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Schlesinger Center’s Fisher Gallery Presents Emily Shepardson Small Domestic Miracles

Emily Shepardson, Crash Landing, 20″ x 10″, Monotype. Courtesy of Fisher Gallery.

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Reception: Saturday, February 10 from 2pm to 4pm
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The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus welcomes the prints and paintings of artist and educator, Emily Shepardson. Her solo show, Small Domestic Miracles will be on display from January 20, 2018 to March 5, 2018. The artist reception will be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

In this exhibit of prints and paintings, Emily uses a collage-like process to evoke the beauty in the small details that make up the domestic realm. There is a delicate magic in these works but also at times an unsettling disquiet.

What is a small domestic miracle? A small domestic miracle is a phrase that the artist uses to describe small household magic like soaking white napkins in bleach to remove food stains, or perfectly gluing a broken cup back together again. It could also be catching sight of a tangle of birds circling over the house or having a crow follow you home from her work. In Emily’s art, a small domestic miracle can also be a glimpse of a swan in the creek, or the shadow touch of a hand on the back.

Emily received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University with an emphasis in Painting and Printmaking. She is a full time visual arts instructor at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, VA. Her professional associations included the National Art Education Association and the Virginia Art Education Association. Her work has been included in a number of regional shows including group shows at Pyramid Atlantic, Del Ray Artisans and Washington Printmakers.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 10am—4pm

The Fisher Art Gallery is located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, which is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA.  For more information, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.