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September 27, 2011 Published in Arts & Style, Other News

Young At Art – 25 Years Promoting and Celebrating Local Artists Over Age 55

Honorable Mention - "Grandma's Garden", a watercolor by Judith Gray, on display in the Young At Art show at the Durant Center. (Photo: Artis Moon Amarche)

More than 150 guests and artists from across the Greater Washington Metropolitan area gathered
at Alexandria’s Durant Arts Center Thursday night, September 22, for the opening reception,
awards ceremony, and exhibit launch of the 25th Anniversary show of Young At Art. The juried
art show for artists age 55 years or older is celebrating its 25-year tradition of exhibiting works
of art created by older adults to showcase them in Alexandria and the greater Washington
Metropolitan area.

Young At Art is jointly sponsored by the Goodwin House Foundation and Senior Services of
Alexandria. “We are proud to be the organizers of this major art show in the greater Washington
Area,” noted Jeanne Jacob, Executive Director of the Goodwin House Foundation. “Yet,
the Foundation and SSA couldn’t do it without our other supporters: The Durant Center, the
Alexandria Commission on the Arts, and our generous donors."

Financial support for the exhibit and reception of the 25th Anniversary year of Young At Art
comes from the following donors: Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Simpson, Sr.; The Goodhart Group;
Redmon, Peyton, & Braswell, LLP; Renner and Company; Thomas J. Fannon & Sons, as well as
Goodwin House Foundation and Senior Services of Alexandria.

“No juried art show could be undertaken without having an expert in the field to judge the
entries,” commented Janet Barnett, Executive Director of Senior Services of Alexandria.
“Again this year, highly respected artist, Carol Lukitsch of Alexandria, served as the juror,
selecting nearly 100 pieces of art for the exhibit.”

Ms. Lukitsch is an artist, a curator, and an art consultant. She graduated from the University of
Maryland College Park and was the recipient of a two-year Fulbright Grant to Turkey, where she
lectured and taught at Bilkent University in Ankara.

Ms. Lukitsch’s paintings and mixed media works have been exhibited in nine countries - the
United States, France, Italy, Germany, The Czech Republic, China, Africa, Paraguay, Panama,
Russia, Lithuania, Turkey, and Israel. Her art work combines influences from Western and
Eastern traditions and explores the concept of energetic connectivity.

"Hats in the Belfry", an acrylic painting by Nilo Santiago, won the 1st place award at Young At Art, on display at the Durant Center. (Photo: Artis Moon Amarche)

Young At Art consistently attracts accomplished artists who work in all mediums. Works by
teachers, professionals, and amateurs were submitted and accepted. All mediums are represented:
oil, acrylic, water color, digital composition, photo print, silver gelatin print, enamel on steel,
fiber, papier mâché, clay and wood sculpture, paint on silk, pastels, color pencil, and mixed media.

Winners of the 2011 Young At Art show are:

1st Place
Nilo Santiago
Title: Hats in the Belfry
Medium: Acrylic
Price: $850.00

2nd Place
James Schick
Title: Bull Run
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Price: Not for Sale

3rd Place
William A. Moffett
Title: Mangoes for Sale
Medium: Photo, Photoshop manipulated
Price: $85.00

Honorable Mention
Olene Albertson
Title: Dean & DeLuca
Medium: Watercolor
Price: $500.00

Honorable Mention
Wayne Guenther
Title: Dead Sea Mud
Medium: Photograph
Price: $175.00

Honorable Mention
Judith Gray
Title: Grandma's Garden
Medium: Watercolor
Price: $175.00

Honorable Mention
Francesca DiLorenzo
Title: Joe
Medium: Terra Cotta
Price: $500.00

Honorable Mention
Gregory Anthony Reid
Title: Olmec
Medium: Styrofoam
Price: $375.00

The 25th Anniversary Young At Art exhibit will remain at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron
Street, Alexandria until November 18, 2011. Many pieces of art are for sale by the artists. For
information regarding the Durant Arts Center’s hours of operation, call 703-519-3494.


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