Freedom: Art as the Messenger

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Sylvie, 48×36 Painting on Canvas by Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan

I am honored to have been selected for CATO Institute’s inaugural national juried exhibition, Freedom:  Art as the Messenger.  Many thanks to jurors and curators Harriet Lesser and June Linowitz for the opportunity.  This artwork is for sale.

Freedom means something different to every person, yet its value is a common bond between Americans.  This exhibition aims to provide a unifying platform of civility and creativity, sharing innovative and thought-provoking perspectives on freedom and the enduring need for its protection.

The art exhibition is free and open to the public.  Please join me at the opening reception.

Where:  CATO Institute,1000 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

When:   April 11 – June 14, 2019, Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

Opening Reception:  Thursday, April 11, 6:30 pm

For more information about curator’s tours, as well as a series of evening conversations with featured guest commentators, check out exhibition@cato.org

 

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Washington, DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan in her Virginia studio

These are two paintings from my new series of figures showing women striking the same pose.  It proved to be a fun and challenging project.  Completely out of my imagination, the figures more than fill the space of the canvas. They’re pink, purple, white, and black with bright-colored backgrounds. By adopting a confident, casual pose each figure exudes energy, independence and freedom.  I like the feel of these paintings. They’re diverse, yet similar.  They’re bold, yet not in your face.  They seem to be celebrating both  uniqueness and commonality — appealing concepts for all people.

 

LA Invitational at George Billis Gallery

 

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Corrected Vision 5, 20″x20″ acrylic on canvas, by Washington DC Artist Leslie M. Nolan

Just shipped this handsome guy to George Billis Gallery in the Culver City art district of Los Angeles for the LA Invitational.  I’m honored to be in this exhibit, curated by Tressa Wiliams, Gallery Director.  If you’re in the area, stop by and see the show.

By the way, George Billis Gallery is also in New York City, located in the heart of the Chelsea art district.

George Billis Gallery

2716 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

http://www.GeorgeBillis.com

Show Dates — July 28 – August 25, 2018

Opening Reception — Saturday, July 28, 6-8 pm  

Award Winner of Hill Center Galleries Regional Juried Exhibition

 

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Under Wraps 3, 36″x48″ acrylic on canvas, by Washington DC artist Leslie Nolan

Many, many thanks to juror Annette Polan for selecting this cute painting for the highly competitive regional exhibition on Capitol Hill and conferring it Third Place.  A renowned nationally-feted portrait artist, Annette knows her figures. She painted the official portrait of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.   Thanks also to Exhibitions Director Nicky Cymrot and her staff for making this possible.

The exhibit closes September 23, so there’s plenty of time to drop by and catch the show:

Hill Center Galleries

at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC

http://www.hillcenterdc.org

 

Washington Post Reviews “Seduction”

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Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan’s Red Man

Join me for a Gallery Talk Sunday, Sept 10 at Athenaeum, 2 pm, along with Erich Keel, PhD, formerly head of education at the Kreeger Museum and erudite/fascinating art historian.  Seduction closes Sept 17.

Seduction on Exhibit

 

Opening of Seduction at the Athenaeum.  Some 14 artworks of mine, including many brand new pieces never exhibited before. Thanks to Athenaeum Gallery Director Twig Murray and the wonderful staff, as well as Susan Calloway and her great staff at Susan Calloway Fine Arts for making this exhibition possible.

Gallery Talk takes place Sunday Sept 10 at 2 pm with myself and Dr L Erich Keel, formerly Head of Education with the Kreeger Museum of Washington DC