Workhouse Artists Win People's Choice Award

Workhouse Artists Win People's Choice Award

Six artists from the Workhouse Associate Artists (WAA) were chosen as People's Choice Award winners for their current exhibition in the Vulcan gallery (Building W16) at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. The winners were chosen during the Workhouse's monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk on Jan. 12. The winners are Alisha Anderson (first place), Jackie France (second place), and a three way for third tie among Bonnie Ferguson Butler, Kathy Strauss and Maria Bennett Hock. Here is a bit about the winning artists:

  • Alisha Anderson is an award-winning photographer and juried member of the Workhouse Associate Artists at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. She is also a member of the Prince William Arts Society and the Manassas Art Guild, and owner of Stairwell Gallery Photography. You can follow her work on her Web site ( or Facebook (

  • Jacqueline France is an award winning fine artist as well as an advertising and graphic design professional, with over 25 years of experience. As a fine artist Jacqueline fulfills your creative needs including painting, portraits, photo collage, sculpture, mixed media and digital art.

  • Bonnie Ferguson Butler is an award-winning painter and photographer, who exhibits in W-16 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton and at The Loft Gallery in Occoquan. Her primary loves are painting outdoors and travel photography; she is founder of the Pastel Society of Virginia. Keep up with her art activities at

  • Kathy Strauss lives in Lake Ridge, Va. She loves telling stories through her photography and art. Her design background gives her imagery a distinct clean style that brings each image to life. Composing each shot with precision and harmony—sensitive to graphic composition and each of the core design principles—she’s always looking at what makes each scene spark and how to connect the viewer to the piece.

  • Maria Bennett Hock is an award-winning artist, who exhibits in W-16 at the Workhouse Arts Center and in various shows nationally. Her primary loves are portraits and figurative pieces. Portraying emotion and storytelling are paramount in her aspirations for her paintings. Her work can be seen on her blog and also her Web site She lives in Burke.