Fairfax County, Virginia


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12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Evan Braff,
Regional Manager

Virtual Center for Active Adults Art Gallery

Virtual Center for Active Adults logoThe artwork displayed on this page was created by participants of the arts and crafts classes offered on the Virtual Center for Active Adults Social Space Zoom Account. Led by Sharon Fishel from McLean Projects for the Arts, the Close at Hand class taught participants to enjoy things that are close at hand in their daily lives through observation, drawing and painting. Painting and Mixed Media Mondays, also taught by Fishel, encouraged creativity and the exploration of new media. The greeting cards displayed here were made during special sessions of Friday's Creative Corner. Led by Herndon Senior Center Director Ruth Junkin, participants were taught how to create a variety of seasonal greeting cards. 

If you participated in one of these classes and want your artwork added to the gallery, please email a photo of your artwork to VAseniorservices@servicesource.org.


Photo showing a painting of an air balloon and the photo it based on Drawing of musical notes Artwork with calla lilies collage
Painting with collage elements of faces and moons Collage of fish and ocean life Collage about travel
Drawing of fall leaves with collage flowers Drawing of still life Drawing of strawberries and grass
Watercolor painting of a golf scene Watercolor stripes with collage leaf elements Mandela artwork
Metallic artwork of circles and leaves


Collage and watercolor artwork


Painting of leaves with collage elements


Abstract painting


Still life drawing with collage elements


Watercolor landscape painting


Watercolor painting of a butterfly and abstract shapes Painting and collage artwork of leaves and natural objects Pastel drawing of blue leaves and vines with wording "live the wind"


“I enjoy these sessions a lot, and like learning about the inspirational artists and seeing examples of their work. Thank you for making the time to bring some joy into our lives, especially during these trying times.” -Donna

Drawing and watercolor of a plant mandela drawing Artwork of a cactus in a pot Drawing of flowers in a vase
Still life in three views Painting of flowers and leaves in a vase Still life with collage flowers Painting with collage elements
Watercolor of a tree


Drawing of a tree and park bench


Collage of flowers, ribbons and patterned paper


Black and white textured abstract painting


Painting of a vase of sunflowers


Painting of a tree through a window


Abstract painting and collage called "Navigating in the Time of Covid" Painting of seashells


“This is a wonderful course! Just watching your process got the artistic juices flowing, and I saw nothing has to be perfect!  I found during the week I was more attuned to noticing things and colors in the environment, and more creatively inclined.” - Anne

Watercolor painting with leaf collage elements Watercolor of fish with collage elements Still life painting of plants and a shoe
Artwork depicting a pumpkin using collage color paper Still life drawing of vegetables on a plate Still life drawing of fruit in a bowl
Watercolor painting of bell peppers Still life of fruit in a bowl Drawing and collage using flower petals and greenery
Abstract watercolor painting


Abstract painting


Collage of leaves and torn paper


Abstract art with circles and flowers


Abstract artwork of handprint and painted elements


Still life drawing of vegetables


Still life of fruit and vegetables


Colorful abstract painting


Still life painting of fruit, branches and leaves


Painting titled "Fish in Pond" Abstract painting and collage titled "Kaleidoscope of Spring" Colorful abstract painting titled "Pearls Navigating Through Colored Water."
Painting of pink water lilies and green lily pads    


"Love the virtual art class taught by Sharon Fishel. She is great and very encouraging, informative and innovative in her Zoom classes. I have thoroughly enjoyed her art classes and they have introduced me to a new form of art using colored paper, other designs and different forms incorporated into my artwork. She is great in helping the student be open to what they like to do in expressing themselves in a creative way. The class is also very relaxing, upbeat and brings me much happiness. So glad Sharon is available to do these classes for us. Thanks to her and the county for providing this unique experience at this time." -Jule Ann

Drawing of a rabbit wreath Drawing and collage using natural elements Still life with collage elements Collage landscape in blues and purples
Painting of yellow flowers in a vase Artwork with collage butterflies and flowers Collage and painting of a vase of flowers Painting of butterflies
Portrait created using drawing and collage materials


Black and white still life drawing


Drawing with collage elements from nature


Abstract black and white charcoal drawing


Greeting Cards

Greeting card featuring an intricate cut paper tree


Autumn Blessing greeting card with paper cutout leaves


Thanksgiving greeting card with a cut paper leaf design


Thank you!

Special thanks to Sharon Fishel for leading the Close at Hand and Painting and Mixed Media Mondays art classes on the Virtual Center for Active Adults. 

Thank you to all the artists who contributed their artwork to this gallery page: Catherine A., Donna A., Jule Ann C., Peg B., Peggy K., Ann M., Elizabeth M., Phyllis M., Dale N., C.W. and Carol Z.S.

Fairfax Virtual Assistant