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2021 JURIED Alexandria Fine Arts Student Exhibition

Voting for People’s Choice between April 4th- 25th at 11:59pm (See below).

Exhibition Virtual Reception– April 28th at 6pm!  Exhibition awards Announced! (see below for zoom details).

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Voting is from April 4th -April 25th at 11:59

JOIN US at  THE VIRTUAL RECEPTION!

Apr 28, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time

Our juror Summer Zickefoose will be discussing the art and presenting the awards!

About our Juror:

Summer Zickefoose is an interdisciplinary artist residing in northeast Ohio. She grew up amidst the square miles and cornfields of Iowa. The smells of fresh cut hay, horse manure, and hog pens lodged permanently in her subconscious have, in one way or another, led to artwork that is deeply influenced by Midwestern and rural American culture and landscape.

Zickefoose received a BA in Art History and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Iowa in 2000, and received a MFA in Multimedia Art and Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2004. Her sculptures, performances, videos, and installations have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most notably at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art in Athens, Georgia, the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Raccolte Frugone museum in Genoa, Italy. Summer has been an artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska, Flaxart Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and at the Field’s Project in Oregon, Illinois. She also works with a performance art collaborative, The Brick Factory. They have organized two residencies around themes of ceramics and performance, Actions + Material and The Object’s Not the Point, at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME. Summer Zickefoose is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Westminster College in Pennsylvania.

Zoom Reception:

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THANK YOU to ALL the students who submitted!!!  You are all brave, creative and bold!  Keep creating, keep your eye on your future and thank you for sharing your efforts!

A Love of Pastel: The Art of Jean Hirons

Our 2020 Fine Arts Department Topic Show.  A Love of Pastel: The Art of Jean Hirons

The Horse Farm by Jean Hirons, 20” x 16”, 2009, Not for sale

Jean Hirons has been painting exclusively in the medium of soft pastel since 1994.  She is primarily a landscape painter with a focus on buildings in the landscape.  She lives and teaches in Rockville, MD and is a member of Artists and Makers Studios.  After retiring from a career as a librarian at the Library of Congress, Jean taught a pastel class at Montgomery College (Rockville Campus) from 2005-2012 and published her book Finding Your Style In Pastel during that time.  During the current “in person” hiatus, she has produced several teaching videos on Youtube and is teaching classes this fall via Zoom.

Jean is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Maryland Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and in the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies.  Recent shows included “Winter Light” at the Schlesinger Center at NOVA in late 2019, and “A Colorist’s DC “ at the Women’s National Democratic Club in Washington.  Her work is represented by District Arts Gallery in Frederick, MD, Peninsula Gallery in Lewes, DE and Jud Hartman Gallery in Blue Hill, Me.

Jean maintains a blog (www.jeanhironsblog.com) and a website (www.jeanhirons.com), as well as a presence on Facebook and now, Youtube.  If you are interested in purchasing any of the available art below, contact her directly at jeanhirons48@gmail.com

Jean has been kind enough to explain her artistic journey:

Early Influences

I grew up in the coastal town of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, near Cape Cod. From an early age, I learned to love the beauty of marsh grasses, the sea and the houses of my town. The architecture of New England is special to me and forms the basis of my focus on painting buildings in the landscape.

As a child, I drew and took art classes but I wasn’t particularly talented.  I majored in art in college, then became a librarian.  Two of my favorite painters while growing up were Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth—Hopper for his houses in light and shadow and Wyeth for his beautifully detailed paintings of ordinary scenes and individuals.

The painting House by the Tracks, from Rockland, Maine, is typical of the domestic architecture of New England. The houses are classic and beautiful, fitting perfectly into their landscape. Hopper too loved painting houses.  I’ve sometimes said that I’m a “happier Hopper”!

House by Tracks by Jean Hirons.
20” x 16”, 2010, Private Collection

For the painting House With Sweet Pea from Mattapoisett, (below), I’ve used a lot more detail in the thicket of sweet peas than I once thought I’d be capable of.  I liked the contrast between the simplicity of the weather-beaten shuttered house and the wild tendrils of sweet peas.

House With Sweet Pea by Jean Hirons, 20” x 16”, 2014, $1250

Morning After the Snow (below), is from Rockville, MD, near my house. The modest suburban houses are made lovely by the sunlit snow, while a shadowed ravine leads the eye into the picture.  I credit Hopper and Wyeth with helping me see the beauty in the ordinary.

Morning After the Snow by Jean Hirons, 20” x 16”, 2020, $1250

Colorwise, the major influence was the Impressionists—French and American.  Their use of color and light and their broken color approach really appealed to me. Rather than being an impressionist, I see myself as a “color harmonist”—preferring limited palettes of complex colors.  But I am indebted to them for my love and use of color.  I also take great freedom with colors, often going way beyond what would be considered “local color.”

Poplar en Perigord, no 2, is one of two paintings done from black and white photos and a series of color studies.  When I find a subject whose color is weak, I often work from black and white. I have learned to “see” color in value.  In this painting, the red fields and purples in the tree were made up. Small color studies enabled me to play with various possibilities.

Poplar en Perigord, no. 2 by Jean Hirons, 24” x 18”, Private Collection

Marsh Walk, (below), created at Chincoteague, was also done from black and white.

Marsh Walk by Jean Hirons, 20” x 24”, 2015, Private Collection

The time of year was spring so everything was green and kind of boring.  I chose to use red violets and magentas to give the painting more life and beauty.

I recently created Capitol in Winter.  Seeing color in snow that appears gray and white in a photo can be a challenge for many.   But I intuitively use a variety of blues, greens, violets, and pinks.

Capitol in Winter by Jean Hirons, 24” x 18”, 2020, $1550

I’ve painted this subject twice from a photo taken in the 1980s when I worked at the Library of Congress.

I am often asked, Why Pastel?

