The car is packed and I’m off in a little bit to set up for the Workhouse Fine Arts Festival this weekend–Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. This is the first year I’ve done this show and I’m looking forward to it.

The setting is unique. As its name implies, the Workhouse was a correctional facility in an earlier incarnation–beginning in 1910. Local government purchased the facility about 10 years ago and renovated it as an arts center. There are six studio buildings housing more than 100 working artists, plus galleries and a theater, according to the organization’s website at It’s an interesting history.

Purple Lime in Process - Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts

Purple Lime In Process – Cindy Grisdela

And no, the art festival is not taking place in a jail! There will be 150 artists in a variety of media, including painting, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, and both wearable and decorative fiber–that’s me. It’s a juried show and the artists are from all over the country.

Admission and parking are both free. The show will be outside in a grassy quadrangle surrounded by the artist studios, and there will be music and food to entertain you further.

Hours are 11-7:30 Saturday and 11-5 Sunday. I’m in Booth 57. Several new pieces are shown in the featured image above, plus some I just finished this week.

If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you. It’s easy to get to from the DC Metro area on I-95.