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NOVA-Loudoun exhibition features abstracts by Allison Long Hardy

Pandora's Box
Abstract drawings by Allison Long Hardy, including Pandora’s Box (shown), will be on display from Feb. 15 to March 18 in Waddell Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

“Daily Drawings” by Allison Long Hardy will be on display in Waddell Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Feb. 15 to March 18.

Hardy is interested in how people communicate, both effectively and ineffectively. “Communication is the one thing that binds us all together, the one common thread that must continue,” she said. “Without communication what else do we have?

“When making work, I am interested in the certain moments that communication or lack of communication occur and interpreting those moments through mark. What interests me most is when the marks that emerge on the page overlap and meld with the marks below or on top and create their own type of mark, something that I had not planned. My work is a mix of intuitive and deliberate mark-making paired with the spontaneity that occurs when these marks overlap,” she explained. 

Hardy’s art has been exhibited nationally. Her most recent exhibitions were at American University’s Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C., and at the EMP Collective in Baltimore. Her art is in the collection of PNC Bank in Washington, D.C., and on the set of “The Good Wife” on CBS. West Elm, the home furnishings company, recently featured Hardy’s art in its catalog and blog.

Hardy was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland, but currently lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in fine arts from Towson University. She has taught at Northern Virginia Community College and the University of Mary Washington.

Waddell Gallery is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and parking is free in the student parking lots after 4 p.m. NOVA-Loudoun is at 21200 Campus Drive in Sterling (20164).

To learn more, contact Gallery Coordinator Don Depuydt at 703-450-2627 or ddepuydt@nvcc.edu.

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