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Jessica Gardner's ceramics on display at NOVA-Manassas

Ceramic sculptures by Jessica Gardner will be on display at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College Dec. 4 to Jan. 31. The exhibition is free and open to the public 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, except when NOVA is closed for winter break (Dec. 24 to Jan. 1). The campus is at 6901 Sudley Road. For more information, contact Barbara Lash at blash@nvcc.edu or 703-257-6657.

Gardner uses ceramic figures and interactive toys in her sculptures to trigger playful memories. She also incorporates second-hand children’s clothing.

“My imagination is sparked by the past experiences of each piece of clothing I select,” she said. “The importance of used textile is both conceptual and technical. This clothing once protected a young child and is now imbued with history. These remnants of childhood are preserved in clay, capturing a moment that life’s haste has left behind.”

Gardner lives in Manassas and teaches studio art courses at NOVA. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and published in “500 Teapots, Volume 2.” She holds a master of fine arts degree from Georgia State University and a post-baccalaureate certificate in ceramic arts from the University of Florida.

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.