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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 Caton Merchant Family Gallery, Visual Arts, on 22 February 2018, by , 1 Comments

Circalyans: Warriors of the Untime
Donnamaria
R. Jones
(On exhibit: March 6 – April 25, 2018)

Meet the Artist & the warriors: 
April 7, 6-8 pm during our catered reception!
Heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served 
- free and open to the public.

Fascinated by the indomitable spirit defining warriors of times past, present and imagined future, she has created an amalgamated league of conquerors, the Circalyan Warriors of the Untime, that transcend all time periods. The rustic, near life-sized portrait panels evoke the sheer might and domination of the eclectically adorned and armed combatants. Donnamaria R. Jones, a military veteran, is a portrait photographer based in the Washington Metropolitan area, and owns Circa Life Images photography studio in Waldorf, MD. 

The creative process behind the Circalyan Warriors was practically a full-on production featuring a makeup artist, studio set, custom costumes, and of course, models - most, if not all, tattooed by Scotte "Bricks" Turner of Bricks Tattoo.
All Special effects/Makeup by Jennifer Gingerbread Johnson and Erika Maverick Brereton. 

But, of course, before the photo shoot, there was the original conception:

Although Donnamaria was partially influenced by her martial arts background and her military career, she also acknowledges that the exhibit has some metaphorical significance as well. Donnamaria believes that each one of us deals with inner battles daily, even if not physically visible to those on the outside. The Circalyans could be considered the visual representations of these inner battles that we all experience. The scars, some authentic and some created, are considered the "spoils of victory", and are often something we hide, rather than expose or celebrate.

*All purchased art will be mounted to preserve the integrity of the print.

 *For more information about the artist please visit: https://www.circalifeimages.com/index

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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.

Storm II
Donnamaria R. Jones
Digital photograph on canvas
$1,500

 

Guardian II
Donnamaria R. Jones
Digital photography on canvas
$1,500

 

Char
Donnamaria R. Jones
Digital photograph on canvas
$1,500

 

Talons
Donnamaria R. Jones
Digital photograph on canvas
$1,500

 

 

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