Art is her dream encore career

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: December 27, 2019

Sometimes retirement offers the ability to finally pursue a lifelong dream. Karen Winston-Levin, 71, didn’t start what she considers to be her true career until she retired in 2012. Since then, the Marriottsville resident has been prolifically painting images of nature and people. “I probably have been painting all my life, even though I wasn’t holding a brush,” Winston-Levin... READ MORE

Hopper’s ‘prosaic’ art tells many stories

By: Martha Steger
Posted on: December 26, 2019

The acclaimed painter Edward Hopper first visited the state of Virginia in 1939, when the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) invited him to chair the jury for the museum’s first biennial exhibition. Hopper returned in 1953 as a juror for that year’s biennial exhibition, too. On the latter visit, the VMFA purchased Hopper’s 1935 painting “House at Dusk” for its permanent... READ MORE

Volunteers power annual light show

By: Glenda C Booth
Posted on: December 26, 2019

On November 22, one million lights illuminated the night at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden thanks to 300 volunteers who have worked for the past year to make the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights happen. The annual event is a six-week holiday extravaganza of lights, botanical decorations, model trains, Santa sightings, music, crafts, dinners, a fire pit, s’mores, hot chocolate and... READ MORE

Do you wish to be a gifted gardener?

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: December 25, 2019

For those of you with a gardener on your gift list this holiday season, here are a few ideas I’ve cultivated — pardon the pun. The purpose of these gifts is to nurture the gardener. (Full disclosure: I plan to clip this article to place on my husband’s desk!) Ergonomic tools Tools make a gardener’s work easier. Look for tools that are constructed with strong but lightweight... READ MORE

How to find (and share) your inner artist

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: December 25, 2019

One day, on a whim, Martha Weiss, 76, a retired psychiatric social worker living in Washington, D.C., wandered into an art studio and signed up for a class. “Painting was something I had never done in my life,” she said. “I didn’t even think I could draw.” Slowly, with the support of other new painters in her class, she found that creating art was soothing. “Most of the ... READ MORE

Kennedy Center honors stars, shows 50+

By: Ashraf Khalil
Posted on: December 24, 2019

Actress Sally Field and the long-running children’s TV show “Sesame Street” will be honored and feted at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors gala this month. Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and the musical group Earth, Wind and Fire. Field, 72, was a television star at age... READ MORE