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Posted in acrylic paintings, afrofuturism, black history month, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 7 January 2020, by , 0 Comments

Emerging Maryland Artist to Present Mixed Media Exhibit “It’s Complicated” at Center for the Arts

Exhibit Dates: February 7-March 27, 2020

Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday, February 8, 6-8 pm
(Hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.)

The Center for the Arts is pleased to present “It’s Complicated”, featuring emerging Baltimore artist Dr. Yemonja Smalls.

It’s ComplicatedAn Investigation into the Complexities of Relationships
When used to define the relationship, the uttered words, “it’s complicated” suggest hidden or unexplained snags, trickiness or entanglement that blur the beauty of the bond. In her first east coast solo show, Yemonja selects and assembles mixed media to convey the complexities that color relationships. In this investigative show, she explores both a metaphorical and literal process of breaking, tearing, hiding, layering and cementing to yield insight into what creates and maintains unions.

Through deconstructed and re-assembled materials, Yemonja presents multifaceted layers of said connections with precision. The chemistry of colors combined are held together, and even in fracture, everything remains whole.  She presents reflections of life/death, self-love, soul-ties, and work-life balance, to name a few, for viewer dialogue.

About the Artist:

Dr. Yemonja Smalls is an artist with very little formal artistic training.  Originally from Hershey, PA, but a recent Chicago, IL to Baltimore, MD transplant, she works in the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration.

Yemonja completed her pre-doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and received her doctorate from Louisiana State University in clinical psychology. She is expanding her clinical skills with a master’s degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has interned at sites supporting adults with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as African American teenage girls who experienced life trauma, and family caregivers who may be subject to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout.

Yemonja’s creations in various mediums have been exhibited in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, on the set of the famous Fox Hit TV show “Empire”, Harold Washington Library, South Side Community Art Center, Gallery Guichard, Howard University, Hill Center Galleries, the Sojourner Family Peace Center among others, and reside in various private collections across the nation.

www.YemonjaPaints.com

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Photography, Poetry, Student Artwork, Visual Arts, on 6 January 2020, by , 0 Comments

Congratulations to all of our winners & participants! Our sponsor, Lockheed Martin, will host an informal viewing at their facility on February 13, between 3-5 pm. RSVP is REQUIRED, so please do not miss out! Contact Lynn Fields at lynn.fields@lmco.com to register or 703-367-4546

Visual Art:

1st Place: Yohanna Taddesse, Still-Life, Pastel, Woodbridge

2nd Place: Carolyn Vaseghi, What Brings Us Together, Oil, Homeschool

3rd Place: Kyra Morris, Faded Into Distortion, Prismacolor & Graphite, Woodbridge

Honorable Mention:
Felicity Gonzalez Rivera, In His Eyes, Colored pencil, Colgan

Hope Dearborn, Munchen, Germany, Digital Photography, Patriot

"Hi, my name is Hope Dearborn and I am an Eleventh grader at Patriot HS. Most of my time is devoted to school, volleyball, crossfit, and recently dive, but art has always been something that I use to wind down. Whether it be music, drawing, or painting, art has been a consistent outlet for me. When I took photography one last year I fell in love with the instant connection the medium allowed me to make with the world around me. When I got the chance to go to Israel and Munich, Germany, I was excited of course to explore overseas, but also to document every part of the trip. This photograph is a bird’s eye of Munich, taken from the top of a tower that some friends and I climbed for a euro."

Keilani Wetternach, Sunset Oasis, Acrylic, Osbourn Park

Art & Technology:

1st Place: David Jones, Binary Focus, Digital Art, Colgan

Click here to read about David's art process!

