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Art Exhibit to Feature Watercolor and Mixed Media of Horses, Foxes, and Blue Ridge Mountains

An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019.

Post Date:08/30/2019 9:41 AM
green watercolor watermarkedLeesburg, VA (August 30, 2019) – The Leesburg Commission on Public Art (COPA) is pleased to announce a new art display that will be available for viewing at Leesburg Town Hall (25 West Market Street) beginning Friday, September 6, 2019.

Colorful World will feature whimsical horses in vibrant color, sailing ships, fairies, foxes, and the sweeping slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains painted by Leesburg resident, Abigail Cossette Ryan. 

Ryan works mostly in watercolor and mixed media, using brush pens, and blocks of dry ink called Inktense to create pictures full of vivid color. 

“I never get tired of watching the pigment take on a life of its own when it touches water,” Ryan said. “Watercolors are unruly, which is part of the appeal.” 

Ryan’s favorite painting subjects are animals and fantastic things, and she takes commission works for pet portraits and other special projects. 

“Besides pets, I’ve painted popcorn boxes, blue jays, spaceships, knights, ballerinas…I love the challenge and the reward of seeing people’s eyes light up when they get their painting.” 

The artist is hosting a grand opening during Leesburg First Friday, on September 6, between 7 and 9 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to stop by to see the art, meet the artist, and have some refreshments. The exhibit runs through November 30, 2019. 

The first floor lobby and hallway of the Leesburg Town Hall features rotating exhibits by Leesburg and Loudoun artists. Those interested in having their work considered for a future exhibit should contact Anne Geiger, staff liaison to the Commission on Public Art, at

Media Contact:
Leah Kosin
Assistant Public Information Officer

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