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Christmas Wishes for 2016

Sunset on Winter Snow
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce


I want to take a few moments to wish everyone a happy holiday, whether it's Christmas or Hanukkah or anything else you celebrate, and to wish you a Happy New Year.  This is to all my friends and family and people who support me through my life.  I'm am grateful for all of you because you make my life so rich and joyful.  I am indeed a lucky woman.  I don't see some of you often, but none the less, you have enriched my life. Even the students I have had on the cruise ship, you have brought me joy!

I read somewhere that if you wake up every day and name what you are thankful for, you will have a happier day.  I think this is true.  With so much negativity in the world, we need to focus on the positive.

What brings you joy?  Focus on that.  If you can't think of anything, then you need to start painting!  As one of my lawyer students said, " Taking your class and painting is a lot cheaper than if I had to pay a psychiatrist. "  There is a reason there is such a thing as art therapy.

Whatever you do this upcoming year, I hope it is filled with joy and laughter and also thankfulness.


Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: December 24, 2016, 7:14 pm

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

With the new Harry Potter movie out, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them", it made me think of a painting I did a number of years ago.

Lots of people ask me why do I paint what I paint or how do I decide what to paint.  Each painting has it's own reason, but I think "Harry Potter's Bookshelf" has a good story. 
Harry Potter's Bookshelf
painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
When my son, Kevin, was in elementary school, he was a non reader.  He hated to read, and it was difficult for him.  So I bought the first Harry Potter book, and each night, I would read a chapter to him before he went to bed.  If you haven't read it, it is a book that draws you in.  It's funny, it's scary, you fall in love with some of the characters and you hate some of them.  You become totally involved in the story.  Every night, Kevin would sit next to me in bed as I read.  When we got to the scary parts, he would snuggle even closer.  It was a very special time for both of us.  At the end of the book, he was so excited!  "READ IT AGAIN!" he screamed.  I calmly handed him the book and said, "No, you read it.  It's your book now." From that day on, he began to read.  He read all of the Harry Potter books (I think there are 7 of them), and when he finished, he read them again.  
The author J.K. Rowling changed Kevin's life when she wrote the Harry Potter series.  He's an avid reader now. 
As an adult, he's in 2 book clubs.  I did this painting for Kevin because of the importance that the Harry Potter books played in his life. I know he will cherish it long after I'm gone, and for me, it was a labor of love.

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: December 17, 2016, 3:33 pm

1st Place Prize in the Hollin Hills Show 2016

Hot Dog Stand in the Theatre District
by Jane McElvany Coonce
I am on a roll lately.  Last week I won 2nd place in the national juried show, "Figuratively Speaking", with my sculpture "Harriet".  This weekend I won first place in the "Famous Artists of the 21st Century" show held at Hollin Hall in Alexandria, VA.
I had several pieces in the show, but my watercolor, "Hot Dog Stand in the Theatre District" won 1st place.  It's quite an honor because there are some really FABULOUS artists that are in this show.  So I was quite shocked when I found out I won.  There were so many beautiful paintings in this show.

If I had known I was going to have my picture taken with my painting, I would have combed my hair and worn something a little nicer.  Oh well, that's what artists are like - half the time we look like rag-a-muffins. Today was one of those days.





Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: December 5, 2016, 2:14 am

2nd Place in "Figuratively Speaking" Juried Show

sculpture by Jane McElvany Coonce

I was thrilled today when I found out I won 2nd place in a National Juried Show - Figuratively Speaking - for my sculpture called "Harriett."  (She was formerly known as "Sheila", but I changed her name.  Maybe it brought her luck!)  The show hangs for the month of December at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City.  The juror,  John Morrell, had over 100 entries and picked 51 pieces to be in the show.  I was shocked when I heard I got 2nd place!  It's a very interesting show.  If you can come Friday night (Dec 2) to the reception, I will be there.

The gallery is located at 2120 Crystal Plaza Arcade.  There is free parking in the garage on 20th St. between Jefferson Davis Highway and Crystal Drive.  The reception is from 5 to 8 pm.

The show continues through the month of December, so if you can't make it Friday night, there is still time to see it.
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: November 28, 2016, 10:16 pm

Ft. C.F. Smith FAll Art Show November 18 - 20Sunrise

Sunrise on Winter Snow
Oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
This weekend is the annual Ft. Smith show.  If you have never attended it, you are missing a real treat.  It opens Friday night with a lovely reception from 6 to 8 pm.  The show is located in the beautiful restored house off of Lorcom Lane and Fillmore Street.  I hope you will stop by.  I will be there Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

However, the show is open all weekend.
Friday from 6 to 8 pm
Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday from noon to 4 pm.

Address:  2411 N. 24th St. Arlington, VA

There will be paintings, pottery, sculpture, and notecards.  It's a good time to start your Christmas shopping.  I've got lots of new paintings and you can see what I've been up to for the past few months.

