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McLean artist tells stories through paintings

February 18, 2008

Paintings by Susan La Mont Weissman will be on exhibit at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Feb. 26 to March 31. The community is invited to meet Weissman on March 5 during a reception in the Colgan Hall gallery space beginning at 11:30 a.m. The reception is free, with open parking in the Event Lot. The Manassas Campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road (Route 234) just north of Interstate 66.

Weissman seeks to explain our increasingly complicated world through her art. “The sheer amount of sensory information we deal with in a single day requires us to identify and edit out that which has no significance for us,” said the McLean, Va., resident. “Since we are constantly trying to seek meaning in life, we employ such tools as comparison and contrast to find the common threads in the visual world that, when linked together, create a version of reality that we can accept.”

Her current series of figurative paintings explore the relationships between people and the complex environment. “The use of realism allows me to tell a story,” she said. “The end of that narrative, however, can be left up to the viewer based on his or her own unique experiences as well as the visual information available within the picture plane. I invite the viewer to look for the structure that underlies each painting and also to inspect the details on both the macrocosmic and microcosmic levels.”

Weissman has exhibited in 13 states, and received awards from the Torpedo Factory’s Art League, Art Calendar magazine and the League of Reston Artists. More than 30 private and corporate collectors have purchased her paintings.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. To learn more, call Randy Michener at 703-257-6532.

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2008
Contact: Carlene Mackereth

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