Poetry:

1st Place: Lily Parker, “Creatures of the Night”, Colgan

2nd Place: Olivia Misero, "Water Falling", Colgan

3rd Place: Sam Faulk, "I'm Not a Poet", Osbourn 

Honorable Mention:

Lynn Vassar, “Passing By”, Colgan

Caitlin McGeehan, “A Poet’s Purpose’, Forest Park

Josseline Calderon Rivera, “A Poet’s Purpose”, Osbourn

Wearable Art:

1st Place: Isabella Goglia, Colgan, Materials: Plastic trash bags, math paper, Computer cords, tape, glue, and paint

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Photography, Poetry, Visual Arts, on 3 January 2020, by , 0 Comments

Local Published Poet to Display Art & Poetry at Center for the Arts in “Camera Eyes: On Poetry” Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: January 15-February 5, 2020
Meet the Poet Reception: January 18, 6-9 pm (Poetry Recitation: 6:45 pm)
(Snow Date: January 25, 6-9 pm)

The Center for the Arts is pleased to present “Camera Eyes: On Poetry”, featuring local published poet and photographer, JoAnn Lord Koff.

In Going Home, JoAnn Lord Koff, Digital Photography

Camera Eyes: On Poetry cultivates a visceral connection between JoAnn’s original, timeless photographic images and the heartfelt vision within her accompanying poems. In trying to mix two mediums, visual images and printed words, JoAnn connects what is a “truism”, using pictures as words and vice versa. Photography is an instantaneous art form, which can rarely be duplicated. A poem on the other hand, often ferments before its fragile birth and requires time to mature in rewriting. Each relies on instinct and wants its audience to feel its meaning or expression nonetheless. The exhibit consists of approximately 30 pieces of poetry and photography based on JoAnn’s book "Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks”, a 2019 nominee for the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry. It will run concurrently with the Regional Poetry Out Loud competition at the Center for the Arts held on January 23, 1-4 pm.

About JoAnn Lord Koff:
JoAnn Lord Koff is a resident of Northern Virginia. Her philosophy of life is deeply rooted in her multi-cultural heritage. As a young child, she lived in Charny, France, and moved around within the United States while her father was in military. She attended Lynchburg College where she majored in English, Writing and Secondary Education. Her love of history, her passion for the arts and her taste of originality is clearly depicted in her book, the first from Sappho Publishing, Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks. This book is a culmination of decades of poetry that she has written and photographs she has taken all around the world.

“I Have Camera Eyes” (excerpt) by JoAnn Lord Koff:
“We shape what we see,
The mystery is in the image,
What we perceive, but a clue,
What I am, but a part.”

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

Center for the Arts, Jordan Exum: 703-330-2787 - jexum@center-for-the-arts.org
9419 Battle St, Manassas, VA 20110
center-for-the-arts.org / instagram: @cfamanassas

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Posted in acrylic paintings, mixed media, Student Artwork, Visual Arts, on 13 December 2019, by , 1 Comments

Off the Wall
16th Annual High School Art Competition

Exhibit dates: December 12 – January 14, 2020
Open House: January 4, 2-4 pm (Snow Date: January 11, 2-4 pm)

The highly anticipated Off the Wall competition returns for its 16th year! Each year the local area high school students are invited to showcase their talent by participating in a high school art competition. The competition encourages student expression and creativity in a professional setting and allows the participants to gain experience in the field of art. The exhibit includes student work in the following categories: Visual Art, Poetry, Wearable Art, and our STEAM influenced category, Art & Technology (3D prints & digital designs). This year’s exhibition features 39 talented student artists.

View the student artwork at the Open House on January 4, 2-4 pm (Snow Date: January 11, 2-4). Awards will be announced at the Open House.

The Off the Wall High School Art Competition is sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Following the exhibition at the Center for the Arts, Off the Wall will travel to Lockheed Martin for the month of February. Lockheed Martin will host a separate reception at their facility for the students, parents and teachers (Date TBA).

