Paintings by Great Falls resident Jo Fleming are on exhibition May 18 to June 19 in the Waddell Art Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The campus is at 21200 Campus Drive in Sterling (20164). The exhibit is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and parking is free in the student parking lots after 4 p.m. To learn more, contact Donald Depuydt at 703-450-2627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fleming spent her childhood in Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains and retains a deep affinity with the natural landscape. Her abstract paintings, giving image to environmental concerns of coal mining and global warming, led her to exhibit work in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and Taipei, Taiwan. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar and the State Department’s Art in Embassies Artist Exchange Program, Fleming was able to experience the art and culture of a distant nation and share artistic, environmental and climate concerns.
“For me painting is a way of contemplating the natural world and my relationship to it. I seek out the wild places where unfettered elements of form, pattern and color in the environment are impacted increasingly by human presence and development,” Fleming said.
Fleming earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. She has also studied at American University and taught at Montgomery College. Her work has been shown regionally in solo and group exhibitions and is held in private as well as commercial collections.
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