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Chinese Landscape Exchange

Chinese Landscape Exchange

By Stacy Slaten, Acrylic

The Chinese Landscape Exchange is a collaborative project between Northern Virginia Community College and Hebei Vocational University of Technology and Engineering (formerly Xingtai Polytechnic College).  Professor Stacy Slaten spearheaded the organization of the project with her visual arts students and those of Visual Arts Prof. Matthew Pinney with the translation help of Chinese language professor, Dali Tan and her students.  Students in Xingtai, China, worked with Wei Wei, Director of Office of the CPC HVUTE Committee and Administration, and Prof. Yang.  Together we exchanged between students a project that could bring together and stronger cultural connection.

NOVA and XPC students photographed and documented the rural and/or urban landscapes from each location and country to exchange for the interpretation and creation of artwork and designs, using the exchanged reference material. The project provided a cultural trade and interpretation of the reference materials to insure useful learning experiences for all of the students.

Documentation included the photographs and often an initial statement from the students. Students had the opportunity to engage in collaborative international dialog while experiencing a major project and exhibition. The visual arts students also wrote their first artist statements, a common approach in the visual arts to connect the viewer closer to the visual artwork. Then, our Chinese language students at Alexandria translated the artist statements into Chinese for a further cross-disciplinary approach to provide meaningful social and learning experiences. Each respective institution will have an in-person or virtual exhibition for the community as desired.

Goals:

  1. Provide meaningful real-world experience for international collaboration, exchange, and community into    the classroom.
    2. Students get to “see” the other side of the world from each institution.
    3. Discussion of each culture and country between students.
    4. Exchange of visual ideas and interpretation of the original reference material for further
    discussion.
    5. Engagement of the greater community in online exhibition.
    6. Further student engagement of critique and feedback on created images for exchange and
    dialog.
  • Project Timeline-Planning started in 2020 with execution of the Project in Fall 2021 into Spring 2022
    • Creation of artwork during Fall 2021
    • Translation of NOVA student artist statements during Spring 2022
    • Preparation for Online Exhibition by Britt Conley during late Spring 2022

This has been a wonderful project that helped the students in my classes “see” a world and a view that is different and yet like their own and create a sense of connection across the globe. I believe these exchanges foster education and academic freedoms, even though it may be a tiny seed.

Kymberly Brooks – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten 

By Kymberly Brooks
Reference from Hebei Vocational University of Technology

I wanted to keep the intensities and richness of the warm foreground, while contrasting it with a faded blue sky and mountain range. The orange terrace farmland was what caught my eye in this image and I wanted to make sure they held the focus. The natural texture of the pastels helped to create atmospheric perspective as the mountains moved further into the background. This scene is one of serenity and peace and I wanted my piece to portray that as well.

我想保持温暖前景的强度和丰富性,同时与褪色的蓝天和山脉形成对比。橙色梯田农田在这张照片中引起了我的注意,我想确保它们保持焦点。随着山脉进一步进入背景,粉彩的自然纹理有助于创造大气透视。这个场景是宁静祥和的场景之一,我希望我的作品也能描绘出这一点。 

Diego Moore – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – Painting

by Diego Moore, Acrylic

This specific project we worked on, was very fun for me. I am so happy with the results and honestly didn’t expect it to turn out this nice. At first, I was a bit nervous because I’m not used to doing watercolor with Acrylic, however it was not as hard as I initially thought it would be because It ended up being very smooth and easy to get details on the canvas. But I didn’t want the painting to have many details because I still want that simple feel when looking at it in person. When painting, I wanted to get the likeness of the original photograph to make it as identical as possible, and even though it didn’t turn out extremely identical, it still turned out similar enough to the picture.

“Photography is to find that in fact, many times, there are beautiful things and decisive moments in ordinary life, only in. Whether you are willing to press the shutter at any time”.
Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.  Dong Liangxin of Jianzhuang Class 2001

我们从事的项目对我来说非常令人兴奋。 我对结果非常满意,老实说,没想到结果会这么好。 起初,我有点紧张,因为我不习惯用丙烯画水彩,但它并不像我最初想象的那么难。它最终变得非常流畅,很容易在画布上获得细节。 但是我不希望这幅画有很多细节,因为我希望这幅画在亲自看时有一种简单的感觉。 在作画时,我想得到与原照片相似的地方,使其尽可能地相同。 尽管它并没有完全一样,但它仍然与图片相似。

我最大的挑战是画树和树叶。 将它与图片进行比较时,它是不同的,但我仍然喜欢它的外观。 总的来说,我喜欢画这幅画,而且我发现它与实际照片的相似程度很有趣。

 Elizabeth Johnson  – Artisat

Professor Stacy Slaten – Painting 

This is Zijin Mountain, Hebei Province. Zijinshan Scenic Tourism Area is located in taihang, Shandong Province, The Xindu District, 66 kilometers from the central city. Zijin Mountain averages more than 1300 meters above sea level, and the highest peak, Sky Ridge, is 1747.5 meters above sea level. Scenic area of 28 square kilometers, forest coverage of more than 90%, vegetation coverage of nearly 100 percent. Wild animals such as, mountain chickens, rock pigeons, magpies, red-beaked crows and so on are active all year round. The average summer temperature here is 5-10 degrees lower than in the city.
Zijin Mountain rises from the middle of the eight hundred-mile Taihang ridge, revealing extraordinary reiki. The mountain is east-west, the mountain stone is mostly purple, belongs to the middle section of Taihang Mountain Great Wall red quartz sandstone development to the “youth” of the “rock formation” type. Cliffs or cliff sills at the waterfall pool in a series, forming a large water body characteristics of Zijin Mountain landscape. Ghost-axe work the country’s rare “tianjing earth”, Han Xiangzi ancient house “Han Xianzhuang”, flying waterfall rock “seven-star pool”, “YuXian pool”, “water slide”, looking across the mountain side into the peak of the board mountain community and “Xiantao Mountain”, “Camel Peak”, “Grass Hat Mountain”, “Turtle and Rabbit Race” and so on, in different forms, into interesting. The endless “holy water cave” of the millennium is connected with Wu’an Longevity Spring, and the life of drinking is increased. tudent from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University..
By Elizabeth Johnson, Acrylic

This is a 16×20” acrylic painting of Zijinshan Scenic Tourism Area at Zijin Mountain, Hebei Province in China. What drew me to this landscape the most was the tree branches in the foreground overlapping the partially cloudy sky, as well as the beautiful Chinese style architecture with curved rooftops. I used a combination of painting styles. For the solid objects, such as the forested hills, the rooftops of the building, and tree branches in the foreground, I dabbed on thicker paint. For the reflections in the water I used thinner paint that was watered down, and I applied the paint in layers of green and blue. The details of the building and the walkway were painted with the tiniest paint brush I own. I painted the sky with a combination of blue and white that I mixed on the canvas, while the thin, wispy clouds were applied with a sponge. I enjoy painting accurate proportions and tiny details in my artwork, as well as blending colors. 

