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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 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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