By Jan Mercker

Loudoun’s artists—both performing and visual—are taking their talents online. 

Folks craving great tunes or a creative outlet can take a painting lesson, buy a pottery kit or listen to a concert by donation, often via the Facebook Live feature. Here are just a few of the online options for visual and performing arts popping up in Loudoun this week. Have a performance or online art demo to share? Go to getoutloudoun.com for the latest up-to-date listing.

BENEFIT, a local coalition of bands and community leaders known for raising money for children’s charities, is lifting up area musicians with a series of online concerts. The series kicked off last Friday with a virtual show from Emma Rowley and ramps up Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. with an Evening of Unity and Music with Todd Wright and Friends. Go to facebook.com/benefitloudoun.

Franklin Park Arts Center’s “Start Lunch with the Arts” program kicked off this week featuring free daily demos and mini-concerts. The program launched Monday, March 23 with a watercolor tutorial with local painter Chris Loya and followed up with a monologue from comedian Rich Fink and a virtual tour of the center’s gallery Tuesday and Wednesday. Singer/songwriter Andrew McKnight is slated to perform Thursday, March 26 at noon, and noted multi-instrumentalist Danny Knicely is on the schedule for Friday, March 27. Go to facebook.com/franklinpark.artscenter.

Leesburg native and noted DMV performer and podcast host Justin Trawick has made international news for his creative Facebook Live shows with partner Lauren LeMunyan. “The Lauren and Justin Show” offers regular broadcasts at facebook.com/justintrawickmusic.

Longtime Loudouners Morgan Morrison and Dave Van Deventer, who make up half of the beloved local traditional music quartet Furnace Mountain, have launched a musical series they’re calling the Isolation Sessions from their Harper Ferry, WV home. Tips via Paypal or Venmo are accepted but not expected, Morrison said. Concerts can be viewed at Morrison’s Facebook page and on YouTube at Van Deventer’s “David Van” channel.

Loudoun-based Rowdy Ace Band kicked off its virtual “My Corona” shows last Saturday with a show that drew more than 60 listeners from around the world. Go to facebook.com/rowdyaceband.

Country duo Diamond & Diesel launched a live stream series last Sunday with more concerts planned. Go to facebook.com/diamondanddiesel

Winery circuit favorite David Miniberg is offering a series of happy hour concerts with the next performance scheduled for Thursday, March 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Go to facebook.com/david.mininberg

Leesburg-based drag queen Anja Dick’s popular drag brunches in Leesburg and Ashburn are on hold for now, but fans can get a taste of her comic flair with a hilarious NFBSK online cooking show at facebook.com/anja.dick.56.


Loudoun’s visual artists are also jumping into the virtual demo scene:

At downtown Leesburg’s Fine Gallery, owner Kaeley Boyle will offer free streamed art classes every evening. “Think Bob Ross but in a very Kaeley style,” Boyle said. She’s also continuing fee-based private sessions through video conferencing. Go to facebook.com/thefinegallery.

Leesburg’s Clay and Metal Loft has free tutorials and DIY pottery painting sets for sale at facebook.com/theclayandmetalloft.

The Loudoun Arts Council shares demos and ideas from around the world along with weekly local artist profiles at facebook.com/loudounartscouncil.