In April of 1969, nine lady painters met and formed the Vienna Arts Society. The Vienna Arts Society Inc. was organized the following month in Vienna, VA. At their first formal meeting in May, they elected Valerie Elmore their President. In their first year they exhibited art work at the First Virginia Bank at Tyson’s Corner, and held the first juried show the ‘Treasury of Art Exhibit and Sale’ at the Vienna Community Center.
The purpose of the Society is to bring together area artists to share interests, to enrich their own experience in art and to make contributions to the community. As a volunteer organization, it is highly regarded as a well run organization, respected for always striving for high standards in the art field. Members are encouraged to broaden their interests in all areas of art, through workshops, art excursions, monthly meetings, demonstrations, lectures and critiques.
Today, members range from the professional artists who exhibit to teaching workshops around the world to the novice. (Two members have written art books.) Noted world artists (Judy Betts, Mel Stabin, Skip Lawrence, Tom Lynch, Eric Weingardt, etc.) taught week long art workshops in various art media for the Society, helping in the art education of our members. Many years ago, VAS had a popular Spring Show at Tyson’s Corner Shopping Center for 12 years, sometimes having as many as 900 paintings on exhibit. Many nationally known artists of today were participants, such as Ken Marlowe, Dennis Fring, Lena Liu, Pat Berlin, and Elaine Hahn.
Pertinent information is given at monthly meetings, the weekly eblast and in the quarterly newsletter prior to each event. The General membership meetings are held the second Thursday of the month with the exception of December. The December meeting is a Holiday social for members. The general membership meetings usually take place at the Vienna Art Center, 115 Pleasant Street, NW, Vienna, VA 22180 and are free and open to the public. The Society established ‘Continuous Shows’ where members have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their paintings. Members change their artwork at Continuous Shows every few weeks. Fairfax Arts Council gave an award to VAS for their project of exhibiting art in local businesses a few years ago.
VAS has a Mini Gallery at Village Green Shopping Center, 513 Maple Ave. W., Vienna. This is a co-op gallery and each exhibiting artists helps with the gallery operation. In the spring of 2004, VAS opened Vienna Art Center where it holds workshops, exhibits artwork and conducts art lessons for adults and children in the community.
VAS welcomes artists and those interested in the various aspects of art. The Art Society annual events include the prestigious “Treasury of Art” which has obtained a highly regarded reputation as being one of the best-juried shows in Northern Virginia. It has attracted artists throughout the area and has been in existence since 1969.
Other activities of the Society include an annual printing making workshop for children held at the Patrick Henry Library, illustrations for the Town Of Vienna Calendar, Town Christmas decorations on Church street, a yearly a high school scholarship, and working with the Scouts and local elementary schools. The Society deals in original works of art. VAS is a volunteer run organization and members are required to volunteer their time during their year of membership.
The Vienna Arts Society is an organization of people interested in the arts that operates successfully only with the cooperation and volunteer industry of its members. VAS is a non-profit organization under the IRS regulation 501(3)c. VAS was incorporated in October 1975. The Society has an Executive Board, Committees and an Advisory Board of Advisors. VAS conducts its business using Robert’s Rules of Order. The membership vote governs this organization.