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Eye-catching masks on display at NOVA-Manassas

"Coming to Life" by Helena Tekko of Nokesville is on display as part of the "Masquerade" art exhibition at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Tekko used acrylic paint and light molding paste.

An art exhibition at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College called "Masquerade" features masks created by students in painting, drawing and art history courses.

Some students painted masks on canvas while others embellished purchased masks with a variety of materials such as paint, markers, glitter and gems. Several students mounted masks on canvases or used other materials to achieve a 3-D effect. Both original designs and motifs inspired by famous artwork are included in the show.

"Masquerade” will be on display until Oct. 31 in the Colgan Hall gallery, 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.

A reception to meet the artists is scheduled for Oct. 29 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public

The campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road in Manassas. For more information, email Rosemary Gallick at rgallick@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.