China In My Eyes & Beauty and Harmony Exhibition – 8/13 through 10/6/13

A collaborative exhibition sponsored by The Confucius Institute at George Mason University and The Languages and Literature Division at Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale opens Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 and runs through Sunday, October 6th, 2013. 

You’re Invited to the exhibition reception on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 from 4PM until 7PM (parking in B8 – B16).  Meet the artists, learn about the art, enjoy refreshments and more!


 An Invitation

China In My Eyes Photographers:

  • Yumin Ao
  • Min Chen
  • Hanke Chen
  • Guido Deboeck
  • Dennis Delehanty
  • Elizabeth Pirola Delehanty
  • Jim Elliott
  • John Flanagan
  • Hamza Hooper
  • Andrew Huang
  • Erin Keeler
  • Han Koo
  • Ken Lee
  • Stuart Malawer
  • Louis Mazzatenta
  • Chunxia Pardo
  • Rheal Radwany
  • Madelyn Ross
  • Hannah Samuels
  • Karyn Theis
  • Tim Porter
  • Jing Wang
  • Shelley Wong
  • Jeffrey Wood
  • Dan Wright
  • Natascha Zelloe
  • Alexander Zelloe
  • Monika Hoffarth-Zelloe

Beauty and Harmony – Curator:  Sharon Mason

China In My Eyes & Chinese Brush Painting E-vite (2)

Art teachers and home-school guardians/teachers are encouraged to embark on a virtual trip to China and get your brochure validated by the Ernst Center office staff. 

China In My Eyes Brochure Binder (brochure)

CIME China In Your Classroom newsletter v1 (China In The Classroom Newsletter)

The Confucius Institute will coordinate educational activities for groups of 20 or more.  Please contact Luchia Sedwick Claster, Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute, at 703-993-7780 or for more information.  You can also contact Kevin Sheehan, Ernst Center Manager, at

Annandale Coin Show at Ernst Center – NOVA Annandale

The Annandale Coin Show will be held at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on Saturday, July 27th (10am – 6pm), and Sunday, July 28th (10am – 4pm).

Admission is free and open to the public, and free parking has been provided in lots B11, B12, B13, B14 and B15.

Over 90 tables featuring a wide variety of numismatic collectibles

  • US Coins and Currency
  • World Coins and Banknotes
  • Ancient Coins
  • Hobby Books and Supplies
  • Gold, Silver and Platinum Bullion
  • Gifts and Collectibles
  • Medals, tokens and Memorabilia

A Kids Program is scheduled for Saturday at 11am ~ educational presentation, free coins, auction, and refreshments!

For more information go to:

NOVA – Annandale Symphony Orchestra Presents “Hooray for Hollywood”

The Northern Virginia Community College – Anndale Symphony Orchestra will present Hollywood’s greatest song and dance music in their Hooray For Hollywood performance at the Ernst Center on Sunday, July 21st, 2013 at 7:30PM

Richard J. Ersnt Community Cultural Center Theater

8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA  22003

Come listen to some  music from America’s greatest films, including such blockbusters as:

  • Titanic
  • Apollo 13
  • Braveheart
  • The Mission
  • Les Miserables, and
  • Star Wars

Tickets will be available at the door:  Adult ($15); Student w/ID ($10); Children under 12 Free.

For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, please contact Reunion Music Society at 703-569-0973, or email

You can also check out Reunion’s website at:

VCU Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Exhibition at The Ernst Center Verizon Gallery

Six candidates for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Master of Interdisciplinary Studies are on exhibition with their Thesis Exhibition at the Ernst Center’s Verizon Gallery.

Exhibition Dates:  July 11th, 2013 – July 30th, 2013

Opening Reception:  Saturday, July 13th, 2013 from 6PM until 9PM

Parking has been assigned to B13 and B14

Bianca Kramer – Passionate Plum (Acrylic on Canvas, 24″ x 30″)

 B Kramer Passionate Plum

Beth Patterson – Accidental Octopus (for more info visit )

B Paterson Accidental Octopus

Ginny Kinsey – Walk a Mile, Sit Awhile(ADK, Acrylic on Canvas)

 G Kinsey ADK

Linda Michelle Stanczak – A Fragmented World

L Stanczak A Fragmented World

Aimee F. Rop – Maternal Layers

A Rop Maternal Layers

Jenn LoPresti – I’ll Keep Our Conversation in Mind (Mixed Media Oil Painting on Canvas, 18″ x 24″) For more info contact

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Gallery Hours:  Monday – Friday from 9AM until 5PM (some Wednesday’s until 9PM – call the Ernst Center Office before you travel – 703-323-3159)


Fundraising Night 2013 Through Art and Culture – Indonesia Relief USA

The Indonesia Relief USA organization will hold a fundraising night of art and culture at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale Campus on Sunday, June 30th from 5PM until 9PM.