In 1991, I visited Santa Fe and Taos for the first time and saw the work of many pastel artists. What struck me was the brilliance of the color and the variety of styles among the artists. It was evident that pastels could be used to paint or draw or do a combination of both.  I was hooked and knew that this was the medium for me.

More practically, I also knew that pastel would give me more control than a wet medium.  I’m terrible at mixing paint!  When I visited the Southwest I was using colored pencils, a cleaner but less dynamic medium.  But colored pencils and pastels share the fact that they are premixed.  What you see is what you get!

I began painting with pastel in 1994 when I moved to a house that had a large studio.  I was pretty much self-taught until taking my first workshop in 2001.  From then on, I took workshops with the major landscape pastelists in the country, attended the biennial conferences of the International Association of Pastel Societies, and became active in the Maryland Pastel Society.

These were years of exploration and learning and I was influenced by a number of my teachers.  I tried out most of the available surfaces and pastel brands to determine my favorites. I worked with varying techniques and explored different “looks” for my paintings. From rough landscapes painted on hand-prepared surfaces to softer, more detailed paintings, done on sanded papers, I never tired of learning about pastel.

Yellow House in Winter, (below), reflects the influence of Susan Ogilvie, a pastelist from Washington State.  She teaches artists to create their own surfaces using gatorfoam on which is brushed a toned pumice gel.  The resulting surface has subtle ridges and lines that can give a dynamic quality to the painting.

Yellow House in Winter by Jean Hirons, 18” x 24”, 2010, $1550

Yellow House in Winter is one of many New England “house paintings” done during this time.  Interestingly, I painted it the day after breaking my left arm!  Painting my home town was a welcome escape from the present.

The Horse Farm was painted shortly after a workshop with Richard McKinley, one of the most popular of pastel instructors. He teaches the use watercolor washes as an underpainting, letting them drip and sometimes not finishing off the bottom.

The Horse Farm by Jean Hirons, 20” x 16”, 2009, Not for sale

The painting was created during a plein air competition in northern Maryland and it’s the only truly successful painting I’ve done using this technique.

In 2013, I leased my first public studio at what is now Artists and Makers in Rockville. And I started working bigger and bolder.  Colorado Morning is also done on a hand-made surface but the substrate here is Rives printmaking paper, which provides a much softer, more textured surface on which to work.

Colorado Morning by Jean Hirons, 20” x 24”, 2013, $1750

The pumice gel, toned with a gold liquid acrylic, shows through giving uniformity to the painting.  The large, simple shapes of the western landscape, painted loosely on a textured surface, are influenced by my mentor, California artist Duane Wakeham.

There are two ways in which I now work.  Most often, I work on a lightly toned sanded surface (UART) and begin with an underpainting of hard pastels.  Using a bristle brush, I add isopropyl alcohol, which melts the pastel and sets it into the paper.  This allows me to begin with colors that may be the opposite of the actual color.  Since the underpainting is set, it doesn’t mix with the surface colors, which would turn them gray.

Potomac River at Nolands Ferry by Jean Hirons, 12” x 16”, 2020. $700

I love this method as it sets out the large value shapes of the composition—I call this my “road map”—and allows me to take my time with the painting.

Underpainting for Potomac River at Nolands Ferry by Jean Hirons, 12” x 16”, 2020

For this typical summer scene of greens and blues I began with warmer reds, pinks and magentas, using yellow green in the sky and water.  The surface is pre-mounted UART 320 grit.  If you look carefully at the painting, you can see small pieces of the reds showing through.

In other cases, I work on a more darkly toned surface, such as the “Italian clay” from Pastel Premiere.  I begin by lightly roughing in the value shapes in colors that are closer to the actual color—analogous, then building up layers of pastel from harder to softer brands.

Given the amount of detail in Great Falls Blues (below), working directly on the mid-brown “Italian clay” worked well.  An underpainting wouldn’t have been as useful to this painting and I would have lost the drawing.

Great Falls Blues by Jean Hirons, 24” x 18”, 2019, $1550

Teaching Pastel

I retired from the Library of Congress in 2003 and in fall 2005 began teaching a course in pastel at the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College.  I taught there until 2012, then began teaching on my own at Artists and Makers.  I have discovered that I love teaching and am good at it.  It’s become the most important thing I do!

In 2012, I published my book Finding Your Style in Pastel, based on my teaching at MC.   The book discusses the variety of materials and techniques that are available to the pastel artist and how they can be combined to create various “looks.”  There is also an extensive chapter on color theory for the artist who doesn’t mix colors.  And I added my observations on three approaches to color usage—observed, interpreted and intuitive. I had a wonderful time writing the book and it has been well-received.

The focus of my teaching includes understanding values, color theory, and what constitutes a strong composition, in addition to learning about the materials and techniques.  My more advanced students are asked to describe why they are painting a subject and what it is they want to say to the viewer.   Asking the right questions has always been key to my teaching.

Composition is the basis of all paintings. It is where every good painting starts.  In Lock and Snow, the beautiful curve of the snow against the water leads the eye to the more intensely colored verticals of the lock.  This is a favorite subject.

Lock and Snow by Jean Hirons, 20” x 24”, 2020, $1750

Second to composition, is value (the darks and lights of color). Turquoise Pine was created from a black and white photo.  The original color photo  was green and yellow, a combination I didn’t like.

Turquoise Pine by Jean Hirons, 20” x 24”, 2020, $1750

So I used colors that I preferred: turquoises with dark blues and blue violets.  Getting the values right made it possible to successfully alter the original colors.

Having been successful with the first painting, a friend suggested I do it again in completely unreal colors.  So I painted Hot Pink Pine in shades of pinks and magentas with a few oranges for light.

Hot Pink Pine by Jean Hirons, 20” x 24”, 2020, $1750

Having a firm understanding of color theory allowed me to create a believable painting.   I loved this experience and it proves what I always teach that “value is more important than color.”

Beyond the basics, there is mood.  This winter tree in Grace, was painted from a very dull December photo that had no light.

