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NOVA-Manassas Black History Month exhibit showcases promising artist

January 14, 2008

“Footsteps of a Father” featuring oil paintings by Jonathan Botts will be on exhibit at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Jan. 29 to Feb. 23. The Manassas Campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road (Route 234) just north of Interstate 66.

The community is invited to meet Botts on Feb. 6 during a reception in the Colgan Hall gallery space beginning at 11:30 a.m., and to stay for a lecture on his artwork at 12:45 p.m. in Colgan Theater. The reception, lecture and exhibit are free, with open parking in the Event Lot.

“I believe that what I paint defines me,” said Botts, who lives in Richmond. “I explore my ancestry and observe my life, thereby uncovering the layers of my identity.”

Botts says the details of his life have motivated his interest in several subjects. “My practice has been to combine those interests with my art, usually represented in depictions of ancestry and nature. My portfolio includes paintings not only seen as historical narratives but also as contemporary reflections of my hometown, country and race.”

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. To learn more, call Randy Michener at 703-257-6532.

For Immediate Release
January 14, 2008
Contact: Carlene Mackereth

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