Purcellville Arts Council

arts-council-logo-FinalThe Purcellville Arts Council supports visual and performing arts in the Town of Purcellville. The Purcellville Arts Council works to offer local artists more opportunities to share their art with the public while providing residents with a variety of ways to experience, enjoy, and learn about art.

To contact the members of the Purcellville Arts Council, please use purcellvilleartscouncil@purcellvilleva.gov.

Members

Unless otherwise noted, the Purcellville Arts Council meets the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at Town Hall. Please check the agenda center for latest meeting agenda.

Efforts

  • Art at Town Hall through which one local artist is featured for one to three months with their art on display for the public to view and a Meet the Artist Reception. The Purcellville Arts Council is pleased to present the art of Reggie Simms from August 1 - October 31, 2022. The public is invited to view the show during regular Town Hall office hours (Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. except holidays). A Meet the Artist Reception is planned for Wednesday, October 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The reception is part of Celebrate Purcellville.
About Reggie Simms
Purcellville native Reggie Simms is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and down-to-earth philosopher.  Now age 87 and reflecting on his life’s journey, he says he always has wanted to explore new things, create, and imagine. He credits his mother for encouraging him to draw and paint.  “My mother located a racially integrated art academy on Embassy Row in D.C. and, after high school, I went there for a year, learning anatomy and drawing human figures. Later, I took a few painting classes in New Jersey. By then I was hooked.” He continued to learn through trial-and-error and built a career in commercial art for grocery chains and Metro.  Paintings in the exhibit at Town Hall are eye-catching canvases depicting selected National Geographic magazine covers. This magazine has a special meaning to Mr. Simms. “I owe my fascination with travel, geography and world cultures to those magazines,” he said. The Purcellville Arts Council invites Purcellville residents to come learn more about Mr. Simms and see his artwork.

Local artists who are interested in having their work on display at Town Hall may apply online with three samples of their work.  

  • Cabin Fever Film Festival is a small film festival co-sponsored by the Purcellville Arts Council and the Franklin Park Visual and Performing Arts Center. This festival celebrated its 5th year in 2022!

  • Virginia Commission for the Arts Creative Communities Grant Program provides financial support for local visual and performing arts programs. The Purcellville Arts Council requests proposals from local non-profit art organizations to potentially be included in their grant proposal to the Virginia Commission for the Arts Creative Communities Program. 

  • Jim "Doc" Wiley Leadership in the Arts Award, named for Dr. James Wiley, beloved family dentist, former Town Council member, and long-time supporter of art and artists in Purcellville, the award is intended to recognize an individual or organization in the greater Purcellville area for making a significant impact on the arts in the community. Past recipients of the award include Discover Purcellville (2018), Karlah Louis (2019), Elizabeth Bracey (2020), Huyen MacMichael and Jessica Marshall of the DaVinci Art Studios (2021).  Nominations are now being accepted! Submit a nomination online by November 1, 2022!

  • Art in Public Spaces including banners featuring art by local students.

  • Art Hall at the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival is a display of local artists’ work and hands-on art activities for the public. 

  • Quilts in Town Council Chambers features the beauty and artistry of quilts made in western Loudoun County. 

  • Art Murals in Town brings art from the private to the public sphere, add visual and aesthetic value to the community, provide a medium to display the history and culture of the Town, and enhance the character of Purcellville.

  • Loudoun County Artisan Trail, which the Town sponsors and participates in through three of our projects.

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