这是一幅 16×20 英寸的中国河北省紫金山紫金山风景区的丙烯画。 这片风景最吸引我的是前景中的树枝与部分多云的天空重叠,以及带有弯曲屋顶的美丽中式建筑。 我使用了多种绘画风格。 对于实心的物体,如森林覆盖的山丘、建筑物的屋顶和前景中的树枝,我涂抹了较厚的油漆。 对于水中的反射,我使用了稀释过的较稀的油漆,然后我将油漆涂在绿色和蓝色的层中。 建筑物和人行道的细节是用我拥有的最小的油漆刷画的。 我用混合在画布上的蓝色和白色组合来描绘天空,而薄薄的云朵则用海绵涂抹。 我喜欢在我的作品中绘制准确的比例和微小的细节,以及混合颜色。

Under Neon Lights 

“After walking along Nanjing Road in Magic Capital, I have to say that the architectural style is really beautiful, and the streets that are shot at hand are full of charm ~
I started at five or six in the afternoon and walked all the way to the Bund, recording the beautiful sunset”. From a student in the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.

Megan Gerst – NOVA Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – Painting

By Megan Gerst, Acrylic

 Cities are full of life, movement, and light. The original photograph shows neon signs and  a bustling city. I chose to work from this image because it is different from my typical content. I  generally work with more organic shapes. I was excited to meld my impressionistic style with the  structured and bright landscape. The composition is split into three sections to keep the eye  moving around the canvas and promote the sense of movement. Working with a rounded  canvas provided juxtaposition to the city signs and geometric building structures. Painting with  transparent acrylic paint started this piece off with a more muted color scheme. I found that I  really appreciated this and opted to keep certain areas less vibrant. The closest sign has that  bright neon feeling which jumps out from the rest of the painting and provides a sense of depth. 

This piece involved a lot of exploration in how to approach painting and I found that I really  enjoyed painting the city street and working with transparent layers. I may not include these in  all future paintings, but I want to continue to explore this in aspects of my work.

城市里充满了生机、活力和光明。原本的照片显示了霓虹灯和一个繁华的城市。我之所以选择以这张图片为素材是因为它与我的典型内容不同。我习惯了在作品使用更有机的形状。我很高兴能将我的印象派风格与结构化和明亮的风景融合在一起。构图分为三个部分,以保持眼睛在画布周围移动,促进并增强运动感。用圆形的画布工作,为城市标志和几何建筑结构提供了并列的效果。用透明的丙烯酸涂料绘画,使这幅作品开始有了一个更柔和的色彩方案。我发现我真的很欣赏这一点,并选择保持某些区域不那么鲜艳。最接近的标志具有明亮的霓虹灯的感觉,从绘画的其余部分跳出来,提供了一种深度感。

这幅作品涉及到对如何进行绘画的很多探索,我发现我非常喜欢画城市街道和使用透明层。我可能不会在未来的所有绘画中包括这些,但我想继续在我的作品中探索这些方面。

This project has been especially rewarding for out students, faculty and staff! Our Dean,  Dr. McClellan explains, “Our collaboration over the past few years has enriched the learning experience for those at Xingtai and those at NOVA. In the midst of our current project, war has erupted and it has caused our governments to fear communication between us. I hope it will not affect our relationship permanently. Cross-cultural communication and collaboration are the building blocks of understanding. They can prevent wars. It is important that we continue. Wars are disruptive. They come and go. But each destroys and halts human progress. Teaching and learning are forces that advance civilization even as people are trying to destroy it.”

Jim McClellan, Ed.D (Hon.), Ph.D. 

College Dean, Liberal Arts , Campus Dean, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences Division, Alexandria  and Professor of History 

Original photograph from a student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.

Abigail Tucker  – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten  – Drawing II

By Abigail Tucker, Pastel

I was drawn to this photo because of its unique composition and the man sitting alone at the bottom of the picture. While the original colors of the photo are muted, I wanted to give it more liveliness through more saturated colors. I really wanted to highlight the man, the lantern, and the window. I used warmed colors around these objects to highlight them and draw the eye to them. This was a challenging piece for me, but one of my favorites I have completed.

我被这张照片所吸引是因为它独特的构图和独自坐在照片底部的男人。 虽然照片的原始颜色很暗淡,但我想通过更鲜艳的色彩来赋予它更多的活力。 我真的很想突出那个人、灯笼和窗户。 我在这些物体周围使用暖色来突出它们并吸引人们的注意力。 这对我来说是一个具有挑战性的作品,但我最喜欢的作品之一我已经完成了。

The beautiful scenery of West Lake, seeing this picture, reminds me of an article The beautiful scenery of West Lake, seeing this picture, reminds me of an article “The morning dew still lingered on the leaves, and the flowers were waking from their sleep. I came to the shore of the beautiful West Lake. Suddenly, a cold wind blowing, cold I shiver, I subconsciously shrink into a ball. At this time, I noticed the cool and clear lake, the lake is really big, the water is white and green, this is the color of life! The sun rose slowly in the east and the West Lake turned red. The sun hung high, reflected its smiling face, reflected the charm of the white clouds, I really have a voice from the bottom of my heart, west Lake is really beautiful”. Student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.

Kelly Collins – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – Painting

by Kelly Collins, Pastel

When I first saw this photograph of West Lake in China I knew that I wanted to paint this. The reflection in the water, the contrast between the bright sky and the darkened trees, it was beautiful to me! I was eager to start the painting right away, and I knew I wanted this painting to be in a painterly style which has a contrast between my normal style.

I took my own artistic liberties with the colors in this painting, going for a dominating blue, followed by a deep but not distracting green, and bright vivid oranges. I chose this color scheme because I wanted to emphasize the colors to be more saturated to show how beautiful the colors in nature can be, even if it’s as simple as a sunset. I find that I take a lot of inspiration in my art for things in the moment, and sunsets often catch my attention. I wanted this painting to be gorgeous but simple. This style is quite different from my own personal style, but I feel that this piece really let me experiment with trying this style. I personally believe that I achieved my goal of trying to get a beautiful painting with the technique used for this piece.

