MPA preps

Shown in front of MPA@ChainBridge are McLean Project for the Arts board president Derrick Swaak, Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville), MPA executive director Lori Carbonneau and Zeynel Uzun, owner of the adjacent Kazan Restaurant.

As it prepares to temporarily move out of its home while the McLean Community Center is renovated, McLean Project for the Arts is opening a second location in the Chain Bridge Corner Shopping Center, in space recently vacated by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control store near Giant and CVS.

 The new location, called MPA@ChainBridge, has an exhibition gallery as well as art-education space. Once the renovation of the community center begins next spring, MPA@ChainBridge will serve as MPA’s primary gallery, classroom and office space for about two years.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, the arts group will host a sneak peek of the new facility, with refreshments, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event is scheduled to coincide with the conclusion of the McLean Winterfest Parade taking place that afternoon.

“We’re thrilled about our new gallery space, and we are grateful to McLean Properties for helping us find this wonderful location in downtown McLean,” said Lori Carbonneau, the arts group’s executive director. “MPA will continue with its mission to exhibit contemporary art by critically acclaimed Mid-Atlantic artists and offer the high-quality educational programs and art classes that we’re known for. We hope to see old friends and make lots of new ones while we’re here.”

A number of exhibitions and events are slated for the new location. The inaugural exhibition, scheduled for early December, will feature large-scale photography by David A. Douglas. Plans for a pop-up party are also in the works.

Until the renovation begins, MPA’s existing galleries and DuVal Studio will remain open and active at the McLean Community Center, located on Ingleside Avenue.

McLean Project for the Arts was founded as the Emerson Gallery in 1962. It has been located on the second floor of the McLean Community Center for a quarter-century.

The organization hosts 15 art exhibitions and more than 160 art courses per year, while its school-outreach program partners with Fairfax County Public Schools to reach more than 3,000 students per year.

MPA is supported through grants from the Arts Council of Fairfax County, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, individuals, businesses and foundations. For information, call (703) 790-1953 or see the Web site at

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