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Workshops & Panels


Asian Brush Painting Demo

Lead By Jean Seelig

Saturday, APril 27th, 10:15-11:15 AM –Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St, 1st floor Gallery

Experience the “magic of the brush” while learning about Asian Brush painting with a demo by award-winning artist and teacher, Jean Seelig. The beauty of nature will be expressed in simple strokes to capture the Chi’ or Spirit of animals and plants. 




Instructional egg tempera demo

Lead By Lee Brinckley

Saturday, April 27th, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM –Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St, 1st floor Gallery

Lee Forrest Brinckley is an abstract expressionist artist who likes to push the limits of different art mediums. Over the last year, he has been focusing on egg tempera by creating paintings on rigid surfaces including wood panel and watercolor paper or canvas mounted to a rigid surface. Most recently, his paintings were on display at BadWolf Brewery. Currently, Lee is being mentored by world-renown artist, Makoto Fujimura. Lee and his family live in the city of Manassas.

During the demonstration, Lee will give a brief history on egg tempera and famous artists who used the medium. He will demonstrate the different ways he makes egg tempera using eggs, earth pigment and other elements. He will pick volunteers from the audience to help him make egg tempera and participate in the making of an abstract painting.

Making Peace: A Mindfulness through Art Workshop

LEAD BY Kimberly Faulkner

Saturday, April 27th, 12:45-1:45 PM –Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St, 1st floor Gallery

Are you looking to have a more healing outlook on the way you view and make art? Are you interested in melting away tension in a matter of moments? Join Kimberly Faulkner, of BlueMonarch Creative, LLC for this one-time, experiential and interactive workshop. Enjoy making art while you learn tips to promote relaxation and reduces stress along with other mindfulness-art techniques. Ideal for all levels (adults and children 16+); no artistic background required.



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The Inspiration of Clouds (Oil painting demo)

LEAD BY Christine Raymond

Saturday, April 27th, 2:00-5:00 PM –Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St, 1st floor Gallery

Christine loves to paint cloudscapes. Her husband actually says her head is lost in the clouds. From design to completion, Christine will take you step by step through the Alla Prima painting process of one of her cloudscapes. Christine Raymond has been active in the art world for over three decades. As the daughter of a professional artist, her interest in art started at a young age. She began taking oil painting lessons with her mother, Mary Reilly, at age 14 and followed an art track in high school, graduating with art honors. She went on to study fine art at George Mason University. Christine has been a professional artist for the last ten years, during which time she has continued to improve her skills by studying under artists such as Sara Linda Poly, Bethanne Cople, Hai-ou Hou, Rick Casali, and Michelle Dunaway.

Zentangle Workshop

LEAD BY Lee Darter

Sunday, April 28th, 10:00-11:00 AM – Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St, 1st floor Gallery

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. The Zentangle Method can be accomplished by almost anyone, and fosters creativity and focus. Zentangle alongside Lee Darter in this interactive workshop.

Lee Darter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising & Graphic Design from Sam Houston State University and her Masters in Art Education from the University of Houston. Lee holds teaching certificates in Texas and Virginia for all levels of art instruction, and has won numerous honors and grants; most recently Lee received the Northern VA Art Educator of the Year Award in 2014. She currently is Visual Art Teacher in Cedar Point Elementary School instructing K - 5th grade students, and is a Certified Zentangle® Instructor.

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Dance and Movement Workshop

LEAD BY Natalya Nikitina

Sunday, April 28th, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM – Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St, 1st floor Gallery

During Creative Movement workshop we will explore the combination of elements of nature (earth, water, fire, air) within ourselves and use movement to create awareness of our bodies and our life force, to reconnect to our true nature, to let our self-expression blossom and empower our everyday lives. 

The class starts with warm-up and stretching exercises, slowly transitions into creative movement, imagery and improvisation, dance techniques (modern, contemporary, African rhythm, Oriental, traditional and circle dance movements). We will learn a small dance routine at the end of class and express it with nature elements interpretations.

