Landscape drawings set the scene at NOVA-Manassas
March 31, 2009
Graphite and charcoal landscape drawings by Frederick N. Markham will be on exhibit at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College until April 27. The exhibit is free to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. The community is invited to meet the artist during a free reception on April 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Colgan Hall exhibit space at the Campus, 6901 Sudley Road. For more information, call 703-257-6532.
Markham grew up in a small farming community in western Kentucky, where he developed a love of the outdoors. “When I didn’t have to go to school, I spent a lot of time wandering around the woods and creeks near my house,” he said. “I found the woods a great place to go. They always seemed to change and the most familiar things could all of a sudden seem very unusual. As a painter I am still fascinated by that sort of wooded landscape I trekked around in as a kid.”
Markham’s recent drawings reflect a sustained study of the environment. “The land, trees and water embody a sense of flux, discovery and beauty. Each time I go out to paint these things, it is to enter a passage filled with the sort of mystery that excited me so much as a young boy.”
Since Markham began painting in the open air a few years ago, his images of forests and rivers have won numerous awards. Markham has taught at several colleges in the Washington area and currently teaches drawing and painting at NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus. He lives in Arlington.
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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 60,000 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.