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Art exhibition at NOVA-Alexandria features mixed media and assemblage

“Sacred Earth, Healing Water,” an exhibition of mixed media and assemblage work by Anne Bouie will be on display from October 11 through November 11 in the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery. The gallery is located in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus.

An opening reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 with an Artist’s Talk at 5 p.m. The gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during performances. Both the opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Bouie draws heavily upon the universal ideas, images and themes expressed in most all pre-conversion indigenous cultures, where the major functions of art are to heal, teach, transmit, and sustain meaning.

Her pivotal moment as an artist came during a meeting of the Black Artists of DC when she was encouraged to “stop sitting on her art ideas, and get busy doing it.” In 2006, her work was accepted in “Found,” an exhibit sponsored by Black Artists of DC. She has worked as an artist since then. She has exhibited locally, including Bowie State University, The Reginald Lewis Museum, The Joan Hisaoka Gallery and the Arts Club of Washington. She has also participated in exhibits in California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and India. She is a member of the Black Artists of DC., Millennium Arts Salon, Washington, D.C. and the Washington Sculpture Group.

Bouie earned a doctorate in administration and policy analysis in education from Stanford University. She also holds two master’s degrees from the same institution: secondary education and Africa and African-American History, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California at Riverside.

The Fisher Art Gallery is located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.

Schlesinger Center Contact: Linda M. Vitello at 703.845.6156 or lvitello@nvcc.edu 

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 | jgonzalez@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 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.