当我第一次看到这张中国西湖的照片时,我就知道我想画这个。水中的倒影,明亮的天空和昏暗的树木之间的对比,对我来说太美了!我渴望马上开始画,我知道我希望这幅画是一种与我正常风格形成对比的绘画风格。

我对这幅画中的颜色采取了自己的艺术自由,选择了占主导地位的蓝色,然后是深沉但不分散注意力的绿色,以及明亮生动的橙色。我之所以选择这种配色方案,是因为我想强调色彩更加饱和,以展示大自然中的色彩是多么美丽,即使它像日落一样简单。我发现我在艺术中为当下的事物汲取了很多灵感,日落经常引起我的注意。我希望这幅画华丽而简单。这种风格和我个人的风格有很大的不同,但我觉得这件作品真的让我尝试了这种风格。我个人相信我已经达到了我的目标,即用这件作品所使用的技术来获得一幅美丽的画作。

Mariah Stearman  – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten  – 2D Design

By Mariah Stearman, Pastel

For this project, my thought process was picking an image that made me feel good on the  inside, and I connected with it the most. In this image, what caught my attention was the warm  sunlight peeking through between the two mountains. That effect created a feeling of warmth and  looking beyond the horizon. Essentially the idea of looking forward to what is on the other side.  There could have been an even more beautiful sunset on the other side of the image that I selected – who knows. That same principle can also be applied to life; you never know what can be on the other  side. My main intention was to capture the warmth and vibrance of that light peeking through, so all  my choices were focused on that idea.

对于这个项目,我的思考过程是选择一个让我内心感觉良好的图像,并且我与它联系最紧密。在这张照片中,引起我注意的是从两座山之间窥视的温暖阳光。这种效果创造了一种温暖的感觉,并超越了地平线。本质上是期待另一边的想法。在我选择的图像的另一侧可能会有更美丽的日落——谁知道呢。同样的原则也可以应用于生活。你永远不知道另一边会发生什么。我的主要目的是捕捉透进来的光线的温暖和活力,所以我所有的选择都集中在这个想法上。

Mustafa Mohammed – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – Painting

Reflection 

By Mustafa Mohammed, Pastel

My work has primarily focused on improving my skills and enhancing my knowledge of  the materials. I can’t help myself but choose pieces that seem pretty challenging. You could say it  is my competitive side wanting to compete against myself by always taking more considerable  challenges. This piece stood out to me as a challenge to take on, but it also reminded me of the  colorful spectacle of New York city from “Spider-Man into spider-verse,” which is one of the  many reasons I chose it. I have used 42 by 30 inch canvas for this painting, and a heavy body  acrylic paint, thinned down with water to make it more like a watercolor. Overall, I had a lot of  fun exploring the various ways of expressing the colors on the canvas and trying to find ways to  give out the city’s vibes. Admittedly, I wish I had more time with this piece, and if I’m being  honest, that’s the case with every piece that I make. Nonetheless, I’m happy with how it mostly  came out and certainly learned a lot from it.

我的作品主要集中在提高我的技能和加强我对材料的了解。我无法控制自己,只能选择那些看起来相当有挑战性的作品。你可以说这是我好胜的一面,想要通过更可观的挑战来与自己竞争。这幅作品对我来说是一个挑战,但它也让我想起了《蜘蛛侠:平行宇宙》中纽约市的多彩奇观的景象,这是我选择它的众多原因之一。我在这幅画中使用了 42 x 30 英寸的画布,以及厚重的丙烯颜料,用水稀释后使其更像水彩画。总体而言,我在探索画布上的各种色彩表达方式,并试图找到散发城市气息的方法让我获得了很有乐趣。诚然,我希望我有更多的时间来制作这件作品,如果我说实话,我制作的每一件作品都是如此。尽管如此,我对它的结果很满意,当然也从中学到了很多。

Jose Galicia – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten  – Painting

“Qingfeng Building is located in Xiangdu District, Xingtai City. Standing downstairs in the breeze, looking up at the red old building; reaching out and touching every green brick of the city wall, it is like returning to the long river of history, engraved with the changes of historical development from ancient times to today”. Student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University..
By Jose Galicia, Pastel

This Project was one that I will not forget, from the picture chosen to the technique used. I decided to paint the Qingfeng Building in Xingdu district, Xingtai City. The painting is done in a transparent wash acrylic technique in which we water down the acrylic with medium and water to give it a watercolor feel. The canvas is an 18×24” and took about 17 hours to complete with all the layers I had to build up in order to get the colors to become more solid. We were sent pictures from Chinese students to pick from and this picture I chose captivated me because of the glow that the building had during the night scene. I tried to capture that glow in the painting by building up the different colors on top of each other working from light to dark. The moon was another reason that I chose this picture. I liked how it had to compete with the building since they both gave their own light. The whole composition captured my interest when it was shown to me. The building itself has so many different colors from a range of yellows and oranges to green on the front. This piece was fun to make and I hope that whoever sees it can get a sense of the lit building. 

从选择的图片到使用的技术,这个项目是我不会忘记的。 我决定画邢台市邢都区的庆丰楼。 这幅画是用透明的水洗丙烯酸技术完成的,在这种技术中,我们用介质和水冲淡丙烯酸,给它一种水彩的感觉。 画布是 18×24 英寸,花了大约十七个小时来完成我必须绘制的所有图层,以使颜色变得更加坚实。 我们收到了来自中国学生的照片供我们挑选。这张照片让我着迷,因为建筑物在夜景中散发出的光芒。 我试图通过将不同的颜色从浅到深绘制在彼此之上来捕捉这种光芒。 月亮是我选择这张照片的另一个原因。 我喜欢它如何与这座建筑竞争,因为它们都有自己的光芒。 整个场景在展示给我时引起了我的兴趣。建筑物本身有许多不同的颜色,从黄色和橙色到前面的绿色。 这件作品制作起来很有趣,我希望任何看到它的人都能感受到这座灯火通明的建筑。

Anna Carey – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten  – Drawing II

By Anna Carey, Pastel

I chose this photo because I liked the feeling of being high up and being able to see these mountains almost eye to eye. I wanted to focus on lighting and to recreate the subtle transition of greens within the tree line. I ended up putting a final layer of green on top to create a sense of texture and to replicate the look of leaves. 

