Photo by Judith Beermann
Bill Menard and Eileen Lyons
Bill Menard and Eileen Lyons

“The quality of the light, those vibrant colors in A Coruña, a province in northern Spain were my inspiration,” says fourth generation artist, Eileen Lyons about her paintings and lithographs, on display Thursday evening at a party hosted by Via Umbria.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Working as an artist and art educator in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years, Lyons studied lithography and painting with a group from the Corcoran College of Art + Design along with several artists from Madrid in the summer of 2008.

Eileen Lyons' Los Tentaculos de Protección, 2009 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Eileen Lyons' Los Tentaculos de Protección, 2009

There she was enchanted with the small town’s beauty and the warmth of its people.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Lyons mingled with friends, art lovers and Via Umbria owners Suzy and Bill Menard.

Brian Forsgren serving Prosecco (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Brian Forsgren serving Prosecco

Guests were treated to a Prosecco tasting by Brian Forsgren from Downey Selections and light hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Johanna Hellrigl.

Executive Chef Johanna Hellrigl (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Executive Chef Johanna Hellrigl