The M Group Sponsors the GRACE Fine Arts Festival

The weekend of May 18th The M Group attended the 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at Reston Town Center.  The experience is the Greater Reston Art Center’s (GRACE’s) largest fundraiser.  For several years The M Group has served as a proud sponsor for the nonprofit organization’s weekend celebration.

The highly anticipated cultural event typically attracts nearly 30,000 visitors and was held from Friday through Sunday. Over 200 artists from 37 states showcased their best original contemporary fine art and crafts along the 11-block area. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival has a long-standing reputation for presenting high-quality work. Despite the rain, art aficionados, local residents, families, corporate executives, and design professionals were all in attendance along with other local community members.

This year Festival Friday expanded the weekend’s experience with a focus on the Reston workforce, and offered unique deals for local merchants. The popular Family Art Park, which offers free art-making activities for groups of all ages in the Town Center Pavilion, was a highlight for attendees with children.

On Saturday evening, The M Group hosted the Festival party along with the Counter Custom Burgers. That night, a unique and exciting participatory performance was presented by Baltimore-based artist Laure Drogoul. Her work, The Illuminated Fountain of Extinction, is a living tableau of natural and post-natural creatures inspired by illuminated manuscripts. Also, Festival artists were celebrated with the announcement of the 2018 Awards of Excellence. The party served as a way for supporters to engage with the artists as well.

We look forward to attending again next year and hope to see you there!

 M Group team members and their guests enjoying the Festival Party on Saturday evening.

M Group team members and their guests enjoying the Festival Party on Saturday evening.

Congratulations to M Group's Wasib Mahmood!

Congratulations to The M Group's Wasid Mahmoood! Wasib successfully completed his thesis year and defense, and will be graduating from Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center with a Masters of Architecture Degree.  

Wasib's thesis, an incredibly thoughtful study on orphaned youth in Karachi, Pakistan, earned praise from all and received special recognition from the Program Director.  The awarding of a crystal from an antique school chandelier is a school tradition since the 1970's and is given to outstanding work.

Well earned Wasib!

The 28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up

Several M Group employees volunteered to work at this important event which took place Saturday, April 16th.  Our team picked up trash at the Snakeden Branch/Hunters Woods Village Center area in Reston, VA. It was a beautiful day to get outside and to give back to the community. Learn more about the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup here.

Some fun facts:

265 events

9,465 volunteers

334,952 total pounds of trash were collected

M Group Sponsors The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

For the 3rd year, The M Group was a proud sponsor of the Greater Reston Arts Center’s Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. The festival took place May 21st and  May 22nd at the Reston Town Center.  Despite the rain, the event was a huge success with over 200 artists participating and attracting over 25,000 patrons.

The M Group was given the opportunity to create a temporary piece of art to be located at the family/kid pavilion.  This year TMG created several interactive pieces with the help from some famous paintings. The end result was a huge hit with both the young and the old.

Having some fun with the pieces are our very own Karen Lewis and Mike Timcheck.

We hope you can join in the fun next year as the festival takes place May 20th and May 21st, 2017.