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Posted in acrylic paintings, afrofuturism, black history month, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 12 February 2020, by , 0 Comments

"The Day It Rained"
Written and illustrated by Dr. Yemonja Smalls
Book Reading & Signing: March 14, 2-4 PM (1st floor Gallery)

I introduce “The Day It Rained,” a story that peeks at Alzheimer ’s disease through the eyes of a little girl, whose disappointment is dissolved through an unexpected time she shares with her grandmother.  This is a love offering, rendered to present a unique interactive opportunity for open communication with children about what it means to continue to love someone who has dementia. My own experiences with my grandmother who had Alzheimer’s Disease before she made her transition, taught me how to let go, and love differently, and enjoy the unplanned and unscripted moments when I needed to adjust to her journey with Alzheimer’s.


Come hear the story read by the talented 5 year old Natalia! Signed copies of the book and prints of “Braidin” from the book will be available for purchase. Conversation and a fun interactive activity for the group too, you won’t want to miss it! Some of my original art from the book will be displayed.

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Posted in acrylic paintings, afrofuturism, black history month, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 7 January 2020, by , 0 Comments

Emerging Maryland Artist to Present Mixed Media Exhibit “It’s Complicated” at Center for the Arts

Exhibit Dates: February 7-March 27, 2020

Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday, February 8, 6-8 pm
(Hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.)

The Center for the Arts is pleased to present “It’s Complicated”, featuring emerging Baltimore artist Dr. Yemonja Smalls.

It’s ComplicatedAn Investigation into the Complexities of Relationships
When used to define the relationship, the uttered words, “it’s complicated” suggest hidden or unexplained snags, trickiness or entanglement that blur the beauty of the bond. In her first east coast solo show, Yemonja selects and assembles mixed media to convey the complexities that color relationships. In this investigative show, she explores both a metaphorical and literal process of breaking, tearing, hiding, layering and cementing to yield insight into what creates and maintains unions.

Through deconstructed and re-assembled materials, Yemonja presents multifaceted layers of said connections with precision. The chemistry of colors combined are held together, and even in fracture, everything remains whole.  She presents reflections of life/death, self-love, soul-ties, and work-life balance, to name a few, for viewer dialogue.

About the Artist:

Dr. Yemonja Smalls is an artist with very little formal artistic training.  Originally from Hershey, PA, but a recent Chicago, IL to Baltimore, MD transplant, she works in the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration.

Yemonja completed her pre-doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and received her doctorate from Louisiana State University in clinical psychology. She is expanding her clinical skills with a master’s degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has interned at sites supporting adults with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as African American teenage girls who experienced life trauma, and family caregivers who may be subject to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout.

Yemonja’s creations in various mediums have been exhibited in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, on the set of the famous Fox Hit TV show “Empire”, Harold Washington Library, South Side Community Art Center, Gallery Guichard, Howard University, Hill Center Galleries, the Sojourner Family Peace Center among others, and reside in various private collections across the nation.

www.YemonjaPaints.com

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Posted in Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Photography, Poetry, Student Artwork, Visual Arts, on 6 January 2020, by , 0 Comments

Congratulations to all of our winners & participants! Our sponsor, Lockheed Martin, will host an informal viewing at their facility on February 13, between 3-5 pm. RSVP is REQUIRED, so please do not miss out! Contact Lynn Fields at lynn.fields@lmco.com to register or 703-367-4546

Visual Art:

1st Place: Yohanna Taddesse, Still-Life, Pastel, Woodbridge

2nd Place: Carolyn Vaseghi, What Brings Us Together, Oil, Homeschool

3rd Place: Kyra Morris, Faded Into Distortion, Prismacolor & Graphite, Woodbridge

Honorable Mention:
Felicity Gonzalez Rivera, In His Eyes, Colored pencil, Colgan

Hope Dearborn, Munchen, Germany, Digital Photography, Patriot

"Hi, my name is Hope Dearborn and I am an Eleventh grader at Patriot HS. Most of my time is devoted to school, volleyball, crossfit, and recently dive, but art has always been something that I use to wind down. Whether it be music, drawing, or painting, art has been a consistent outlet for me. When I took photography one last year I fell in love with the instant connection the medium allowed me to make with the world around me. When I got the chance to go to Israel and Munich, Germany, I was excited of course to explore overseas, but also to document every part of the trip. This photograph is a bird’s eye of Munich, taken from the top of a tower that some friends and I climbed for a euro."

Keilani Wetternach, Sunset Oasis, Acrylic, Osbourn Park

Art & Technology:

1st Place: David Jones, Binary Focus, Digital Art, Colgan

Click here to read about David's art process!

Poetry:

1st Place: Lily Parker, “Creatures of the Night”, Colgan

2nd Place: Olivia Misero, "Water Falling", Colgan

3rd Place: Sam Faulk, "I'm Not a Poet", Osbourn 

Honorable Mention:

Lynn Vassar, “Passing By”, Colgan

Caitlin McGeehan, “A Poet’s Purpose’, Forest Park

Josseline Calderon Rivera, “A Poet’s Purpose”, Osbourn

Wearable Art:

1st Place: Isabella Goglia, Colgan, Materials: Plastic trash bags, math paper, Computer cords, tape, glue, and paint

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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 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 14 May 2018, by , 1 Comments

Visual Expressions
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.
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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.

 

 

Colleen Ganey, Crazy Flowers, Acrylic, 5x7, $25

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 Mihaltse, Maine Coast, Oil, 30 x 24, $800.00

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 Wysong, From the Maine Train, Acrylic, 20 x 24,  $300.00

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 Gelfand, Natural Bridge. Pastels. 16.5 x 19, NFS

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 Reiher Nash, Washington Monument, Acrylic, 18 x 15, $150.00

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.

Lynne Aleknavage, Florette, Oil, 22 x 28, $299.00

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 Rideout, Tropical Trio, Watercolor, 17 x 20, NFS

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 Phillips, Mom’s Kitchen, Watercolor, 12 x 10, NFS

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.

Pamela Newberry, Cat, Acrylic, 13 x 17, NFS

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 McClelland Lewin, Forest Cathedral, Acrylic, 24 x 12 $600.00

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 Herrick, Night Vision, Acrylic, 16 x 13, $125.00

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.

 

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