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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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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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