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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!!!

Artists in Their Own Right

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artists who Teach Exhibit

A very fun exhibition featuring Artists who Teach from the tri-state area of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Joseph Wade instructs at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School.  He submitted multiple 3-D works.  His Wooden Chipboard Boxes and ceramic cups are wonderfully paired.

Wooden Chipboard Boxes, by Joseph Wade. Wood, Ceramic and Tie-dyed Fabric. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

High Water Mark at the Spring House, a monoprint by Emily Shepardson,  began, “as a silkscreen print of a small outbuilding,” before she used Akua inks with stencils of her own creation.  She says, “I particular like the interplay of orange and turquoise inks and the way of the path take s you into and out of the image.” Emily teaches at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

High Water Mark at the Spring House, a monoprint by Emily Shepardson. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Hiromi Isobe created “Hot Step”  a lovely Acrylic on Canvas painting that fills the visual space with a seemingless endless journey.  Hiromi instructs art at Washington and Lee High School.

“Hot Step” by Hiromi Isobe. Acrylic on Canvas. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Drew Mulligan, an instructor in Arlington created this lovely salt print, Untitled #26. The shapes dialog across the space in a lovely way, where negative space is darker and the whites move the eye.

Untitled #26 by Drew Mulligan. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

It always nice to see our Provost, Dr. Haggray.  She attends our arts events on a regular basis and engages with everyone in her quest for meanings in everyone’s artistic intent.  She and our Dean are wonderfully supportive of all our students efforts.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Amy Bruce, an instructor from Edison High School, created this incredible mixed-media, 100 day project.  Each day, she created another 6×6 panel using paint, wax paper, ephemera and digital paints to support a new quote. The students loved this and everyone read through each day’s quote.

Mixed-media, 100 day project by Amy Bruce. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Amy Bruce with her mixed media, 100 day project, at the opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Kate Elkins, who also teaches at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School,  drew this beautiful portrait, titled, Paige, a high school art student.  The medium is charcoal on hand-toned paper.

“Paige” by Kate Elkins. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Opening’s offer a great opportunity for our arts community to get together, say hello and get excited about how the semester is going.  Our Associate Dean for the Arts, K.V., (seen walking as she views the work), loved the show.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Virginia Teaford, who teaches at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia, came with her family.  Her painting  is displayed with Beth Coast’s beautifully shaped ceramic bowl.  The color and curves in each complement one another.   Virginia’s 30×40 painting was inspired by the Kennilworth Gardens in D.C.  She explains, the gardens are “Mysterious and overwhelming in scope.” She wanted to capture how the  garden’s, “lead you in and encloses the viewer.”

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Jade Xia, a teacher from St. Stephens and St. Agnes School,  loves botanicals.   Her oil on canvas, “Blackberry” is palpably juicy. You can almost taste the fruit.  She describes herself as, “a faithful pupil of nature and constantly in awe of it’s great work.  If I lived in J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth, I’d be a Hobbit – not only, because I am short and love food, but also because I share their love of “good tilled earth, things that grow and peace and quiet.”  With her greater work she describes “the tensions between branches of plants,” as being, “comparable to human relationships, their stories are growth and decay echo the fundamental human concern with life and death.”

Blackberry by Jade Xia. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Our visiting artists from this exhibit work at both public and charter schools, teaching in the arts.   The reception offered a wonderful opportunity to meet up.   Hiromi Isobe, from Washington and Lee is photographed by Faylinda Kodis of H.B. Woodlawn.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

George Laumann, who also teaches at H-B Woodlawn, created this photograph, titled, “In Memory of Haley.”  He explains, the work is from, “a series  of digital photographs reflecting the loss I felt when my niece tragically died in a traffic accident, several years ago.  In the photo I’m represented by my shadow and the reflection over Haleys image in the cell phone.”  This powerful image was placed on it’s own wall in the gallery.

In Memory of Haley by George Laumann. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Faylinda’s mixed media work, Cisco Bay is wonderfully narrative.   The color appears to jump off the monocromatic background.  A wonderful mix for movement of the eye.   Faylinda teaches at H.B.-Woodlawn.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

One of the anchor pieces of the show is Cecily Corcoran’s, “This is What Democracy Looks Like.”  Cecily teaches at Swanson Middle School and her oil on canvas painting pays homage to the Women’s March.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Students really enjoyed the opportunity to meet some of the artists this night.  They were able to ask them about the works, as well as their life as an artists and teachers.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Julie Gilmore is a ceramicist who teaches in Alexandria at Mount Vernon High School and at the Workhouse.  Her, “Teapot Red Amour” opens the exhibit space with an intimate and detailed ,two piece work. The deep red glaze, called Randy’s Red, offers a lovely warmth.

