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Working on the Dream - Black History Month exhibition at NOVA-Manassas

Paintings by Rosemary Gallick are on display until March 3 at Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas Campus. “Working on the Dream” features African-American celebrities and political figures in honor of Black History Month.

The exhibition includes paintings of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, as well as musicians Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz and Jimi Hendrix.

“Each portrait attempts to reveal the essence of the icon’s personality and character,” Gallick said. “Some of the faces reveal a calm, somber exterior while others display a vibrancy and dynamism.”

When painting musicians, Gallick tries to capture the intensity of the individual performer. “I want to create a tribute to each musician as an important contributor to contemporary American culture,” she said.

Gallick’s artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States. She has also published numerous articles and given many presentations on art and popular culture.

Gallick lives in Centreville and teaches art history at Northern Virginia Community College.She holds a master’s degree in fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a master’s degree in communication from Cornell University.

The Colgan Hall Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is free. To learn more, contact Gallick at rgallick@nvcc.edu or 703-878-5797.

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.