg’s original, one-of-a-kind works reveal her unique perspective and serious craftsmanship in a range of imaginative art objects and jewelry, and her paintings of outdoor scenes, still life, and abstracts.  “The fun is in the doing,” she says. “The most important pieces I am working on are the ones currently in progress and the dream of what is next.”  

In September, the month-long “Modern Illuminations” show by Rosemarie Forsythe will include a special event with “Engage Nepal” presented by former U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Scott DeLisi. 

Families will be glad to know that artist and RAGS director Pat Macintyre continues with a long tradition, offering free, themed sessions of Crafts for Kids from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. every Saturday.

The gallery is open to the public every weekend for viewing the featured shows and more works by the  eight artists of RAGS. All are welcome to drop by from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. The “ART” sign at historic, scenic Lake Anne Plaza leads to the lakeside glass-front entrance of Reston Art Gallery and Studios. It’s just steps away from Lake Anne’s Saturday morning Farmers Market and is also open during the free Take a Break concerts on the plaza on Thursday evenings. For an appointment to view the art at other times and get more information, contact the gallery via RestonArtGallery.com


About Reston Art Gallery and Studios (RAGS)

A variety of works created to intrigue and inspire the viewer is on display and available for purchase at RAGS. This cooperative of eight artists – Gail Axtell, Dorothy Donahey, Sandra Dovberg, Rosemarie Forsythe, Pat Macintyre, Julia Tova Malakoff, Marthe McGrath, and Wayne Schiffelbein – are disciplined in various mediums of paintings, jewelry, and sculpture. During the week, the artists are working on site, or at their home studios, preparing commissions, new works, and their next special exhibits. RAGS presents new shows each month with a focus on the latest works of each artist. The director and owner of RAGS, artist Pat Macintyre, offers free Crafts for Kids every Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The “ART” sign at historic, scenic Lake Anne Plaza leads to the glass-front entrance of Reston Art Gallery and Studios, located on the lakeside of 11400 Washington Plaza West, Reston, VA 20190. GPS: “Lake Anne Plaza” for parking. Follow @RAGSReston on Facebook, @RestonArtGallery on Instagram, and get more information at RestonArtGallery.com.