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First Friday: Spring has Sprung Edition

With the the weather projected to be in the 60's this Friday we are pumped for a night out on the town. Here at ArtSee we are excited to see Dupont Circle First Friday's blossoming in the DC arts community with fresh events and galleries each month. In one convenient post we have compiled a list of all the exhibitions opening this Friday, April 4th for you to check out. 

Alex Gallery

Alex Gallery will feature two local artists, exhibiting from April 2 – April 30, 2014. 
These exhibitions include Nancy Angulo: Reflections in Oil and Bronze; and Germain Bonifacio: A View from Argentina. Come take a look during the First Friday Reception from 6:30-8:00.

Foundry Gallery

The Foundry Gallery will feature local artist Judy Golbert Levey and her show ”Double Takes,” showing from April 2 through April 27, 2014. It is a show of large, vivid paintings and the small studies that inspired them. Opening Reception 6:00-8:00 

Hillyer Art Space 

First Friday Reception from 6:00-9:00 featuring "It's All About Me" by Michael Havneraas, "Change Of Place" by Kimberly Parr Roenigk, and "Cities in the Air" by Everitt Clark. Exhibitions will run until April 26th.  

Q Street Fine Arts

This spring Q Street Fine Art will feature local artist Fabiano Amin at their Dupont Circle location.  For the First Friday retrospective Fabiano Amin will exhibit the various phases of his work from 2008 to date. The retrospective show will run from April through the end of May with hours open to the public. The opening reception is from 5:00-9:00

Studio Gallery

Studio Gallery will feature a solo show and a duo show from April 2 through April 26, 2014 in their newly renovated Dupont Circle space. The upstairs gallery will feature Eleanor Kotlarik WangFloating Worlds. The downstairs gallery will feature Amy B. DavisLines, and Freda Lee-McCannAn Old Journey Revisited. Opening reception from 6:00-8:00. 

Then stop on by at ArtJamz for their First Friday specials. Click here for more information. 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Mica Hartman  

Gallery Round-Up: Weekend of April 5

Friday, April 5:
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Opening: MUMBO SAUCE at Contemporary Wing
1414 14th Street, NW // 6:00- 10:00 PM

MUMBO SAUCE is a survey of artists with deep roots in Washington, D.C., and explores how such factors as Go-Go, graffiti, punk, hardcore, graphic design and fine art have shaped and influenced the work of these artists. MUMBO SAUCE is curated jointly by Roger Gastman, curator of the Corcoran’s “Pump Me Up” show, and Lauren Gentile, founder of Contemporary Wing.

Opening: LOST LAND at Hillyer Art Space
9 Hillyer Court, NW // Friday 6:00- 9:00 PM

LOST LAND is about landforms, both real and imagined. Printmaker Fawna Xiao creates an abstracted landscape captured in a series of screenprinted monotypes that are a tribute to mountains, canyons, glaciers, and Martian rocks. Xiao’s work is minimalist: rich colors and lively geometrics are embraced by a generous sea of paper. A complex mountain shards into blue and silver; a glacier is simplified to white and seafoam crystals; an entire mountain range is expressed in two colors. The work is focused on the mountain distilled – free of plants, tourists, and creatures. Lost Land reveals land masses both alien and familiar, in their most raw and essential forms.

Opening: Athena Tacha: Drawings: From Public to Private, 1977- 2007 at Marsha Mateyka Gallery
2012 R Street, NW // 4:00- 6:00 PM

Greek artist Athena Tacha has been widely exhibited worldwide since the late 1970s. Her many commissions for public sculpture in Rome and 10 US states. Athena Tacha: From Public to Private is a comprehensive, 40-year retrospective traveling exhibition that includes over 100 works and originally opened in Greece.

Opening: Journey to Lo Manthang” Paintings by Leslie Johnston at Touchstone Contemporary Art Gallery
901 New York Avenue, NW // 6:00- 8:30 PM

This exhibition features a new series of paintings by DC-based artist Leslie Johnston following her journey to Lo Manthang, Nepal.

