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Posted in Visual Arts, on 7 August 2019, by , 0 Comments

The Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory is pleased to present “A Carnival of the Absurd,” the highly anticipated solo exhibition of original new works by John Hartt, painter of strange and wonderful things.

A Carnival of the Absurd features new paintings that blend themes of the carnival sideshow, Sunday morning cartoons, conspiracy theory and just plain weirdness in a way that only John can present them. Hartt’s oddball style can be described as a mix of lowbrow art, pop Surrealism and cartoonism.

The dates for this show are September 4 through November 2. The opening reception is Saturday, September 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Regarding this art show Hartt stated, “I’m really excited to have a show at the Center for the Arts. The art scene in Manassas has really taken off and the Center for the Arts has played a big role in that growth. I’m thankful to be a part of this vibrant creative community.”

The Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street in historic Manassas. They are open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM Mon – Fri; 1 pm – 5 pm Saturday.

About John Hartt:
John has been painting in earnest for the past three years and debuted his work in his exhibition “A Peculiar Perspective” at The Hall in Manassas, VA in September of 2017.

Most of his paintings start as one or two lines scribbled in a sketchbook.  From those lines he looks for a shape or a character or just a feeling and builds on it ‘til it’s a finished drawing. Once he’s essentially taught himself how to draw the piece, he brings it to life with his colorful palette of oil paints that make his subjects jump off the canvas.

Artist Statement

My goal is simple, I want my art to make people smile.

I love being a fly on the wall and watching people’s reaction to my art. I’ll get the smiles I’m looking for as well as the puzzled head scratches and I love listening to people’s interpretation of my art. Occasionally I’ll catch someone who seems totally engrossed in what I’ve done and is “connecting” with something about the piece. Making that “connection” is the “high point” about being a creative, you’re not just communicating with someone through art, you’re giving that person a piece of yourself that can’t be given in any other way.

John can be reached by email at  john@johnhartt.com online at www.jortt.com or on instagram at @jo.rtt.

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Posted in acrylic paintings, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 2 August 2019, by , 0 Comments

Artist Martin Cervantez Scheduled to Host Public Art Project at the Center for the Arts

Date: Sunday, August 18, 1 pm-4 pm
Location: Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County
(1st Fl Gallery), 9419 Battle St., Manassas, VA 20110

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In celebration of Martin Cervantez’s current solo exhibition at the Center for the Arts, we are hosting a FREE collaborative public art project on Sunday, August 18, 1-4 pm. Much of Martin’s life work incorporates found objects repurposed into new art forms, creating unique pieces with a variety of textures and shapes. Martin’s unrestricted artistic process is the inspiration behind this public art project, and he will guide you as you work as a group to create a multi-media sculpture to be placed in Old Town Manassas. No artistic experience or background required.

About the Artist
Martin Cervantez enlisted in the Army Signal Corps in July 1986 as an illustrator, and it has drastically shaped his life ever since. Martin’s artwork and perspective are a direct result of these trying experiences. As a previous Artist in Residence at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Martin was responsible for capturing the history of the army through his art, but since his deployment, he has found that he can utilize art as a therapeutic tool for recovery and self-discovery. Resilience and Rebirth is a visual exploration of Martin’s art therapy journey, and how its continued use has contributed to a whole new body of inspiring work: the Rebirth.

Artist Statement
My art is about a lot of different things, in whatever mediums I decide are appropriate to the subject matter, reference, and site specific considerations.  My talent and skills are unrestricted, so therefore my choice of mediums is also unrestricted.  I walk the earth freely, observing, experiencing, and creating.  The greatest gift to the creator, is the creative.  I create, and I share my gifts and love with all those who I encounter.  Mind, body and spirit are the areas in which my work has assumed its roles. Meditation, assemblage, and representation are the main components which comprise my life’s work.

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