Media Release: Art, Community Support Needed for May 19 Event in Fairfax

Britepaths Seeks Art Submissions, Volunteers and Sponsors Needed to Assist Northern Virginia Families in Need

Contact: Lisa Whetzel,, 703.273.8829

FAIRFAX, VA (March 10, 2022) – Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths invites community members to get involved in its Artful Living event, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 7-10 p.m. at the Country Club of Fairfax (5110 Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030).

The event’s theme is “Connected.” The organization is seeking art submissions for the juried art show and sale, volunteers to help plan the event, and event sponsorships and donations of raffle and auction items. The event benefits the individuals and families it serves in Northern Virginia who are working toward financial self-sufficiency. Britepaths’ programs help families stabilize and build resilience, and offer supports for children.

Local artists are invited to submit works to be considered for inclusion in the juried art show. Cash prizes will be awarded and artists receive a portion of the sale of their work. A wide variety of media accepted. Professional, amateur and youth artists welcome. Submit works by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. Call for Art and online submission form at

Community members are also welcomed to be part of the event by volunteering to serve on the Event Planning Committee, sponsoring the event, or donating raffle or auction items. For information, visit Contact or 703.273.8829 with questions.

Britepaths’ Executive Director Lisa Whetzel said, “We chose our theme, ‘Connected,’ in 2019 and had planned to hold Artful Living in April 2020. As with so many events in our lives, the pandemic made us postpone the gathering twice. We are so looking forward to reuniting with our community on May 19, and the theme Connected is now more relevant than ever.”

“Artful Living is vital to raising funds that will help us assist more families near us who have been struggling due to the pandemic,” Whetzel added. “It is also a heartwarming celebration of art and community that helps local artists receive recognition and sell their works while helping their neighbors. We hope community members will come together to support Artful Living, and we hope they’ll join us for a delightful evening on May 19.”

Britepaths is in its 38th year of providing assistance and a way forward for struggling individuals and families in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. During the pandemic, Britepaths has been providing greatly enhanced Food and Financial Assistance services to Fairfax County area residents in crisis, as well as Virtual Financial Literacy, Job Readiness services and more via the Financial Empowerment Center at South County. Throughout the year, the organization relies on funding and volunteer support from businesses, individuals, community organizations and faith communities to provide services that: Stabilize Families with supplemental food and financial assistance; Build Resilience through financial education and workforce development coaching and training; and offer Supports for Children with our Back to School drive, Food4Thought weekend food packs and holiday assistance. More information is available at:

Artist Barbara Ely at Britepaths’ 2019 Artful Living event with her works “Capsized” and “Japanese Tapestry.” Photo by John Glover