我选择这张照片是因为我喜欢高高在上的感觉,可以从上面看到群山。 我想专注于照明并重新创造树木中绿色的过渡。 最后我在上面放了最后一层绿色,以创造纹理并复制树叶的外观。

Kathleen Slotten 

Professor Matthew Pinney 

By Kathleen Slotten, Pastel

I am participating in the Relational Aesthetics project with art students in China. We  exchanged photos of places that are near us. I sent them pictures of Mount Vernon, Blue Ridge  Mountains, Sunset over a Street near me, and the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC. 

I picked a picture of West Lake, China.  

I painted the photo for the exchange project but also wanted to do a separate project for  the class assignment. I asked my family to also draw the same picture I was painting. They could  pick from crayon, pencil, markers, pastels, or digital art. My family ranges in age from 2 years to  55 years. Most of my family are math/science people. So, it was almost more interesting to see  how the math/science side approached the drawing compared to two who were more creative.  

I think everyone had fun.

我正在与中国的艺术系学生一起参与关系美学项目。我们交换了我们附近地方的照片。我给他们发了弗农山、蓝岭山脉、我附近街道上的日落以及华盛顿特区的倒影池的照片。

我选了一张中国西湖的照片。

我为交换项目画了照片,但也想为课堂作业做一个单独的项目。我让我的家人也画我正在画的那幅画。他们可以从蜡笔、铅笔、记号笔、蜡笔或数字艺术中挑选。我的家庭年龄从 2 岁到 55 岁不等。我的大多数家人都是数学/科学人士。因此,与两个更有创造力的人相比,看到数学/科学方面如何接近绘图几乎更有趣。

我想每个人都玩得很开心。

Matthew Powers  – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – Painting

By Matthew Powers, Acrylic

I selected the birds in flight photograph because for me the photo represents freedom,  speed, and living in the moment. My submission is a pastel painting with the sky drawn with  diagonal strokes to create the illusion of energy and to represent the wind lifting the birds. 

The photograph has a monochromatic color. A simple color scheme is not always  present in nature which makes the photo unusual. I tried to remain true to the photograph with  my selection of colors and the placement of birds and trees. 

Matthew J. Powers

我选择了飞行中的鸟类照片,因为对我来说,这张照片代表了自由、速度和活在当下。我提交的作品是一幅粉彩画,天空用斜线画出,营造出能量的错觉,并代表风举起鸟儿。

照片是单色的。自然界中并不总是存在简单的配色方案,这使得照片与众不同。我试图通过选择颜色以及鸟类和树木的位置来忠实于照片。

Jiali Liang – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – Drawing II

Jiali Liang, The Lake of Baiyangdian,  

oft Pastel, 22 x 30 inches, 2021 

By Jiali Liang, Pastel

The reason I chose this landscape image to draw is the similarities between China and the United States. I have seen many sunset views like this in Northern Virginia, the U.S. The only difference might be those flat-bottomed wooden Chinese boats. It reminds me that when I first lived in the U.S., I have always found the difference, however, the similarities appear more often than differences over time. For example, either some of the Chinese and Americans are put their family at first, the fast pace of life, and even the phenomena manipulated by media more or less. Sejal Badani says, “The same blood runs in every human on the earth. You just have to see past the variations in skin and culture.”

我之所以选择这张风景图来画,是因为中国和美国的相似之处。 我在美国北弗吉尼亚见过很多这样的日落景观。 唯一的区别可能是那些平底木中国船。 它提醒我,当我第一次住在美国时,我总能找到不同之处。 然而,随着时间的推移,相似之处多于差异。 比如,要么是一些中国人和美国人都把家人放在首位,生活节奏快,甚至媒体或多或少操纵的现象。 Sejal Badani说: “地球上的每个人都流着同样的血。 你只需要超越皮肤和文化的差异。”

Stacy Slaten 

Professor Stacy Slaten  – Painting

By Stacy Slaten, Acrylic

Coordinating the collaborative exchange between China and NOVA was interesting  as there are always new things to learn and consider with another culture, although also  reassuring that we are not much different. I loved this image of the person by the water with  their back to the viewer, very still. I wanted to emphasize the scene’s peacefulness by harmonizing the colors to more analogous and neutral with the yellows, yellow-green, blue  and blue-green but slightly activating the texture with a palette knife, which not only forces  me to economize the shapes but add a slight energy and movement. Hopefully there is also  a feeling of happiness. 

My hope for this exchange is that we see one another clearer, and not as “other,” that we get to glimpse a view from across the world, with a connection that is really not so  far in spirit. I want to thank all participants in this project and hope you carry the memory  well.

协调中国和 NOVA 之间的合作交流很有趣,因为总是有新的东西需要学习和考虑另一种文化,尽管也让人放心,我们并没有太大的不同。 我喜欢这幅画面,水边的人背对着观众,非常安静。我想强调这个场景的平和,把颜色调和到更类似的中性的黄色、黄绿色、蓝色和蓝绿色,但用调色刀稍微激活了纹理,这不仅迫使我节省形状,而且增加了轻微的能量和运动。 希望也有一种幸福的感觉。

我对这次交流的希望是,我们可以更清楚地看到彼此,而不是“另一个”,我们可以瞥见来自世界各地的观点,这种联系在精神上确实不是那么遥远。 我要感谢这个项目的所有参与者,希望你们能很好的把这美好的记忆带着。

Jeanine Jimenez – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – Drawing II

By Jeanine Jimenez, Pastel

The main reason why I chose this beautiful sunset in the middle of the road was because of the pleasant sensation that I got at first sight. Seeing this photograph, I felt the same peaceful sense and satisfaction that nature brings along with the closeness and familiarity of society. This image is ideally between the urban and the rural, and the scenery transports me back in time. After being entertained for a while with that picture, I imagined what I would do if I were physically there, concluding that I would do nothing but enjoy it. I’d just be there… enjoying the view, enjoying the moment, enjoying the journey.

之所以选择路中间这片美丽的落日,主要是因为第一眼就有一种美好的感觉。 看到这张照片,我感受到了大自然与社会的亲密和熟悉一样的平静和满足。 这幅画面兼具城市和乡村的特色,风景把我带回了过去。 在被那张照片逗乐了一段时间后,我想象着如果我身临其境我会做什么。 我决定除了享受它什么都不做。 我会在那里……欣赏美景,享受当下,享受旅程。

Juan Manuel Lucas Temoche – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – Drawing II

by Juan Temoche, Pastel

Even though I’ve barely done landscapes, I really enjoyed this project. It was fun

to use pastels. I did two totally different landscapes, it was hard to manage my time between the two of them but after getting the first one done, with all that experience it was easier to do the second one faster. I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with the first one, but I did not realize that making details was going to be hard.

