Exhibit dates: January 31 – March 4, 2019
Reception: Saturday, February 9, 6-8 pm
Born at the Bottom of the Ship investigates the identity of the descendants of Africans brought to America, and how that identity still exists in the new tribe - Blacks, who are uniquely African American while also being considered neither. James and Zsudayka Terrell address this disconnect in Born at the Bottom of the Ship by creating their own collection of portraits that feature traditional African references incorporated within modernity. Their collection of acrylic paintings is a visual exploration of who African Americans are as a new culture, community, and tribe.
At first glance, their artwork may appear very similar, but upon further study, the distinct differences in overall style and painterly approach become prominent. Zsudayka’s works highlight the black woman’s experience in America using unique linear patterns reminiscent of fabric stitching and touches of realism. Zsudayka’s patterns also consume the background of most of her paintings, entrancing the viewer in a mash of color and lively, flowing brushwork. James’s paintings are often slightly flatter in appearance and more abstract with the use of large blocks of color, bold outlines, and detailed patterns to create his figures, which are mostly male. A few of James’s paintings also reference his passion for music with the inclusion of musical instruments.
About the Artists:
James Terrell and Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell are a husband and wife team of visual artists living in Washington, DC. They paint beautiful, vibrant afro futurist abstract portraits. Both artists have been featured in galleries and museums across the country. James received the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award in 2017, and studied art at Howard University and Parson School of Art and Design. Zsudayka pursued a career in journalism before shifting her focus to a career in the arts. The Terrells work closely with local nonprofits to develop youth art programming in their community, and both have been teaching art for 10+ years. Meet the artists at the reception February 9, 6-8 pm hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (9419 Battle St., Manassas, VA 20110). Receptions are free and open to the public.
Nuts & Bolts: NOVA Community College Faculty Art Exhibit
November 7-December 12
The Caton Merchant Family Gallery will host a NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) Art Show featuring faculty from the Woodbridge and Manassas campuses from November 7-December 12. The exhibit will highlight the work of 11 creative instructors from the Art & Art History Departments. NOVA, a cornerstone of the northern Virginia region, boasts professors that work with a variety of media and techniques, such as painting, photo-collage, sculpture, and abstract mixed media. The exhibition emphasizes each instructor’s individual style, technique, and approach to art. Meet the instructors at the opening reception, November 10, 6- 8 pm.
Erin Devine, David Epstein, Rosemary Gallick, Eric Garner, Hank Harmon, Zac Jackson, Jean Lauzon, Elizabeth Lynch, Fred Markham, Matt Pinney, Gail Rebhan
About the Artists:
Erin Devine is an artist, writer, and curator based in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in Art History with a specialization in Contemporary Art from Indiana University. Her video-based and live performances are characterized by research that addresses the adverse position of patriarchy in shaping history and culture.
David Epstein, M.F.A, M. Ed., is the College Dean of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts (VPMA) and the Woodbridge Campus Dean of Languages, Arts and Social Sciences at Northern Virginia Community College. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Fine Arts from The Savannah College of Art and Design and a Master of Education from Northcentral University.
Rosemary Gallick is a Professor of Art and Art History at Northern Virginia Community College where she has taught since 1996. She holds a B.A. from the State University of New York in Art and an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. In addition, Rosemary Gallick has a Master’s degree in Communication from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. She has published numerous articles, has given various art presentations and has exhibited her artwork throughout the United States.
Eric Garner received a BAS in studio art and civil engineering from Stanford University in 1989 and an MS in civil engineering from Stanford in 1990. Garner’s work reflects an interest in patterning and visual systems, with influences ranging from American quilts, Islamic arts, and African textiles, to infrastructure design conventions.
Hank Harmon’s work is: abstract - opposed to natural representation of things; not opposed to nature directly experienced - immediate in communication. His work is self-contained, in that it is concerned with relational esthetics only in the work’s relationship to itself highly simplified - based on primary sensations gained by direct experience with the work aesthetic ideals aim toward a conciseness of statement.
Zac's work stems from a fascination with our reactions, both mentally and physically, to ideas of stress and tension. Referencing his own experiences as well as those gathered from interviews with others his work creates a dialogue for these, often unrecognized, occurrences. To capture the movements that are associated with anxieties he occasionally employs different kinetic elements that amplify or exaggerate these twitches.
Jean Lauzon hails from the Midwest, where she earned a BFA, summa cum laude, Fine Art, at Millikin University, Decatur IL, and her MA and MFA in Fine Art/Painting from the University of Iowa. After retirement and a year of travel, she followed her husband to Reston, VA, and returned to teaching as an adjunct art instructor at NVCC - Manassas. Ms. Lauzon considers her paintings to be “Post-Modernist” and her drawings and watercolors to be naturalistic.
Elizabeth Lynch received her BA, MA and PHD in art history. She has been teaching art history for seventeen years, and has been teaching full time at NOVA Woodbridge for the past seven years. She likes to work with pastels and acrylics, focusing on still-life and landscape.