Julie Gilmore next to her work, Teapot Red Amour, at the opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Teapot Red Amour by Julie Gilmore. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Kenmore Middle School’s, Jeff Wilson created this wonderfully structured, mixed-media, lit sculpture.  He incorporates, lids and fencing material with thread and micro LED lights.  He explains, “I have been collecting lids for 30 years and have a collection of about 30,000.  Lids have become my medium of choice.”

Untitled by Jeff Wilson. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Jeff spent much of the reception explaining his work to eager ears.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

He thanked Stacy Slaten, our faculty 2-D teacher for the organizing the show.  Each year we put on a topic show which brings in artists from the community to show in our gallery and give the students the opportunity to see what professional artists are doing,  meet with them and learn about how create, manage their work and time.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

T.C. Williams, Minne Howard’s, Anna Davila stands with her poignant, oil on canvas work, titled “The Protector.”  The work speaks volumes.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Julie Gilmore takes a look at Miriam Cutelis’ mixed-media painting, “First Signs of Spring,” which is created with glue and acrylic paint.  The work perfectly pairs with Beth Coast’s wheel thrown and altered Raku vase.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Raku is always a very interesting ceramic process.  This work by Beth Coast is another show stopper.  She has numerous works in the show and they all show variations on lovely folded form.

Raku Vase by Beth Coast. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Rachel Albert’s “Back Where it Begins,” is a colorful mixed media sculpture created with copper wire and fused glass.  The linear quality of the wire with glass beads, wonderfully reflects the lined fussed glass base.

Back Where it Begins, by Rachel Albert. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Rachel also created her,  “Book of Life” which she illuminated from the underside with LED lighting.  The ceramic book with glass overlay offers a wonderful effect with the light. Rachel teaches at Bryant High School.

Book of Life by Rachel Albert. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Rachel also created, “On Culture,” made with Clay, Acrylic and Sand on Wood.  The coloring is fantastic.  All, small elephants lined up in rows.  The work, she explains, represents, “Reflections of race, culture and privilege.

On Culture by Rachel Albert. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Anna Davila and Amy Bruce discuss their art at the opening reception.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Joseph Wade, also created this ceramic, “Wood Fired Pottery” set.

Wood Fired Pottery by Joseph Wade. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Another stunning mixed media drawing is Sara Bukoski Lovelace’s “Pink Plants.”  Sara teaches at Mount Vernon Community School.  “Creating quickly and wildly in mixed media, with many materials at once,” she explains, “is my favorite way to create and where I feel most natural and at home creatively.”

Pink Plants by Sara Bukoski Lovelace. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Green Spring, by Janice Rollins, is an acrylic on paper work of the famed Green Spring Gardens, in Fairfax County.  Janice teaches at George Washington Middle School.

Green Spring by Janice Rollins. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Julie Gilmore also created this serene watercolor titled, Grandma’s Barn.  Julie teaches at Mount Vernon High School and at the Workhouse Arts Center.

Grandma’s Barn by Julie Gilmore. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley
Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Another Mount Vernon High School teacher, Lauren Strummer works with dry point etching.  “Home,” is a lovely etching of two lambs, “gently nuzzling.”

Home by Lauren Strummer. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley.

Watching my Back is an incredibly colorful and energized oil painting on wood panel.  Angelika Schafer instructs at Mount Vernon High School.

Watching my Back, by Angelika Schafter. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Students photographing Allen Beland’s Strange Fruit, a digital, infrared image, printed on canvas.  Allen teaches at Yorktown High school.

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Jordana Rochkard created, “I Wish,” an encaustic painting with text.  She teaches at Patrick Henry Elementary.

I Wish by Jordana Rochkard. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Rebecca in Wonderland, Portrait of the Daughter is an oil on canvas work from Ksenya Litvak who teaches at Commonwealth Academy.

Rebecca in Wonderland, Portrait of the Daughter by Ksenya Litvak. Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

The opening was a real treat for us.  To meet many of our area artist-teachers and hear about their work and artistic lives was beneficial for all of us.  A big thank you and a round of applause to ALL the artists who participated!

Opening reception for Artists who Teach. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at The Center for Design, Media and the Arts on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Photo by Britt Conley

Blog post by Britt Conley bconley@nvcc.edu

Spring 2018 Art Sightings

What a great semester, it’s been!  Every so often I pop in, with camera in hand, to see what’s going on around in the classrooms and hallways of our Art Department.  I’m always thrilled at all of the creativity : )

Just because class is done for the day, doesn’t mean it’s not still time to create, and learn…

Photo by Britt Conley

Pete Van Riper’s class, has been working on the figure.

