Celebrating Creativity in the Month of Love

Our first official Arts and Makers Issue is very special to us. One of our community missions is to highlight local artists from the culinary arts to musicians to fine arts, so to dedicate an issue is particularly exciting. Any community’s culture is driven by the health of local business and the artistic “glue” that … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

ArtBlitz Studios: Sterling’s New ‘Co-Creating’ Space When artist Barbara Muth left her studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria for somewhere closer to home, she had a vision for a shared studio large enough to house seven resident and a score of part-time artists who could, together, create, learn and connect with the community. ArtBlitz … Continued

11th Annual Virginia Women’s Business Conference

It was a packed house for the 11th Annual Virginia Women's Conference organized by JP Events & Consulting. Next year, the event morphs into the Women's Worth Summit (https://www.womensworthsummit.com/) as Tina Johnson passes the torch to Joni Rae and Sarah Weise. Save the date Dec. 11-12 in Washington, D.C.

Four Women Headline “Near and Far” Art Show

“We always knew that we wanted art to be part of the winery experience,” says Nancy Deliso, a member of one of the three families who founded 868 Estate Vineyard. The current “Near and Far” exhibit is the vision of Andrea Cybyk (http://AndreaCybyk.com), the vineyard’s art director. Her theme ties together the works of four women who know each other…

The Daily Method (Ashburn) Holiday Health Fair

Working hard in barre and cycle classes can lead to sore muscles but the friendly folks at Elite Wellness are there to work out the kinks at Ashburn's The Daily Method's holiday open house. 

INOVA – Washington Capitals Blood Drive

Washington Capitals' mascot Slapshot, riding a hover-board, pumped up the troops at the Inova's quarterly blood drive at the Medstar Iceplex in Arlington. More than 600 fans stood in line to donate in December (including long-time fan-girl Melinda Gipson.) Catch the Caps practice at the Iceplex, located on the top level of the Ballston Mall … Continued

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The Conche’s Chocolatiers Make it Look Easy

Making chocolate looks easy, until you’ve tried it. I did, thinking The Conche’s monthly chocolate making class would be a great backdrop for both Loudoun YMCA’s annual fundraiser, “Chocolates Galore and More” (Feb. 28 at Lansdowne Resort), and of course, Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, I got schooled.

Oatlands’ Greenhouse Studio Grows New Artists and Ideas

“Great ideas come from putting people together,” says Walter Bartman (http://walterbartman.com) founder and director of the Greenhouse Studio at Oatlands. Greenhouse, named for its recently renovated digs, is only the latest in a long line of studios he has founded from the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park to Goldfinch Studio at his home in Middletown, Maryland, to Summer Duck…

Dental Goes Digital

When asked, “what’s new in dentistry,” Doctors Haidy Messih and Anthony Black D.D.S. of Loudoun Family & Cosmetic Dentistry answer in unison: “Digital!”