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Noted oil painter to be featured speaker at Oakcrest School

O'Donovan Humanities Lecture to be presented on March 2

Henry Wingate, a local award-winning oil painter, will be the keynote speaker at the ninth annual O’Donovan Humanities Lecture at Oakcrest School on Saturday, March 2.

Wingate’s topic will be “Classically Trained Artists and Their Impact on Culture and Society.” The event will feature a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by Wingate’s speech at 7 p.m.  Oakcrest School is located at 1619 Crowell Road north of Vienna.

Wingate is trained in the Boston School tradition of painting, and his work primarily features portraits, landscapes and still lifes. To view his work, visit

In 2021, Oakcrest School dedicated an original 8-by-9-foot oil-on-canvas painting of the Nativity by Wingate, which is displayed on the wall behind the altar in the Oakcrest chapel. This commissioned work features several nods to the school’s mission and history.

Wingate also painted the portrait of longtime Oakcrest benefactor Debbie Duffy that hangs in the school’s lobby.

The lecture series is named after the first headmistress of Oakcrest, Pat O’Donovan, who opened Oakcrest in 1976 with 22 girls in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about the O’Donovan Humanities Lecture Series, go to To register to attend Wingate’s upcoming lecture and reception on March 2, see the Website at