About Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour

The Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour (AVAST) is a self-guided tour of artists in their studios held throughout Arlington County, Virginia in early autumn. AVAST is a non-juried showcase for local artists to feature their work, processes and studio spaces, and for the community to experience the richness and diversity of visual arts to be found in Arlington County.  The tour is open to the public and free.

AVAST is the only organization that welcomes all Arlington-based artist to participate in its event. Our Team consists of representatives from as many Arlington visual art organizations as possible, with the aim of bringing  the visual art community together.  As a Virginia Non-Stock corporation, we are committed to carrying out our mission without a profit.

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Meet the Team

Melanie Kehoss

Melanie Kehoss

Director

Melanie has an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has been creating cut paper art for seventeen years. Her work has appeared in over 100 exhibits throughout the country.  She teaches drawing and painting at Arlington Arts Center and US Arts Center-Chantilly.  In addition to directing the Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour, she serves on the executive board of the Guild of American Papercutters and is a member of the Torpedo Factory Artist Association.

David Carlson

David Carlson

President

David works as an artist, teacher and community activist. He creates beautiful and complex abstract paintings and meditative video works.  Since 2000, he has collaborated with performing and visual artists on video projects that embrace humanistic and environmental concepts. His paintings are represented in numerous collections and his works have been exhibited in the Pretoria Art Museum, the Itturria Foundation, Musee Des Tapisseries, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Ludwig Forum, John Cabot University, McLean Project for the Arts, Arlington Arts Center, and others.

Anne Hancock

Treasurer, Columbia Pike Artist Studios Liaison

Anne has a BA in Studio Art and is a co-founder of the Columbia Pike Artists’ Studios (CPAS). Prior to establishing CPAS, Anne maintained a studio at the Arlington Arts Center, where she also served on the Board of Directors.

Jennifer Brewer

Jennifer Brewer Stone

Board Member, Live Event Coordinator

Jennifer has a BA in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Maryland College Park. She began painting full-time in 2008, and after 6 years as a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, began working from her home in Arlington, VA. She has participated in over 45 shows in the DC metro area, including invited shows at Strathmore Mansion, Art in Embassies program, and at the National Institutes of Health. She enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, and proofreading  AVAST’s marketing materials. She coordinated the Facebook Live studio tours for AVAST artists in 2020.

Scott Hutchison

Scott Hutchison

Board Member, Digital Advisor

Scott is a figurative artist with over 20 years of combined teaching and professional art experience. He is an Associate Professor of Practice in painting and drawing at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and creates most of his work at his home studio in Arlington. Scott’s artwork has been featured in a variety of venues regionally and nationally, including solo exhibits at Fred Schnider Gallery (Arlington), Spagnuolo South and Hillyer Arts Space (Washington, DC), and Blackrock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD). Recently, his piece titled “Vertigo” was acquired by The Biggs Museum of American Art’s permanent collection.

Scott Kaye

Scott Kaye

Team Member, Ceramist Liaison

Creating functional pottery has been passion for over 40 years. The Master Potters who mentored him embraced the philosophy that form follows function. That simple concept has guided his work throughout the years.  He has refined his work over time to ensure that aesthetics and function are merged into every pot so that it’s not only beautiful to look at, but it feels great when you hold it and it functions just as you would expect.

Joe B Johnson

Joe B. Johnson

Team Member, Arlington Artist Alliance Liaison

Joe B. is a professional in government public relations with a life-long interest in the visual arts.  He works as an instructor at the Foreign Service Institute, teaching State Department personnel how to plan public diplomacy initiatives.  Joe has lived in Arlington 24 years.

Shannon Lewandowski

Intern, Marymount University

Shannon is graduating from Marymount University with a BA in Fine Arts after the summer of 2021. She specializes in drawing and does painting and digital work. She has also performed for almost a decade in Color Guard, including with GMU’s first place production in 2019. She has used her skills to coach, choreograph, and design High School Color Guard productions both in Arlington and Fairfax County.

 

Thanks to our 2021 Volunteers…

Mary Anne Schnider, Alice Whealin, Robbie Namy, Tara Sears, Kaveh Jorabchi, Margaret Brandt, Stephanie Lane, Rhys Conlon, Sherry Trachtman, Byran Jernigan, Julia Bezgacheva, and Kathy Freshley

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a ticket fee? No, the event is free and unticketed.  However, you can still help us by registering at Eventbrite.

When are art studios open? Studios are open on either Saturday, Sept 25 or Sunday, Sept 26, 11 am – 5 pm. The map and directory will indicate the open day for each studio.

Are masks required?  Yes, visitors age 2 and up, please wear a mask while visiting any indoor studios and the Launch Party.

What if it is raining?  The self-guided tour will occur rain or shine.

How do I find each studio?  Tour several ways!

  • By neighborhood: on our website’s interactive map, click on individual marker numbers for studio address and details.
  • By artist: find artists by name and image using the Artist Directory, then click on their marker numbers on the map.
  • Printed Tour Guides with map and directory, available at libraries and galleries throughout Arlington, will include studio details to guide you.

Where can I get a tour guide? Guides will be available by mid-September at Arlington Arts Center, Schnider Gallery, Cody Gallery, Gallery Underground, Falls Church Art and Frame, Sterling Picture Framing, and Arlington libraries and community centers.  They will also be available at individual studios on the days of the tour.

What’s the difference between a studio and a gallery? Artist studios are spaces where artists work, and are usually private. Galleries are exhibition spaces open to the public.

What should I expect?  Some studios are located in clustered spaces, and are exclusively working spaces, such as Columbia Pike Artists Studios.  Some are in or outside people’s homes.  Look for the signs and walk right in!  You can expect to see art all around, as well as materials and work in progress.  You can spend a minute or an hour!  Artists are happy to answer questions and talk about their work.

Can I bring kids?  If you bring children, make sure they are attended at all times.  Remind them not to touch anything unless they are invited to do so.

Can I bring pets? We recommend you leave your pets at home.

Will studios be wheelchair accessible?  Accessible studios are marked on the directory.

Can I buy and take art home?  Yes!  If you are unsure whether a work is for sale, you can always ask.  Most artwork can be bought off the wall.

How can I pay for art?  Most artists will be able to accept credit card; cash or check are a sure bet.

Are donations tax deductible?  AVAST is a Virginia Non-Stock Corporation, organized to operate without a profit.  Donations are greatly appreciated and will be used solely for AVAST programs, but are not tax deductible.  Sponsorships qualify as business deductions for advertising purposes; see IRS Publication 535.

What is AVAST?  It stands for Arlington Visual Arts Studio Tour.  “Avast” is also a nautical term that means “stop”.

 

 

 

Thanks to our 2021 Sponsors!

Dominion Lighting
Cortina Productions
SterlingPictureFraming
Brock Realty
Columbia Pike Artists Studios
Arlington Artists Alliance
Art and Frame of Falls Church
Factory Society

 

Thanks to our 2021 Donors!

Katherine and Gerald Freshley

Amanda Wood
Joe B and Barbara Johnson
Jay Fisette
Robbie Namy
 
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