Each month, Virginia arts organization Workhouse Arts Center hosts a 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Workhouse Arts Center has a sprawling campus of 70 artist studios, seven studio galleries featuring resident artist work, a feature gallery, and a premiere gallery showcasing national and international curated and juried shows. More than 100 artists create, exhibit, and sell their work alongside a bustling schedule of classes, performing arts events, community events, and other arts-related programming.

Brett John Johnson, Director of Visual Arts at Workhouse Arts Center, describes the Art Walk as an opportunity to immerse oneself into the vibrant art community at Workhouse: “The unique thing about the Workhouse is that we are a large art community. Most art walks take place in an urban environment with people walking from gallery to gallery within a few block radius, the Workhouse is an escape from the urban - but with all the art. Visitors can walk our campus and expense galleries and numerous open studios.”

A program of the Lorton Arts Foundation, Workhouse Arts Center is situated inside the former Lorton Workhouse. Though part of the mission of the organization is to preserve the structures of the historic correctional facility, the focus of the center is to creatively reuse the historic site to foster a vibrant arts community. Johnson underscored the consistent opportunity presented through these efforts, “We are always looking for new energy. Artist studios often become available for rental, and artists can become members and exhibit here or keep an eye out for exhibit opportunities. A new future for the 2nd Saturday Art Walk we are exploring is performance art – anywhere from traditional performance to contemporary art performance. In December, for example, we will have performance artists from Sonic Circuits performing on campus.”

Visitors can expect a diverse set of artists and an engaging experience with the community at December’s Art Walk. Johnson continues, “The 2nd Saturday Art Walk often features Workhouse artists. Each studio building tends to curate their own exhibition; many times the exhibits feature a particular artist. December is a little different because it’s the Holidays; therefore much of the work on display is small, often available to remove from a gallery at time of purchase - it’s the gift giving season!”

This month’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk is on December 8. For more information on December’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk and Workhouse Arts Center, click here.


November 29, 2012