Getting to Know…

Getting to Know…

Laura Barringer

Laura Barringer, an artist and McLean resident, will exhibit her most recent work at the ValeArts Fall Art Show in Oakton, on Oct. 13-15. Barringer works with both oils and silk screen and strives to create pieces that exhibit a sense of color and design that is simultaneously traditional and contemporary. Barringer is a 2004 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and is currently continuing her studies at the Corcoran School of Art.

The ValeArts fall show will also include the varied work of nine other local female artists. The Vale Schoolhouse — a one room, 1888 Fairfax County School in Oakton — will be the site of the three day show. The event is free, and will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. The Vale Schoolhouse is located at 3124 Fox Mill Road, at Vale Road in Oakton. Call 703-860-1888, or visit

Number of years in the community. 24, (since birth).

Family. Father: Allen Barringer; Mother: Mary Lee (Mimi) Barringer; Siblings: Elizabeth (Libby) Barringer, JP Barringer, and Julianna Barringer (Libby, JP and myself are triplets).

Education. Mount Holyoke College, B.A. in Fine Art and Art History in 2004.

Current job/primary occupation. Artist and sales associate for Crate and Barrel.

Achievements. My upcoming art show with the ValeArts group in October.

Activities/interests/hobbies. I was brought up with a great love for architecture and design as well as history. I also love to travel and experience different cultures.

Favorite local restaurant or place in the community? There are so many.

What are your community concerns? What are some ideas you have on ways to improve your community? I think a big concern in our community right now is growth. How do we continue to grow but still stay in touch with roots and make sure older businesses and communities don't get shut out? I love a lot of the older neighborhoods around here and it would be nice if someday I can still afford to live in them. One could write a book on the various paths and solutions needed to address this issue.

What community "hidden treasure" do you think more people should know about? The McLean Arts Center. For years growing up I took lessons there every Saturday morning with artist John Bryans until his retirement.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you "grew up?" I have pretty much always wanted to be an artist or follow some artistic path.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Running an art gallery or working for a major museum.

Personal goals? To enjoy life to the fullest.