Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Asian Art Aficionados Alert: Very Vietnamese

Come Celebrate and Make a Connection!

The 1st Annual Vietnamese Contemporary Art Festival '09 opens this Friday, October 2, at Northern Virginia's Eden Center, a center of all-things-Vietnamese, including the Eden Center Clock Tower, an exact replica of downtown Saigon.

The festival, hosted by the Eden Center and Galerie Brigitte, an art gallery and art consulting firm specializing in contemporary and 20th Century Vietnamese art, kicks off with a benefit for local charities, including the Asia Society of D.C., the Vietnamese Literary & Artistic Club, the Institute for Vietnamese Culture & Education, Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped, Art Space Falls Church (Va.), and the Coalition to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery in Asia.

The charity event, to be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., will feature for purchase art, fashion, home decor, and holiday gifts. Festival visitors may, in lieu of making a purchase, donate directly to one of the featured charities.

Galerie Brigitte will donate, for the duration of the festival, 15 percent of all sales at its gallery.

Eden Center's address is 6751 Wilson Blvd., Fall Church, Va. Galerie Brigitte is at 11411 Sunset Hills Rd., Reston, Va. For additional information, e-mail Brigitte Le at vnartfestival@gmail.com.

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