The Fairfax Art League is a cooperative organization that operates through the efforts of its members who plan, manage, staff and support its galleries, activities, and community outreach programs. The FAL provides opportunities to learn various mediums from creative individuals, to exhibit and sell artwork and to gain recognition within a friendly, supportive environment. 

The FAL holds monthly member meetings and educational demonstrations, workshops, juried shows and receptions throughout the year. Educational programs are available to members, the public, and elementary students. Most activities are free and open to the public.

History

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The organization was founded by local artists Kathryn Higgins, Donya Bauer, Art Cole, Jackie Cawley, Deron Decesare, and Deborah Smith in 1986 and named the Fairfax Art League (FAL) the following year. It was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1988.

The league is indebted to founder Kathryn Higgins who provided guidance and financial support to the fledgling organization over the years. With continued support from the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts and local sponsors, the Fairfax Art League has grown significantly and expanded its program and presence in the heart of downtown Fairfax City near the new Old Town Square Park.

Programs & Activities

To receive information about our programs, activities, and special events held throughout the year, please visit our Events page and sign up to receive the FAL e-newsletter.

A Child’s Introduction to Art

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FAL's youth outreach program exposes elementary children to famous artists and artistic exercises to help inspire and promote creativity. The program is held at the Main Street Child Development Center in Fairfax. If you would like to assist in the classroom, please Contact Us.

Artist Demos

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Visual arts demonstrations are presented by accomplished professionals sharing their expertise in various artistic approaches, techniques, materials, and mediums. The demonstrations last approximately one hour and are free and open to members and the public. Demonstrations are held on the first Saturday of the month (except for the months of January, July and August).

Workshops

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Similar to Artist Demonstrations, workshops showcase specific artistic approaches, techniques, materials, or mediums by professional artists who offer in depth and hands on classes. Workshop fees are charged to cover instructor and/or materials. If you are interested in teaching a workshop, please Contact Us.

 Art & Lunch

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Art & Lunch is a free informal monthly gathering of members that lend ideas, critique, and support to each other’s endeavors. Artists are encouraged to bring their materials and artwork and perhaps a lunch. A variety of local restaurants provide take-out lunch options. Art & Lunch is scheduled on the second Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall.  On occasion a live model is engaged and participants may be asked to contribute a small cover fee.

Gallery Exhibitions and Receptions

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Members are invited to display and sell their artwork at FAL galleries including Old Town Hall and The Fairfax Regional Library as well as other venues that become available.  Seven show changes and receptions are planned annually at the Old Town Hall.  Three shows are hung annually at the Fairfax Regional Library.  Receptions are free.

In addition, individual members or a small group of members may participate as “Featured Artists” as space permits at no charge. Featured Artists plan their reception including but not limited to food and beverage, theme and entertainment.  Some costs are reimbursed. 

Non-members are allowed to display their artwork for a fee or an individual may participate for free as a guest artist of an FAL member. 

Spotlight on the Arts

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Held in the spring during Fairfax City’s Spotlight on the Arts festival, members submit their best works for a competitive, professionally judged exhibition with cash prize awards. A highlight of the year, members and the public are invited to view the art and enjoy live entertainment and refreshments.

Holiday Show at Old Town Hall

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Held in December, members display their artwork for a popular and special holiday event featuring live entertainment, refreshments, and wine. FAL members and the community are invited to enjoy the exhibition along with friends and family.

Our Board and Committee Members:

To contact our board and committee members, please Contact Us.

Fairfax Art League wishes to express their sincerest thanks and appreciation for support from the following: