Some History …
Three talented ladies offered their artwork at the Waterford Fair in Waterford, Virginia in 1944. They called themselves the “Hot Sketches,” but their ensuing success prompted the more serious name “The Loudoun Sketch Club.” Those formidable women were integrally instrumental in creating a Loudoun community that appreciates visual art to this day. One of the founding three, Vinton Pickens, convinced the Board of Supervisors to found the first Planning Commission for Loudoun County in 1942, and served as its first Chairman. Her efforts to appreciate the natural beauty of Loudoun resulted in our enjoyment of a county free of highway signage. She also established the ongoing collection of art produced by Loudoun artists displayed currently in the halls of the Loudoun County Government Building.
Who We Are Today…
The Loudoun Sketch Club (LSC) is an active group of local artists working in various media and at all levels of experience. Spring through Fall, outdoor (plein air) painting sessions are scheduled for every Tuesday from 10 am – 2pm at various scenic locations around Loudoun County and the surrounding region.
In addition to the outdoor sessions, the Sketch Club affords its members the benefit of instructive workshops during the winter months, the opportunity to show work in member-only annual shows, and a bi-monthly newsletter to keep members informed of club activities and upcoming events.
The activities and benefits of membership combine to fulfill the mission of the club to support fellow artists in the development of their work and to stimulate art interest in the community.
Loudoun Sketch Club is open to all residents of Loudoun County and the surrounding areas working in painting, sculpture, photography and related fine art disciplines.