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Painting a bright future for Arlington museum

Executive director Chris Hightower brought Rembrandt etchings to Arlington Museum of Art in 2012.
Executive director Chris Hightower brought Rembrandt etchings to Arlington Museum of Art in 2012. Arlington Citizen-Journal

The Arlington Museum of Art got a holiday gift early.

Philanthropists Rania and Sam Mahrouq donated $550,000 to retire the mortgage “and lay the foundation for future growth,” executive director Chris Hightower said in a news release.

Sam Mahrouq, an Arlington business owner, also pledged to match contributions up to $20,000 for future improvements and enhancements, such as new flooring or updated lighting.

The little museum that could has been attracting attention with its world-class exhibitions featuring works from artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Jackson Pollock and Rembrandt to its downtown location.

The donation will help grow the museum and build an even better arts community in Arlington. Bring the kids and check out the museum to understand why the Mahrouqs invested in its future. It won't disappoint.

The current Modern Masters from the Guild Hall Collection,” featuring Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, is on display through Feb. 21.

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