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The Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College presents:

Dianne Hottenstein: Epistles | 140 Characters

Lana Stephens: Impossible Doorways

May 4 through June 20, 2013
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The exhibitions, Dianne Hottenstein: Epistles | 140 Characters and Lana Stephens: Impossible Doorways, will be held at the Visual Arts Center, TCC at Olde Towne (VAC), Portsmouth, Virginia, May 4 through June 20, 2013. The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Prior to the Reception at 6:30 p.m., the artists will present informal Gallery Talks about their respective art.

In her work, Dianne Hottenstein (Chesapeake, VA) presents porcelain envelopes, figures, and mailboxes that metaphorically represent how our interpersonal relationships have dramatically changed because of today’s technological advancements. Because of the constant use of cell phones and computer-based devices, hand written communication and face-to-face interaction have significantly decreased and have led to communication handicaps. Not only are we becoming less competent with our use of the English language, but by abandoning the written word, we are losing something that has been, to this point, intimate and meaningful.

Lana Stephens (Virginia Beach, VA) creates work that questions the realm of reality and how it is defined. Through her drawing media—charcoal on polyester drafting film (Mylar), epoxy-resin, and various plastic dyes—she draws “scape work” that explores the blur that exists between what is real and what is imaginary. Although her work appears, at first glance, to be a realistic, physical space, after careful study, one will see it clearly is not. The combination of media, its application, and a muted ephemeral color palette, produce feelings of nostalgia, fantasy, and memory.

Galleries are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and are free and open to the public. For further information call (757) 822-1888 or go to the Center’s website,