Just let your insecurities and worries go, free your mind, let your heart and your body lead you. Dance.
This class is opened to all levels and ages. No dance experience is necessary. Bring a bottle of water, and wear loose and comfortable clothes. (bare feet or socks)

A Conversation with Cathy Davis: Author of “Myrcles”

Sunday, April 28th, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM – Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle St, 1st floor Gallery

Book signing – 1:00-1:30 PM, Author talk – 1:30-2:15 pm

In February, 1998, Cathy Davis was diagnosed with Aggressive Breast Cancer. Faced with a bleak prognosis, she opted to enter an experimental treatment protocol at the Lombardi Cancer Research Center of Georgetown University Hospital. It was shortly after her diagnosis that God spoke to her as she lay alone and entombed in a CT machine. He assured her that she would survive the cancer, and He also challenged her to devote herself to helping others who face life’s difficulties. “Myrcles” is about her faith in God’s promise, her miracle, and her devoted outreach to anyone in need of hope.


Suburban Gypsies Belly Dance Workshop & Performance

Led by Suburban Gypsies Belly Dance

Saturday, April 27th, 3:00-4:00 PM – Pavilion Stage

Suburban Gypsies Belly Dance is a performance troupe of everyday people experienced in belly dance and eager to share the dance with the public.

Unscripted Marriage: Dealing with Your Spouse

Led by Mr. Darren Council

Saturday, April 27th, 11:00 - 11:50 am – Jirani (Bean Box )

Ever want to be part of a group where you can be encouraged and motivated to have a strong marriage? Well, this is the channel for you! We are excited that you decided to be part of our channel as you see an imperfect couple living their best life.

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It's Real: College Students and Mental Health

Led by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Saturday, April 27th, 12:00 - 12:50 PM – Jirani (Bean Box)

The AFSP-produced film It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues commonly experienced by students, and is intended to be used as part of a school’s educational program to encourage help-seeking.

Putting Together A Cohesive Body of Work

Led by Amber Pointer-Ayala, Nayomi

Saturday, April 27th, 1:00 - 1:45 PM – Jirani (Beab Box)

This workshop would entail how to put together your first small project or collection of art to flip into a profit. And the journey of self-funding, belief and love.


Moving From Culture Wars to Culture Care

Led by Lee Brinckley

Saturday, April 27th, 2:00 - 2:45 PM – Jirani (Bean Box)

Instead of creating a culture of divisiveness and conflict, we need to shift our thinking towards culture care. Culture care leads with the creation of beauty as a way to bring healing, inspiration, and edification to our communities. Culture care is the responsibility of individuals to come together and care for and nurture in ways to help people thrive. It is a call for artists and everyone who recognizes beauty to be cultural stewards.

A Mother’s Will

Film Screening and Talkback with Ann-Charlotte

Saturday, April 27th, 3:00 - 4:00 PM – Jirani (Bean Box)

A mother takes the stage in a rock opera based on her son's suicide. She shares her story to enlighten others about the struggles teens face today and to prove it is never too late to reach out and get help.


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Talk Saves Lives

Led by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Saturday, April 27th, 10:00 - 10:50 AM – Centerfuse

A community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.

Plant-based nutrition basics

Led by Paula Cano, PlantEd LLC

Saturday, April 27th, 10:00 - 10:50 AM – Centerfuse

Eating more fruits and vegetables is linked to lower cancer rates, better digestion, lower blood pressure and even the prevention and reversal of type 2 diabetes. But the process of changing our eating habits can be complicated if we don't know where to start. This workshop is a starter guide to a healthier you through the power of plant-based eating!

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REVIVE! Learn about Narcan and Save a Life

Led by Heather Martinsen

Saturday, April 27th, 11:00 - 11:50 AM – Centerfuse

REVIVE! Lay Rescuer trainings are between 1-1.5 hours long. This training covers understanding opioids, how opioid overdoses happen, risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Naloxone. Opioid overdoses are not only related to heroin and illicit opioid use, many residents accidentally overdose on prescription medication. Participants can receive a no-cost Narcan kit after completion of the training.

The Art of Digital Photo-Painting

Led by Peter Smolens

Saturday, April 27th, 12:00 - 12:50 PM – Centerfuse

Digital Painting in the last decade has sparked a revolution in the art world. Just like how the digital camera has replaced the film camera, digital painting through the computer has become a new tool for painters in the art world. This revolution is making digital photo-painting one of the fastest growing and most popular art forms.

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The InnerView "6 Ways To Examine Your Relationship

Led by Dr. OLIVER REID, The Relationship Architect

Saturday, April 27th, 1:00 - 1:50 PM – Centerfuse

Forget the old concept that states words don't make the man or woman. Every man or woman on planet earth operates, functions, lives, and has been innately given a code(s) of communication. If you are able to crack the communication code you can unlock the man or woman.