Lynn Goldstein, studio artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, has just completed her work for the humanitarian and multinational exhibition, “Amen – A Prayer for the World,” taking place at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
This marks the sixth year of the Caravan art exhibitions, which were founded in Cairo, Egypt. They seek to use the arts as a bridge for intercultural and interreligious exchange, to enhance understanding, respect, and deepening friendship between the cultures and creeds of the Middle East and the West.
The curators for the exhibition are the Caravan founder Paul-Gordon Chandler and Egyptian artist Reda Abdel Rahman.
Each of the 48 participating artists were given life-size fiberglass sculptures in one of four poses of prayer, to paint or decorate as they wished. The “model” used for each sculptural prayer form is a contemporary representation of Amun, the deity of ancient Thebes, considered the first to guide religion toward monotheism.
Goldstein said she recognized right away that the pose chosen for her was perfect for her concept, which uses trees to symbolically indicate that all are stewards to one another and to the world. Her piece is titled, “The Steward.”
The exhibition will be in Washington Aug. 31 to Oct. 6, and in New York Oct. 12 to Nov. 6. Afterward, Sotheby’s will auction the artwork for the Egyptian charity, Tawasol, to start a school in an impoverished section of Cairo.
This year’s exhibition includes work by 15 artists from the United States, two from the United Kingdom, one from France and 30 from Egypt. The artists come from Christian, Jewish and Muslim backgrounds.
To view Goldstein’s work, visit www.lynngoldstein.com.
A design by Brian Wilk of Fairfax City is the winner of the third annual Complete the Circle Art Contest, sponsored by Fairfax-based charities Our Daily Bread and Food for Others.
Wilk’s design will turn into a “living picture,” when hundreds of participants recreate it Nov. 9 on the practice field at Fairfax High School. Art for the Sky’s Daniel Dancer will photograph the group from high above.
ODB Executive Director Lisa Whetzel, FFO Volunteer and Operations Manager Nikki Clifford and Kista Fleming, vice president and area manager for Complete the Circle supporting organization United Bank, awarded Wilk a $200 cash prize. Willow Bodman, Carmela Knepler and Jackie Garris judged the host of images submitted by artists and community members.
Wilk, 20, is a graduate of Fairfax High School and a junior at James Madison University, where he is majoring in graphic design.
Wilk said that as he developed his design – which depicts a heart that is also an apple enveloping an outstretched hand offering a loaf of bread – he wanted it “to make people stop and think about world hunger.”
“I also wanted it to prompt them to do their part to rectify the situation,” he added.
Participants pay $5 for the event T-shirt and are encouraged to donate food, funds or grocery gift cards. The outer circle of the design will be created from food donations contributed by participants that day.
“It is incredible to think that in the wealthy Fairfax County area there are 73,000 people who don’t know where their next meal will come from,” Whetzel said. “Participating in Complete the Circle is a joyful way for community members to come together to be part of the solution to the very real problem of hunger and need in our midst.”
Our Daily Bread held its first Complete the Circle event in October 2011, and invited Food for Others to join in the event last year. This year’s goal is to gather 1,000 participants and raise $10,000 and 10,000 pounds of food to help needy individuals and families throughout the Fairfax County area. For more, visit www.CompletetheCircleFX.org.
Ryan Jasmann of Boy Scout Troop 157, based at Herndon United Methodist Church, dedicated his Eagle Scout project to benefit the Herndon High School Band program. His project involved refurbishing and repairing five of the marching band’s uniform carts and one hat box.
“When considering my Eagle Scout project, I wanted to provide a service for an organization which had made an impact on me,” said Ryan. “The band program promotes team work, loyalty, leadership and respect for yourself and others.”
He began planning early this year. The project took two days to complete in July. Ryan recruited close to 80 people for the first day and almost 50 for the second. Participants included members of the band organization, band alumni, various Boy Scout troops, Order of the Arrow chapters and the community.
Old boards were replaced with thick, durable boards added to the bottom and sides of the carts. Larger, more durable wheels were added, and black paint and band logo graphics were applied.
Chroma Imaging in Herndon donated the graphic materials. Wirth Cabinetry, also in Herndon, supplied boards and loaned their equipment.
Band director Kathleen Jacoby said upgrades to the carts and hat box were greatly needed for this school year, to keep uniforms and hats organized and clean during transport to performances and competitions.
Officer Patrick “Pat” Kiley is the recipient of the Vienna Optimist Club’s Charles A. Robinson Respect for Law Award. Kiley is a member of the Town of Vienna Police Department.
The award is given annually to one Vienna Police officer and one Fairfax County Police officer who have been nominated by their respective commanders. The award is named after longtime Vienna Mayor Charles “Charlie” A. Robinson.
Kiley, who graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, has been a member of the Vienna Police Department since 2011. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Section and is a field training instructor, intoxilizer operator and a Patrol Mountain Bike officer.
Nine paintings by Shreya Soni, an artist working and residing in Fairfax, have been selected for an exhibit at Busboys and Poets, a restaurant and bookstore at 5th and K streets in Washington, D.C.
Soni created the series of artwork while she was a student at W.T. Woodson High School.
Another exhibit of her work is scheduled for the month of October at Beanetics, a coffee shop at 7028 Columbia Pike in Annandale. For more, visit www.shreyapaints.com.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has appointed the following individuals to his administration.
• Board for Housing and Community Development: Shekar Narasimhan of Dunn Loring, managing partner, Beekman Advisors and Chairman, Papillon Capital
• Real Estate Board: Jennifer Boysko of Herndon, staff aide, Dranesville Supervisor John Foust.
• Virginia Housing Development Authority: Timothy Chapman of Reston, managing member, Chapman Development LLC.
• Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority: Phillip Green of Falls Church, president, Green Powered Technology; and Deborah Miller of Annandale, principal, Green Strategy Associates.
• Virginia Public School Authority Board of Commissioners: Jay Bhandari of Vienna, president, Jay Insurance.