尽管我几乎没有做过风景画,但我真的很喜欢这个项目。使用粉彩很有趣。我做了两个完全不同的风景,很难在他们两个之间管我的时间,但是在完成第一个之后,有了所有这些经验,第二个更容易更快地完成。我很清楚我想用第一个做什么,但我没有意识到制作细节会很困难

Grace Williams

Professor Matthew Pinney

(Left, Reference from Hebei Vocational University of Technology). (Right), artwork by Grace Williams from Northern Virginia Community College

When I first saw this image, I automatically knew I wanted to paint it. My choice was cemented when I read the beautiful paragraph the student had written describing the scene and what it meant to them. The aspect that caught my eye was the adorable dog in the foreground. The first sentence of their description, “People who have never had a dog can hardly imagine living with one, and people who have owned a dog can’t imagine living without one.” really resonated with me, because I really can’t imagine life without my dog, Sugar. 

当我第一次看到这张图片时,我知道我想画它。 当我读到学生写的描述场景及其对他们意味着什么的优美段落时,我的选择更加坚定了。 引起我注意的方面是前景中的可爱狗。 他们描述的第一句话,“没有养过狗的人很难想象和狗一起生活,养过狗的人无法想象没有狗的生活”真的引起了我的共鸣。这是因为我无法想象 没有我的狗,Sugar 的生活。

谢谢,

“A kind of leisure, a kind of prosperity, like the collision of two worlds. When I was a child living in the countryside, the alternation of spring, summer, autumn and winter was very obvious. At that time, walking on the road to school, the wind blew a sprinkle of soil, mixed with the smell of grass and trees is the most unique. Spring weeping willows thin leaves people remember; Summer is the incessant chirping of cicadas, and swimming in puddles and DAMS; Autumn is soon covered with golden harvest; Winter snow accumulation is very thick will make a snowman. Feeling the change of the old locust tree in the yard throughout the year, these are mostly childhood memories of the countryside. When I grew up, I had to travel far away from home to go to school. The bright lights and blooming flowers in the city made me see more of them. I have been to many cities, and I love the different cultural atmosphere of each city. If we have to use a line to distinguish between rural and urban areas, I think rural and urban areas are divided into fast rhythm and slow rhythm. Simple and prosperous… We can choose our own comfortable living place according to our own preferences”. From a student in the A kind of leisure, a kind of prosperity, like the collision of two worlds. When I was a child living in the countryside, the alternation of spring, summer, autumn and winter was very obvious. At that time, walking on the road to school, the wind blew a sprinkle of soil, mixed with the smell of grass and trees is the most unique. Spring weeping willows thin leaves people remember; Summer is the incessant chirping of cicadas, and swimming in puddles and DAMS; Autumn is soon covered with golden harvest; Winter snow accumulation is very thick will make a snowman. Feeling the change of the old locust tree in the yard throughout the year, these are mostly childhood memories of the countryside. When I grew up, I had to travel far away from home to go to school. The bright lights and blooming flowers in the city made me see more of them. I have been to many cities, and I love the different cultural atmosphere of each city. If we have to use a line to distinguish between rural and urban areas, I think rural and urban areas are divided into fast rhythm and slow rhythm. Simple and prosperous… We can choose our own comfortable living place according to our own preferences.

Branden Forman – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten

By Branden Forman, Pastel

For this project, I have chosen a city landscape from China. The structure of the buildings is captivating and unique from what we would usually see in the west. The colors are also engaging, with cool colors in the back and warm colors upfront. For choosing this image, I wanted to show the contrast in colors and unique structures. 

After choosing my photo, I manipulated it in Photoshop to give it a patchy look. In the same process, I’ve also clearly identified the colors. After completing that process came the pastels. I have struggled a bit with using pastels. I focused on putting the most detail on the focal point in the back and let the rest of the buildings frame the main building. 

Bridget Santos – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – 2D Design

By Bridget Santos, Pastel

For this project, I chose an image of a girl sitting on the road. I liked the energy of the girl, she seemed to be happy and alone. I feel I struggle with the use of pastels, but I did enjoy making this. I chose to edit this to make it look like her energy and all the energy around her radiated up towards the sky. I think we all have our different auras and energies that contribute to the overall energy of the earth, and I like that.

对于这个项目,我选择了一张坐在路上的女孩的照片。 我喜欢这个女孩的能量。 她似乎很孤单,但很开心。 我觉得我在使用粉彩时很挣扎,但是我喜欢做这个。 我选择对其进行编辑,使其看起来像她的能量,并且她周围的所有能量都向天空辐射。 我认为我们都有不同的光环和能量,它们为地球的整体能量做出了贡献,我喜欢这样。


Rosa Kamara – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – 2D Design

By Rosa Kamara, Pastel

As an artist who focuses mainly on photography and fashion, I found it rather  interesting to attempt to create a still life painting. I enjoyed creating different colors  rather than what was depicted in the actual photo and using my imagination and  creativity to depict the subject in a different way than it was presented. I gained  experience working with different mediums and working with different kinds of  techniques such as. creating a sense of lighting, casting shadows, highlights etc. and it  also helped me strengthen my ability to work with pastels rather than with photos and  photo collages. This landscape piece was very interesting to create an interpretation of  and I am glad that as an artist whose area of expertise is photography, I am able to  gain experience in becoming an artist who works with different mediums and  techniques to create compelling pieces of art.

作为一个主要专注于摄影和时尚的艺术家,我发现尝试创作一幅静物画是一件相当有趣的事情。 我喜欢创造不同的颜色,而不是实际照片中所描绘的颜色,并利用我的想象力和创造力以不同于呈现的方式来描绘主题。 我获得了使用不同媒介和使用不同种类技巧的经验,例如: 创造一种光感、投射阴影、高光等,这也帮助我加强了使用粉彩而不是使用照片和照片拼贴的能力。 这幅风景作品的创作诠释非常有趣,以摄影为专业领域的艺术家我能够获得成为一名使用不同媒介和技术创作引人注目的艺术作品的艺术家的经验。

Ashley Gabales – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – 2D Design

By Ashley Gabales, Pastel

Living in the suburbs of Virginia, I have gotten used to the sight of residential areas, strip malls, and an endless horizon. In its own way, it’s beautiful; however, I missed the silhouette of the mountains that I saw back in the Philippines. When I saw this image, it just took me back to living in a small town near the mountains with my grandparents. It is an image of a village in China, so it was foreign yet familiar, which is what I tried to capture. Viewers that have lived in the suburbs or urban areas may feel foreign in an area free of the bustle, but some sort of architecture might be able to offer some sort of familiarity or comfort to them. I wanted to explore the duality of a single area, how one area can have both natural and artificial, and how that plays into what is foreign and familiar to us.

