Mirrors reflect artist’s bright outlook
September 4, 2008
The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is hosting an art show featuring painter Marian Jackson. In her series called “Mirror Mirror on the Wall,” Jackson painted a variety of themes on wooden frames surrounding mirrors. The designs were done with acrylic paint and ink.
“The technique I use involves etching, painting on the glass and painting directly on the wood,” Jackson said. “I never know how many hours I put into a piece but some of the mirrors take weeks to complete.”
Each creation focuses on one motif that could be almost anything from angels to animals, cartoon characters or musical instruments. When asked which mirror is the “fairest of all,” Jackson replied, “My favorite is usually the last one I finished. I tend to like groupings of similar objects or subjects. My favorite themes are things that bring happiness either through the subject or the bright colors.”
Jackson, who lives in Chantilly, has taken art classes at the Manassas Campus for 10 years. The exhibit continues until Sept. 22 and a reception for Jackson is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 10 in the Colgan Hall exhibit space. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the community. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. To learn more, call 703-257-6532.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site, www.nvcc.edu.