Grace by Jean Hirons, 24” x 18”, 2018, $1550

I focused on the variety of colors on the twisting branches, while keeping the sky and background simple, yet beautiful.  I felt that the resulting painting has a quiet grace and a sense of peace that wasn’t as obvious in its natural setting.

Recent Challenges

In the past five years, I have been challenging myself with ever more difficult subject matter.  Mastering the medium has given me the confidence to take these subjects on.

In Chinatown by Jean Hirons, 24” x 20”, 2018, $1750 (via District Arts, Frederick)

In 2015, I began painting downtown Washington—the canal in Georgetown, the alleys on Capitol Hill and other places of interest.  I tried to focus on what makes these areas so distinctive, while dealing with more complicated drawings and perspective, and—for the first time—adding figures to my paintings!   I was unsure how to do the figures, whether they should be more real or stylized but in the end, I just added them in the same style as everything else I paint!

In 2019, we took our first trip south of the border to Costa Rica.  The bushes, trees, and flowers were overwhelmingly beautiful.  I hadn’t planned to paint anything from the trip until I realized that the green leaves and red/pink flowers provided complementary-colored subject matter.   I did three of these large botanical paintings.

Abundance by Jean Hirons, 24” x 20”, 2019, $1750

It was a challenge not getting lost in the leaves! In this painting, Abundance, I loved the heart-shaped leaf with its warmer tones, and the lovely play of soft pink flowers dancing up the lower left.

{Image 19: Self Portrait, 2020}

Self Portrait, 2020, 20” x 20”, 2020, Not for sale

In April of this year, being stuck at home and not being able to teach, I knew I needed a new challenge and I decided to attempt a self-portrait.  I had done one in colored pencil in the 1980s but never in pastel.

I used a selfie and I liked the rather pensive look, which seemed appropriate for the times.

Self Portrait by Jean Hirons, 2020, 20” x 20”, 2020, Not for sale

I had little experience with skin tones and probably used too much green, but I had a great time with this picture and was pleased that I could actually do it!  After this, I painted an even better portrait of my husband, and another of one of my students. I don’t see this as my future, but I’m happy that I’ve been able to accomplish what I’ve always considered to be the greatest of challenges.

List of Images with year of creation, size and availability. All images are soft pastel:

House by the Tracks /2010/ 16” x 20” / Private Collection

Yellow House in Winter / 2010 / 18” x 24”/ $1550

House with Sweet Pea / 2014 / 20” x 16” / $1250

Great Falls Blues / 2019 / 24” x 18” / $1550

Morning After the Snow / 2020 / 20” x 16” / $1250

Poplar en Perigord, no. 2 / 2015 / 24” x 18” / Private Collection

Marsh Walk / 2015 / 20” x 24” / Private Collection

Capitol in Winter, 24″ x 18″, $1550

The Horse Farm / 2009 / 20” x 16” / Not for sale

Colorado Morning / 2013 / 20” x 24” / $1750

Turquoise Pine / 2020 / 20” x 24” / $1750

Hot Pink Pine / 2020 / 20” x 24” / $1750

Grace / 2018 / 24” x 18” / $1550

Lock and Snow, Great Falls / 2020 / 20” x 24” / $1750

In Chinatown / 2018 / 20” x 24” / $1750 (via District Arts Gallery, Frederick)

Abundance / 2019 / 24” x 20” / $1750

Self Portrait / 2020 / 20” x 20”  / Not for sale

Curator’s Note: Stacy Slaten

I want to thank Jean Hirons for being this year’s Fine Arts Topic solo exhibition artist. She has shared her work not only as an artist but also as an educator. I asked Jean to exhibit because of both roles and would serve as an excellent example for both painting, drawing and color theory.

Being an artist is often a vulnerable path. You make something so deeply personal and then present it to the world with an open heart. Not everyone is so fearless. Art can speak things that can’t always be said with words. Through your craft, you help communicate your aesthetic, ideas and help educate burgeoning artists. Our student artists thank you for your example as well as the faculty and staff of NOVA Alexandria.

-Stacy Slaten

For a wonderful pastel how to video  from Jean, visit: https://youtu.be/VlrXIqb8VDU

 

A view of Polotsk, Belarus

A wonderful collaboration between two worlds, Belarus and America: the collaborative student project hailed from Polotsk State University in Belarus and Northern Virginia Community College’s Graphic Design and Fine Arts Departments, Alexandria campus.

The interdisciplinary collaboration was organized by NOVA’s Fine Arts department’s Stacy Slaten and Graphic Design’s Lisa Hill in conjunction with senior lecturer Elana Khramstsova, and professors Larisa Zhiznevskaya, Olga Kovshink and Ekaterina Chbotareva of the Department of World Literature and Foreign Languages

The Polotsk students wrote essays and provided photographs to highlight the Polotsk area and history. Although our Fine Art painters drew their inspiration from the visuals sent, the Graphic Design Department also used the original written narratives.

Svetlana Vegera, First Vice-Rector of Polotsk State University, greatly appreciated the collaboration, and sent the following message to Dean McClellen of LASS Alexandria:

“Dear Jim,
I would like to express my excitement and thank you, your staff, and students for a great collaboration and excellent results of the project between our institutions. I’m filled with admiration for the illustrations your students made. The pictures are really stunning and you may rest assured that there will be a gallery of these works at Polotsk State University.
Our students had a great time and it was unbelievable experience for all of them. What is more, now they are so inspired that cannot wait to have another project. I hope that together we will introduce new projects and enhance our relationship. And of course, we are always open to your ideas.”

We begin with the wonderful Illustrations from our NOVA Graphic Design Department students. 

Illustrated by Victoria Fraser. Narrative by Andrei Zakharov and photographed by Vlad Baranov of Polotsk State University.

