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Susan La Mont’s paintings on display at NOVA-Loudoun

Susan La Mont’s contemporary realist paintings, including “Heartland,” will be on display in Waddell Gallery at NOVA-Loudoun from Jan. 5 to Feb. 5.

Oil paintings by Susan La Mont of McLean, Virginia, will be on exhibition in Waddell Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Jan. 5 to Feb. 5.

La Mont’s figurative paintings explore the relationships between people and their complex environment. Susan La Mont’s paintings on display at NOVA-Loudoun

“The use of realism allows me to tell a story. 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,” she said. “Some of the work is large and complex, involving many individuals and/or visual clutter; other smaller pieces concentrate on a single individual within an environment.”

La Mont uses her art to make sense of an increasingly complicated world. “The sheer amount of sensory information we have to deal with in a single day requires us to identify and edit out that which has no significance for us. 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. 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,” she said.

La Mont’s artwork is currently in more than 50 international collections and has been exhibited in national and regional juried shows in 14 states and the District of Columbia. She is affiliated with the Hermitage Gallery in McLean and The Green Phoenix 2 in Annapolis, Maryland. She is also a member of Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia.

La Mont retired from NOVA after many years as assistant dean for communication design and a full-time faculty member. She holds a doctorate in community college education from George Mason University, a master of arts in illustration from Syracuse University, and a bachelor of fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Waddell Gallery 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. NOVA-Loudoun is at 21200 Campus Drive in Sterling (20164).

To learn more, contact Dwayne Treadway at 703-450-7718 or dtreadway@nvcc.edu.

Media Contact: Carlene Mackereth | 703.257.6658 | cmackereth@nvcc.edu 

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