About Me

Artist, Lu Harris sole proprietress of The Studio at Opera Alley managed a studio/gallery in Old town Manassas for six years.   In 2004 she moved her studio/gallery to her residence where she did free-lance work creating imagery for an Art Publishing Co. and teaching classes in Pastel and Mixed Media.

She has attended workshops in Woodstock, NY, Sedona, AZ and San Miquel de Allende, Mexico, Alexandria and Leesburg, Va.

Currently, Lu’s newest endeavor aside from painting is creating “surface design patterns” which she applies to various textiles using her original artwork.   Lu’s signature grape motif along with other specific artwork can now be found on Custom silk scarves and wraps, Wine boxes, and unique and colorful Kitchen tea towels.

She is a member of The Art League in Alexandria where she has won awards in Pastel and Mixed Media.

My Art Career

After taking a few private painting lessons, I enrolled and began classes as a freshman in the Fine Arts program at NOVA Community College for two years and then transferred to George Mason University where I continued in Studio Art program. Also during that time, I entered shows at the Torpedo Factory, took Life drawing classes, and worked as a volunteer in the Torpedo Factory Gallery in Old town Alexandria. Later I continued my studies abroad with Smithsonian trips to France, Italy, and Spain studying Cezanne, Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and a favorite, Joaquin Baptista, Sorolla, a Spanish Impressionist.


  • Albert Handell, Instructor, Pastel, Woodstock , New York.
  • Albert Handell, Instructor, Pastel, Leesburg, Virginia.
  • Betty Lynch, Instructor, Watercolor, Sedona, Arizona.
  • Two week Acrylic course at San Miquel de Allende Instituto, Mexico.

The most rewarding learning experience was opening up my own business. The Studio at Opera Alley, a studio/gallery on Center Street in the middle of Old town Manassas. That was an amazing adventure!

I have received awards from Reston Arts Council, a purchase award from NOVA Community College, and several awards from the Torpedo Factory, in Pastel, Mixed Media and Acrylic works. I have worked for an Art Publishing Company, creating specific artworks in watercolor and ink for the Spring and Fall Markets.

A memorable One Man Show, ”Visions of Mexico” at the Stewart Mott Residence and Office on Capitol Hill in DC. in 1997 was an exciting time.

For the past 3 years, I have been teaching semi-private classes in Pastel and Mixed Media and workshops in Acrylic painting, and Mixed Media. Currently I am dabbling in “surface textile design” using my artwork for textiles and or wrapping paper. Who knows,perhaps a book in the future?