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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
Reception: July 13, 6-8 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.

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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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Posted in acrylic paintings, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 22 April 2019, by , 0 Comments

One Love: Celebration of Life with the Arts
Juried Art Exhibition
Exhibit dates: April 19-May 10
One Love is a transformative 3-day multi-media art event that is a celebration of life and our diverse artistic community. The event is designed to give artists a platform to perform, share and leverage their art to the betterment of the community, while raising awareness and inspiring hope for the love of all artistic platforms. As a part of the One Love festival, The Center for the Arts will host a juried art exhibit opening May 19 featuring original artwork from local and regional artists. Awards will be announced at the meet the artist reception Friday, April 26, 6-9 pm.

1st Place 2018: Michele Frantz, Blue Ridge Gal, Watercolor, 16 x 20

1st Place 2019:

 

A preview of the One Love Juried Art Exhibit, 2019:


 

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Posted in Uncategorized, Visual Arts, on 7 March 2019, by , 0 Comments

Fifty Shades of Green: Painting from Life
NOVA Plein Air Artists

Exhibit dates: March 7 – April 15, 2019
Reception: Saturday, March 23, 6-8 pm

It is believed that artists have painted in nature since the beginning of the art form. Although there is no exact documented start date, artists have portrayed the landscape for hundreds of years. Founded in 2016, Nova Plein Air Artists (NPAA) was initiated due to a shared desire to explore the idea of painting outdoors. Since then, NPAA has evolved into a creative, educational and social network of local artists committed to painting weekly at organized “paint-outs”. Plein air locations are chosen for their diversity, varying from state and county parks to rustic farms, vineyards, and urban settings within the Northern Virginia and Greater Washington, DC area.

While NPAA is primarily a plein air group, members also engage in painting other subjects including still life, genre, and portraiture. Fifty Shades of Green showcases artwork from 11 very active, local artists, many of whom graduated with fine arts degrees and enjoy a variety of creative interests.

Much of the art in Fifty Shades of Green features recogni

zable Virginia scenery such as Old Town Manassas, Morven Park, River Farm, and many other familiar locations. Using a variety of mediums, the artists bring each composition to life through their use of color, perception, and painterly technique.

Exhibiting Artists:
Amelia Cheuk, Anne Alden, Anne Cook, Margaret Power, Marilyn Miyamoto, Maureen Guillot, Michael L. Jackson, Paula Cottrell, Rachel Garcia Palmer, Robert Thoren, and Theresa Miller.

View the artwork and meet the artists at the reception March 23, 6-8 pm.

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.

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Posted in afrofuturism, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 13 February 2019, by , 0 Comments

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted the Born at the Bottom of the Ship on Saturday, February 9. We had an excellent turnout and a night full of wonderful discussion! All paintings are for sale, and we have giclee prints available by request (shipped directly to your door!). Contact jexum@center-for-the-arts.org for more info!

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 11 January 2019, by , 0 Comments

2019 Off the Wall Awards

Visual Art:

1st Place: Luke Pham, Still-Life, Osbourn

2nd Place: Mujgan Gadimbayli, Beauty of Nature, Battlefield

3rd Place: Manuel Guerrero Zdeinert, Freedom of Want, Osbourn Park

Honorable Mention:
Annie Chotikul, Owls Under Waterfalls, Colgan
Francesco Feltri, L’arte Di Essere Fragili, Osbourn
Kiara Grover, Skull Still-Life, Colgan
Emily Yates, A Beading Reflection, Colgan

Art & Technology:

1st Place: Hermon Seyoum, Hoarder’s Post, Colgan

Poetry:

1st Place: Abigail Banks, “Fire”, Woodbridge

"Fire"

Red

Yellow

White

The colors flash

Flickering

The searing heat

Threatening to burn

Its movement mesmerizing

 Golden tongues flicking

Unpredictable

As a poet’s mind

 

The grace

The beauty

Mesmerizing all

But hidden lies danger

Danger that can hurt

Injure

Kill

Fire

So life giving

Yet

So deadly

 

It ends

As it began

The glow softens

The flame bows

When once great

Its glory dies

The darkness approaches

Engulfing it whole

Leaving only glowing embers

And a wisp of smoke

To signal its reign

2nd Place: Annie Chotikul, “A Journey of Mind”, Colgan

3rd Place: Ryan Dorjderem “Fractal”, Woodbridge

Honorable Mention:
Natalya Green, “Disaray”, Woodbridge
April Joyce Landicho, “With You”, Woodbridge

Wearable Art:

1st Place: Tahmina Haque, Trash bags, tule, packing wrap, Colgan

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Posted in afrofuturism, afrosurrealism, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 31 December 2018, by , 0 Comments

Born at the Bottom of the Ship
James and Zsudayka Terrell

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.

