68″x64″ mixed media on canvas, titled Jenna, in the studio. Bigger is definitely better and more fun. This charming, clever gal makes a terrific addition to any space, forming a witty backdrop to conversation and creativity. Contact the artist for purchase.
The Athenaeum Gallery Invitational opening proved elegant and lively with friends, fellow artists and art aficionados. Check out my purple dancing hipster (kudos to my husband for serving as the model for this series) displayed above Anne Marchand’s exciting abstract. Many thanks to Gallery Director Twig Murray, President Amy Heiden, and sponsors TTR/Sotheby’s International Realty. On exhibit through November 6 at 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA. nvfaa.org
See this dancing hipster of mine at the Athenaeum Invitational Exhibition through November 6. Generously sponsored by TTR/Sotheby’s International Realty, the show opens Sunday, September 25 with a reception from 4-6 and features Megan Beyer, Executive Director for the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities, awarding prizes.
Twig Murray, Gallery Director of the Athenaeum, conceived and organized this event. She also scheduled a solo exhibit of my work there for August 2017. Looking forward to that…
Love the Reston Patch’s descriptive title for its story on this exhibit: “Spectacular Art Pieces from 30 Artists Now on Display in Reston.”
Excited to have been chosen by curator Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA to exhibit “Under Wraps 4″ at the Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston, VA from June 30 – August 27, 2016. Just completed two months ago, this 36″ x 48” painting forms part of a new series.
Exaggerated features, in-your-face, bold, and drippy all describe this painting. GRACE enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a cutting edge gallery featuring the best of current artwork from around the country. It’s mission is to promote excellence in contemporary visual art.
Opening Reception: June 30, 2016, 6-8 pm
GRACE: 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston, VA 20190 restonarts.org
This month marks Touchstone Gallery’s 40th year in existence here in Washington, DC. An incredible accomplishment given the ups and downs of the economy coupled with the fact that so many galleries have closed over the years. I am proud to have served as a co-owner and member from 2010 to 2014, on the Board of Directors and as two-term Vice President.
To celebrate this special anniversary, the gallery chose to invite former member artists to exhibit along with current members in a stunning show that brought out an all star cast of talented folks. A jam packed evening with the crowd spilling out onto the sidewalk, the gallery celebrated its longevity, innovation and resilience in great style. Lots of exciting artwork. Kudos to Touchstone…
Touchstone Gallery 40th Anniversary Exhibit
Open now through May 28 902 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Want to just say a few words about the wonderful work of the Washington Project for the Arts, the premier arts organization of the nation’s capital. WPA sponsors workshops from art curators around the world to provide guidance and support to emerging and mid-career artists in this area. And, it sponsors curated art exhibits throughout the District, including at its brand new street level gallery location in North Shaw, a block from Howard University, at 2124 H St NW. It’s a significant contributor to the vibrant art scene of this area.
I was honored to participate in its biggest fund raising event, the Auction Gala, which took place a few weeks ago.
For these two recent paintings I used scraping tools – palette knives, drywall joint implements, and stir sticks – in the figure, leaving brushwork for the background.
Because scraping results in a less predictable outcome, many “happy accidents” lend immediacy and freshness to the work. The paints smear together in a totally different way from brushwork, and repeated passes build a texture that lends a rich gravitus of age/history/artifact to what is really a contemporary look.
Also, note the figures are posed in profile, something I generally avoid. This stiff pose generates a whiff of old-master-hanging-in-a-dark-museum. It seems void of emotion. But, combined with scrapes, smears, drips and some wild color, the figure becomes a vessel of possibility. Perhaps, even intrigue.
I do ascribe to the theme that people are more, much more, than they look. These two paintings aim at pulling out the inner core and daring exposure for all to witness. Both feel like an exhilarating moment, steeped in uncertainty. While the works defy labels, as figure paintings they’re not exterior likenesses, but rather, states of mind.