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Living Legends of Alexandria exhibit to open at NOVA

The Photography Program at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will host an exhibit of ‘Living Legends of Alexandria’ from Jan. 10 through Feb. 2, 2011. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The public are also invited to the reception on Jan. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and to a gallery presentation on Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. Tyler Gallery hours are noon to 9 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Paid parking is available in the Beauregard Street Garage on campus.

Now beginning its fourth year, ‘Living Legends of Alexandria’ is an ongoing, not-for-profit photo documentary project to identify, honor and chronicle those individuals whose vision and dedication have made a tangible difference to the quality of life in Alexandria. A list of the legends may be found at http://www.tisaraphoto.com/legends/Years0711.htm.

The project was conceived by artist-photographer Nina Tisara in response to requests for photographs of Alexandrians who were no longer living. When the images were not available in the Tisara archives, she devised a system for having them available in the future. Tisara, who studied photography at NOVA, now serves as project director for ‘Living Legends of Alexandria’.

Major financial sponsors of ‘Living Legends of Alexandria’ in 2010 were the Rotary Club of Alexandria, Dominion Virginia Power, and McEnearney Associates. Media sponsors were Local Kicks, AlexandriaNews.org, and founding media sponsor The Alexandria Gazette Packet.

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.