|Birdwatching, 10 x 10 oil on canvas (sold)|
I submitted this painting when the Springfield Art Guild was invited to be the first group show at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. I was thrilled that Birdwatcher was the first painting of many that sold at that show.
The Workhouse Arts CenterWashington, D.C.'s old Lorton Prison was closed and the deserted buildings were converted into an art center which opened in 2008. If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting the old prison you have to stop in. I know many of the wonderful artists who have studios there. Well the cells have been removed when the old brick buildings were gutted, but they've left a few cells and have a small museum for visitors.
There a great quad where they hold events in warmer weather and the old guard towers are still there. The buildings that once held prisoners behind bars, now have bright airy studios full of color and laughter.