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Outstanding Performing and Fine Arts To Be Featured at Reston Community Center in October

RESTON, VA — During the month of October, two new art exhibits and a cutting-edge musical performance will lead the artistic offerings at Reston Community Center. The Jo Ann Rose Gallery at RCC Lake Anne will feature UnCommon Sense, an annual juried exhibit of especially unique art, and the RCC Hunters Woods gallery will feature Photography by Rene Ramos, including images of simple beauty from landscapes to monuments to vegetables. On October 31, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, known for their genre-crossing dedication to innovative contemporary music, will perform at the CenterStage.

American Contemporary Music Ensemble at the CenterStage

American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) will perform at the CenterStage on October 31 as part of RCC’s Professional Touring Artist Series. Led by artistic director and cellist Clarice Jensen, ACME is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily the work of American composers.

Known for their work with the Wordless Music Series as well as indie music icon Grizzly Bear, ACME’s commitment to cutting edge contemporary music extends across genres and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds.

“We are thrilled to have ACME at the CenterStage,” said RCC Arts and Events Director Paul Douglas Michnewicz. “This is sure to be a memorable performance for music lovers.”

The 2012-2013 Professional Touring Artist Series began in September and continues through May 2013 with performances by musicians, singers, songwriters, actors, dancers and other performing artists. Additional information about this and other performances is available online at www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

UnCommon Sense at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery

The Jo Ann Rose Gallery at RCC Lake Anne will feature UnCommon Sense from October 1 through October 29. In this annual judged fine art exhibit sponsored by the League of Reston Artists, artists address the questions: “What makes your piece of art unique? Why does it reach out to your heart or grab your eye or inspire you to paint it? What makes it uncommon?” Artists’ explanations will be posted along with their works.< />
The League of Reston Artists (LRA) sponsors exhibits, workshops and programs for artists, as well as a scholarship program for high school students and artists at every stage of their development. LRA welcomes new members and invites the community to its many public exhibits. Learn more at www.leagueofrestonartists.org

The Jo Ann Rose Gallery is located in Reston Community Center Lake Anne at 1609-A Washington Plaza in Reston, Virginia. The facility is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays. The Gallery is not open to the public during rental functions and/or some programs.

Photography by Rene Ramos at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods

The gallery at RCC Hunters Woods will feature Photography by Rene Ramos from October 1 through October 31. This exhibit showcases images of simple beauty, including landscapes, Americana, religion, monuments, beach sunsets and vegetables. Also included are a few conceptual projects, like Four Seasons, which began as a photo of a single winter tree and resulted in four photographs taken in different seasons that are among the artist’s most collected works.

The artist’s love of hot peppers inspired Hot and Cool. “Using scissors, I cut out small sunglasses from a black vinyl binder, suited three distinctly-colored hot peppers, and laid them on a bed of tortilla chips,” said Ramos. “The resulting image has put a smile on many faces!”

Ramos has worked in creative design since the mid-1980s. He began to focus more seriously on photography with the rise of online stock photography agencies and is a contributor to Shutterstock and iStockphoto. He is also involved in youth sports photography and has developed his passion into a weekend sports photo shoot service for Northern Virginia families. Learn more at www.ramosdesign.net.

Reston Community Center Hunters Woods is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road in Reston, Virginia. The facility is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information on the RCC Hunters Woods and Jo Ann Rose galleries and RCC’s art exhibits, please call Arts Education Assistant Gloria Morrow at 703-390-6187.

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