Local Gallery Hosts Art Show to Celebrate Manassas 150th Anniversary

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Provided by Creative Brush Studio

Creative Brush artists, Nova Plein Air Artists, and invited guest artists welcome the public to attend the exhibit “Creative Brush Paints Manassas: The Obvious and The Obscure” at Creative Brush Studio April 30 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Manassas.

Creative Brush Studio is Mary Reilly’s and Christine Raymond’s working studio and display gallery. Mary Reilly is a full-time professional artist who has been painting in oils since 1974. Her paintings and portraits are in many public and private collections including such prestigious locations as the University of Virginia in Charlottesville VA and Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C. Mary was invited to be a professional member of the International Guild of Realism. She is one of “25 Women to Watch” as featured in “Women in Business” in the Piedmont Business Journal. Mary also painted the portrait of Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger, which the mayor unveiled during the 150th Anniversary Celebration of Manassas. It will hang in Manassas City Hall once the building renovations have been completed.

Christine Reilly Raymond studied fine art at George Mason University and recently finished her Fine Arts degree at the Academy of Art University with an emphasis on Painting and Drawing. Christine has been a professional artist for over 16 years. She has had the privilege of studying under master artists such as Sara Linda Poly, Bethanne Cople, Hai-ou Hou, Rick Casali, and Michelle Dunaway.

This mother and daughter team welcomes visitors to observe resident artists while they paint. Their mission is to provide quality art, quality art instruction, and artistic events for Manassas’s citizens and visitors. The studio and gallery first opened its doors in 1991, and it is now the working studio for ten resident artists.

As Manassas provides friends, a livelihood, and an audience eager for more art, it was only natural that Mary and Christine help the city celebrate its 150th anniversary.

“Creative Brush Paints Manassas: The Obvious and The Obscure” is a compilation of over fifty paintings that highlight some of Manassas’s most beloved landmarks, like the Bluebell Trail and the Manassas Depot. As the title promises, not all the paintings’ subjects are as immediately recognizable. The opening show reception on April 30 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. will provide attendees with the opportunity to ask the artists questions about their pieces. People can enjoy light refreshments, voting for their favorite painting, and the chance to win a prize.

Mary and Christine curated the show, inviting eight members of the NOVA Plein Air Artists and three guest artists to contribute works alongside nine Creative Brush artists. “Creative Brush Paints Manassas: The Obvious and The Obscure” is a show with something for everyone, whether they are an avid art collector, an artist, or someone looking for a favorite scene for their own home. The paintings range from softly realistic to whimsically weird, but all are appropriate for family viewing. The exhibit will continue until June 1 at Creative Brush Studio 8951 & 8953 Center Street. Creative Brush Studio is open Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with additional hours available upon request. Parking is available on site.

For more information, contact Mary Reilly, founder and co-owner, at (703) 335-8005 or mary@creativebrush.com. More information is available on the Creative Brush Studio’s website, CreativeBrush.com.

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