Participating Students:

Woodbridge
Joselyn Andrade
Yohanna Taddesse
Kyra Morris
Anh Dao

Patriot
Katelyn Nussbaum
Hope Dearborn

Ashley Tran
Alaina Marie Gaul
Michelle Huynh
Fatima Shaikh

Osbourn Park
Rocio Serrano Velasco
Diego Barrera Rivera
Keilani Wetternach

Corynn Ellsworth
Rachael Tang
Olivia Thacker

Manuel Guerrero Zdeinert

Manassas Park
Catherine O’Connor

Forest Park High School
Julianna Bolivar
David Kim

Colgan
Victoria Pittella

David Jones
Valeria Vera Alva
McKenna Titcomb
Felicity Gonzalez Rivera
Aidan McGuire

CD Hylton
Thia Lam
Taylor Arnold
Jemma Alumbaugh

Brentsville District
Lauren Machen
Chloey Kessler

Battlefield
Nicholas Austin-Wakefield
Isabel Lee

Osbourn
Paige Saari
Ndya Mangum
Leticia Vera Hernandez

Homeschool/Creative Brush Studio
Carolyn Vaseghi (Homeschool)
Sofia Ettema (Creative Brush Studio)
Julia Hunter (Creative Brush Studio)

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Posted in mixed media, Visual Arts, on 30 October 2019, by , 0 Comments

Local Area Artists to Display Art at Center for the Arts in “One Sketch at a Time” Urban Sketchers Exhibit

The Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory is pleased to present “One Sketch at a Time: An Exhibit of Urban Sketchers”, featuring local area artists involved in the Urban Sketchers movement.

Urban Sketchers is a global community of artists that practice drawing on location in cities, towns and villages they live in or travel to. The group’s mission is to raise artistic, storytelling and educational value of on-location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world. Urban Sketchers use any kind of media they desire and cherish their individual styles, making each drawing unique to the artist and location. Their motto is: “We show the world, one drawing at a time!”

The dates for this show are November 6 through December 9. The Center for the Arts will host a free closing reception & artist demo on Friday, December 6, 6-9 pm.

Participating Artists:
Amy Mann

Antonia Tiu

Christine Raymond

John Hancock

Judy Boyle

Michele Frantz

Paula Raudenbush

Russell Petcoff

Todd Cumpston

Yik Chek Phan

Elissa Poma

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Posted in Visual Arts, on 17 October 2019, by , 0 Comments

John Hartt, painter of the strange, wonderful, and just plain weird has original artwork, prints, and merchandise for sale at the Center for the Arts until November 2.

If you can't find the space or room in your budget for an original painting, support your local artist and arts center by purchasing a print, sticker, or magnet!

Interested in meeting the artist and picking his brain? John Hartt is our featured artist for this year's Historic Manassas Fall Gallery Walk! The Fall Gallery Walk is on Friday, November 1, 6-9 pm. Come check out the artwork and mingle with the artist.

Prints, Stickers & Magnets:

$40 prints (11"x 14")

$3 - sticker/button OR 2/$5

A Carnival of the Absurd - Original Artwork by John Hartt
Interested in owning an original painting? Call the Center at 703-330-2787 to purchase your piece or email jexum@center-for-the-arts.org

John Hartt
Penguins
Oil on canvas
24” x 12”
$300

John Hartt
Grow Your Own Skeleton
Oil on canvas
19” x 60”
$950

John Hartt
Big Baby Visits the City
Oil on canvas
18” x 12”
$275

John Hartt
Dead Fish, Dead Fish, Dead Fish, Dead Fish
Oil on canvas
10” x 20”
$300

John Hartt
The Human Fly
Oil on canvas
18” x 24”
$400

John Hartt
Fortunes Told
Oil on canvas
24” x 36”
$525

John Hartt
Sailor Jack
Oil on canvas
18” x 24”
$550

John Hartt
The Gardener
Oil on canvas
30” x 20”
SOLD

John Hartt
A Gathering of Balloons
Oil on canvas
80” x 36”
$2,000

John Hartt
Animal Yummies
Oil on canvas
36” x 24”
$525

John Hartt
The Festival Bird
Oil on canvas
24” x 24”
$500

John Hartt
The Juggler
Oil on canvas
24” x 30”
SOLD

John Hartt
Let’s Groove
Oil on canvas
24” x 18”
$450

John Hartt
Madonna and Child
Oil on canvas
18” x 24”
$375

John Hartt
Live Mermaid
Oil on canvas
20” x 16”
$450

John Hartt
The Angler Fish
Oil on canvas
24” x 36”
$450

John Hartt
Alligator Cuts and their Unusual Properties
Oil on canvas
46” x 28”
SOLD