NARRATIVE: ANDREI ZAKHAROV POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : VICTORIA FRASER
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

PHOTOGRAPHER : VLAD BARANOV
POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

The city skyline silhouette is characterized by bright onion-domed churches, Christian spires, shining crosses, impressive towers, and peaked red roofs poking out among the trees. In fact, churches largely define the landscape of Vitebsk. The architecture of churches follows the Byzantine traditions but has its own distinctive features that are unique to Eastern Europe. First of all, these are bow-shaped or helmet-shaped domes. Such domes resemble an onion or an old Slavic helmet (both have a rounded shape, but a pointed top).

Illustrated by Yolanda Green, Narrative by Valeria Grigogieva of Polotsk State University.

NARRATIVE : VALERIA GRIGOGIEVA POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR: YOLANDA GREEN
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“The metropolitan hub of interlocking streets and squares, located in the area where the Vitba River joins the majestic Dvina, is known as the historic center or “big side” of Vitebsk. In the 1900s this area was always busy with shoppers, travellers, carriages in summer, and horse-drawn sleigs in winter, and even the first trams.”

Illustrated by Yolanda Green. Narrative by Valeria Grigogieva of Polotsk State University.

NARRATIVE : ALEKSANDRA GABRINOVICH POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : KATHERINE STANLEY NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“And under the rowan yellow dahlias, fleshy agrimony, impassable nettle and other grass were growing tightly.  Here and there, like in all waterlogged places, celandine poked out its stalks, rosehip bushes and nightshade were going up wildly. And among that diversity of grass there were trees brunches, clumsy and white because of mold, broken by the wind and lying on dark raw ground.

And on the damp black ground among the grass there lay moldy white, apparently broken by the wind, gnarled branches of trees.”

Illustrated by Tsegereda (Emu) Getachew. Narrative by Valentin Ishchenko of Polotsk State University.

NARRATIVE : VALENTIN ISHCHENKO POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : TSEGEREDA (EMU) GETACHEW NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“The Second World War inflicted a devastating cultural toll on Polack. Some buildings were lucky enough to save their foundations and walls, but about 80 % of the city was razed to the ground. Now the surviving historical sites have been restored and to me they are as evocative echoes of the past, telling the enchanting stories of their times.”

Illustrated by Jeesoo Yang. Narrative by Valeria Lankina of Polotsk State University..

NARRATIVE : VALERIA LANKINA
POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : JEESOO YANG
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“Mother, look, do you see that sunset? Doesn’t it look like a huge fire burning? Maybe the whole land will go up in flames, too. Mother, dearest, war is sure to break out soon. I’ll have to go to the front and you and Maryśka will be left alone.” (Text is taken from a book by Vasil Bykaŭ)

Illustrated by Destin Gurwell. Narrative by Anasstasiya Gerasimova of Polotsk State University..

NARRATIVE : ANASTASIYA GERASIMOVA POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : DESTIN GURWELL
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“A true sign of spring in Belarus is considered to be the lilac. Girls like making bunches of the flowers and putting them in their rooms because of its wonderful smell. There
is even a superstition connected with the lilac: if you find a five-petal flower, you will have good luck.”

Illustrated by Glenn Mahaney. Narrative by Anhlika Traplovskaya of Polotsk State University..

NARRATIVE : ANHELIKA TRAPLOVSKAYA POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : GLENN MAHANEY
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“Travelers come here not only for this, but also to make a wish and ask Tsar Oak to help in a particular business. People tie ribbons on the branches of a tree, which means that they will return to this place again.”

Illustrated by Kerry Britton of Northern Virginia Community College. Narrative by Anna Turukina of Polotsk State University.

NARRATIVE : ANNA TURUKINA
POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : KERRY BRITTON
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“Those who travel to Belarus from northern areas can see large villages looking more like settlements, white stone churches and stone manor houses, vast sown fields, clumps of pine or birch trees.”

Illustrated by Kerry Britton. Narrative by Anna Turukina of Polotsk State University.

NARRATIVE : ANNA TURUKINA
POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : MATTHEW WELBORN
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“Those who travel to Belarus from northern areas can see large villages …, vast sown fields, clumps of pine or birch trees. … Perhaps, in the shadow of the rustling pine trees there rests a knight, whose name was forgotten long time ago. I have often heard stories of ordinary people about wars of the past. However, so many tales and miracles mingled with them that there is only a faint trace of the past left, with no real names of the characters.”

Illustrated by Sukhmeet Dhingra. Narrative by Alexandria Iasurkina of Polotsk State University.

NARRATIVE : Alexandria Iazurkina POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : Sukhmeet Dhingra
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“The forest is full of noises, and beneath your feet the leaves rustle. The leaves of a beautiful birch tree lay scattered around it in the shape of a remarkable fan, shining like tiny gold coins on grass still green. How they glisten, those little leaves! Really and truly just like little golden coins. They do not resemble at all their sisters in the fields, in the ruts: those are blackened, crumpled and twisted, while these, as you look at them, make your eyes burn.
The leaves of the oaks make a soft, dark-brown bed under their parent trees, for these leaves are too heavy to fly far. Even when it is windy they fall almost vertically, except

Illustrated by Lexi Moylan. Narrative by Egor Khodor of Polotsk State University.

NARRATIVE : EGOR KHODOR
POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : LEXI MOYLAN
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“Over the course of its long history, the cathedral was repeatedly rebuilt, destroyed and reborn again.”

NARRATIVE : TANIA FIRSOVA
POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : BRODIE LIPPERT
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“The reason why the location was chosen is that the place promotes creativity and inspiration. The slopes of the ravine seem to protect the mystery of music from the urban bustle.”

NARRATIVE : ALEKSANDRA GABRINOVICH POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : KYLE ANTIS
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“Here and there, like in all waterlogged places, celandine poked out its stalks, rosehip bushes and nightshade were going up wildly. And among that diversity of grass there were trees brunches, clumsy and white because of mold, broken by the wind and lying on dark raw ground.
And on the damp black ground among the grass there lay moldy white, apparently broken by the wind, gnarled branches of trees.”

