Touchstone Gallery’s 40th Anniversary

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

Artexpo New York City

Washington, DC’s Gallery NK has been representing me at special art fairs outside of town. I was one of a handful of their artists to exhibit at Artexpo New York City on pier 94.  Held during April 14-17, the event drew designers, collectors, and art enthusiasts.

I very much like the way Gallery NK displayed a selection of my new Corrected Vision paintings — all 36″x36″ acrylic on canvas.  Because the gallery boasts a collection of very talented, skilled, and innovative artists from around the world, I consider myself fortunate to be showcasing my own work with them.


Gallery NK at Artexpo New York City

In addition to myself, exhibiting artists included Steffen Faisst, Nihal Kececi (Gallery NK owner), Julia Hacker, Alfredo Palmero, Thomas Dodd.

My thanks to Nihal Kececi of Gallery NK for the support and expert assistance in exhibiting at these world class international fairs.

Just a reminder:

Susan Calloway Fine Arts represents me exclusively in the Washington, DC area. 

Located in the heart of Georgetown at 1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC, the Gallery graciously welcomes my exhibiting in other local venues from time to time for special exhibits.  She also has arranged for some artwork to be used temporarily by local decorators. 

Bottom line, you can see a number of my pieces right now at Susan Calloway’s.   And, many of the paintings on my website and on this blog are available through Susan Calloway Fine Arts (


‘Unfiltered’ at Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

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Fabulous opening at Touchstone Gallery of my “Unfiltered” exhibit.

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.



Opening for “Beyond the Edge” at Art League Gallery!!

Leslie Nolan Solo Exhibit at The Art League Gallery

Leslie Nolan Solo Exhibit at The Art League Gallery


Just delivered and unpacked artwork for this exciting solo appearance at the venerable Art League Gallery. Opening tomorrow, Oct 9, 6-8 pm.  Free and open to the public.  Drop by and join in on the festivities. Wine, cheese, and sparkling conversation!

Many thanks to Gallery Director Rose O’Donnell and Assistant Director Katie Andril (and her predecessor Katie Scharma) for their top-notch support throughout the two-year process of submission, jurying, acceptance, selection of artwork, and installation.  It’s an honor to be there.


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

“Game Changer” at Touchstone Gallery



Earlier this year my solo exhibit at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC took place.  Talented photographer Aileen Beringer, a recent graduate from the Corcoran School of Art and Director’s Assistant at Touchstone, not only shot, but also directed and edited this video.  The exhibit’s showstopper was the diptych Pulled By What Would Be.  Fully 8 feet wide by 5 feet high this artwork makes a tremendous impact from across the room. Aileen was a huge help hanging this exhibit which was complicated by the variety of sizes.  In contrast to the huge Pulled… the exhibit also featured several tiny 6″ x 6″ pieces, along with many medium sizes.

(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!