Thursday, March 20, 2008

Artist Spotlight - Brenda Sylvia

Brenda Sylvia has been diligently working on her two planes, Crystal Constellations and Safe Landing for the Crystal City BID and the Oakwood, respectively. Brenda M. Sylvia is a landscape painter who loves nature despite living in an urban area. The act of painting outside and experiencing nature firsthand is an integral part of her work. The beauty of nature inspires and energizes her paintings and sculptures.

When thinking about jets and airplanes, our relationship to the sky above us naturally comes to mind. "Crystal Constellations" captures the some of beauty and the mythology of that sky. Throughout history mankind has looked up into the night sky and appreciated the beauty of the stars. Many cultures have named groups of stars and built elaborate stories around them. I have included representations of some of the more popular of these constellations in my jet.

"Safe Landing" is a tribute to the need for natural spaces near our urban centers such as Crystal City. Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary is located just across the George Washing Memorial Parkway from Reagan National Airport. It is an oasis both for wildlife and for the people who go there to reconnect to nature. This jet is a reminder of some of the beauty of the trees and wildlife you can find there. (Learn more about
Roaches Run.)

About Brenda
Brenda received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from The George Washington University in 2004, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from James Madison University in 1993. She has exhibited in three Artomatic shows (2002, 2004, and 2007), including last spring in Crystal City. As a result of that exhibition, she was invited to have a solo show at the Pershing Park CafĂ© from July through November 2007. Her other local solo exhibitions include “Urban Streams” at the Arlington Campus of GMU, “Views of Huntley Meadows,” and her thesis show, “A Sense of Place” at the Dimmock gallery at GWU. She also participated in a four-woman show at the Rock Creek Gallery in Washington, DC called “A Feeling of Intimacy.” In July of 2007 Brenda was commissioned to create a sculpture of a horse built of recycled materials for the Virgin Festival Concert in Baltimore, MD. Each of the last three years, she has received art grants to build sculptures at Playa Del Fuego, a Burning Man Regional Arts festival.

For more information check out Brenda’s website at

Brenda's Sponsor for Safe Landing - Oakwood
Oakwood Worldwide is the world's largest rental housing solution company, providing high-quality, furnished and unfurnished accommodations throughout North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia.
Through its vast selection of world-class accommodations, Oakwood offers the perfect housing solution for short and extended-stay needs, alike. Five-star service is provided in hundreds of locations with more than 3,000 staff around the globe dedicated to serving its clients and guests.
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Brenda's Sponsor for Crystal Constellations - Crystal City BID
Crystal City, Arlington's largest downtown, is transforming. Bright and vibrant, Crystal City now features an abundance of fine restaurants, cafes, specialty stores, outdoor movie nights, bike trails, and two award winning theaters with Arena Stage and the Washington Shakespeare Company. With its quick access to the Metro area and proximity to Ronald Regan Washington National Airport, the area is attracting many well-known businesses, non-profits, artists, tourists, and residents - all who are excited to call Crystal City home. From our hotels to our transportation options, Crystal City is also a green and environmentally-minded area - visitors can feel good about their stay with us, inside and out. Established in April of 2006, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is creating a soul for Crystal City. A public-private partnership, the BID is providing a higher level of service to visitors, workers and residents in Crystal City - driving to become world-class destination in both Arlington and the greater DC region. Whether you are a seasoned tourist, a working professional or a aspiring resident, come experience Crystal City!

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