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Schlesinger Center at NOVA-Alexandria to exhibit daring photography series

White Dress

Megan Leary, White Dress, inkjet, 44” x 34”

Barn with Can

James M Locke, OUTLIER BARN with MILK CAN, platinum photograph, 12”X 15.5”



Catherine Day , Magnolia, digital pigment prints on multiple layers of assembled fabrics, 34” x 34”

The Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will host three photography exhibitions from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, June 5. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday April 30 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery will host the small group exhibition, Defining Spaces. These photographers met while studying photography at Northern Virginia Community College and formed a group called the Small Collective, inspired by their Professor Joe Small. The photographers are Russell Creger Barajas, Megan Leary and James M. Locke.

Their photographs are all shot on large or medium format film, but the printing processes range from the hand-applied emulsion of platinum prints, to silver gelatin, to archival inkjet. Each artist explores spaces – those surroundings that define us – to tell our stories. These are sometimes physical and sometimes emotional – evoking past, present and everything in between.

The upstairs passageway gallery will host the work of NOVA photography professor Aya Takasima who will be showing a selection from her In Passing Series.

“These photographs were made from a moving vehicle. Most of the time, the people in the photographs were not aware of a camera photographing them,” Takasima said. “Every once in a while, the subject was aware. They returned the gaze and, at that point, I realized that I am no longer an observer but a participant in their story.”

Award-winning local artist, Catherine Day will exhibit works in the downstairs Forum Gallery. She is known for using multiple layers of fabric that allow her images to shift and move, thus changing the focus and intensity of the work. The exhibit entitled Ambit is inspired by her practice of everyday photography during her daily walks, at county fairs or on a seaside trip. Her works have long explored notions of loss and memory.

“I photograph as I see the world and then manipulate and present my vision and perspective – perhaps a bit twisted and certainly haunted,” Day explained.

The Schlesinger Center is honored to showcase these haunting and daring series of works by contemporary artists and photographers working in the D.C. Metro region.

Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu

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