Tour: Lorton Arts
Lorton is rich in original art and performance history. Lorton is home of world famous artists and entertainment greats. We expect the art studios, galleries and performance venues to grow as well. Right now, the historic town of Occoquan is home to several galleries showing original local fine art. Theatrical venues are also numerous which are previewed and reviewed in Lorton Valley Star. The area boasts schools of dance, acting, and music. Hearts in Motion in Saratoga Center teaches all three. There are no movie theaters in the center of Lorton and perriferal theaters have closed over the last ten years as home theaters are becoming a popular home improvement. MovieCo of Florida wanted to put a multi-cinema in Lorton Station and the Banks wouldn't even fund it.
Fairfax County has approved the proposal by the Lorton Arts Foundation to renovate the Occoquan Facility of the closed District of Columbia Correctional Facility as an art center with studios, gallery and museum as well as theatrical and music performance venue. On, the other side of Lorton, plans to refurbish the Old Country Store include a small strictly local art gallery. Bluegrass music is making a comeback from the days when this was the middle of a country music hotbed. The Old Country Store and the Mason Neck Lions Club have begun hosting country music concerts. Many country music greats have performed at the Hillbilly Heaven, now gone, and the Lorton Firehouse dances. Patsy Cline performed at the firehouse on New Year's Eve 1957.
Fine Art Venues in greater Lorton Include:
Artists' Undertaking Gallery (Co-op)
309 Mill Street
Commerce Street Gallery
Loft Gallery (Co-op)
313 Mill Street
PRINCE WILLIAM ARTS SOCIETY
Promotes understanding, appreciation of visual fine arts and crafts; includes annual art shows, special exhibits, & monthly education programs.
Family Friendly Music Venues in greater Lorton Include:
Coffee House of Occoquan
202 Commerce Street
Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra at:
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
OBCO Office Address :
9331 Mainsail Drive
Burke, VA 22015
Theatre Production Groups in greater Lorton include:
Aldersgate Church Community Theatre
CASTAWAYS REPERTORY THEATRE
Programming drama, comedy, melodrama and children's shows. A challenge to actors and audiences alike.
NoVa WOODBRIDGE THEATRE GROUP (NWTG)
Theatre at the Woodbridge Campus of
Northern Virginia Community College
15200 Neabsco Mills Rd.
Woodbridge, VA 22191-4099
Young People's Theatre
usually at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre
Stages in greater Lorton include:
Center for the Arts
George Mason University
Mail Stop 2F5
Fairfax, VA 22030
The University presents and the facility can be rented. Call Julie Thompson.
Nearby, the City of Alexandria, boasts the Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Art Center School. 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA
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