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.
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.
Ayeye: A Retrospective of Black History Month
(On exhibit: January 30 – March 2, 2018)
To commemorate Black History Month, the Center for the Arts has scheduled an exhibit exploring art works by local and regional African-American artists. This eclectic and collaborative exhibition includes photography, painting, and mixed media with subject matter ranging from studies of African culture and history to nature and travel photography. The term ayeye means “celebration” or “ceremony” in Yoruba. Ceremonies are considered a core value in Yoruba culture and involve the participation of not only family, but community. Join us in celebrating culture, history, and community at the Opening Reception, Saturday, February 3, 6-8 PM, hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The reception will include refreshments, live music, and door prizes (free & open to the public).
Naomi Hanna has been painting for 12 years and is a mostly self taught Visual Artist based in Baltimore. Her paintings reflect her experience within the African Diaspora using water colors, acrylics, oils, multimedia, and more. Hanna spent one year at Delaware College of Art and Design in 2012. Recently, Hanna participated in multiple cultural events such as Artscape 2016 where she painted a temporary mural. In 2015, Hanna visited Salvador, Bahia, Brasil for Capoeira Angola Martial Arts and cultural exposure. In July 2016, her first Baltimore City Art Show "Dreams of the Motherland" was a success and paid for her ticket to Accra, Ghana. Her following art show Pilgrimage to the Motherland was a success and funded her spiritual temple. Hanna currently works as a full time artist in Baltimore City while attending school.
Ashley Joi is an up and coming Visual Artist, residing in the Falls Church/Washington DC area. She attended Hampton University, where she studied Fine Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design.
Jimmy S. Clark, Jr. is a self-taught, emerging artist originally from Louisiana, currently living in Northern Virginia. Jimmy has been fascinated with drawing and painting since childhood. He specializes in landscapes and abstract painting using acrylic as his medium.
Joliza Terry attained a Masters of Fine Arts from James Madison University in 2016 and teaches Digital Photography Printmaking Graphic Design at Virginia Union University located in Richmond, VA. Her works in Ayeye are part of a series entitled Home Starts From Within which is about the perspective of a middle-class African American family.
Karl Rudd was born and raised in North Carolina. His love of photography began in the 1970’s while a student at N.C. Central University where he photographed sporting events, and subjects
including Muhammad Ali, Alex Haley, and Louis Farrakhan. He now resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland where he operates his photography business, and is currently working on a pictorial
collection called “Stones of Hope”.
Katina Douglas studied at the Academy of Art University where she began her career as a self-taught portrait photographer. Inspired by the crippling effects of homelessness, namely how their existence is seemingly disregarded and almost invisible, she has dedicated a large portion of her work and time to humanizing those gravely affected by homelessness.
Cleveland started his photography career doing individual & family portraits in the late 70’s in Rochester, NY. In his day job Cleve was an English teacher. At the same time he has been a freelance photographer for most of his adult life. He has done his share of commercial work over the decades, adapting from film and darkrooms to digital images and Lightroom.
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 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, an African American Photographers Association based in D.C.
Native of Eritrea, Ambessa Jir Berhe is filmmaker, photographer and Assistant Professor of Media, Journalism, and Film at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he graduated with MFA degree in film production and now teaches graduate and undergraduate film production courses. He has been photographing experiment images for cinematography aesthetic enhancement for a long time while working and completing on numerous film projects. For the last five years he has been photographing professionally, working on several long-term photo projects. Currently he exhibiting some of his works from the photo project called "a glimpse images of my homeland Eritrea".
Congratulations to all of the winners of the Off the Wall Annual High School Art Competition!
Thank you to Lockheed Martin for generously sponsoring the exhibition. Following the closing of the exhibit at the Center for the Arts, the student art work will be traveling to Lockheed Martin (Manassas) for the month of February. A separate reception will be held for the students, teachers, and family members.
The judges had their work cut out for them this year - with 40 pieces of art on display containing a variety of media and subject matter, it was a close call.
3rd Place: Tam Vu, Sink Fish, Battlefield
Corban Hubler, Creative Brush Studio
Evan Hackler, Battlefield
Imi Cabacungan, Battlefield
Olivia Woolfrey, Brentsville District
Hannah Phillips, Battlefield
Sandra Iveth Rivas Hernandez, Osbourn
2018 marks our 2nd year of incorporating the category of Art & Technology (inspired by our sponsor, Lockheed Martin). The Art & Technology category consists of 3d printed objects/materials.
1st Place Art & Technology 2018:
Partially Exposed (double ring)(jewelry)
Manassas Park High School
Artist Description: This set of jewelry has a central theme of exposed hexagonal patterns that, from its open pattern, suggests a weak connection, but actually provides a strong bond to each side of the piece. The hexagonal patterns have a volume that is 72% less than a solid piece of metal, but have a surface area that is 25% greater. This provides the pieces with a structure that is strong and material efficient, while also revealing what or whom is behind the jewelry. The see-through pattern is contrasted by the solid band of metal that borders the hexagons, providing a solid wall of material that hides what is behind it.
1st place: Sa’Raye Wynder-Burs, "Inspiration", Woodbridge Senior
2nd place: Rebecca Visger, "A Camel Through the Eye of a Needle", Osbourn
3rd place: Brandon Carter, "Heartbeat", Osbourn
"Inspiration" by Sa'Raye Wynder-Burs, Woodbridge Senior
Inspiration comes from fog
The corners of our mind
Sleeping dormant until
Awakened by our soul
Contained within your heart
Behind those locked doors
Pouring out the keyholes
And underneath the floors.
Some inspiration appears
From objects in our day;
There’s words, lyrics, poems:
Things that people say.
The painters with their brushes
Their muse giving them sight
Guiding their hands to perfection
Brushstrokes kept so light.
Musicians with their instruments,
Playing those sweet tunes
Fingers leap and fly
Leaving you so soothed.
Written words from a poet
Minds are left rattled, dazed
Open but confused,
Everything leaving a feeling.
There lies a poet’s muse
Poetry Honorable Mention:
Jessica Sebenlaer, Woodbridge
Ryan D'Emidio, Woodbridge
14th Annual Off the Wall
(December 15 – January 25, 2018)
The highly anticipated Off the Wall competition returns for its 14th year! Local area high school students will showcase their artistic talents in a variety of media. The annual competition features student work from the following categories: Visual Art, Poetry, Wearable Art, and our STEAM influenced category, Art & Technology! Interested in participating? Visit our Gallery Exhibits web page for How to Enter info.
This project has been extended from the Center for the Arts into an exhibition partnership with our sponsor, Lockheed Martin. The exhibit ends on January 25, many of these works of art will travel to the Lockheed Martin (Manassas location) to be on display through February 28, 2018. Following its display at Lockheed Martin, the exhibition travels to NOVA Manassas, and finishes up at its final location: Novant Health UVA Haymarket Medical Center.
Come support and celebrate the talented youth of Manassas/Prince William County at our Open House on January 6, 2-4 pm (Snow Date: January 13, 2-4 pm). The winners of each category will be announced during the Open House.
List of Participating Students:
Battlefield High School
Laura Chioma Jones
Forest Park High School
CREATIVE BRUSH (Instructor: Christine Raymond)
Osbourn Park High School
Carolina Fuentes Rogel