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Carol Milton at VAS Gallery until December 2

The Vienna Arts Society Gallery celebrates Its 20 year anniversary this year.

Twenty years ago the Vienna Arts Society received the generous offer of the use four rooms of unleased space in a building adjacent to the Patrick Henry Library. On March 2, 1997 the society opened our first gallery with our annual spring show. For our second show we held a grand opening that was attended by local dignitaries, politicians, news reporters, artists and art lovers. Under the capable guidance of our gallery’s first co-directors, Jo Dye and Alice Tate, the gallery thrived. VAS became known throughout northern Virginia, and our membership grew to 300 artists. 

Sadly the space was not permanent, and a year later we had to leave our beautiful gallery.

By then many town leaders felt that the VAS Gallery was an asset to the town. Bob McCormick, a town councilman, began the search that led us to our present site at the Village Green Center in a building then owned by Lee Curtis. Although the space was limited, the society managed to set up a small desk and install a telephone. The new space served an office, a gallery, and communication center for the VAS. It became a hub for the VAS. It was not uncommon to find members meeting there to discuss VAS plans and activities or just for a quick social chat. Thirty members displayed work at the gallery, and there was a waiting list for more want-to-be participants. In the meantime the search for a larger space continued.

When the lease for the Art Center was finally signed, most of the activities in the galley were transferred to the Art Center. Today the VAS Gallery is a much quieter place. We have a new building owner, who recently renovated the interior and has graciously allowed us to remain in the space without charge. The gallery still serves as a place to display art. It’s volunteers still interface with the public and promote the activities of the VAS, and we continue to be the home for the featured artists, a program that provide VAS members the opportunity to put on small solo shows.

It is fitting that our October featured artist is Carol Milton, as she has had a long history with the VAS Gallery. She was the VAS President when the first gallery opened. She later served not once, not twice, but three times as gallery director.

Staying Connected Ocean Spray

Carol Milton’s show Lasting Impressions, consists of watercolor paintings from her photos and sketches of recent trips to the Pacific northwest, Washington and Oregon, and the Atlantic Northeast, Maine, where the land and seascapes are both dramatic and starkly different in nature. In each watercolor painting she has attempts to incorporate the visual experience along with a sense of being there and how it felt at that moment.

Lasting Impressions opens at the VAS Gallery on Tuesday, October 2 and will be on display until Saturday, December 2.  The VAS Gallery is located at Village Green Shopping Center on Nutley Street in Vienna.

Carol Will be honored at a wine & cheese reception at the Arts Center Saturday, November 18, from 5PM to 7PM.