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Monday, December 7, 2015

Artists display works at Lake Barcroft holiday show and sale

Paintings by Helen Power, a psychotherapist who uses art therapy in her work.

An incredible amount of creativity was on display Sunday at the Lake Barcroft Art League’s 2015 Holiday Show and Sale.

Four Lake Barcroft residents turned their homes into mini-galleries showcasing paintings, jewelry, photographs, ceramics, woodwork, and fabric designs created by about 26 residents of the lakeside community in Falls Church.

Randa of Randa's Pottery makes functional items that can be used for cooking and serving food. She learned her craft at classes at the Audrey Moore RECenter and Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton and donates proceeds from sales of her creations to local charities Capital Caring and Homestretch.
The Lake Barcroft Art League was co-founded three years ago by residents Louise Ziebell and Jenny Talati to bring artists together and helps them connect with galleries throughout the region to display their works.

Nature scenes by J. Larry Golfer, a professional photographer who specializes in architecture and family portraits.
So why are there so many artists in Lake Barcroft? For one thing, there are a lot of retirees in the community who have turned to art as a creative outlet after a successful career.

Jytte Gibson incorporates unusual materials into her pottery, such as coffee grounds, tree bark, and leaves.
David Goldstein, who captures Lake Barcroft scenes in watercolor, says artists tend to be drawn to water, and “the lake inspires me to paint.” Local artists also inspire one another, and he decided to take up art after getting to know a neighbor who paints.

Susan Flanders (right) next to a painting of Lake Barcroft seen through the trees.
Susan Flanders, whose oil paintings are inspired by nature and places she traveled to “that moved me,” didn’t take up painting until after she retired at age 50. And Bill Wasylyk, who was influenced by pointillism and art nouveau posters, has been painting since he was a child, continued throughout his career in the Navy and increased his output since retiring.

Deenie McKay uses her abstract paintings to help people understand bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. She started painting “to heal myself and discovered it was a meaningful, reverent experience.” 
When the Art League started, Ziebell was surprised there were so many artists in Lake Barcroft. She says other neighborhoods probably have more creative people than residents think and encourages them to form art groups, too.  

Noreene Janus started paining watercolors then, under teacher Joyce McCarten, expanded to bigger, bolder, more expressive and abstract works in acrylics.
Paintings by Joyce McCarten, who teaches at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria.
Photographs of butterflies and other scenes from nature by George McLennan.

Debbie Ladwig became a jewelry designer “after falling in love with beads and gems.”
Debbie Ladwig’s husband, Alan Ladwig, makes dioramas that he calls “galactic retablos,” using toys, bottle caps, glow-in-the-dark stars, and found items illustrating outer space, historical, or comic scenes. 
Paintings in the Japanese nihonga style by Mark Malek, using paint made from ground stone. 


  1. Thanks so much Ellie for the great coverage of our event. I'm sure all the artists, including myself, appreciate all the photos too!

  2. Beautiful works of art.

  3. Thank you for featuring some of our wonderful artists. It is amazing how many there are in Lake Barcroft. And, they are all nice people!

    Roxanna Bruce Douglas