Creative Response
January 17, 7pm: Abby Wendle, producer of NPR’s Invisibilia, with a sonic introduction led by Maryam Ovissi
May 30, 7pm: TBA
June 20, 7pm: TBA

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. 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, 3pm
Join the five artists featured in the current exhibition STRETCHJames Huckenpahler, Monroe Isenberg, Katie Kehoe, Melanie Kehoss, and Harry Meyer—for a discussion about their work and their responses to the prompt, “If you could do anything, what would that be?” The presentation will be followed by an open Q&A. Moderated by GRACE Associate Curator and Festival Director Erica Harrison. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public. All ages.  

Meditation Workshop: Contemplating Creativity
January 31, 7–8:30
June 13, 7–8:30
Join Greater Reston Arts Center and Beloved Yoga for a meditation workshop contemplating the exhibition on view at the gallery.
Email to register. Ages 13 and up. Free for members of the Greater Reston Arts Center. $5 donation for non-members.

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

In Their Own Words: Stephanie Williams
June 8, 3pm
Free and open to the public