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Colorful collages on exhibit at NOVA-Manassas

April 29, 2008

Collages by local artist Mary Ria Hanna will be on exhibit at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from April 1 to May 2. A reception for Hanna is scheduled for April 9 at 11:30 a.m. in the Colgan Hall exhibit space. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Lot E will be open for free parking during the reception. The Manassas Campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road (Route 234) just north of Interstate 66.

Hanna, who lives in Arlington, was born in New York’s Hudson Valley. The small but artistic town of Hudson provided the earliest inspirations for her artwork. Travels to California, where she designed and sold jewelry and hand-painted clothing, drew her further into the art community.

Returning to the East Coast, Hanna earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology and a master’s degree in human resources development. Hanna has worked for the federal government for 20 years, currently as an instructional systems design specialist at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She says her art and her work at the FDIC provide her with a sense of purpose and passion.

In Hanna’s hands, collage is an assemblage of materials, artifacts, images and original drawings to create a new whole that delivers an emotion or state of mind. Her compositions combine nature, the past and the present, and spirituality free from the confines of traditional interpretations.

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.

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