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Creation Sings on display at NOVA-Manassas

Nature photographs by Allen Pearson are on display at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College until Sept. 20. Called “Creation Sings,” the exhibition is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Colgan Hall exhibit space. The campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road. To learn more, contact Randy Michener at 703-257-6532 or rmichener@nvcc.edu.

Pearson says his art captures the unique beauty of nature often missed by people during their hectic schedules. Although he uses digital photography, he never edits his images. “Nature’s beauty doesn’t need help from me,” he said.

Pearson has taken photos at numerous National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Great Falls, Monument Valley, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion, but much of his work takes place closer to home in such local parks as Green Springs, Mason Neck, River Bend, Runnymeade and Walney Nature Center.

Even Pearson’s backyard provides artistic fodder. “My passion for nature photography began when creating a wildlife garden in my yard,” he said. “The garden attracts butterflies, birds and rabbits allowing photo opportunities of various species.”

Pearson has participated in various arts and crafts festivals throughout Northern Virginia, Richmond and Shenandoah Valley. Currently, he is pursuing a more active role in the arts community by working with the Manassas Arts Guild, the Loudoun Arts Council and Vienna Arts Society Gallery.

Pearson and his wife, Meg, live in Chantilly with a black Labrador mix named Noah and a Maine Coon mix named Haydn that he enjoys catching with his camera. “Dogs and cats are part of nature as well,” Pearson said.

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 NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.