The Loudoun Arts Council will start the New Year off looking for a new home.
For the past five years, the nonprofit’s most visible program has been the cooperatively run Arts in the Village Gallery, located at the Village at Leesburg. The lease on the space ends this month, and the gallery won’t be signing on for another five years.
Gallery manager Jenny Wolfer notes that the current 24 gallery artists are eager to open a new exhibit venue, but thus far it’s proven to be a cost-prohibitive real estate venture. An LAC press release notes that Leesburg’s downtown Arts and Cultural District “would seem the ideal location,” but costs would need to be managed.
LAC President Jill Evans-Kavaldjian said the arts council is “open to all kinds of solutions,” including collaborating with other organizations to offer new programs, or offering art classes.
Over a decade ago, the arts council used grant funding to launch what was then called the Leesburg First Friday Gallery Walk. The downtown area has since seen the departure of many of its former art galleries and related retail businesses. Now self-maintaining, Leesburg First Friday has spread to offer dozens of performances, exhibits and other events each month, and has seen a particular uptick in activity with the arrival of many new restaurants and breweries in the downtown area.
“I suppose we’re victims of our own success,” Evans-Kavaldjian said, “but that’s what the arts council does. We create organizations to strengthen community culture. And we want to keep doing that.”
The LAC urges the public to visit the Arts in the Village Gallery before it closes its doors, with a Moving Sale offering discounts through month’s end. The gallery is located at 1601 Village Market Blvd., Suite 116, in the Village at Leesburg. For more information about LAC, go to loudounarts.org.