LFCC Dedicates Sekel Art Atrium

For Immediate Release:
July 27, 2010

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) and the LFCC Educational Foundation, Inc. will host a special dedication ceremony to name The Dolores E.M. Sekel Art Atrium at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. The atrium is in Fairfax Hall on the Middletown Campus.

Shenandoah Valley painter Dolores E. Sekel discovered a love for art after taking classes at LFCC. 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, Sekel was born in Germany in 1927 and married her husband, George, 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 in 2002. Her husband donated 140 of his wife’s works to the Foundation in her memory.

This free event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about this event, please contact David Urso, executive director of the Foundation, at 540-868-4077 or [email protected].


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.