Fred Markham received his Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Drawing from Transylvania University in Lexington Kentucky. He went on to a Post-Baccalaureate Program in Painting at the University of Kentucky, and then received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from The George Washington University.
Matt Pinney is a multi-media artist living and working in Washington D.C. He has shown his work nationally and internationally. Pinney is an Assistant Professor at Northern Virginia Community College's Manassas campus where he teaches studio art. He is also a faculty member at The Art League at the Torpedo Factory where he won the Clemente Faculty Award at the Patron's show in 2017.
Gail Rebhan is a Washington, D.C. based photographer and Professor of Photography at Northern Virginia Community College. She has an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts and an undergraduate degree from Antioch College. Integral to her various bodies of work is an interest in time and change. She often constructs a conceptual framework that uses sequencing or grids.
September 5-November 5
Manassas Ballet Theatre is a local treasure, the largest professional ballet company in Northern Virginia. Web Bryant spent an entire year observing, sketching and painting these extraordinary dancers. His works in oils and pastels encompass all four ballets in the troupe’s 2017-2018 season, including rehearsals, performances, and candid backstage moments. Before turning to fine art, Bryant was a senior illustrator at USA Today for 30 years. He teaches at the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park and is a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. Meet the artist at the reception September 22, 7-9 pm, and enjoy a brief excerpt from the upcoming Manassas Ballet Theatre’s production of Dracula.
*Web will be featured as our artist for the Historic Manassas Fall Gallery Walk, Friday, November 2 (6-9 pm). Stay tuned for more info!
About the Artist:
"I turned to oil painting and fine art after a long career designing and illustrating some of the great newspapers in our country, including USA Today. The deadline-driven world of journalism required mediums that could be executed quickly. I started out with watercolors and then mastered digital painting with pixels. Now, I'm using oil glazing and other techniques of the Old Masters, and learning to be patient.
My paintings combine a journalistic eye for the narrative, and an intimate view of the passing moment. I paint real places and real people. Places you want to go, and people you would like to meet."
For more information about Web, please visit: http://webbryant.com/
About Manassas Ballet Theatre:
The Company consists of 29 adult professional dancers supported by an Artistic Director, Ballet Masters and other technical and administrative personnel. Each season, MBT presents four productions, totaling 22 performances at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, while offering six Educational Outreach performances each season at the Hylton for over 6,000 area public school students. The Company dancers of MBT come from eleven different countries. Annually, over 100 dancers audition to join MBT’s company, some travelling from as far away as China, Brazil, Japan and the Near East.
July 17 – August 31
A Timeless Perspective
On exhibit: June 13 – July 13
Visual Expressions is an “over 55” community art group that originated in Prince William County, Virginia. It was established in 2014 to promote creative endeavors to stimulate the mind, reduce the effects of stress-related diseases, and slow cognitive decline. The art group consists of graphic artists, art educators, and self-taught hobbyists. Soothing landscapes, realistic animal portraits, and vibrant abstract compositions make up their eclectic oeuvre and reflect a lifetime of learning, traveling, and exploring new techniques and mediums. Meet the artists at the opening reception, June 23, 6-8 pm.
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.
Paralyzed from the neck down, Colleen paints with a mouth stick to create her artwork. Self-taught, her work is inspired by the time she spent during her childhood in the mountains of Virginia. Colleen’s work has been purchased by the Kennedy Center for Very Special Arts and Evan Kemp Associates, who were instrumental in passing the American with Disabilities Act.
Diana is a certified art teacher with a Master’s degree in Fine Art Education. She has taken courses at the Landis Valley Pennsylvania Cultural and Rural Life Institute and the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City. In addition to her oil paintings, Diana creates whimsies and folk art using new tin-plated sheet metal and old, rusted barn roof tin as a medium. Her craft work has been featured in several national magazines and displayed at shops in Williamsburg, VA, Houston, TX , the Museum of Folk Art in New York City and other specialty and craft shops across the United States.
Joan became interested in art later in her life, as her children were growing up. She began to take many art courses, and ended up in fine art at Ventura College in California. Joan experiences painting as a meditation, an in-depth searching for soul. Abstract art, therefore, is her direction. “It frees me from the boundaries of realism, and besides - it’s fun!” Joan often uses heavy texture in her painting to add another dimension to her work.
Joanne is a Washingtonian who graduated from the University of Maryland and taught art to elementary students in several DC schools. Later she created arrangements at her flower shop in Bethesda. After relocating to VA in 1984 she began working as an administrative assistant. Currently happily retired and, as always, enjoying "Art as an Experience.”
Liane was born and raised in Germany and, although self-taught, was inspired by her father who painted with oil and watercolor. Unfortunately, his life was ended in the war when she was just 7 years of age. After moving to this community, Liane picked up painting more seriously and moved from painting small subjects onto dried tree mushrooms to slightly larger ones on canvas. In past years, she has also made many dried flower pictures and creatures from natural stones and seashells.
