Riverbend Park Art Exhibit

Features Potomac Painter Warden

The artwork of impressionist painter Jack Warden of Reston is on exhibit through November at Riverbend Park as part of a new art exhibition program at the visitor center.

The program will feature the work of local people whose art relates to the Great Falls park, according to a news release. The first exhibition displays 40 oil paintings by Warden. The paintings are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of Riverbend Park.

Warden has been painting the Potomac in all seasons for more than 20 years; his collection contains more than 1,000 works. He is a self-taught artist and teacher who will conduct an eight-week course on beginning oil painting at the park in January.

There will be a reception for Warden from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 18. The visitor center is at 8700 Jeffrey Rd. For information, call 703-759-9018 or 703-759-1627.

TV, Film Producer Is Hired

To Lead McLean Orchestra

The McLean Orchestra has hired Nicole Fauteux as its executive director.

Fauteux is an Emmy Award-winning producer of public television programs and documentary films. She has more than 10 years of experience with fundraising, communications and marketing, according to a news release.

Ken Nunnenkamp, president of the orchestra's board of trustees, said, "The orchestra's professionalism and artistic quality have increased dramatically in the last two years. Our job now is to get out the word about what we have to offer."

Caribbean Music Kicks Off

Season at Alden Theatre

The McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre will kick off its 2005-06 performance series at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 with a program of Caribbean music.

This premiere performance of Masters of Caribbean Music brings together performers from three distinct Caribbean musical traditions. Calypso artist The Mighty Sparrow will be joined by the jibaro ensemble Ecos de Borinquen and the rarely heard Ti-cocoa et Wanga-Neges, a Port-au-Prince group that is making its U.S. touring debut.

This engagement of Masters of Caribbean Music is a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation tour funded by the foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program.

Tickets are $22 for McLean district residents, $18 for students and $26 for all others.

At 8 p.m. Nov. 5, hammer dulcimer performer Maggie Sansone will perform with vocalist Lisa Moscatiello, fiddler Rosie Shipley, Irish flutist Laura Byrne and cellist Fred Lieder.

Tickets are $18 for McLean district residents, $16 for students and $22 for all others.

Boston's Snappy Dance Theater will take the audience into the world of Edward Gorey, whose enigmatic and witty drawings include the trailer for PBS's "Mystery" series and works in The New Yorker. Snappy Dance Theater will journey through "Goreyesque" characters and scenes such as The Ambiguous Cousins, The Lavender Leotard, The Umbrella Heads and Tweedle-Dum.

Tickets are $18 for McLean district residents, $16 for students and $22 for all others.

Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron Von Trapp, will perform ballads, Austrian, English and French carols and other traditional holiday music at 8 p.m. Dec. 21.

Tickets are $18 for McLean district residents, $16 for students and $22 for all others.

Also on this season's schedule are the Capitol Steps, the Washington Balalaika Orchestra, an evening of flamenco, comedy pet theater, the Mad Agnes band, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and Hesperus: The Robin Hood Project.

The theater is at 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. For information, call 703-790-0123 or go to www.mcleancenter.org.

3 Young Pianists to Perform

At Reston Community Center

The Reston Youth Piano Ensemble will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne.

The ensemble consists of three young pianists: Felicia Zhang, a seventh-grader at Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly; Risa Kaneko, an eighth-grader at Longfellow Middle School in the Falls Church area; and Rebecca Zhang, a seventh-grader at Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly.

The three pianists have been chosen to present recitals in the Rising Star concert series at the Alden Theatre in McLean and the Young Artists Musicales at George Mason University.

The community center is at 1609 Washington Plaza. For information, call 703-476-4500, 703-390-6157 or 703-435-6577 or go to www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Annandale's Figaro Gallery

To Exhibit Work of Four Artists

The Figaro Gallery in Annandale will open a three-week exhibit and sale of the work of four American women on Sept. 17.

The artists are Hildegarde Hamilton, impressionist oils and watercolors; Hamilton's daughter, Debbie Hughes, illustrations and paintings of fantastical realism and dreamlike imagery; Pamela Di Cola, landscapes, still-life and portrait pastels; and Gabriel Jules, modern realist prints, including etchings, monotypes and woodblocks.

Hughes, Di Cola, and Jules will be present at the opening of the exhibit from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 to discuss their work. Hamilton died in 1970.

Figaro Gallery is at 120 Little River Turnpike on the ground floor of the Antiques Emporium. For information, call 703-354-3200.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY


"Snow in March, Riverbend," by Jack Warden. NICOLE FAUTEUX