Giclee Prints & Originals:

Giclee prints can be made of any of the paintings featured in the exhibit, and mailed directly to your home address. The prints come in a variety of sizes. Please see the giclee print pricing chart below. Contact jexum@center-for-the-arts.org or 703-330-2787 for more info.

BORN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SHIP
James & Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell
High quality giclee prints

Size               Price    
12x18           $260
18x24           $390
20x30           $455
24x36           $520
30x40           $485
36x36           $650
36x54           $715
40x60           $780 

 

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 3 December 2018, by , 0 Comments

Off the Wall
Exhibit dates: December 18 – January 25, 2019
The highly anticipated Off the Wall competition returns for its 15th 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 allows the students to express their creativity and imagination in a professional setting and gain knowledge and experience in the field of art. The exhibition includes student work from the following categories: Visual Art, Poetry, Wearable Art, and our STEAM influenced category, Art & Technology (Think 3D prints & digital designs!). 

View the student artwork at the Open House on January 5, 2-4 pm (Snow Date: January 12, 2-4). Free & open to the public.

Following the exhibition at the Center for the Arts, Off the Wall will travel to Lockheed Martin for the duration of February. Lockheed Martin will hold a special reception for the students, parents, and teachers on Wednesday, February 20, 2:30 pm. Following the reception, all attendees will be invited to take a tour through the facility (3:30 pm). RSVP is required for the private reception, and all interested students/parents/teachers should contact Lynn Fields lynn.fields@lmco.com.

Participating Students

1. Hee So (Battlefield High School)(Graham)

2. Mujgan Gadimbayli (Battlefield High School)(Graham)

3. Josie Carter (Brentsville)(Miehl)

4. Olivia Woolfrey (Brentsville)(Miehl)

5. Davida Alumbaugh (CD Hylton)(Willis)

6. Leidy Escobar (CD Hylton)(Willis)

7. Aidan McGuire (Colgan)(Nance)

8. Annie Chotikul (Colgan)(Burns)
9. Armoni James (Colgan)(Braney)

10. Emily Yates (Colgan)(Burns)

11. Felicity Gonzalez Rivera (Colgan)(Braney)

12. Hermon Seyoum (Colgan)(Nance)

13. Kiara Grover (Colgan)(Burns)

14. Tobin Porter (Colgan)(Burns)

15. Victoria Pittella (Colgan)(Braney)

16. Leah Stansbury (Creative Brush)(Raymond)

17. Madeline Houser (Creative Brush)(Raymond)

18. Lily Doshi (Forest Park)(Solliday)

19. Robert Fortunato (Forest Park)(Solliday)

20. Francesco Feltri (Osbourn)(Lively)

21. Luke Pham (Osbourn)

22. Ricky Martinez (Osbourn)(Weaver)

23. Brandon Alvarez (OPHS)(Pierre)

24. Haniah Virk (OPHS)(Pierre)

25. Jeffrey Blibo (OPHS)(Pierre)

26. Keilani Wetternach (OPHS)(Pierre)

27. Manuel Guerrero Zdeinert (OPHS)(Pierre)

28. Rachael Tang (OPHS)(Pierre)

29. Ximena Guerrero Zdeinert (OPHS)(Marshall-Greeson)

30. Grace Hubler (Patriot)(Giampapa)

31. Katelyn Mettmann(Patriot)(Giampapa)

32. Lizzie Burrell (Patriot)(Giampapa)

33. Makenna Christian (Patriot)(Giampapa)

34. Joanna Vitela (Woodbridge)(Petropulos)

35. Samantha Carlson (Woodbrige)(Rozelle)

36. Sofia Ettema (Creative Brush)(Raymond)

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 18 October 2018, by , 0 Comments

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.

Featured Artists:
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
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
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
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
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
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 Jackson
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 3 August 2018, by , 1 Comments

Four Ballets, One Year, One Painter

Web Bryant

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.

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