Joan Kelly with her paintings

Reston Art Gallery Artists Receptions

Reston Art Gallery, located at the heart of Lake Anne Plaza, held its monthly artists reception on March 12, which was open for art lovers and the general public.

The March reception highlighted the “New Directions” exhibit by Joan Kelly and displayed a beautiful, colorful selection of paintings.

Joan said in her statement: “Intuitive painting surprised me! All I had to do was appear for class. All the supplies were there. I felt such energy and excitement when I saw all the colors, brushes, and paper. I picked up a brush without thinking, and I let the brush and colors lead me. I added more paper as my shapes grew. I never knew what would happen. When I saw the painting after a week, I didn’t always recognize it. I have enjoyed the freedom of accepting what appears. It is always an adventure and feels like a wonderful gift!”

Joan Kelly’s “New Directions” receptionPat Macintyre at Dorothy Donahey’s “First Blooms” ReceptionDorothy Donahey and her sister Melinda Dohaney

On April 9, Dorothy Donahey held the reception for her exhibit “First Blooms,” where the public enjoyed refreshing and happy spring-themed paintings with vivid colors and flowers.

“I usually paint landscapes, but rarely flowers,” said Dorothy in her statement. “Flower painting, I always thought, was for little old ladies and considered an anathema in the art world. But this year … it’s different. With the news stories being so depressing and then our cold spring that nearly destroyed the cherry blossoms, I decided to bring a little sunshine into the garden. Enjoy the show and let the sunshine in!”

The Reston Art Gallery’s next exhibits will include “Two Views,” by Pat Macintyre and Gail Axtell-Erwin in May, as well as the group show “Summer Works” in June.

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