住在弗吉尼亚的郊区,我习惯了住宅区、商场和一望无际的地平线。 以自己的方式,它是美丽的。 然而,我错过了我在菲律宾看到的山脉的轮廓。 当我看到这张照片时,它让我想起了我和祖父母一起生活的那个山区小镇。 这是一个中国村庄的形象,既陌生又熟悉,这就是我试图捕捉的。 居住在郊区或城市地区的人们可能在一个地区感到陌生,但某种建筑可能能够为他们提供某种熟悉或舒适。 我想探索单个区域的二元性。 我想展示一个区域如何既是自然的又是人造的,以及它是如何影响我们陌生和熟悉的东西的。

Toni Maschler – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten  – 2D Design

Xian art museum 

By Toni Maschler, Pastel

 I was drawn to the cheerful red and gold tones of this art museum set against the night sky. I  tried to accurately capture the pleasing curves of the roof and balcony, although I simplified the  composition. What a lovely home for artwork; maybe I will see it some day!

我被这个与夜空相映的艺术博物馆的红色和金色的色调所吸引。 尽管我简化了构图,但我试图准确地捕捉到屋顶和阳台令人愉悦的曲线。 多么可爱的艺术品之家; 也许有一天我会看到它!

Dyanna Saravia – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – 2D Design

By Dyanna Saravia, Pastel

I chose this picture because I really liked the cool colors, and all the tree branches It wasn’t my first choice but I’m happy with the results. It definitely wasn’t easy to paint this, I actually at some point regretted choosing this because at the moment of painting the landscape with the pastels and especially the tree branches were very hard for me to do so. I really tried my best and I do feel that even though I am not great with pastels I could do a good job.

我选择这张照片是因为我真的很喜欢冷色调和所有的树枝。 这不是我的第一选择,但是我对结果很满意。 画这个绝对不容易。 事实上,有一次我后悔选择了这个,因为用粉彩画风景和树枝对我来说很难做到。 我真的尽力了。 我觉得,即使我不擅长粉彩,但我画得很好

Adam Busch – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – 2D Design

By Adam Busch, Pastel

I am creating a pastel landscape based on my edited Photoshop landscape shown. I’m using pastel sticks to create such a piece. I used the sticks in conjunction with paper. I aimed for a feeling of warm comfort and familiarity, even though the statue shown is in another land entirely. I very much enjoyed the outcome of this piece and feel I did what I set out to do.

我根据显示的已编辑景观创建了一个柔和的景观。 我用粉彩棒创作了这幅画。 我用了棍子和纸。 尽管所展示的雕像完全在异国他乡,但我的目标是一种温暖舒适和熟悉的感觉。 我很享受这幅画的成果,并觉得我实现了自己的目标。

Will Stryker  – Artist

Professor Stacy Slaten – 2D Design

“Towers of Potala Palace,” 19 x 28 in., cold-press paper, soft pastels

by Will Stryker, Pastel

When I was looking through the Chinese photographs, my aim was to find something with enough structure and balance to help me push the abstraction without it becoming completely non-representational. I ended up on the photo of Potala Palace, which is beautiful with lots of interesting angles and geometry to pick from; but I was really drawn tothese parallel towers that overlook the road below. I thought by pushing the distance between the towers, and breaking the rules of atmospheric perspective a little, I could draw the eye to the furthest tower with a push-pull effect. Even though the first tower takes up almost half of the paper, it just exists to better inform the texture and feeling of the secondtower. I chose a bright red-orange because I thought it would be eye-catching, and the lilacsand magentas lend to the dreamlike and surreal feeling of the work.

当我翻阅中国照片时,我的目标是找到具有足够结构和平衡的东西来帮助我推动抽象,而不会变得完全不具代表性。 我最终选择了布达拉宫的照片,它很漂亮,有很多有趣的角度和几何形状可供选择; 但我真的被这些俯瞰下面道路的平行塔所吸引。 我想通过推动塔之间的距离,并稍微打破大气透视的规则,我可以通过推拉效果将视线吸引到最远的塔上。 尽管第一座塔几乎占据了纸张的一半,但它的存在只是为了更好地传达第二座塔的质感和感觉。 我选择了明亮的红橙色,因为我认为它会引人注目,而丁香色和洋红色则为作品增添了梦幻和超现实的感觉。

Other Artists without Artist Statements from Stacy Slaten’s Drawing II Class:

By Young-Eun Na, Pastel
“This is our city market doorway, now sharing the tram many here, before our city travel is a single, only public transport and private cars, taxis, in recent years, more than a group of sharing our city electric bicycle and sharing, the car can solve the problem of some of our travel, is a scenery line in our city.” Student from the Department of Arts and Media, Hebei Science and Technology Engineering Vocational and Technical University.
By Yeitzareth Perez, Pastel

 

“In Changshu, the four seasons are always distinct, and each season has its own characteristics. Rain, in different seasons, will also show its different beauty. The rain washed the bricks and tiles in Changshu City. The bricks and tiles were washed bright. The rain slowly fell to the ground from the roof. In short, the home watered by the continuous drizzle is a beautiful scenery.
Hebei University of technology and Engineering
In Changshu, the four seasons are always distinct, and each season has its own characteristics. Rain, in different seasons, will also show its different beauty. The rain washed the bricks and tiles in Changshu City. The bricks and tiles were washed bright. The rain slowly fell to the ground from the roof. In short, the home watered by the continuous drizzle is a beautiful scenery”.
Wang Daqing from the Hebei University of technology and Engineering

Artist: Victoria Sprankle, Pastel

By Victoria Sprankle, Pastel
By Toni Maschler, Pastel
By Rin Hernandez, Pastel
By Nicholas Kelley, Pastel
By Nasim Haque, Pastel

 

2022 Student Fine Art Show

After all we’ve been through with the pandemic and all the changes with life and learning, the students artistic talents are shinning strong.  The in person, 2022 Student Fine Art Show is a delight!