Illustrated by Kyle Antis. Narrative by Aleksandra Gabrinovich of Polotsk State University.

Illustrated by Rosa Lane. Narrative by Nastya Gorbatova of Polotsk State University.

NARRATIVE : Nastya Gorbatova
POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : Rosa Lane
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“It was a warm winter with a little snow, not at all like last year. The park was empty, almost no one walked in it. That is why it was filled with silence.”

Illustrated by Rosa Lane. Narrative by Nastya Gorbatova of Polotsk State University.

NARRATIVE : Nastya Gorbatova
POLOTSK STATE UNIVERSITY

ILLUSTRATOR : Rosa Lane
NOVA, NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“It was a warm winter with a little snow, not at all like last year. The park was empty, almost no one walked in it. That is why it was filled with silence.”

Illustrated by Xavier Camacho. Narrative by Valeria Lankina of Polotsk State University.

Our NOVA Fine Art department worked from photographs for paintings, to capture the beauty of both the city and the landscape.

Two of our painters worked from photographs of Polostsk student Valentin Ishchenko, who photographed St. Sophia, an historic church built between 1044 and 1066.

Susan Warren took up the challenge of working with St. Sophia Cathedral, writing, “The photo that first captured my attention; a cold gloomy day with just a hint of spring on the way.” She effuses, The location is perfect; isolated away from crowds, surrounded by trees, so that on a cold dreary day (still snow on the ground) the church would provide a warm place to escape from the bitterness of the winter.  And spring (the buds on the trees framing the church) is a renewal of life, with many people considering this time to be a renewal of their faith – how best to express this thought, if not through the image of a magnificent church.

by Susan Warren

The painting is 24X18 acrylic on canvas.  It was painted using the transparent acrylic technique.  White paint is not used; the canvas substitutes for white.  Acrylic paint is watered down substantially and multiple layers of paint are applied on top of each other to build up the color…”

Hayley Stillings took on the visualization of St. Sophia Cathedral, with a wonderfully transparent glazed technique.

By Hayley Stillings

Other landmark buildings there were also a source of inspiration.

The Polostsk Fire Station, By Tess Molina
Downtown Polotsk by Elizabeth Noguchi
Polotsk’s natural landscape was the inspiration for the rest of our art students.  The beauty of winter sets the scene for some of the photographs sent.
Photo by Alexandria Iazurkina
Photograph by Alexandria Iazurkina.  Painting by Anna Odarich Anderson

Taylor Foster was also lured by the cold and quiet atmosphere of the images that were sent.  “I wanted feeling to be cold yet warm to people viewing it..,” she explains, “I only worked on this when I was calm and collected. That way, my tone would be portrayed onto the canvas. It was created with watered down acrylic on a 12 x 18 canvas.

By Alexis Foster.
From a photograph by Valeria Lankina. Painting by Sam Mooney
Photo by Angelika Traplovskaya, painting by Mustafa Mohammed.
By Na Lin.
By Siemon Briosos.
By Maria Lacruz.
Photo by Viivika Traplovskaya.  Painting by Thuy Nguyen
“I want to thank everyone from Polotsk University: the faculty, staff and especially the students, for all their work in bringing this joint artistic project to fruition. Joining two worlds, so far apart and yet so close together, the students ideas, creativity and work are exceptional. They all had a wonderful experience working together which broadened all our horizons.  We are hoping for continued synergistic projects in the future and getting to know more of the hearts and minds of those in Belarus. ” – Stacy Slaten

 

2020 Student Fine Art Show!

This year’s Student Fine Art Show was absolutely wonderful!!!   On the evening of February 26th we gathered to celebrate all our Fine Art Department Students and those who were juried into the 2020 Student Fine Art Show.  A special thanks goes to Professor Stacy Slaten, for organizing the entire show!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

At 5:00pm, people began pouring in to check out all the amazing artwork.  Anya peering out to say Hi!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

The artwork is incredible this year.  The technical prowess is evident.

It’s always an joy to have our gallery to show how creative and talented our  students are!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

The reception evening also offers a great opportunity for students to discuss their work with an engaged audience.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Of course it’s also a night for creating memories for their time, here at NOVA.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Our Provost, Dr. Haggray is always in attendance and a big supporter of all our Alexandria Arts Departments.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

The reception is also a great night for parents, friends and family  to see the work of all those they’ve been supporting.  Many of the students quietly work away until the pieces are ‘show ready.’

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Dr. McClellan, our Dean for the Liberal Arts Department, fully invests time and efforts to help make sure our Fine Arts Programs are supported and that our students, faculty and staff are appreciated.  We are thrilled to have him in our corner : )

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

We were also lucky to have our new Northern Virginia Community College President, Dr. Kress, in attendance.

She gave a truly inspiring speech that touted the talents and efforts of every student in the Arts who has been working hard to become the great artist they are destined to be.  There are many who may not have gotten into this years show, or even won awards this year, but who are tremendously talented, creative and worthy a huge applause for being bold enough to put themselves out there by being visually expressive and sharing their creative efforts.  I have to agree whole-heartedly.  So many talents in our department who have amazing futures ahead 🙂

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

We were also fortunate to have a phenomenal juror, Sarah Hardesty.  Sarah’s drawings, paintings, and installations have been included in numerous exhibitions including VisArts, Rockville, MD; Metro Micro Gallery, Arlington, VA; ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY; Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY; MPG Gallery, Boston, MA; Wheaton College, MA; the Tucson Museum of Art and MoCA Tucson, AZ. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Wassaic Project, the Carriage House at Islip Art Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute and Vermont Studio Center. Grants include the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a Leon Levy award, and a VFIC Mednick Fellowship. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of Arizona in 2005, and her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College in 1998. She was born in Strong, Maine and currently lives and works in the Washington DC area. She is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Marymount University and a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

She really enjoyed being able to work with us and found it difficult to chose from all the wonderful work submitted.  That said, she put together an amazing show that showcased well.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone is always surprised when they win and Thuy was surprised to win for her honorable mention and then to win again later!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

