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Prints and sculpture by Kirk Waldroff on display at NOVA-Loudoun

“Saints and Fables,” featuring prints and a print-based sculpture created by Kirk Waldroff, will be on exhibit in Waddell Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Jan. 11 to Feb. 12. Waldroff will present a gallery talk at noon on Jan. 20 and greet guests at a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 22. Both events are free and open to the public.

Waldroff says the Washington area influenced his development. “Growing up in Silver Spring allowed for frequent visits to museums as a child and music clubs as a teen, all of which surely helped shape my artistic talents,” he said.

After earning a degree in illustration at the University of Delaware, Waldroff spent several years in Colorado before returning to this area. In 2003, he received space in Mather Studios, a unique Washington, D.C., building that fosters creative activity by providing condos where artists can live and work. A year later he became a member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery. He is currently assisting with classes at the Washington Glass School, while developing techniques that combine printmaking and sculptural glass.

“Since the beginning of my education in art, I have been most attracted to printmaking,” Waldroff said. “I enjoy the methodology as well as the very tactile link to the past this medium provides. Printmaking is uniquely poised to integrate and borrow from new technologies and methods. My most recent glass and concrete cast-prints blend the traditional art of woodblock printing with innovative techniques in sculptural casting and are certainly the only of their kind.”

Waldroff aims to make pieces that are simultaneously dark, humorous and thought provoking. “I often draw upon religious imagery and enjoy employing social and historical themes as well. If a viewer is in some way stirred, then I recognize a welcome and appreciated benefit,” he said.

The campus is located at 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway in Sterling. Waddell Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. To learn more, contact Donald Depuydt at 703-450-2627 or ddepuydt@nvcc.edu.

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.