20% off at Workhouse Arts Center this weekend

Run, don't walk, to the Workhouse Building W-9 this weekend! We're having a 20% reduction off on artwork sales over $100. I have many suggestions, if you need any. Plenty of my miniatures, crocheted scarves, photography, and fine art are just waiting on you and your last minute holiday gifting.

Rt 123 at Lorton Road
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079

Building 9 Hours 
Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00pm


“Westpunt, Curaçao” wins a People's Choice award

“Westpunt, Curaçao” is a pastel painting by Bonnie Ferguson Butler of the westernmost community of this Dutch Antilles island near Venezuela. It won a People's Choice award in December at Workhouse Building W-9. Based on a photograph taken by the artist in Summer 2014, this piece depicts a colorful jumble of architecture across Westpuntbaai, which is an expanse of turquoise water dotted with fishing boats. These buildings cling to the edge of an eroding cliff over the Caribbean Sea with an uplifting Caribbean flair that can only be found in this region“Westpunt, Curaçao” is 12x16".

Bonnie Ferguson Butler is an award-winning painter and photographer, who exhibits in W-9 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton and in many other regional exhibits. Her primary loves are painting outdoors and travel photography; she is Founder and President of the Pastel Society of Virginia. Butler's painting style is representational expressive, which is simultaneously loose and painterly. Keep up with her art activities and view her online gallery at bfbutler.blogspot.com. 


Workhouse Building W-9 has all your shopping needs covered!

The Associates in Building W-9 have a group Featured Artist exhibit with its theme, "Festive Lights."

See the Christmas Tree and our Small Works alcove for reasonably priced gifts - for your friends, your family, or yourself!

Our Gallery 902 exhibit shows our larger artwork and photography.

Our Second Saturday Opening Reception is December 13 from 6-9pm.

(Please click to enlarge the images. Thanks to Kathy Strauss for the photos.)


Westpunt, Curacao

My trip to Curacao over the summer will provide endless painting material over the winter, which won't be a bad thing at all.

This painting is based on a photo I took at Westpunt, which is Westpoint in Dutch. I was located at a restaurant across this bay, where a popular past time is jumping off a cliff into the blue water, below. (No, I didn't do it!)

Westpunt, Curacao
pastel on prepared pumice surface


Black Friday at the Workhouse

Spend your Black Friday at the Workhouse Arts Center in Building W-9 from 10am to 7pm. We will have live dulcimer music in the afternoon. The museum will be open all day, too. We will have small works and ornaments, plus snacks and hot cider.


Vienna Arts Society Treasury of Art

From the Vienna Arts Society webpage: Juror Deborah Ellis will select 150 – 200 original works of art, and hundreds of bin pieces will be for sale.  Over $1,700 in cash and merchandise will be awarded on Friday, November 21.  On Saturday, November 22, the Difficult Run String Band will perform.

Vienna Community Center
120 Cherry Street
Vienna, Virginia 22180

Friday, November 21, 2014 10:00am–9:00pm
Awards Reception: Friday, November 21, 7:00pm–9:00pm
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:00am–7:00pm
Sunday, November 23, 2014 12:00pm–4:00pm

 I have one painting juried into this highly selective exhibit:
Poppies on Black 
soft pastel on black Canson


Two Umbrellas Passing, Times Square

Sometimes when you're stuck in Times Square in a surprise deluge, harboring beneath construction platforms with the crowds, the liveliness of the night, water, and reflections provide great material for a camera hungry for color.

With many of the sidewalks cleared, only the wise carrying umbrellas ventured into the street, passing each other, not aware they would be memorialized by photo and pastel.

Two Umbrellas Passing, Times Square
soft pastel


Alan Flattmann Workshop with the Pastel Society of Virginia

Over the weekend, I arranged and attended an Alan Flattmann workshop with the Pastel Society of Virginia. It was fun changing up underpaintings on sanded paper using workable fixative and charcoal instead of watercolor, which I often use.

My paintings are on the far right: Times Square after a rain and a Curacao village on a cliff over the Caribbean Sea, both requiring a bit more work, plus there's a third behind them of a Curacao inland house, which needs a lot more work. The brilliant one of Times Square will appear in our Building 9 Featured Artist Group Exhibit, "Festive Lights," at the Workhouse during December and January.


Sailboat at Dusk

Sailboat at Dusk
soft pastel
5x7 on Uart Board