For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2006
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – Grace your home with the artwork of a Shenandoah Valley artist and benefit the Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Educational Foundation Inc.—all at the same time!
The LFCC Educational Foundation is selling artwork by the late Shenandoah Valley painter Dolores E. Sekel, who discovered a love for art after taking classes at LFCC. After her death in 2002, her husband, George, donated 140 of his wife’s works to the LFCC Educational Foundation in her memory.
The works are being sold for $100 each, with 100 percent of the proceeds helping to establish a scholarship fund for LFCC art students. To view the paintings and brief descriptions, interested individuals may visit the LFCC Educational Foundation “Sales to Support the Foundation” Web page at http://www.lfcc.edu/foundation/foundation_sales.htm. Purchasing instructions are located on the Web site.
Sekel created realistic renderings in a multitude of media, including oil, watercolor, charcoal and pastel. Despite crippling arthritis and failing eyesight, Sekel found joy in painting flowers, meadows, portraits and other subjects. Sekel’s work has been exhibited extensively, including several one-person shows. A resident of Strasburg, she was born in Germany in 1927 and married her husband in Ohio in 1954. They eventually moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 1978, when her husband retired from his work as a diplomat. Sekel served as a member of the Shenandoah Arts Council until her death.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.