Opening reception: Mary B. Howard Invitational: STRETCH
December 15, 5–7pm

Free and open to the public

Monster Drawing Rally
December 1, 1–5pm
Free and open to the public
Join the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) and artists from across Virginia, Maryland, and DC for a live drawing event and fundraiser! The Monster Drawing Rally turns the GRACE gallery into a public performance space as over 50 artists create unique artworks on-site using their preferred media. More information here

Creative Response: Abby Wendle
January 17, 7pm
Join the Greater Reston Arts Center one Thursday of each month to hear an expert in their field respond to the work on view in the gallery. The short presentation will be followed by open conversation. Presenters may include poets, dancers, writers, musicians, visual artists, and more. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. All ages.

Abby Wendle is a producer for NPR’s Invisibilia. She’s been a farm reporter for Harvest Public Media in rural Illinois and helped launch This Land Radio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her work has appeared on NPR News, the BBC, CBC, and ABC in Australia, and has received awards from The Missouri ReviewThe Third Coast International Audio Festival, and KCRW’s 24 Hour Radio Race. She once won Best Sports Report from PRNDI for a story about competitive corn husking. In addition to reporting on it, Abby competed – snapping off and shucking 216 ears in 20 minutes and getting one heck of a rash. Here’s proof. Abby also enjoys creating experimental sound art. Her project, ~1652Hz (the howling dome), is a collaborative sonic experience in which people are invited to make noises they associate with a pain or grievance in their life. She spends some of her free time staring into the middle distance with her two cats and hopes to garden and weld more in the future.

In Their Own Words: STRETCH artist panel
January 26, 3–5pm
Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. All ages.

In Their Own Words: STRETCH curator’s talk
February 9, 3–5pm
Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. All ages.