There will be an array of exhibitions, paintings, photographs and crafts.  The featured act is Destination Indonesia! by Gigi Art of Dance, and guest performer, Indomination.

Food is avilable and tickets are $20.  All proceeds will go to help break the chain of poverty in Indonesia.  For more information and tickets visit:

NVCC & Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Host CERT CON 2013

Save the date and join us for the National Capital Region’s 3rd Annual CERT Convention, hosted by Fairfax County CERT.  CERTCon is a two day seminar/functional exercise that offers training, networking and sharing of best practices to CERT members in the National Capital Region.

Saturday, June 29th will feature a lecture series from practicing professionals in the fields of emergency management, public health preparedness, search and rescue, disaster psychology, and more!  The speakers hail from a variety of organizations and agencies, including FEMA, NOAA, Virginia Task Force-1 (TF-1), Search & Rescue (NASAR) and more. This lecture series will take place at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale Campus, in Fairfax, Virginia.

Sunday, June 30th will feature a hands-on drill at Lorton, a disaster training site. This exercise will give our CERTs an opportunity to sharpen and advance their skills and work together as a multijurisdictional team. From moulage to triage, you’ll experience it all.

For more information visit

VCU Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Exhibition – Abstract Art

Kate Wallestad and Catherine Stark present their abstract artworks in a two man Thesis Exhibition at the Verizon Galleries in the Ernst Cultural Center.

These bodies of work are the culmination of their Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Interdisciplinary Art from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

The show is open May 7th -17th and there will be an Opening Reception May 10th 7-9 pm.

Springfield Art Guild – Exhibition Feb 25th through March 24th, 2013

The Springfield Art Guild (SAG) has over 40 local artists currently on exhibition at the Ernst Community Cultural Center – Verizon Gallery as part of the Community Connections – People, Places and Things Exhibition Series.  The exhibition will run from February 25th through March 24th, 2013, with a reception on Saturday, March 2nd from 7PM until 9PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Monday -Friday from 9AM until 5PM, and on weekends when events are scheduled in the Ernst Center.  As part of SAG’s community outreach and support, they are presenting Kelly Hendrickson, a NOVA art student, with a scholarship and entry into the exhibition with two new works. 

Springfield Art Guild, now in its 44th year, is a non-profit group that serves the community’s interest in fine arts, crafts, and photography.  More information about SAG can be found on their website at .   

Add art to your day by celebrating the creativity of local student and professional artists at the Ernst Center!

Chinese (Gong Fu Style) Tea – Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

NOVA Toastmasters host a fundrasing event at the Ernst Center on Wednesday, February 6th 2013 at 12:30PM. 

Darlene Kaplan leads this tea tasting, which is a ceremonial tea drinking style meant to focus one’s attention and relax the mind and spirit in a convivial, shared experience.  You will pay close attention to the evolving taste and aroma of the tea, slowing to observe the dance of its leaves against beautiful yizing cups.  There is nothing like Gong Fu to create a warm, intimate atmosphere among friends.

You will be served up to six different Preimium to Estate Teas.  The selections included are Oolong, Pu-erh, Green, White, Organic, and Blooming Tea – just to mention a few.  The Premium Tea or Estate Teas are from Sir Lanka, Japan, China, Tibet, India, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

Space is limited, so contact Kevin Sheehan at 703-323-3805 to reserve a seat, or emal him at  Admission is $15, and all proceeds go toward student membership fees in the Toastmasters International Club.

NOVA Idol @ Ernst Center on Friday, February 1st, 2013

The 10th annual NOVA IDOL 2013 Semi-Finals will be held at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center on Friday, February 1st, 2013 starting at 5PM. 

Come early, grab a seat, and cheer for your favorite semi-finalist!

Admission is free, and a good time will be had by all!  For more information visit