Falls Church Arts
Falls Church Arts is a non-profit organization established in 2003 that serves the D.C. Metro area. We are dedicated to making the arts a vital and integral part of our community and to celebrating the creative energies of our artists and supporting members.
On February 25, 2017, Falls Church Arts opened its gallery and classroom at 700-B West Broad Street next door to Famille Cafe. This facility houses a diverse range of arts events, music, film, and instruction and studio arts classes.
Falls Church Arts also has programs – EXPANDING THE ARTS and pARTicipate – for the creation and display of art outside the studio and galleries. These programs bring art to the people and public spaces in our community and encourage pARTicipation in the arts with The Halloween Paint In, Chalk Walks, “Scenes in the City” Plein Air Festival, and others. Many of our patrons and artists are familiar with our weekly booth at the Falls Church Farmer’s Market (when weather permits), begun in 2013-14.
Falls Church Arts has been awarded grants from The Little City CATCH Foundation to help fund our operations and programming. Learn more about Falls Church Arts on their website.
Featured Artist: Noreene Janus
Noreene Janus is a contemporary artist from Falls Church, Virginia. Originally from Chicago, from an early age she was always drawing and doing all types of art projects, including ink sketches, mosaics, batiks, ceramics, and beading.
During the decades that followed university she had a “day job” doing international development work while living and working in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Her paintings are inspired by these places—landscapes and figures, markets, coastal scenes, as well as environmental themes. Some of her paintings of coral reefs, fish, and underwater scenes were inspired by reef protection work carried out at USAID—the federal agency where she worked. She carried her sketchbook and paints on her trips abroad.
Over time she moved from smaller, traditional or representational watercolor art to larger, bolder abstracts on large canvases. Out of a need for freer, looser, and bolder expression, she now paints primarily with acrylic paints, mixed media, and collage, with a variety of textures and surfaces. She takes visible objects and abstracts them with bold shapes, structures, lines, and colors and strong contrasts reminiscent of her time in Japan searching for woodblock prints. It’s about tensions between these core elements—how they interact and influence each other. She doesn’t start out with pre-conceived ideas of where a painting will go. She prefers a first phase of some chaos, spontaneity, and gestures and then develops the painting as she goes along.
In addition to being a member of Falls Church Arts, she belongs to the Art League, Alexandria, Virginia; Potomac Valley Watercolorists (PVW); and Lake Barcroft Art League. For many years she was represented by B & B Gallery on King Street in Old Town.
Noreene Janus's Artwork
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