The awards ceremony is a great time to support those who win the top prizes.  Especially when we know all that went into becoming the artists they are.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Congratulations to all the winners!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

It’s a proud moment for everyone.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Of course the students are the most surprised!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Go Josh!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Professor Stacy Slaten, who heads our 2-D department loved meeting with the students and their families.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

It’s great to see the students who have worked so hard to be amazing artists, get some recognition.  Congrats Iana and Sam!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Some of the works were so technically amazing, you just had to take picture!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Anthony, Thuy and Diana, are some of our amazing artists!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Congratulations to Noria for winning 2nd place!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Amy and Simon showing each other their latest artistic projects.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Thumbs up indeed! Matthew and Thuy having a great time!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

I walked by and overheard a gallery-goer say this was their favorite piece.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Looking at Miranda’s amazing conte crayon with our juror.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Mary Higgens, curator for the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center Concert Hall and Arts Center speaking to Thuy.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Yep, Thuy received two awards and both are well deserved.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Stacy is a very proud teacher!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Moustafa was thrilled to get into this years show!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Lucy and Emu enjoyed the night.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

So many proud families.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Happy  Students are my favorite moment to capture 🙂

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

It’s hard to find happier students and Marjorie and Franny!

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

All is all the Student Fine Art Show is a great moment in time for all our students.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Congratulations to everyone’s creative endeavors and to those being able to show this year.

Feb. 26th Opening reception for The 2020 Student Fine Art Show in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Looking forward to see what more they are working on this semester!!!

NOVA Mason Foundations

This Year’s Topic show featured NOVA and George Mason student work.  Our Juror was James Williams II.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

Williams, on the right had a great night, speaking with students and giving some insight into their future art worlds.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

The teachers for foundation courses at both campuses included Mason’s Rachel Debuque, and NOVA’s Stacy Slaten and our curator Jessica Gardner.

Attendees gathered to hear the bio and background for our juror.  James has an

  • M.F.A., Mount Royal School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2009

  • B.S., Studio Art, State University of New York College at Cortland, Cortland, NY, 2004

  • A.A.S., Graphic Arts, State University of New York/ Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY, 2002
    and currently teaches at MICA in Baltimore.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

James announced his thoughts on the quality of work and the handed out the winning awards.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

Here, James gets a pic with just two of our winners.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

It was also a great opportunity for our Dean of the Arts, David Epstein to connect with Mason teachers, such as Rachel Debugue.

David Epstein and Rachel Debuque at the opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

Students were so excited to see one another’s works and to see what the work will be like at George Mason, where may of our students choose to continue with their Bachelors degree.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

Receptions are always great for providing more opportunities for to hang out and support their fellow friends.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

All in all it was a fun time for all to relax, contemplate the art and spend time together.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

It is especially rewarding to see student families and the pride they have for everyone!

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley
Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

The show also offered incredible content to learn about and consider.  There were numerous powerful images and concepts.

Art almost always offers a learning experience.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

Of course it’s also nice for us, studio staff, volunteers and teachers.

Opening reception for the 2019 NOVA Mason Foundations, Student Juried Exhibition. On view from November 11-December 16, 2019 at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus. Juror: James Williams II. Photo by Britt Conley

We hope to see you at our next show,  Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A Landcape of Color: Ann Barbieri

We are so fortunate to have a Ann Barbieri’s work in our gallery!  She is a color abstractionist who generally works with florals and landscapes.  she site explains,

Ann Barbieri is an exceptional visual player of texture, color and light.  She spent her evening explaining her thoughts on the creative process.  “I like color and texture. my work has been called exuberant and sensual. I do like moving paint around, the thickness and gooeyness of it. Using collage gives me the texture that I like.”

Opening reception for Torpedo Factory artist Ann Barbieri at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus on October 16th, 2019. Curator: Britt Conley. Photo by Stacy Slaten
Ann Barbieri’s work at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus on October 16th, 2019. Curator: Britt Conley. Photo by Britt Conley
Opening reception for Torpedo Factory artist Ann Barbieri at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus on October 16th, 2019. Curator: Britt Conley. Photo by Stacy Slaten

Ann also answered questions about, When did you know you wanted to be an artist?  Where do you get your ideas?, and of course, Can you make a living at it?

Opening reception for Torpedo Factory artist Ann Barbieri at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus on October 16th, 2019. Curator: Britt Conley. Photo by Stacy Slaten
Ann Barbieri’s work at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus on October 16th, 2019. Curator: Britt Conley. Photo by Britt Conley
Ann was so thrilled to see familiar faces and friends at her opening reception for Torpedo Factory artist Ann Barbieri at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus on October 16th, 2019. Curator: Britt Conley. Photo by Stacy Slaten

To contact Ann in order to see her work or get prices, visit http://www.annbarbieri.com/

Ann Barbieri’s work at the Northern Virginia Community College Center For Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria, VA Campus on October 16th, 2019. Curator: Britt Conley. Photo by Britt Conley

Ann’s Studio resides at the Torpedo Factory at Studio 322.

Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Faculty and Staff Art Show 2019

The faculty Art Show, this year, was a joy!  Everyone is working on incredible work!

Remnants: Shades of Brown by Aya Takashima Digital Inkjet Print on Washi Paper

I really enjoyed hanging the show.  Everyone’s art really complimented the space.

This year’s show included some of our NOVA volunteers.  Dick White is an exceptional ceramicist and helps the program with creative firings.

Goldie Lox and the Three Bare’s, a collection of vases by Ceramic’s studio assistant Dick White. Photo by Britt Conley

Jim McClellan, our Dean of Liberal Arts is an avid photographer and has been traveling the world each year, amassing and beautiful portfolio.

Salamanca Cathedral by Jim McClellan, our Dean
of Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Our student volunteers were also included and everyone is thrilled with the talent and wonderful eye they each have.