The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

This year’s juror is Lynn Goldstein. Lynn has exhibited widely, winning awards, in nationally juried exhibitions and galleries, and her work is enjoyed in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Schar Cancer Institute, and the United States Department of State. Notably, one of her paintings was selected for the permanent collection in the Jean-Haffen Museum in Dinan, France, upon her completion of an artist residency there. Additionally, Lynn was one of fifteen American artists selected to participate in the Caravan multi-cultural and international art project which took place at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC.

Our Juror Lynn Goldstein. The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Her installation work exploring her Jewish roots was selected for exhibition at the Smithsonian S Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C. in 2015, and a different piece was selected for display there in 2017. Lynn is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and Maryland Pastel Society where she serves as a juror for potential signature members. Lynn is also a juried member of the prestigious Washington Society of Landscape Painters. She is also a juried member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and a juried resident artist at the Workhouse Arts Center where she has her studio. Lynn has taught many workshops in the mid-Atlantic region, Southern France, and in Tuscany, Italy and she plans to teach a workshop in Cascais, Portugal in 2022. Additionally, Lynn has also taught workshop classes at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, where she volunteered her time as a docent for over two decades. This experience has allowed Lynn to study, understand, and pass on the best of America’s art masterpieces. Clearly, this understanding is embedded in her art as well. https://www.lynngoldstein.com/

The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

We are incredibly fortunate to have college leadership that genuinely support and care about our students and show up to nearly every event where our students are showcased.  Our Dean, Dr. McClellan has come to nearly every Student Fine Art Show since they began.  This year, he and his wife Catherine enjoyed meeting Lynn and seeing, yet again, just how talented our students are.

Lynn was also honored to meet our Provost, Dr. Annette Haggray, and President of NOVA, Dr. Anne Kress.

Student Fine Art Show juror Lynn Goldstein, Alexandria Provost Dr. Annette Haggray and NOVA President Dr. Anne Kress. The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Nicole Munday, Dr. McClellan and Stacy Slaten enjoying the Student Fine Art Show reception.

Associate Dean, Nicole Munday, joined Dr. Jimmie McClellan (center) and Stacy Slaten, who organized the exhibition. The 2022 Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Lynn addressed everyone and explained her thoughts on the show and her jurying process.  This offers the students an opportunity to hear about how this all works.

Our Juror Lynn Goldstein discussing her thoughts on the show. The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

First up were our honorable mention award winners.  Caitlyn Raymond stands proudly with her honorable mentioned work, ‘Fancy Water Time’ in charcoal.

Honorable mention winner Caitlyn Raymond with her work, ‘Fancy Water Time’ in charcoal. The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

One of the wonderful things about our The Student Fine Art show is that it is often the first exhibition for many of the students and a major point of pride. Often students bring their family and friends to share in celebrating all of their creative efforts and accomplishments! A special shout out to Branden Forman for getting in three works of art!

Ashley was thrilled to find out she has received an honorable mention!

Ashley Gabales receiving her honorable mention certificate for her lovely graphite work, ‘Mama’s Treasure Box’ The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Juror Lynn Goldstein highlighting Ashley’s honorable mentioned work, ‘Mama’s Treasure Box’ The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Honorable mention recipient Anna Carey with juror Lynn Goldstein and Professor Stacy Slaten.  Anna won for her wonderful ‘Self Portrait’ in pastel.

Honorable mention recipient Anna Carey with juror Lynn Goldstein and Professor Stacy Slaten. The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Attendees of the The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Honorable mention recipient Jose Galicia reads his poem, ‘Forgiveness: a Prayer by the Fallen’ which inspired his 3-D wire angel, by the same name, (shown to his right).

Honorable Mention recipient Jose Galicia reads his poem, ‘Asking for Forgiveness: a prayer by the Fallen’ His wire work of an angel is seen to his right. The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Lynn Goldstein describe sthe highlights of Abigail Tucker’s work ‘Autobiography’ made with Prismacolor.

Abigail Tucker listens to Lynn Goldstein describe the highlights of her work ‘Autobiography’ made with Prismicolor. The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Honorable mention recipient Gabriela Gutierrez listening to Lynn describe the poignancy of her work ‘Carrying Life’ an aluminum sculpture inspired by her father.

Honorable mention recipient Gabriela Gutierrez listening to Lynn describe the poignancy of her work ‘Carrying Life’ an aluminum sculpture inspired by her father. The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Before we knew it is was onto the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd award winners! Our third place winner Juan Temoche had the opportunity to hear from Lynn and speak to the crowd about his own creative process while making his graphite art titled: ‘Handheld Object.’

Juan Temoche and Lynn Goldstein at the 2022 Student Fine Art Show in the AFA Gallery at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

One of the wonderful aspects to Lynns job as juror, is her discussing in detail why she picked particular winning works and actually showing us in the art how and why the students was exceptional in their process.  Here she is discussing our 2nd place winner Helen Schwen’s exceptional still life: “Reflection Study” in charcoal.

Our Juror Lynn Goldstein discussing the student work. The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Lynn speaks to the crowd about the sculpture ‘Fish Food’ by our our first place winner James Davenport. What’s too cool about this work is that it is made entirely from Mike and Ike’s candy!

Lynn Goldstein speaking to the crowd about the sculpture ‘Fish Food’ by our our first place winner James Davenport. The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Attendee’s at The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

James Davenport, 1st place winner with his sculpture ‘Fish Food’ The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

James Davenport with his 1st place, winning art work, ‘Fish Food’ at The 2022 Student Fine Art Show in the AFA Gallery at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

So wonderful when students are inspired!

The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Jessica Rager with her self portrait in graphite.

Jessica Rager with her self portrait at the 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Friends, Abigail Tucker and Juan Temoche catching up at the reception.

Abigail Tucker and Juan Temoche at the 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

This year’s show is just wonderful! Take some time and check it out for yourself!  On view until April 11, 2022.

The 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
the 2022 Student Fine Art Show at the AFA Gallery in The Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

 

 

The Memories We Bring with Us Exhibition

The Student Keepsake Project focused on the memories we bring with Us!

This keepsake project is the brainchild of a NOVA ESL professor, John Kinney. The project demonstrates a diverse body of students, one of NOVA’s strengths. It aims to make international students feel welcome and foster better understandings among students from different cultures. John hopes that the project will ease the isolation and culture shock the international students may experience and promote a sense of community within NOVA’s student body. Participants are ESL students from various NOVA campuses.

Years in the making, John Kinney had participating ESL students share a photograph of a special keepsake they cary with them or hold dear at home and write a composition about these objects and their stories.  Once collected, they were sent to artist Jum Jirapan, who visually interpreted the keepsakes in a unifying form of digital art to showcase the memories.  Over fifty keepsake artistic memories were created and framed for this exhibition.  Each story and art bringing together student’s stories from around the world.

