Government Center Exhibit Fairfax County adult education art classes will present works by students and art instructor Penny McGrath through Jan. 6 in an exhibit at the county Government Center.

The exhibit is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Most paintings are available for purchase.

The Government Center is at 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. For more information, call 703-227-2261.

Dance 'Excursion' at NVCC

The 13-member Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre will perform its newest work, "Baroque Excursion," at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria city.

Among the troupe's members is Suzie Celentano of Lorton, who was recently selected for inclusion in the 2006 edition of "Who's Who in the World" for her accomplishments as a theater and movement educator. She also is active in the Lorton Arts Foundation.

The Schlesinger Center is at 3001 N. Beauregard St. on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Tickets are $20; $15 for students, seniors and military service members. For more information, call 703-413-3811.

Watercolor Landscapes

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods is hosting an exhibit of artwork by geologist-turned-painter Mary Rainey-Medlin through Nov. 30.

Rainey-Medlin's work features landscapes, flowers and animals in watercolors, acrylics and pen and ink.

According to a news release, Rainey-Medlin found that the drawing skills she had used to map geological formations during her 25-year career as an exploration geophysicist were applicable to fine art after taking a beginning drawing class at the Reston Community Center four years ago.

"As a geologist, I studied the elements of form, line, composition and color without training in the arts. Now, with training, I'm beginning to express the emotional impact these elements have on me in mature and organized ways," said Rainey-Medlin.

The center is at 2310 Colts Neck Rd. For more information, call 703-476-4500 or visit

A Celtic New Year Concert

Hammered dulcimer player Maggie Sansone will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Alden Theatre in McLean to celebrate the Celtic New Year.

Also performing will be vocalist Lisa Moscatiello, fiddler Rosie Shipley, Irish flutist Laura Byrne and cellist Fred Lieder.

Sansone will perform both new and ancient music, blending Celtic melodies with a jazzy crossover sound she called "cool Celtic" in a news release. Sansone is founder and CEO of Maggie's Music, an independent recording label for Scottish, Irish and early music CDs and books.

Tickets are $18 for McLean area residents; $16 for students; $22 for others.

The theater is at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave.

For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit For tickets, call 703-573-SEAT or visit

Artistic 'Perspectives'

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is hosting an exhibition, "Three Perspectives on the Natural World," through Nov. 26.

Nature's Best magazine is sponsoring the exhibit. In coordination with the exhibit, GRACE and the Walker Nature Education Center will hold a multi-age workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 during which participants can make an art project with the artists.

Joanne Bauer, curator of the exhibit, said in a news release, "The new GRACE gallery has been transformed into a quiet, meditative space where visitors wander through a forest of suspended ceramic forms, encounter large-scale paintings inspired by nature's primeval forces and discover transparent paper prints in unexpected places."

GRACE is in the Reston Town Center, 12001 Market St., Suite 103. To register for the workshop, call 703-471-9242 or send an e-mail to


Suzie Celentano performs tomorrow with the Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre at NVCC's Schlesinger Center.