A golden anniversary: ​​an exhibition commemorates the Prince William Art Society | Lifestyles

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Prince William Art Society, the ARTfactory in Manassas is hosting a group art exhibit and special reception.

The exhibit, “Golden Anniversary: ​​50 Years of PWAS,” opened May 4 and runs through June 4 at the ARTfactory, 9419 Battle St.

The reception with the artists will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Prince William Art Society began in 1971 as the Woodbridge Art Guild Inc. and today has 40 members. To celebrate its golden anniversary, the group art exhibition will feature 44 original works of art by 11 art society members. This exhibition contains a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, mixed media and Photoart.

The Arts Society is a non-profit organization established to promote appreciation of the visual and fine arts, to achieve recognition and publicity for the work of local artists, and to provide a variety of educational art programs and art exhibits to the Prince William community.

The Prince William Art Society holds annual spring and fall art exhibits at the Tall Oaks Community Center in Lake Ridge and participates in the Hylton Performing Arts Center‘s Arts Alive event and the Occoquan Art Festival. Currently the art society has exhibits at both the Clearbrook Center of the Arts at Tacket’s Mill in Woodbridge and the Open Space Arts Gallery in Stonebridge.

The society holds monthly meetings, followed by educational programs, led by guests from a variety of artistic backgrounds. Meetings include refreshments and time to get to know other artists and are held at the Tall Oaks Community Center on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m., excluding December and January.

The company also tries to hold at least two affordable workshops per year covering different mediums or topics, according to its website.

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