Fence Line by Russel Creger Barajas. Photographic Print

Bikki is a master a crystaline glaze.  Her work and glazes just glow.  She sells her work through the Torpedo Factory and is enjoying a wonderful professional life.

Morning Glory by Ceramics Studio Assistant, Tuyen Striker, Chrystaline Glaze
Condensation Wall by Photography Assistant Julie Gilmore Inkjet on transparency film.

Charl Anne Brew teaches drawing in our Fine Art department.

Inquisitive Hands by Charl Anne Brew

Mark Roth adjuncts for our Photography Department.

Looking Up by Photography Adjunct, Mark Roth, Inkjet Print

Britt Conley, our Studio Assistant for Fine Arts and Admin Assistant for Music specializes in drawing and painting music.  Her studio resides at The Workhouse Arts Center and her work can be seen at The Torpedo Factory and The Arts Club of Washington as well.

Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite by Britt Conley.

Lisa Hill doesn’t just teach Graphic Design, she is also a full artist and her work has, “been been part of numerous museum and gallery shows and invitationals”  Her studio resides in Kensington, Maryland.

Neath by Graphic Design Faculty Lisa Hill Inkjet prints

Christian Hand is the instructional assistant for the Photography Department.  She works with large format printing and her  visuals are memorable.

Untitled by Christin Hand, instructional assistant for the Photography Department.

Jessica Gardner, our 3-D faculty,  is a ceramicist who works with issues of motherhood.  Her work can be seen in various venues. and is currently on tour.

Delicate Pinnacle
by Ceramics Instructor, Jessica Gardner, Porcelain/Low Fire Glaze

Ireene Clayton-Jones is a wonderfully whimsical artist and works as an assistant to our ceramics program.

Box of Pencils, Hot Fudge Sunday and Urban Evolution by Ceramics Studio Volunteer Ireen Cleaton-Jones

Pete Van Riper has been teaching art at NOVA for a long time.   He specializes in the figure, and currently teaches drawing 1-4.

After only one ride
in Yorkshire by Drawing Adjunct Pete van Riper, Charcoal

Amanda Sauer is a an adjunct for the Photography Department.

Portrait of Leo Sideways
by Photography Adjunct, Amanda Sauer. Photograph

Amy Reed is an assistant to the Ceramics Program.

Orca by Ceramics Assistant, Amy Reed, Ceramic Raku

Zach Reddin is the Instructional Assistant for Graphic Design.  He also has an equally impressive background as a chef.

Greg Eckler is not only a designer, and amazing faculty, he’s also an expert letter artist.  That’s where his passion lies.

Hell Yeah, The Vicious Circus, and … Like You Give A Damn by Graphic Design Faculty Greg Eckler

Angela Terry teaches Design for Web, Typography, Introduction to Graphic Skills as well as running our NOVA studio, an internship opportunity for students to work with real-world clients on projects before they graduate.  She is an amazing print maker as well.

20 Facts by Angela Terry, Screen Print

Bob Laubach  is our Photography Department office manager.  Photographing architecture is his passion.  His show submissions are from a recent trip to Florida.

Beach Patrol Headquarters by Photography Instructional Assistant, Bob Laubach, Inkjet print

Stacy Slaten is our 2-D faculty.  She loves birds and especially parrots.   She has an upcoming show at the Schlesinger Arts center in 2020.

Nesting 12, Deidra and Liberty and Nesting 6 by Stacy Slaten, Graphite

 

Artists in Their Own Right

Artists in Their Own Right. An exhibition featuring our over 50 Community at Northern Virginia Community College. Featuring the art of JoAnn Ackerman, Britt Conley, D’Arcy Dean, Ireen Cleaton-Jones, Stephen Kohashi, Miyuki Matsuoka, Elizabeth Noguchi, Amy Reed, Tuyen Stricker, Wesley Walker and Dick White. On view from June 12th-August 18th. Exhibition Reception July 13th, 5-7pm in Building 16 the McGuireWoods Art Lab Gallery at The Workhouse Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

I was fortunate to get an opportunity to curate a show at The Workhouse Arts Center for July and August.  I decided to feature our over 50 community who are in the Arts at Northern Virginia Community College.

Curator Britt Conley speaking at the Artists in Their Own Right Reception on July 13th, 2019. An exhibition featuring our over 50 Community at Northern Virginia Community College. Featuring the art of JoAnn Ackerman, Britt Conley, D’Arcy Dean, Ireen Cleaton-Jones, Stephen Kohashi, Miyuki Matsuoka, Elizabeth Noguchi, Amy Reed, Tuyen Stricker, Wesley Walker and Dick White. On view from June 12th-August 18th. Exhibition Reception July 13th, 5-7pm in Building 16 the McGuireWoods Art Lab Gallery at The Workhouse Arts Center. Photo by Juli Elliott Marton.

We are lucky enough to have adult learners in nearly every class at NOVA.  Older students come with a tremendous amount of experience and where-with-all.   They are generally very creative and passionately jump into projects.   This mindset is shared to the younger students by their simply being in the room with them.   Their art is often at a high level of quality, craftsmanship and most importantly, concept.  For this reason, it was easy to pull out some examples of what this community has to offer.

The exhibit features the art of JoAnn Ackerman, Britt Conley, D’Arcy Dean, Ireen Cleaton-Jones, Stephen Kohashi, Miyuki Matsuoka, Elizabeth Noguchi, Amy Reed, Tuyen Stricker, Wesley Walker and Dick White.  This is a mix of students and varying art department assistants from Ceramics, Fine Art and Photography.

The show will be up for another second Saturday art walk night in August.  Please come down to see the show and all of the other artists at The Workhouse Arts Center.

To contact any of the artists email Britt Conley at bconley@nvcc.edu.

The Great Design Exchange

Stacy Slaten, our Alexandria 2-D Faculty Arts Professor,  put together an incredible opportunity for our students with the Chinese students of Xingtai Polytechnic College.

