FRIENDS OF LEESBURG PUBLIC ART is a non-profit corporation and shall be operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.


FOLPA was formed to be the fundraising entity for the Leesburg Commission on Public Art.


Its mission is to provide, funding, advocacy, and volunteer services for a variety of projects, programs, and events that foster the growth of the arts and culture in the Town of Leesburg, VA; by engaging the community at large in both fundraising for, and active participation in the  supported public art projects .

Established in 2012 to create the Leesburg Fine Arts Festival, FOLPA also supports projects developed by the Leesburg Public Arts Commission and initiates programs that sustain a vibrant visual and performing arts community that inspires an enlightened public.


Rita Sartori

Rita grew up overseas as her parents were transferred to the Tuscan region of Italy when she was an infant. Living in close proximity to cities like Florence, Venice, and Rome, her love and appreciation of the arts began at an early age. Music has always been a part of Rita’s life, as her father was a professional musician who traveled the world with his orchestras. She has enjoyed singing since she can remember... From performing in musicals and concerts, to just sitting around a piano with friends. She recently took up songwriting as a new interest.


Rita moved to Leesburg in 1982. Although her career has been mainly in Human Resources, she was also a volunteer EMT for 12 years, and has been Assistant Coordinator of the Loudoun County Toys for Tots program since 2012. She discovered the amazing world of ceramics a couple of years ago, and enjoys making and painting unique pieces.


Barbara Wilson

Barbara has been involved with the performing arts since the age of six when she was cast as the back-end of a horse in a fantasy ballet.  “Stage struck” she continued a career in community and educational theatre for over thirty years. She holds an MA in Theatre and over 60 hours in art-related topics.   She is currently Assistant Professor /Adjunct Faculty in the Communications Program at NVCC/Loudoun.   Barbara and her husband Doug, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, moved to Leesburg 13 years ago because of their love for the quaint, historic town atmosphere.

Vice President

Kristin L. Brown

Kristin Brown is a geographer and the Director of the Loudoun County, Virginia Office of Mapping and Geographic Information. Much of her spare time is devoted to photography and painting. She became interested in public art after seeing the positive economic and social impacts on her home town, UNESCO Craft and Folk Art City Paducah, Kentucky.


Dianne Capilongo

Mrs. Capilongo is a native to the Northern Virginia area having lived in Leesburg since 1993.  She graduated from George Mason University with a degree in psychology.  In 2015, she retired after working over 40 years as a local community bank branch manager.  She has served as Treasurer of her Church in Taylorstown, VA since 2002.  She is also an active volunteer and member of the Board for the Leesburg Optimist Club.  She previously served as Secretary for the Board of Directors for Crossroads of Leesburg.  Mrs. Capilongo has a keen interest in public art and art education in the local community.  She and her husband Chris reside in Leesburg where they raised their three children.


Audrey Caldwell

A near-native Northern Virginian, Audrey Caldwell moved here in pre-school. She grew up in Fairfax County and moved to Arlington County after college. She raised her family in Loudoun County and has lived in Leesburg for over 2 years. Audrey has an MBA from George Washington University and has worked for associations, a small business, financial services and the  legal industry. Audrey has a passion for the arts and her favorite medium is water colors. A marketing and communications consultant, she is also a travel blogger. 


Linda Kreingold

Linda is a member of the Commission on Public Art and the COPA liaison to Friends of Leesburg Public Art.  She initiated and built the Leesburg Vintage Potter's program, currently a thriving ceramic studio associated with the Leesburg Senior Center.

Director Liaison to the Commission on Public Art

Katherine Andrefsky

Katherine has moved all of her life since the age of 6, first with military family and then with her husband who is employed as a civil engineer.  She moved to the Lansdowne community in March 2015 after living outside of the country for 9 years.  Their last US assignment was in a community near Seattle, WA.


Her employment spans several industries including retail and various project management positions, HR, sales, and the assistant to the operations/facilities manager for a non-profit art museum.  She has always been interested in art but never had the confidence to pursue artistic endeavors as a profession.  Currently she volunteers at the Leesburg Senior Center in the ceramics studio and has been involved in the volunteer community off and on over the past three decades.


Doris Kidder

Doris Kidder has had a lifetime of involvement in the arts, including studying at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and the Art Students League in New York City.  She has had numerous exhibits of her art work since the 1950’s and specializes in water colors. Since moving to Loudoun County in 1988, she has worked with many associations and commissions including the Downtown Committee and the Downtown Business Association, and  in 1992 founded the annual Martin Luther King March by obtaining sponsorship of the Bluemont Concert Series, Loudoun County NAACP, Douglass Alumni Association and the Northern Virginia Baha'i Faith.  She is a Life member of the NAACP having held many offices in that organization. In 2008 she was appointed  to serve on the Leesburg Planning Commission and was elected Chairperson in 2013.  She is currently beginning her second term as Vice Chair.  Before moving to Loudoun County Doris was very active in Fairfax County and was employed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development for many years.   Over her numerous years of service to the community she has been given several awards for her innovative and outstanding  achievements.


Jim Sisley

A resident of Loudoun County and Leesburg, VA since 1994; Jim has more than 15 years of success in commercial real estate as a Broker.  He is the founder/Owner of Paladin Real Estate, Simple Office Space executive suites and Tryst Gallery. He is a member of the Loudoun County Planning Commission, past Chairman and current Commissioner of Leesburg's Economic Development Commission and a lay member of the Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline for the 7th District. He was on the founding roster of the Public Art Commission for the Town as well as Chairman of the appointed Task Force that established the Public Art Commission, former vice-chair of Leesburg's Board of Architectural Review, was the founding Chairman of Crossroads of Leesburg, Inc and is a member of the Downtown Improvement Association. Jim is a visual artist/painter with interests including design, architectural preservation and restoration, economic development and regularly volunteers with the goal of improving the economic resilience of his chosen hometown, Leesburg, Virginia.


Gwen Pangle

Gwen Pangle has been a resident of Loudoun County since 1977. She moved into the Town of Leesburg in 1994. Gwen runs a Real Estate company, Pangle & Associates, which is located on King St. She is a past Chairperson of the  Leesburg Economic Development Commission and is currently the President of the Leesburg Downtown Business Association. Gwen has a love for art and is keenly aware that development and support of the Arts is a key economic driver in any community.


Mary A. Pender

A native Virginian, Mary has made Loudoun her home for the past 17 years.   She has worked as an IT project manager for the County’s Department of Building & Development since 1998.  After obtaining her BA from the College of William & Mary and a few adventures in between, Mary then ventured westward to Austin to earn her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas.   She likes to keep her hands in library world by working the reference desk part-time at Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg.

Mary is new to FOLPA as of 2014 and is serving on the Board for the first time.   Besides a love for art and architecture, her other interests include traveling, hiking and volunteering for Bull Terrier Rescue of Virginia.    Mary lives in Leesburg with her six-year old rescue named Eamonn de Bull Terrier.


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