John Hartt
Devil Boy
Oil on canvas
24” x 36”
$525

John Hartt
The Mock Turtle
Oil on canvas
24” x 18”
$400

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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

center-for-the-arts.org
703-330-2787

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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Posted in acrylic paintings, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 3 June 2019, by , 0 Comments

Resilience and Rebirth
Martin Cervantez

Exhibit dates: July 10-August 31
Pubic Art Project: Sunday, August 18, 1-4 pm

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. The artist describes this transition as a “Rebirth through relocation, redefined vision, and relevance to my own experiences”. Learn more about Martin’s story & the power of art therapy at the reception Saturday, July 13, 6-8 pm.

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.

About the Center for the Arts:
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.

Martin J. Cervantez's show Resilience and Rebirth is a sight to see...especially at night!

Not only does the art wow, but the lighting is programmed to change periodically, emphasizing different aspects of each piece as you move through the exhibition.

 

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Posted in acrylic paintings, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 9 May 2019, by , 0 Comments

Array of Light:
Art from the Center’s Instructors

Exhibit dates: May 15 – June 28, 2019
Reception: Saturday, May 25, 6-8 pm

The Center for the Arts is proud to present Array of Light: Art from the Center’s Instructors, an exhibition that celebrates the creativity and skill of our instructors. The group exhibit features 17 artists that currently teach or have taught at the Center for the Arts, but it is only a sample of what our talented art department has to offer. The artists represent a wide variety of art mediums and applications, including: digital photography, painting, mixed media, illustration, fiber art, printmaking, and digital media. Meet the gifted instructors at the reception Saturday, May 25, 6-8 pm.

Exhibiting Artists:
Amanda Shaw                            Jean Seelig
Annaliess Trommatter             Kimberly Faulkner
Candace Penders                       Lee Darter
Carla Jaranson                           Lydia Bratton
Carla Riga                                    Martin Cervantez
Cheryl Miehl                               Michele Frantz
Deborah Dismuke                     Mike Flynn
Emily Thomson                         Suhail Mir
Nicole Osborne

The artists featured in Array of Light teach the following classes at the Center for the Arts:

Amanda Shaw (Children’s mixed media summer camps)
Annaliess Trommatter (Charcoal drawing)
Carla Jaranson (Sumi-e Brush Painting)
Carla Riga (Lotus Leaf Painting)
Cheryl Miehl (Bookmaking, Art Journaling, Mixed Media Acrylics, Printmaking)
Emily Thomson (Figure Drawing, Portraiture, Painting, Illustration)
Jean Seelig (Asian Brush Painting)
Kimberly Faulkner (Art Therapy)
Lee Darter (Fiber Arts, Felting, Meditative Art)
Lydia Bratton (Digital Art, Cartooning, Anime, Mixed Media, Nature Art, 3D Art & Sculpture)
Martin Cervantez (Sculpture, Painting, Abstract Art, Meditative Art)
Michele Frantz (Watercolor & Acrylic Painting, Soft Pastels, Open Studio Art, Calligraphy)
Mike Flynn (Plein Air Painting, Watercolors, Mixed Media)
Nikki Osborne (Digital Media, Animation, Videography, Mixed Media)
Suhail Mir (Photography, Digital Art)
Deborah Dismuke (Oil Painting, Portraiture Painting, Photorealism, Digital Media, Private Lessons, Portfolio Development)

Visit center-for-the-arts.org for more information on classes and programming.

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Reception, Saturday, May 25 (6-8 pm)

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