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PURCELLVILLE: Purcellville Wine Barrel Project call for artists

Purcellville Wine Barrel Project call for artists

In an effort to look for new ways to bring attention to Purcellville, the town’s economic development advisory council is launching a new project to promote the community. “Painted Wine Barrels Around Purcellville,” is looking for artists to paint about 32 wine barrels as 360-degree art canvases that will be on display in the greater Purcellville area this summer.

“We are excited about this concept,” said Michael Oaks, one of the organizers of the project and a member of the town's economic development council.

The idea is being coordinated by the EDC as well as the Purcellville Arts Council.

Open to all artists, including students, applicants should submit a sample of their previous artwork via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or drop it off to Oaks at Re-Love it at 138 N. 21st St. The artwork will be juried by a judging panel based on creativity and originality.

Oaks explained the idea is to have colorful and creative barrels to support tourism in Loudoun.

The barrels will be painted between March 22 and April 25 and will be first on display at the Music and Arts Festival in Purcellville on May 21. There will be an available map showing where each barrel is on display after the festival.

At the end of the display period, the wine barrels will be auctioned off Nov. 11 at an event at Catoctin Creek Distillery, and all of the money raised will be used for future community projects.

Partners Club Ball a success

Partners Club members from around Loudoun enjoyed a special gathering at their annual ball Feb. 19 at Loudoun Valley High School.

Cynthia Clark, a teacher and adviser at LVHS, said Partners Club encourages students to create friendships that go beyond labels and cliques.

“We have many social events throughout the year, including athletic games, bowling and Very Special Arts. The annual dance is an event that brings together all the high schools in the county,” Clark said.

“We have many alumni that continue to come back and reunite with old friends. This year we had approximately 200 students and alumni dancing the night away in the decorated cafeteria,” she added.

Proceeds from the dance will go toward “some exciting events” coming up at LVHS, such as speaker Cara Coleman on Spread the Word to End the Word Day, A Place to Be's Same Sky Project presentation April 22 and a Special Olympics track meet in the spring.

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