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TOL PR 2016-08-19 Neff portrait exhibit Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Exhibit of Portraits by Artist Nahid Neff Opens at Leesburg Town Hall on September 1, 2016 Artist’s opening reception on Friday, September 2, 2016, from 6pm to 9pm. Leesburg, VA (August 19, 2016) – A selection of portraits in oils and pastels by Virginia artist Nahid Neff will be on display at the Leesburg Town Hall from September 1 through November 30, 2016. The theme of the exhibit is “An Exhibit of Personalities, From Childhood’s Innocence to Adulthood’s Maturity.” Highlighting the exhibit are portraits of two former first ladies of Virginia, Roxane Gilmore and Jeannie Baliles. Ms. Neff was one of five female artists selected in 2010 to paint portraits of the ten living first ladies of Virginia, an initiative of then-first lady Maureen McDonnell to promote women in the arts. The ten portraits, mostly painted from photographs taken on the days their husbands were inaugurated, were unveiled at the Virginia Governor’s Mansion in September 2012. Since then, the portraits have been displayed at the Valentine Museum and the Library of Virginia, both in Richmond. An adherent to the Realism school of art, Ms. Neff studied at James Madison University, Temple University School of Art and Mary Baldwin University. Her studio is located in Staunton, Virginia. For more information, visit www.nahidneff.com. The Leesburg Town Exhibit Hall features rotating exhibits by Leesburg and Loudoun artists. Artists interested having their work considered for a future exhibit in the Leesburg Town Exhibit Hall should contact Anne Geiger, staff liaison to the Commission o n Public Art, at ageiger@leesburgva.gov. # # #