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Rachel M. Schlesinger Center to Celebrate 15 Years

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The Lone Pear

Exhibition of Ann Schlesinger’s Paintings Will Pay Tribute

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Forum and Passageway Galleries at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will feature the one-person exhibit PAINTING THE LINE, drawing the paint: Oil Paintings by Ann Schlesinger, daughter of Jim and Rachel Schlesinger. The exhibit will be on display Friday, Sept. 11 to Sunday, Nov. 8 with an opening reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27.

“It’s wonderful that NOVA is celebrating 15 years of the Schlesinger Center, and I’m honored that they invited me to have an exhibition of my paintings,” Schlesinger said. “For me, this is an opportunity to pay tribute to my parents, Rachel and Jim Schlesinger, both of whom were wonderful people, and who believed in and contributed immensely to the community of which they were a part.”

Ann Schlesinger received her B.A. in studio art and art history from the University of Virginia, her MFA in painting from American University, and had a year of postgraduate study at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich.

Ann Schlesinger has been the recipient of a Fulbright in Painting, the Annette Kade Fine Arts Fellowship, the David Lloyd Kreeger Award and the Art Prize from the University of Virginia. She has taught at several schools in the area including American University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution Resident Associate Program. Currently, Schlesinger teaches drawing and painting at NOVA.

“My work is driven by the back-and-forth interplay between what I actually see and how it translates abstractly on a two-dimensional surface,” Schlesinger said. “I push paint around the canvas, seeing what happens when I move objects and alter my view. I play around with color, space and light, and constantly make changes from the original impetus of the painting and always, abstraction, the trump card, triumphs.

“In these paintings, one can see the remnants of that search with bits of line, color and texture peeping out, the remains of a search that continues until I have a sense that everything is in balance, and what I was looking for is captured. Although it is representational, it is really about abstract relationships.”

Rachel M. Schlesinger was a violinist with the Arlington Symphony. Before her untimely death, she was instrumental in the search and initial fundraising for a community concert hall. After her death, her husband Jim stepped in and finished the job.

The reception for PAINTING THE LINE, drawing the paint, on Sept. 27 is free and open to the public. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to view Ann Schlesinger’s latest work as she and the NOVA family celebrate and honor her parents. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during performances.

Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu




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