Wednesday, October 3, 2012

McLean Project for the Arts Annual Juried Artfest



Sixth Annual Arts Festival to Be Held October 14th in McLean Central Park

The Tackle Box ©CarolSimonsHuddleston

McLean, Va., (October 3, 2012) – Carol Simons Huddleston of Oakton, Virginia has been selected to display her artwork at the 2012 McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) MPAartfest to be held in McLean, Va on October 14, 2012.

Carol will join 49 other artists for the sixth annual MPAartfest on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McLean Central Park located at Old Dominion Drive and Dolley Madison Blvd (Rt. 123) in McLean, Va. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend.

“I am very honored to be selected to display my photography at MPAartfest this year,” Carol said. “I look forward to being part of this wonderful event and meeting art enthusiasts from McLean and all of Northern Virginia.”

MPA Executive Director Nancy Perry said: “McLean Project for the Arts is extremely pleased to have Carol Simons Huddleston as one of the 50 juried artists for the sixth annual MPAartfest. We look forward to seeing her works on display. We are confident that this year’s MPAartfest will be even more spectacular than past years’ events.”

MPAartfest will transform McLean Central Park into a lively landscape of mini art galleries, showcasing and offering for sale the works of the diverse group of 50 juried artists. A Children’s ArtWalk, Senior Art Space, Innovation Station for the kids, Open Studio and live entertainment throughout the day will make this a must-attend event for art lovers of all ages.

Parking is easy at MPAartfest designated lots with shuttle buses running all day.

MPAartfest is a free community event, but a $5 donation is greatly appreciated.

This will be the first time that Carol has participated in the annual event and she will offer framed photography, unframed works, and note and gift photo cards for sale.

MPAartfest attendees can browse and purchase paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and fine crafts that will appeal to all levels of collectors. Artists will keep 100 percent of art sales proceeds. Donations from corporate sponsors, individual donors and a portion of the event’s food proceeds benefit McLean Project for the Arts, helping to fund a multitude of high-quality art exhibitions and educational programs at its galleries in the McLean Community Center.

McLean Project for the Arts is a non-profit visual arts center founded in 1962 to exhibit the work of emerging and established regional artists. Designated as a museum partner by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, MPA’s mission is to bring the visual arts into the community by promoting public awareness and understanding of contemporary art. Additionally, in its Susan B. DuVal studio MPA offers instruction and education to the public by dedicated professional artists. MPA is permanently housed at the McLean Community Center.

For a complete list of MPAartfest participating artists visit the MPA Web site at and click the MPAartfest section.

For media or other inquiries:
Carol Simons Huddleston

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Upcoming Shows and Events

Architectural Bones
Just learned that I am among 38 artists chosen to participate in the MiniSolos@Touchstone show to be held August 2 - 30, 2012 at the Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Stairway to Heaven
High Contrast
Opening reception for the show is Friday, August 3, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm. My "solo" show will include ten images in a four foot by ten foot space within the gallery, and all images will be offered for sale.

Additionally, I have been juried into this year's McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) Artfest, which will take place at McLean Central Park on October 14, 2012. I will be one of 53 artists participating in the day's festivities and will have a 10x10 tent with prints and framed works offered for sale.

Friday, April 20, 2012


At Water's Edge (Belize)
During the month of April my image At Water's Edge (Belize) is featured and awarded an Honorable Mention by juror Erica Fortwengler. Read the Juror's Dialogue about the current Art League show entitled "Earth" here: I hope you will visit the show if you find yourself near Old Town Alexandria. While at the Torpedo Factory visit The Art Legue's Bin Gallery where additional framed and unframed images of mine are offered for sale.

No. 19 (Paris)

No. 19 (Paris) is included in a group show at the Falls Church Courthouse organized by friend and colleague Thuy (Tweetie) Dong. The photo is one I shot during a trip to the City of Light in 2005. It was my first day back in Paris, where I lived for a brief period in 1995. The shot was taken down a dark side street at night where the lighting and colors caught my eye.

I recently attended a workshop by photographer and gallery owner Catriona Fraser on "Success as an Artist." It was an excellent workshop filled with much information. While it's hard to juggle two careers, as an artist and as a real property appraiser, the workshop made me realize even more so just how much harder I need to work to get my name and photography out there in front of the right people (collectors, gallery owners, judges). One way is to participate in art fairs. I hope to soon be able to announce where my first fair will be held and I'm very much looking forward to it.