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Monet's Garden

“Monet’s Garden: More Than Just Water Lilies” features photographs by Gail Sullivan Goodall. The exhibition will be on display at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College Nov. 1 to 15.

“Monet’s Garden: More Than Just Water Lilies” is an exhibition featuring photographs taken by Gail Sullivan Goodall at Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France. The photos will be on display in Colgan Gallery at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Nov. 1 to 15.

As an art educator, Goodall often explored Monet’s paintings with her students. “While living in Giverny, Monet began working on a series of paintings depicting varying light and weather conditions. As an impressionist painter, Monet was interested in catching the effects of light on a scene. He was well known for painting directly from nature and would often bring several canvases to his nature locations. He would switch his canvases throughout the day so he could capture the various light effects from sunrise to sunset,” she said.
 
Goodall’s teaching experiences inspired her to visit Giverny in August 2015. “It had been raining the evening before our visit and we were pleasantly surprised the next morning that a bright sun was up to greet us. As we approached Monet’s garden, many of the flowers were adorned with raindrops from the evening rain. I was amazed by how extraordinary the garden was and spent several hours photographing various flowers. Some people refer to Monet’s garden as his ultimate work of art and I agree.”
 
The community is invited to meet Goodall during a reception Tuesday, Nov. 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Colgan Gallery on the first floor of Colgan Hall. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Colgan Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

To learn more, contact Professor Barbara Lash at blash@nvcc.edu.

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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 75,000 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.

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