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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 Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 24 August 2017, by , 0 Comments

Our next exhibit is arriving just in time for the start of the school year - and appropriately so!
Visual Magic, The Art of Four Picture Book Illustrators (September 13-October 26) features four illustrators who have contributed to children's educational publications. Janet Stoeke, Susan Roth, Jennifer O'Connell and Carol Schwartz have spent their careers creating illustrations for children's books and even writing some of their own stories to go along with their art. They work with various mediums, including gouache, Photoshop, and even collage to express topics that range from science and nature to culture and history!

Meet the illustrators at the reception, September 16, 5:30 pm in the Caton Merchant Family Gallery. 

About the Illustrators:
With a focus on science and nature, Carol Schwartz has worked with many major publishers, including a Scholastic "Hide and Seek Science” series. Most recently you can see the small miracle of a chrysalis becoming a butterfly in Carol’s illustrations for a Tilbury House Nature Book, My Busy Green Garden, written by Terry Pierce. Carol paints predominantly in gouache, but also utilizes Photoshop for her illustrations. Her work has been selected for exhibitions throughout the USA including The Society of Illustrators in New York, Focus on Nature XIV and The Illustrator’s Club of Washington DC. She has also received honors from the The EdPress Association of America.

Susan L. Roth, NYC native, is the author/illustrator of 50 books. Her primary medium is collage. She applies this technique using scissors, tweezers, paste, and double-sided repositional tape. Some of her most popular publications include “Parrots Over Puerto Rico” (emphasizing the inescapable connection between people’s actions and the animals in the wild) and “Hands Around the Library” (a visual recreation of the story about protecting the Bibliotheca Alexandrina).

Janet Morgan Stoeke is best known for her whimsical picture books featuring Minerva Louise, a hen whose blithe optimism and inquiring spirit are never dampened by her many mistakes. Stoeke grew up in Connecticut among four siblings, a horse, a dog, frequent woodland adoptees and a pond full of ducks. But no chickens, although there were plenty of them just down the street. So yes, she is fluent in Farmyard. A painter by education, she came to the book-creating business through a contest, and has happily remained a contributor for the past 30 years. Her work has been singled out for its graceful lines, appealing palette and visual humor.

Jennifer O’Connell grew up in Darien, Connecticut and received her BFA degree in illustration from Philadelphia College of Art (now known as The University of the Arts). She was employed at Unicorn Graphics in Washington, DC before becoming a free-lance illustrator and designer. Jennifer’s picture book, Ten Timid Ghosts, is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller and has sold more than 780,000 copies. Her new book, The Eye of the Whale has received the Green Earth Book Award, a Moonbeam Gold Award, a Maryland Blue Crab Honor, and has been named an Honor Book by the Society of School Librarians International in the Language Arts - Picture Book category. It was a Maine Literary Awards Finalist and has been selected by RIF (Reading is Fundamental) for their STEAM list.

Artist Technique:
The visuals within a children’s book are pivotal to the overall message. Each artist has their own unique approach to creating illustrations. Susan Roth primarily works with collage using the cut and paste technique. Her supplies include: scissors, tweezers, paste, and double-sided repositional tape. This enhances the visuals by adding depth and texture through the technique of collage.

Janet Stoeke and Carol Schwartz utilize the medium of gouache, which combines the flexibility of watercolor with the flow of acrylics. The gouache method uses opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a glue-like substance. In addition to creating her illustrations with gouache, Janet Stoeke also uses a black Prismacolor pencil to outline her art. Carol Schwartz also chooses to combine media and incorporates Photoshop into her illustrations as well.

Jennifer O’Connell prefers to paint her illustrations more loosely with the medium of acrylic paint on 4-ply Strathmore Bristol paper. The quick drying paint allows Jennifer to keep refining over and over until everything ‘works’. Occasionally, Jennifer also uses pen and ink with watercolor.

List of Publications:

The Eye of the Whale
Ten Timid Ghosts
It’s Halloween Night

Parrots Over Puerto Rico
Hands Around the Library

The Loopy Coop Hens
Letting Go

What Is There Were No Bees?
How Does A Seed Sprout? & Other Questions About Plants
How Strong Is An Ant?
My Busy Green Garden

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