A self-taught artist is a member of the Prince William Art Society and the Visual Expressions Group of Four Seasons Community. Lynne's art has been exhibited at the Hylton Center for the Arts in Manassas and at the Four Seasons Community Clubhouse.
Marlene has enjoyed Watercolor painting in the NC “Triangle” for a number of years. She participated with the Sertoma Park Artists and studied under Lelia Brigham at Vance-Henderson Community College. Her art was recognized at the NC State Fair art exhibits show where she won Honorable Mention for her “Peaches” painting. Classes have also been taken at an annual Artarama in Raleigh with instructors including Rocky Alexander, Tom Lynch, and Jeanne Carbonetti.
Mona has always been interested and active in the arts, particularly oil painting. She has also enjoyed working with stained glass. She began painting as an adult when she did an oil painting of an old barn that had served as the first church building for Whitehall Baptist Church in Accokeek, MD, where she attended at the time. That painting is still hanging in the current church building.
Pam, a long time crafter, recently decided it was time to move on to learning to paint. She has begun to paint in oil, acrylic and watercolor and find that it brings joy and calmness to her soul.
Sandra is primarily a representational artist, but occasionally dabbles in acrylic abstracts. She received a BA in Advertising Design and spent her career doing computer graphics for the Central Intelligence Agency. Upon retirement she gravitated to the fine arts, working primarily in watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencil. She is a member of the Arches Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton and the Prince William Arts Society.
Sheri has an art degree from JMU, and worked in Display Art, as well as Liturgical Art. Primarily an acrylic painter, she likes to explore special effects in her work. Other interests include jewelry making from found objects, such as rocks, shells and seaglass.
The Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County is pleased to present our newest exhibition: The Dalton Gang featuring 6 seasoned photographers from the DMV region!
The Dalton Gang
On exhibit: May 2 – June 8
The Dalton Gang consists of photographers Bruce Fagin, Edward Savwoir, Michael Smith, Sandy Adams, Bonita F. Bing, and George Dalton Tolbert IV. Drawing inspiration from an infamous gang of outlaws in the Wild West (& George’s middle name), Michael Smith coined the group of artists The Dalton Gang. A few of the photographers met at Howard University in the 60s, while the others became acquainted after joining the Exposure Group, an African-American Photographers Association in Washington DC. Each artist has chosen 10 pieces from their personal collection to represent the gamut of their photographic career, emphasizing their individual styles and preferences.
Meet the Dalton Gang at the opening reception, May 4, 6-8 pm.
About the Artists
Bonita F. Bing
Bonita F. Bing, a native Washingtonian, has been photographing for the past 30 years. She became interested in photography in high school after her father gave her a 35 mm Retina IIIC camera. She received a B. A. Degree in Speech Communications in 1981 from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While attending the University of Pittsburgh she was a photographer for the yearbook. She has worked as a Network Operations Specialist for thirty (30) years for the U.S. Senate Sergeant At Arms and currently worked for thirty-three (33) years with the federal government. She has been the President of The Exposure Group African American Photographers Association, a professional photography association, for the last 16 years and a dedicated member for 21 years.
Bruce Fagin, born in Washingtonian D.C. and educated in its public schools, began using a camera as part of his art education at Howard University. For the next twenty years he incorporated that art education and photography into his occupation as a graphic designer. Bruce emphasizes dramatic light in all of his photographs and saturated color when not shooting black and white. This reflects his perception on life, bright moments of illumination and mysterious occurrences of reaching out into the unfamiliar.
Edward is a Washington, D.C. based photographer with over 20 years of experience. Although self-taught, he acknowledges the influence of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks and Charles “Teenie” Harris. To him each image defines a moment in time. What differentiates his approach to photography is his documentary style, the deliberative process.
George Dalton Tolbert IV
George D. Tolbert IV served as the first African-American Official Photographer for the United States Senate. His images have been featured in hundreds of magazines, such as Time, Jet, and Ebony. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Exposure Group.
Michael started his artist journey with a certificate in Advertising Art. Later, after serving in the military and joining the DC Fire Department, he became interested in
photography. Later after studying forensic photography at the University of Maryland, photography became another tool in his fire and arson investigations. When Michael retired from the Fire Service, he went professional with his photography. Weddings, portraits and events were the main focus. But his love of travel and the environment was his personal passion. His background in art, digital photography and now Photoshop became perfect for his future. Michael now considers himself a Photo-Artist. When he takes an image with his camera, it is the beginning of what his mind sees it to be. That can be anything from normal processing to it becoming a painting on canvas using acrylic paints.
Sandy Adams is a native Washingtonian and attended Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in
Photojournalism before pursuing a career in law enforcement. After many years of practicing photography “on the side”, she recently decided to pursue her passion for
photography full-time. Sandy owns and operates Outdoorvizions Photography where the primary focus is man-made, man-made with nature, and nature as decorative art photography. Basically, anything outdoors is fair game. Secondary is event photography with clients including Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.; Asbury United Methodist Church, Washington, DC; The District of Columbia Office of Inspector General and private parties.
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!