Opening: OUTLOUD at Foundry Gallery
1314 18th St., NW, 1st Floor //  6:00- 8:00 PM

Non-representational, intuitive paintings range from bold, explosive multimedia collages to subtle, many layered mysterious paintings. The members of OUTLOUD Artists have exhibited widely nationally and internationally.  Many are affiliated with area galleries.  Several are teachers of the arts or art therapists. They have exhibited together as the OUTLOUD Artists at the Arts Club of Washington, Touchstone Gallery, Black Rock Arts Center, Sandy Springs Museum, and the Yellow Barn of Glen Echo, MD. Members of the group began painting together about 12 years ago, and they enjoy the synergy of critiquing each other, painting together, and showing together.

Saturday, April 6:

Opening: Pia Mater at The Fridge
516 ½ 8th Street, SE // 7:00- 11:00 PM    

The pia mater is the innermost layer of membrane surrounding the brain, the final delicate veil guarding the center of the nervous system. For their exhibition of the same name, Jenny Sawle, Emily Francisco and Ashleigh Werner will dissect the concept of vulnerability through drawing, video, sculpture and performance. 

Opening: Gathering Space at Hamiltonian
1353 U Street, NW // 7:00- 9:00 PM    
TimothyThompson

Timothy Thompson broadens his exploration on the perception of place in Gathering Space, a site-specific installation that intersects Hamiltonian's 1,800 square foot gallery. Abandoning his usual sculptural materials such as iron and wood for hand-sewn nylon fabric and fiberglass rods, Thompson creates sculptures that act as both conduits through the gallery and formidable monumental barriers. As they move amongst the sculptures, viewers are asked to reconsider how they navigate and perceive a physical space.

Bringing the art in DC to you,
Roxanne Goldberg 

Photos Courtesy of Contemporary Wing, Hamiltonian and The Fridge.

Donna K. McGee opens Room For Blue at Foundry - Nov 2

Bethesda-based artist, Donna K. McGee, will exhibit a collection of her abstract works at Foundry Gallery in Dupont Circle through December 2. The show begins on October 31; an opening reception will be held on Friday, November 2 from 6 until 8 pm and a closing reception will be on December 2 from 2 until 4 pm. 

While most of McGee’s art is created using acrylic on canvas (she manipulates a pumice to create texture in these paintings), some of her pieces are mixed media. One in particular, titled “Shedding Anew,” incorporates snakeskin, rice paper and bronze paint.

“I have been more involved in the texture and the combination of how the light eliminates the total piece,” said McGee when describing the piece. “The gold and bronze is eloquent, yet the snake skin is very organic and symbolizes a process of shedding.”

However, most of the pieces in the show at Foundry focus on the color blue, which McGee uses as an organic influence.

 “Most of my first abstract paintings were all earth colors,” said McGee, who will exhibit a mix smaller pieces and large wall pieces at Foundry.  “I still like the earth colors, but I’m working on a blue palette and keep finding new ways to be drawn to it.

McGee explains how the use of color, and especially blue, is especially significant as we are on the brink of the Presidential election.

“Blue is so much in nature, yet it also evokes other types of symbolism,” said McGee, while explaining how colors are used as markers for identity.

McGee, who has been a full-time artist for fifteen years, became interested in art at an early age. But instead of pursuing an art degree in college, McGee chose to study Early Childhood Education.

When she went on to teach, most of the courses McGee instructed were connected to the arts and creativity. McGee even went on to author “The Whole Collage,” an art book for aesthetic education and “Creativity and the Child: Training Modules For Teachers.”

McGee, who is inspired by nature and artists such as Rothko, Monet, Matasse and Turner, describes her work as “meditative” and “engaging to the viewer.”  She is actively involved in OUTLOUD, a collective of DC-based abstract artists, and she continues to study at the Yellow Barn of Glen Echo.

The Foundry Gallery is located at 1314 18th Street NW. Those wishing to contact the artist can do so at donna.mcgee@verizon.net.

 Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Rachel Nania