Stacy Slaten describes the artistic elements from the Xingtai student works to the Alexandria Provost, Annette Haggray and Associate Dean, KV White, during the Reception for The Great Design Exchange at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The exhibition, titled The Great Design Exchange is helping forge international ties between our two countries.

Artwork from students at Xingtai Polytechnic College in China.
The Reception for The Great Design Exchange at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The Reception for The Great Design Exchange at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Stacy explains, “The art exchange started with a Alexandria Campus, group visit, by Xingtai’s administrators and professors last Spring 2018. Using an English translator, I started talking to the art and media professors, discussing similarities and differences in our programs and sharing images of NOVA student work. We started a conversation on how our students and colleges could participate in potential projects with economical means. We continued the conversation through email and received an invitation from XPC to share student class images digitally through OneDrive to exhibit at Xingtai in one of their student festivals during summer 2018, eliminating the cost of shipping artwork and keeping the cost to ink and paper at the exhibiting college. I sent ART 131, Design I, 2D collage images to the Xingtai festival and invited the equivalent 2D class at Xingtai to respond to the work and create and send back through OneDrive collage images to exhibit summer 2019. We printed out the Chinese student artwork and hung the show in the Fine Arts Gallery.”

Artwork from students at Xingtai Polytechnic College in China.

The students have even exchanged feedback and comments on their respective work in critiques.

Artwork from students at Xingtai Polytechnic College in China.

The students also worked with Lisa Hill in our Graphics program to exchange works between her illustration class and Xingtai’s.

The Reception for The Great Design Exchange at the Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
Artwork from students at Xingtai Polytechnic College in China.

Lisa Hill explains, ” Designers worked with NOVA’s Chinese professor, Dali Tan, in connection with the Department of Arts and Media of Xingtai Polytechnic College to illustrate/design book covers for two compilations of poetry by Emily Dickinson that were translated into Chinese.  The books the students could select from were either I Dwell in Possibility or Bring me the Sunset in a Cup.   The process included research, thumbnail and refined sketches, final artwork, the typography for the book’s title, author, and relevant information in English and Chinese.

Artwork from students at Xingtai Polytechnic College in China.

The student work from China was beautifully conceived and produced.  Gallery visitor conversations were ongoing as visitors marveled at the beauty and overall aesthetics of the Chinese students.  The project is a perfect pairing between two cultures.

Thanks to everyone at Xingtai Polytechnic College!

Art on view at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

The Fisher Gallery is featuring three amazing artists, Nataliya Gurshman, Jonathan Ottke and Norma Schwartz, on view from April 27th-June 9th, 2019.

Nataliya Gurshman, in the Forum Gallery during the reception for her exhibit My Russian Soul at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

Nataliya Gurshman, adjunct for our Alexandria Fine Art Department filled the main Forum Gallery with her bold and colorful exhibit, My Russian Soul.

Nataliya Gurshman’s work at the reception for her exhibit My Russian Soul at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

As a native of the former Soviet Union, Nataliya brought her childhood memories of Leningrad into her city scapes and energetic abstracted color work.  The both provide a sense of place and feeling.  My favorite piece of the exhibit sold outright at the opening reception.

The work clearly resonated with viewers. My Russian Soul, in the Forum Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

Her exhibition offered the opportunity to connect with former students and find out how everyone is doing.

Nataliya Gurshman with Wesley, one of her students, at the reception for her exhibit My Russian Soul at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

The second artist residing in the upstairs hall Passage Gallery is Jonathan Ottke. His photography exhibit, In a Drop of Water, looks at nature and views of water droplets.

Jonathan Ottke discussing his work at the reception for his exhibit, In a Drop of Water, on View at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

Jonathan wandered Lake Braddock to focus on, “Raindrops falling on a leaf, a blooming flower after a rain, the frozen lake” with inspiration from William Blackes, “see a word in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower.”

Jonathan Ottke’s exhibit, In a Drop of Water, on View at the reception for her exhibit My Russian Soul at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

He kept Mary Welsh Higgens, the curator for the arts center, busy dolling out red ‘sold’ dots.

Mary Welsh Higgins, Curator for the galleries, was busy placing red dot’s throughout Jonathan Ottke’s exhibit, In a Drop of Water, on View at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

She did manage to get a lot of quality time with nearly everyone for all three shows.

Mary Welsh Higgins, Curator for the galleries, enjoyed spending some time with the patrons for the exhibits, including Jonathan Ottke’s show, In a Drop of Water, on View at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

The exhibitors were also accompanied by some phenomenal musicians.  The lovely sounds, filled the foyers and rooms.

The third artist showing this month is Norma Schwartz.  Her exhibit, Shape of Memories: Sculptures by Norma Schwartz is on view  in the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, also on the 2nd level of the arts center.

Norma Schwartz at the reception for her exhibit Shape of Memories at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.
Norma Schwartz (Left) at the reception for her exhibit Shape of Memories at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

Norma’s work can be seen on her website as well.  She explains, “As a sculptor, developing the technics, exploring new materials, creating new ways of inhabiting a three-dimensional space, realizing the importance of light, gave me the opportunity to express what for me was impossible to express in a different language; a language with no words.”

Norma Schwartz, Immixion

Norma was born just before the end of the World War, in Argentina. She spent much of her adult life in Spain, working with women and women’s issues from a psychoanalytic perspective and working on her art. By the 1990’s she moved to the U.S. and began undertaking a greater sculptural approach to her art.   Her work beautifully carves into wood, creating all new spaces to explore.

The reception for her exhibit Shape of Memories at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

Creating a show that moves the eye through the space and within each work is an artist’s dream.  What a wonderful accomplishment!

Norma Schwartz (Left) at the reception for her exhibit Shape of Memories at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

The work for this and all three shows are still one view until June 9th!  Come to campus and head over to The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

The reception for Norma Schwartz’s exhibit Shape of Memories at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on May 4th, 2019. Photo by Britt Conley.

For additional information about art shows and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.

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