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‘The Many Faces of Woman’ on display at NOVA-Manassas

“Judy Chicago”

Kathleen Stark’s artwork is on display at NOVA-Manassas in honor of Women’s History Month, including “Judy Chicago” (acrylic and collage on canvas).

“The Many Faces of Woman” will be on display at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from March 1 to 28 in honor of Women’s History Month. The exhibition features artwork and poetry by Kathleen Stark of Springfield, Virginia.

A reception to meet the artist is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Colgan Hall Art Gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

“The paintings, assemblages and poetry in this show are about the many faces that women wear,” Stark said. “It has taken me 74 years to find out who I am as a woman. My journey began seriously when my son left for college. I finally took time to see myself, not as an extension of someone else but as a person in my own right. Since that time, I have learned many things about the reasons I am who I am and the pieces in this show reflect parts of that journey.”

The show includes artwork based on events in Stark’s childhood and things she has observed over her lifetime, as well as an assemblage about Stark’s great-grandmother.

“My work tends to be emotional, expressionistic and quirky. I also try to bring a sense of humor to my work and not take it or myself too seriously,” Stark said. “I hope this show will give viewers some insights for their own journeys.”

During the 30 years Stark has been an artist she has explored many different methods. She works in pastel, acrylic, ink, collage and assemblage.

Stark studied fine art and art history at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, the University of Hawaii, and Northern Virginia Community College. Her work can be seen at the Fairfax Art League’s Old Town Hall Gallery and the Village Gallery in Fairfax.

Colgan Gallery is open 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. To learn more, contact Art Professor Rosemary Gallick at rgallick@nvcc.edu.

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