Falls Church Arts Gallery Presents Wild Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on August 15, 2022

Sat, 20 August 2022 - Sun, 02 October 2022

Off Grid by Molly McCracken.

Thirty-one artists will be featured in an all-media exhibit inspired by the word “Wild” at the Falls Church Arts gallery from August 20 to October 2, 2022.

The theme for this exhibit was selected in collaboration with Falls Church Arts Instagram followers who narrowed down a list of words that represented possible show themes. The Falls Church Arts Instagram used a bracket system for this process and the final word, “wild,” was selected. Juror Tara Barr commented that the 45 artworks selected for the show typified “wild locations, wild plants and animals, wild characters, wild stories, and lots and lots of frenzied, untamed energy.”

Media used in the exhibit include oil on canvas, silkscreen, mixed media, photography, marker, acrylic, porcelain, watercolor, ink block printing, ink and inktense pencil, reduction linocut, and ceramic.

Artworks can also be viewed online at www.fallschurcharts.org. All pieces can be purchased at the gallery or on the website.

Two awards, a $150 Juror’s Choice and a $50 People’s Choice, were made possible by a donation from Cuates Grill, 502 W. Broad St., #5, Falls Church, VA 20046. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on Saturday, September 24, based on votes from visitors to the gallery.

Tara Barr selected “Off Grid,” a mixed media collage on canvas board by Molly McCracken, for the Juror’s Choice Award. The piece “speaks to the bit of wildness in all of us. You can feel the energy of her creative process in the layering and mixing of media. In the end result you can sense the tension of loosely contained chaos and the total wildness that might be just around the corner.”

Ms. Barr continued in her description of the exhibit submissions, “So many wonderful artworks were submitted for this show and it was a real challenge to narrow my selections to what the gallery could accommodate. It was such a pleasure to see so much wild and energetic art. My goal was to select pieces that embodied the theme of WILD both in subject and in execution. I was looking for more than a literal interpretation of the theme in the subject matter, but also visual energy that portrayed a wild spirit. And there was so much WILDness to choose from!”

Tara Barr began pursuing an art career in earnest after spending over a decade working in the technology field. She is an oil painter who creates fun, nostalgic pop-art still lifes. Tara’s love of history, technology, and design are all evident in her artwork. She exhibits all over the DC metropolitan area as well as across the country. Most recently, she is part of a four-person exhibition at the James Oliver Gallery in Philadelphia.

Ms. Barr maintains a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and serves on the board of the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association.

Participants in “Wild” include the following artists:

John Ballou, Veronica Barker-Barzel, Precious Burger, Todd Burger, Joanne Burke, Freya Christensen, Willa Friedman, Bob Gilbert, Maureen Goss, James Hengst, Noreene Janus, Jim Joint, Margaret Kelley, Camille Kouyoumdjian, Faith Ku, Sissie Lewis, Naomi Lipsky, Molly McCracken, Alice McGrorey, Gini Moore, Nami Oshiro, Helen Power, Elisabeth Rhyne, Greg Skrtic, Iryna Smitchkova, Carrie Spence, Suzanne Updike, John Valenti, Shaun van Steyn, Casey Wait, and Clarissa Yeap.

Since Falls Church Arts’s inception in 2003, it has focused on the visual arts, bringing opportunities to exhibit, learn about, share, and experience art to the community. Education has been at the heart of the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Classes cater to all ages and skill levels and focus on developing or enhancing core skills. Emerging and professional artists are encouraged to participate in the juried exhibits at the gallery.

Falls Church Arts is supported by the strong funding of its members and the generosity of corporate donors and the community at large and has been the honored recipient of grants from the City of Falls Church’s CATCH Foundation and Arts Fairfax. To become a member or learn more, go to www.fallschurcharts.org.


  • Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

The Falls Church Arts gallery is at 700-B West Broad St. (Route 7), Falls Church.