Faustine Coulibaly

Faustine Coulibaly take a picture of her creative work in the Memories We Bring with US Exhibition. Photo by Britt ConleyAfter a long absence throughout the pandemic, our classes finally began transitioning back to campus and we decided to make this show and combination of both in person and virtual to help accommodate everyone.

Professor John Kinney speaks to our virtual audience about his Keepsake project.

As an immigrant, a naturalized citizen, and a former ESL instructor herself, Jum connects deeply with the project and the stories the keepsakes bring. She felt honored to be chosen to interpret and translate the students’ keepsakes and memories into art. Their stories have opened her eyes and heart to the beauty of our similarities and differences. Jum hopes this exhibition will open the eyes and hearts of the audiences the way it does for her. Moreover, she wishes to make the students proud of who they are and where they come from.

Jum is a multidisciplinary artist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Having experienced the therapeutic power of art firsthand, her career focus grew from artmaking to sharing that creative and self-exploratory experience with others. Jum utilizes art as a tool to open hearts and minds to possibilities and opportunities. She takes great joy in volunteering and engaging with local organizations and communities to empower people through art and education. Jum was a student at NOVA from 2019 to 2020. She studied psychology and studio art en route to a post-graduate program in art therapy. She believes the training and education would help her serve the public better.

The entire exhibition was funded by The NOVA Educational Foundation in cooperation with Northern Virginia Community College, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences Division, Alexandria.

We were so fortunate to have cccc and cccc from the Foundation!  They have been incredibly supportive of our creative community and this particular project highlights our incredible international students who bring their incredible backgrounds, stories and expertise to all of our community campus members.

Stacy Slaten, our 2-D Fine Art professor helped coordinate the exhibition.  She explains, “Collaboration moves beyond the power of one to the power of a team. I was fortunate to have been able to work with Professor John Kinney, artist Jum Jirapan, and Fine Arts Studio Assistant, Britt Conley, to create a project that strongly represents to spirit of NOVA Alexandria campus and our students. I feel that collaborative projects are more powerful in that the social element of collaboration can also improve not only the quality of ideas, but can remove barriers to implementing them. As they say, many hands make the burden light. I was thankful to work with this project and see the cross-disciplinary action. I hope you enjoy the results as much as I do! “

Rahel Bitew, Jum Jiripan and Stacy Slaten discussing everyone’s artwork during

Due to the pandemic, our reception was both in person and virtual!  We were fortunate enough to have our President, Dr. Anne Kress join us and be able to talk to our in person students and virtual community together.

Our Provost Dr. Hagray, also joined in celebrating our student and faculty efforts.  She has been to nearly every art opening we’ve had during her tenure and has an eye for art!

Menal Omer discusses her creative art and story to our virtual audience.

Menal Omer discusses her creative art piece to our virtual audience during the reception for The Memories We Bring with US: Keep Sake Project Exhibition at The Center for Design Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley.
Menal Omer discusses her creative art piece to our virtual audience during the reception for The Memories We Bring with US: Keep Sake Project Exhibition at The Center for Design Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley.

 

Faustine Coulibaly discusses her creative art piece to our virtual audience during the reception for The Memories We Bring with US: Keep Sake Project Exhibition at The Center for Design Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley.
John Kinney and Faustine Coulibaly during the reception for The Memories We Bring with US: Keep Sake Project Exhibition at The Center for Design Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley.

All in all this show was years in the making and had incredible evolution, resulting in framed works that everyone can enjoy.  Empowering students is rewarding.   Hearing student stories and seeing their creativity is always  inspiring!

Rewire – NOVA Mason Foundations Exhibition

The 2021 NOVA Mason ONLINE Foundations Exhibition

October 25 – November 3, 2021

Rewire – https://www.masonexhibitions.org/rewire-cover-page

2020 challenged the global community in unique ways. There was fear, confusion and the loss of human contact and connection. But throughout this global test of humanity there was also inspiration, innovation and the discovery of new ways to connect, new ways to be a community. Rewire acknowledges the many ways our daily lives have changed while celebrating the new discoveries made during turbulent times. From the increased need for digital connection to personal revelations all artwork addressing change or growth was encouraged.

Christopher Frost 3 paths Chipboard 8.5” x 11” x 7” George Mason University School of Art

Closing Reception: November 3rd from 5 PM to 7 PM  (Exhibition award winners will be announced)

R. C. Barajas Reorientation Collaged Hand-colored silver gelatin print 14.25″ x 22.5″ “We’re not the same as we were before this time of breaking apart and reassembling. Slightly better yet slightly the worse for wear, we’re still here, still possessing of an undeniable beauty, of strange colors and rough unfamiliar shapes. Putting our pieces back together, we find we hardly know ourselves.” rcbarajas.com Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) https://www.masonexhibitions.org/rewire-cover-page

About our Juror:
Jaynelle Hazard is the Executive Director and Curator of Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) where she builds a critically engaged practice by introducing methods to advance scholarship; extend reach in interdisciplinary experimentation of contemporary art and ideas; and engage audiences of all backgrounds and identities. With a curatorial foundation and leadership style rooted in care, Hazard is a catalyst and generator by being a bridge between the public and innovative art of our time.

To see the ONLINE EXHIBIT  VISIT https://www.masonexhibitions.org/rewire-cover-page

2021 JURIED Alexandria Fine Arts Student Exhibition

Voting for People’s Choice between April 4th- 25th, 2021 at 11:59pm (See below).

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

Click on each image to view large.  Hover over the image to get the voting image number and read below for how to vote!

HELP Choose the PEOPLE’S CHOICE – AWARD!

Click each image to view them full size.  When you hover over the image, you can see the image number. Write down the image number of the work you think should win. 

THEN –  VOTE at www.facebook.com/TylerArtsLife.   Comment on the post titled, “VOTE for People’s Choice 2021 Student Fine Art Show.” Each person can vote once.

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!

Resilience – NOVA Mason Foundations Exhibition

The Resilience Exhibition will include a People’s Choice Award! This award is a $100 prize, and it is chosen completely by you, THE PEOPLE. This award will only happen with your participation. Voting is now open and will close March 24th, 2020 at midnight, EST.

SAFIA FISCHER
Keeping Busy
Acrylic
11″x14″
Major: AFA Visual Arts , Northern Virginia Community College

To see more from the exhibit visit https://www.masonexhibitions.org/resilience

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