On the news
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: November 17, 2016, 1:51 am

Reception for "Travels in France" This Sunday, Oct 30, 2016

Boats Along the Canal of the Aude River
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
The art show, "Travels in France," was hung 2 weeks ago.  It's a beautiful show that has gotten rave reviews!  6 paintings have sold by 5 different artists so far.  And we haven't even had the reception.  We have filled the empty spaces on the wall with more French paintings, so there is plenty to see and buy.  Initially, we couldn't hang all the paintings that we created, so as painting sells, we put another one in its place.  So the show is continually changing.

I hope you will come on Sunday, Oct 30 , from 5 to 8 pm.  It's at Cassatt's Cafe 
4536 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA.
If you can't make it to the reception, you can visit Cassatt's 
Monday - Friday : 8 am - 9 pm
Saturday:  9 am - 9 pm
Sunday:  9 am - 3 pm

The show will end on Sunday,November 13
so you have 2 more weeks to see it.  

Vineyard Overlooking Saint Anselme
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: October 28, 2016, 8:38 pm

Travels in France: A Show of the Paintings of Our Trip to Limoux



Blue Door of Camon
watercolor painting by Jane McElvany Coonce


Yesterday, we hung the show at Cassatt's.  The paintings we hung were a culmination of the work we did in France this summer.  I took a group of 10 artists and 3 non artists over to France.  We spent several days in Paris touring the city and eating great French food.  Then we took the train down to Montfalcon.  We traveled each day to a small town, vineyard or a canal to paint our hearts out.  We had a fabulous time and ate wonderful French food.  After we came home, we finished up work and framed our pieces for this wonderful show.

I hope you will go and see the show.  It's at Cassatt's Cafe,  4536 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA.  It's open from 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday.  Saturday it is open from 9 am- 8pm and Sunday, it's open from 9 am to 3 pm.

The show will hang from Sunday Oct. 16 until Sunday, November 13,2016.

There will be a reception where you can meet all of the artists on Sunday, October 30 from 5 to 8 pm.
Hope you can make it and see all the beautiful art that we did.

Market Day
watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: October 17, 2016, 8:04 pm

3rd Annual Art Auction: Artrageous!

Morning Light on Key Bridge
by Jane McElvany Coonce

For a third year in a row, the Arlington Artists Alliance is having its annual fundraiser  this coming Friday, Oct 7 from 6 to 8 pm at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City.  This year, I painted "Morning Light on Key Bridge" especially for the event.  The fundraiser called Artrageous is a silent art auction and over 75 paintings will be in the show. There will be paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and some other fun items including my brother's beach house for a weekend.

The show will be hung on Monday, Oct 3, and you can preview the work from Oct 3 through the 7th.
The art auction admission is free, and it's a way to acquire art at a very reasonable price.  I hope everyone will come for a fun evening of food, beverage, music and of course, ART!

I will be there and would love to party with you.  So put it on your calendar and come this Friday.
Parking is free in the garage on 20th St between Rt. 1 and Crystal Drive.

Drop by next week at Gallery Underground for an in-person preview of all the great art to be auctioned, on view from October 3-7, 10am-6pm.  Or view artwork you can bid on at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126919361@N04/sets/72157671268913426


See something you love? Can’t attend this year? NEW feature, “BUY IT NOW,” allows you to buy art right off the wall at great prices without waiting for the auction competition.

The Gallery is located at The Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive in Arlington.





Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: October 3, 2016, 12:27 am

Reception at 1st Stage This Sunday, September 11, 2016

Remains of the Day
 oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
In case you missed my last post, I have a solo show at 1st Stage!  (Thanks to Debby Conn for arranging it!)  The reception is this Sunday, September 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 and you are invited!
I really hope you'll stop by.  I have 20 oil paintings in the show.  They really look great with the warm mustard colored walls.  Stop by and have some wine and snacks.

1st Stage is located at 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons , Va.  If you are on Route 7, turn when you see Container Store ( on the other side of Route 7 from Marshalls, Sports Authority) .  Go up one block and turn left into a small strip mall.  When you see the big sports gym, park there.  1st Stage is right there although I think you really have to search for the signage.  There is plenty of  free parking.

Hope to see you this Sunday!

Hydrangeas, Roses and Sargent
oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: September 9, 2016, 3:06 pm

My Solo Show at 1st Stage, Tysons Corner, VA

A Piggy Bank's Dream
by Jane McElvany Coonce
This week, I hung a show of 20 of my paintings at 1st Stage Theatre.  The show will be there from August 25 until October 9, 2016.  One way to see my show is to also buy tickets to their first play of the season, "Lobby Hero."

I will also have a reception on Sunday, September 11 and would like to invite all of my fans to come.  The reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Please feel free to drop by.  You don't need tickets to come to the reception.

If you haven't heard of 1st Stage before, please feel free to check them out on their website.
They are located at Tyson's Corner and there is plenty of parking.

The address for 1st Stage is:

1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons, Va. 22102.

The theatre is right off Route 7.  When you see the Container Store, turn at that corner and the theatre is located about a block up on the left in a small shopping center.  Hope to see you at the reception.

The Audition
by Jane McElvany Coonce

Author: Jane McElvany Coonce
Posted: August 28, 2016, 3:29 pm

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4057 N. 27th Street
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