Nolan at BlackRock Coming Up Fast

Washington, DC area artist Leslie Nolan

This month I've been fine-tuning artwork, images, and press releases for the upcoming exhibit, Vivid, at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Maryland.  I'll be sharing this fabulous space with artist Susan Makara. It's sure to be a knock-out show, featuring Susan's allegorical mask series and my latest and best figurative work.

For Vivid I've selected artwork that suggest controlled chaos with more drama.  Added vibrant paint invokes the feeling of a bright idea or illusive dream.  There's enough ambiguity in these paintings so that the viewer must conjure the story's why? and what next? The premise is that people are unique and complex, with fantasies, anxieties and emotions hidden beneath the surface.  Unexpected bright colors lend a potent effect to the characters' internal dialog.

Exhibit opens in a couple of weeks, so mark your calendar:


BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874

May 7 - June 7, 2014

Reception Saturday, May 10  5:30 -7:30 pm  

Getting Ready for BlackRock Center for the Arts

48" wide x 60" high
acrylic on canvas

I am working to finish a few pieces for this upcoming exhibit, Vivid, at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland.  The Main Gallery space is huge, with lovely tall, long white walls. 

I am honored to have been selected for this opportunity by a jury panel comprised of Lenny Campello (artist, writer, blogger), Marsha Staiger (artist, Torpedo Factory), and Tim Tate (artist, Washington Glass School).

Sharing the space with talented painter Susan Makara, I think our combined contemporary artwork demonstrates the power of a unique, strong personal voice.  We both feature color to describe a full spectrum of emotion.  Our theme focuses on the mysteries of the human condition through rich, vibrant and luxurious images.  While we're both colorists with robust compositional points of view, each has individualized the impact of color on the chosen subject matter.

On Exhibit May 7 - June 6, 2014

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 pm

12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
phone: 240.912.1050

Closing "Game Changer" - Touchstone Gallery

Leslie Nolan, Washington, DC artist with Pulled by What Would Be

Today I packed up "Game Changer." my exhibit at Touchstone Gallery, and brought the artwork back to the studio to await transport to the next show scheduled for May at Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, Maryland.  With snow and ice all over the ground it was a fun adventure loading everything into the van.

I'm currently working on some new pieces to add to my body of work for the Black Rock exhibit, Vivid.  It should prove to be a powerful show, with my collaborator, outstanding artist Susan Makara. We both enjoy doing figurative work using bold colors.  I think the dynamic interplay between our different styles will make a very exciting exhibit.

Game Changer - Washington Post

With Game Changer coming down after March 2, this is the final weekend to check it out at Touchstone Gallery, 901 NY Ave, NW, Washington, DC.  Open Friday 11-6, Sat and Sun 12-5. 

"Game Changer" at Touchstone - Video

Leslie Nolan's Game Changer Art Exhibit

Well, I've been trying to upload this 2 minute video by Aileen Beringer of the installation of "Game Changer" at Touchstone Gallery earlier this month, yet the mysteries of the process continue to elude.  Instead, above is a link to the video via youtube.  Hope you enjoy it.  And, stop by Touchstone Gallery for Thursday night's closing party - Feb 27, 6-8:30. 

Closing Party for "Game Changer"

From studio to exhibition space.  It's like a miracle seeing the work in progress, leaning against a messy table, then transformed into a special treat on a pristine gallery wall.  Nothing like it.  Below is All I Got, making the metamorphosis.

Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

Join me for the "Game Changer" closing party this Thursday, February 27, 6-8:30.  Sure to be fun.

My Next Exhibit - Black Rock Center for the Arts

Mojo  SeeandBeSeen


Susan Makara and Leslie Nolan

Oil and acrylic

Exhibit: May 7 – Jun  6
Reception: May 10, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

Very happy to have been juried into an exhibit at this wonderful location and to be paired with outstanding artist Susan Makara.  We both love color and figures.  And, we both inject a narrative tone and emotion into our artworks.  It promises to be an exciting show.

Touchstone's "Game Changer" Opening

My solo exhibit at Touchstone Gallery, Game Changer, is up through March 2.  We had a lively Friday night.


Game Changer Installation

Washington DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

Game Changer

Hanged this exhibit yesterday with help from Gallery Director's Assistant/filmmaker/photographer Aileen Beringer and my studio assistant. It involved a lot of toting, ladder work, eye-balling to get it just right.  Thanks to Touchstone Gallery for making it happen and to these two helpers who did a fantastic job.

Hope you can all make it to this Friday's opening.

Setting up the exhibit.

Readying "Game Changer" for Touchstone

Organizing Leslie Nolan's Game Changer

With the installation of my solo exhibit at Touchstone Gallery only two days away, I'm organizing, editing and readying all the pieces to fit the space.  The solo room sports nice high pristine white walls, which make both bright and dark colors sing, and a feature wall can be viewed from the gallery's main entrance.

Keys to hanging an exciting show? 
  • Edit harshly.  Only show the best work.  Leave plenty of elbow room for each artwork to breathe.  That means not hanging everything. Despite the best advance planning with a floor schematic, I usually end up taking a few pieces home to avoid cluttering the show. I've yet to have regrets about this discrimination.
  • Develop a rhythm.  Consider scale, color, shape and size in the placement.  Wherever a viewer looks, there should be something unusual and delightful to entice.  A tiny painting next to a large one, a grouping followed by one piece with lots of wall around it, a vertical format near a horizontal - you get the idea.  While sometimes it's nice to have all pieces the same size, shape, and color for a dramatic impact, mixing things up can be a feast for the eyes and prevents the b-word - boredom.

Catered tidbits by Eat and Smile Catering, Tom Rohde on Brazilian guitar, and the finest libations - please join us at the opening reception.