The art galleries at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will display works by Professor Emeritus Sherry Trachtman. The Life Cycles exhibit will open in the second-level Passage Gallery Nov. 19. The show will be on display through Jan. 29 with an artist’s reception from 2 p.m .to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
In previous works, Trachtman has expressed feelings about changes in a sense of place over time, cultures forcibly changed by others and the expectations of marriage. She describes her Life Cycles series as a “passage of time in one’s life.”
“This work is informed by symbolic meanings of spirals in Celtic, Maori and African cultures,” she explained. “As I read about and looked at examples of these art forms, I realized that my own attraction to the spiral shared something with the beliefs of these ancient peoples and I like that.”
Trachtman received a bachelor’s degree in art design and a master’s degree in painting from American University in Washington, D.C. She served on the fine arts faculty at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus for 30 years before retiring in September 2015 and being elected professor emeritus. She is a signature member of the National Collage Society, and her work has been juried into many national shows. Trachtman has won three national awards, and she currently maintains a studio in Arlington, Virginia, where she plans to teach small groups of motivated adults.
The Passage Gallery is located on the second level of the Schlesinger Center. The galleries at the Schlesinger Center are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall events. For additional information about art shows and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.
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