Photo by Britt Conley

Pete Van Riper’s evening class covers Drawing I-IV students. It’s a wonderful mix of beginning to advanced students all learning from one another as well.

Photo by Britt Conley

We are around mid-semester and artwork is on the walls!

Photo by Britt Conley

So much talent.  Pete’s classes concentrate on the under-structures of the figure, hands and the skeleton as well as still life.

The students are learning a lot and getting to know their materials.

Photo by Britt Conley
Drawing I-IV with Pete Van Riper. Photo by Britt Conley

Stacy Slaten’s class is working on Pastel and Charcoal drawings

Stacy Slaten’s class: Drawing I pastel.
Stacy Slaten’s class: Drawing I pastel.
Stacy Slaten’s class: Drawing I pastel.
Stacy Slaten’s class: Drawing I pastel.

Her painting class had Regina Meile in for a guest artist talk, critique and general advice session.  The students loved it!

Regina Miele working with our student. Photo by Britt Conley

The information is already paying off.  Students are coming in to work on their projects in between classes.  That’s a great thing!

Jessica Gardner’s Ceramic classes are a joy to visit!  You never know what you’ll come across!

Spring 2018 ceramic classes. Photo By Britt Conley
Spring 2018 ceramic classes. Photo By Britt Conley
Spring 2018 ceramic classes. Photo By Britt Conley
Spring 2018 ceramic classes. Photo By Britt Conley
Spring 2018 ceramic classes. Photo By Britt Conley

Stacy Slaten to her painting glass to the zoo to sketch the animals and then turn them into paintings.

Painting 1&2 with Stacy Slaten.
Painting 1&2 with Stacy Slaten.
Painting 1&2 with Stacy Slaten.

Of course self portraits are also an important part of nearly every drawing class : )

Stacy Slaten’s class: Drawing I self portrait.
Stacy Slaten’s class: Drawing I pastel.

Can’t wait to see what the summer students will create!  See them soon… Classes begin again soon.

Blog post by Britt Conley, Studio Assistant to the Fine Art Department.

Students working toward November Empty Bowls donation!

The students are working hard on creating their bowls for the project. Photo by Britt Conley

Each year, our ceramics instructor, Jessica Gardner, works with her students to make over a 100 bowls for the Empty Bowls, Alexandria  community project fundraiser.

Jessica Gardener working with students. Photo by Britt Conley

The bowls are first thrown… created on the wheel and then they are trimmed to shape.

Students are working hard. Photo by Britt Conley

Empty Bowls is a national program that works with artists at the community level, to raise awareness for hunger in area communities.

What a great form! Always impressed with what the students come up with. Photo by Britt Conley

Last year the students at Alexandria campus donated more than 100 bowls toward the community fundraising efforts.

2017 Empty Bowls donations from NOVA students

Working on the wheel is one thing.. but working for the community while creating is far more rewarding.

A lot of work goes into each bowl. Photo by Britt Conley
It really is a great learning experience for the students. Photo by Britt Conley

 

Photo by Britt Conley

For more information about this year’s November, Empty Bowls fundraiser, with work from our NOVA students, contact Jessica Gardner at JGgardner@nvcc.edu

Student work. Photo by Britt Conley

Post by: Britt Conley,  Fine Art Department Studio Assistant

Holiday NOVA Art’s Ceramics Sale!

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

The Annual NOVA Ceramics Pottery Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Center for the Arts.

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

We all had such a great time!  Everyone set up beautifully!  Jessica did an amazing job helping everyone out!

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Bikki Stricker

Each year we enjoy selling works from our talented students in our ceramic program.

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

It gives everyone the opportunity to learn how to set up shop and sell!

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Fortunately, We have lots of ceramics to choose from!

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

And everyone loves the opportunity to give handmade gifts!

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Some of the works are just lovely!  I personally love the teapots!

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Even bowls come in all shapes, sizes and colors!!!

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley
December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

I loved these blue bowls with matching plates!

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

Everyone was excited to help bring in the Christmas cheer!

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

A great time was had by ALL!!!!!

December 9th, 2017 The Annual Ceramics Show at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Photo by Britt Conley

For more information about next year’s Ceramic sale, contact Jessica Gardner at JgGardner@nvcc.edu

Hope to see you then!

Post by: Britt Conley,  Fine Art Department Studio Assistant