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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 22 February 2018, by , 1 Comments

Circalyans: Warriors of the Untime
R. Jones
(On exhibit: March 6 – April 25, 2018)

Meet the Artist & the warriors: 
April 7, 6-8 pm during our catered reception!
Heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served 
- free and open to the public.

Fascinated by the indomitable spirit defining warriors of times past, present and imagined future, she has created an amalgamated league of conquerors, the Circalyan Warriors of the Untime, that transcend all time periods. The rustic, near life-sized portrait panels evoke the sheer might and domination of the eclectically adorned and armed combatants. Donnamaria R. Jones, a military veteran, is a portrait photographer based in the Washington Metropolitan area, and owns Circa Life Images photography studio in Waldorf, MD. 

The creative process behind the Circalyan Warriors was practically a full-on production featuring a makeup artist, studio set, custom costumes, and of course, models - most, if not all, tattooed by Scotte "Bricks" Turner of Bricks Tattoo.
All Special effects/Makeup by Jennifer Gingerbread Johnson and Erika Maverick Brereton. 

But, of course, before the photo shoot, there was the original conception:

Although Donnamaria was partially influenced by her martial arts background and her military career, she also acknowledges that the exhibit has some metaphorical significance as well. Donnamaria believes that each one of us deals with inner battles daily, even if not physically visible to those on the outside. The Circalyans could be considered the visual representations of these inner battles that we all experience. The scars, some authentic and some created, are considered the "spoils of victory", and are often something we hide, rather than expose or celebrate.

*All purchased art will be mounted to preserve the integrity of the print.

 *For more information about the artist please visit: https://www.circalifeimages.com/index

Greater Manassas/Prince William County sponsors theatrical productions for children and adults, teaches arts classes, promotes visual arts and provides community outreach programs for local youth. Founded in 1984 by a group of artists and art lovers, the Center aims to enrich the quality of life in the Northern Virginia suburbs through arts performance and education. A theater, an art gallery and classrooms are located in the historic Candy Factory building in Old Town Manassas, at 9419 Battle Street.

Storm II
Donnamaria R. Jones
Digital photograph on canvas


Guardian II
Donnamaria R. Jones
Digital photography on canvas


Donnamaria R. Jones
Digital photograph on canvas


Donnamaria R. Jones
Digital photograph on canvas



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Posted in Uncategorized, on 9 February 2018, by , 0 Comments

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at the Opening Reception of Ayeye: A Retrospective of Black History Month! A special thank you to the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for hosting the reception!

Ayeye programs

Our musician for the evening was Clarence T. Brown, better known as "T". T is a senior at Colgan High School.


Artist Joliza Terry explaining how she carved her family portrait table.

Prince William County Artist, Jimmy Clark, posing with his piece titled "Carnival" ($499)

All of our artists posing with Lorraine Jackson (Chapter President of PW County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc) and Melissa Davis (Head of their Arts and Letters Dept)

Our Gallery Director, Jordan Exum, posing with one of our featured photographers, George D. Tolbert IV. George was the 1st African-American Photographer for the United States Senate! He is also Vice President of the Exposure Group, an African-American Photographers Association based in D.C.

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