Revisiting the (e)merge Experience

Artist Leslie Nolan at (e)merge art fair, DC

Artist Leslie Nolan at (e)merge art fair, DC


Visitor With Leslie Nolan Artwork

Visitor With Leslie Nolan Artwork

Touchstone Gallery @ (e)merge

Touchstone Gallery @ (e)merge


Touchstone Gallery Room at (e)merge 2014

Touchstone Gallery Room at (e)merge 2014

Above, some random photos of the Touchstone Gallery room at (e)merge art fair in Washington, DC. The fair, which ran from Oct 2-5, was jammed with folks who love art – buyers, curators, artists, art students, collectors, gallerists, and art writers. Lots of traffic and a very supportive administrative staff tending to the needs of participants. Kudos to the organizers and staffers who made it happen.

The Touchstone room attracted lots of visitors during this first year of participation.  Thanks to Gallery Director Ksenia Grishkova and Director’s Assistant Rachel Tanzi for their staffing, and to fellow exhibitors Ai-Wen Wu Kratz and Pete McCutchen for their fabulous artwork and assistance before, during and after.



Touchstone @ (e)merge art fair

Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan With "Pulled By What Would Be"

Washington DC Artist Leslie Nolan With “Pulled By What Would Be”

Touchstone opened its gallery in the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 “I” St NE, Washington, DC and the (e)merge art fair is in full swing. Stop by and check us out:

hours: Fri and Sat Oct 3 and 4, 12-7 pm; Sun Oct 5 12-5 pm


Getting Ready for (e)merge art fair

Backward In Time 36"x48" painting on canvas

Backward In Time
36″x48″ painting on canvas

Checking out LED lighting today in preparation for installing the show at (e)merge art fair, Washington, DC in a week.  Touchstone Gallery will be in room 226 of the site venue, The Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 “I” Street, SW.  VIP opening Oct 2, open to the public Oct 3-5.

I’ll be sharing Touchstone space with co-exhibitors Ai-Wen Wu Kratz and Pete McCutchen, both with very strong contemporary viewpoints. Exhibit and fair should be a knock-out.  Plan to join us. I’ll be there.

(e)merge art fair Exhibitors Announced

(e)merge art fair

I’m in good company along with Ai-Wen Wu Kratz and Pete McCutchen representing Touchstone Gallery at the (e)merge art fair in DC October 2 – 5.  Although I received notice of our acceptance last month, the fair just announced the final list of all exhibitors.  It’s an impressive list of artists and galleries from around the world, the nation and from Washington, DC itself

(e)merge art fair October 2-5 in Washington, DC


Leslie Nolan Preparing Artwork at Touchstone Gallery

Leslie Nolan Preparing Artwork at Touchstone Gallery

Happy to announce that I will be one of three artists representing Touchstone Gallery alongside artist Ai-Wen Wu Kratz and photographer Pete McCutchen at the (e)merge art fair, October 2-5, 2014 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

The (e)merge Vetting Committee included some high-powered art players: international artist Ai Weiwei, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden assistant curator Mika Yoshitake, and director of the Rebuild Foundation Jeffreen M. Hayes.

The fair’s sponsors and partners include a who’s who of the Washington, DC art scene, museums, collectors, philanthropists and business leaders.   The focus of the fair is on cutting-edge, emerging art, so nothing is tame. It’s an exciting opportunity to connect with a new generation of art consumers and to display the kind of artwork that takes risks.

In addition to some prestigious local galleries, the fair also attracts international galleries and features organizations from around the nation.

More on this as we get closer to October. Today I’m painting for the show, which will be my next featured exhibition. Only 54 days left to finish up several works in progress.  Should be a blast!