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Weekend East City Event Round Up: The Art of Sound, Handwriting and Conversation Edition

Thursday, July 24

Washington Project for the Arts - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This Thursday, WPA presents the sixth installment of the Lobby Project with the work of artist Anthony Palliparambil, Jr. The exhibition features 280 prints created solely on an iPad examining the role technology and social media play in the arts. For more information about the artist and the exhibit, click here.

The exhibition is located at 1200 1st St. NE.

Transformer and Artisphere - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Transformer and Artisphere present the culmination of sounds created during the three months of the Exercises For Emerging Artists program, which focused on artists working with sound art. E11: Coda is the final movement in this process and will be on display for three weeks at Artisphere's Terrace Gallery. To read more about this exhibition, click here.

Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.

Saturday, July 26

Harmony Hall Regional Center - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Artist Tom Kenyon will be at Harmony Hall Regional Center for the final day of the exhibit, Dreams of Speed. His artist talk delves into his inspiration for the imaginary racing exploits of the real Kenyon Motor Company. For details on this event, click here.

Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD.

Pleasant Plains Workshop - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join Pleasant Plains Workshop to celebrate the art of handwriting with artist Danielle Scruggs. Make sure you bring along your favorite passage of text, a poem, or a letter to transcribe. For more information about this wokrshop, click here.  (Note this is in Brookland, not on Georgia Avenue). 

Pleasant Plains is located at 2608 Georgia Avenue NW

Bursting in Air! - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artists will turn the Route 1 Overpass into a focal point for the Gateway Arts District. Spend the afternoon celebrating this unique event with live music, performances, and refreshments. To read more about this event, click here.

Bursting in Air is located at Franklin’s parking lot at the railroad overpass on Route 1 in Hyattsville, MD.

Project4 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Everyware explores the work of three artists collaborating through social media to create pieces that are in constant change and dialogue. The works of Aaron Cahill, William Deegan, and Lynette Jackson reflect on contemporary issues and reevaluate the mundane or overlooked in our cities. For more information, click here.

Project4 is located at 1353 U Street NW, Suite 302

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook by following them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Photo Credit: Dreams of Speed concludes this Saturday at Harmony Hall with an artist talk by Tom Kenyon. Image courtesy of the artist.

5 Things That Might Be Kinda Fun... I Hope!

Although I will sadly be up in NY for Art Southampton... Here are 5 things that would be fun for an ArtSee weekend: 

1. TONIGHT... If you don't have plans... Head over to Arlington at Artisphere for E11: Coda opening with Transformer 7-9 pm [link] 
2. Also TONIGHT Anthony Palliparambil, Jr. opens his WPA Lobby Project from 6-8 pm [link] (photo credit!)
3. On SATURDAY night Project 4 Gallery on U St opens Everyware from 6:30-8:30 pm [link]
4. Bursting in Air and art, music, food and beer extravaganza will be SATURDAY from 3-8 pm in Hyattsville, MD [link]
5. Persephone, curated by DC' Eames Armstrong at Capital Fringe, closes this SUNDAY with a performance in collaboration with Hayley Cutler at 7 pm [link]

HAVE A BLAST! 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Elizabeth 

5 things for the next few days...

A TON going on Thursday night but take Friday/Saturday to hang out, enjoy a cold one and the non-arts related events in DC... But otherwise here are my 5! 

1. TONIGHT grab a drink for happy hour with Transformer for the FlatFile monthly mingle from 6-8 pm [link]
2. WPA hosts professional practices panel on working with galleries from 6-7:30 pm THURSDAY [link]
3. It's a Wonderful Life, a solo show featuring Hannah Dean opens at Wild Hand at 6 pm [link]
4. Brian Petro opens a retrospective of work from 1996-2014 at Art17 from 6:30-8:30 pm [link]
5. CLOSING PARTAY for Softer, Softest on THURSDAY from 7-9 pm [link]
6. Also... In case you missed it... The found this mystery man in a Picasso painting [link

Happy Hump Day! 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Elizabeth 

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Activism in Art Edition

Friday, May 16

Art Works Now - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Art Works Now is hosting a Drink and Draw Hullabaloo Fundraiser. Join artists and educators Rushern Baker IV and Annie Rachel Wells for a night of fun and art. All proceeds will support Art Work’s Toddler Time Program. For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

The festivities will take place at 4800 Rhode Island Ave. in Hyattsville.

Saturday, May 17

Transformer - 6 p.m. to  8 p.m.

Transformer presents Float, an exhibition of sculpture and mixed media work of four emerging Jamaican artists. Join Transformer for the opening reception of this exhibition, which showcases works that redefine the physical and social boundaries assigned to them. To read more about this must see event, click here.

The exhibit will be shown at Art Museum of the Americas of the OAS Gallery 5 on the 2nd floor. The gallery is located at 201 18th Street, NW.

Project 4 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

You’ll need to take a minute to wait after visiting Float so why not stop by Project 4 and see their exhibit Wait. The new media exhibition presents video, sound, installation and performance works by four talented artists and conceived and curated by E. Jane.  For details on the artist and the exhibit, click here.

Project 4 Gallery is located at 1353 U St. NW, Suite 302.

Saturday and Sunday Open Studio Tours

Mid City Artists - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The artists of Mid City are holding an Open Studio Tour. On Saturday and Sunday join fellow art enthusiasts for a two-hour guided walking tour of 4 to 6 studios in Mid City. The tours are free and space is limited so sign up now! For more information about tours, click here.

The tours location will be based on reservation.

Passageways Artist Studios - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Passageways Artist Studios are having open studios this weekend. Stop by after your walking tour of Mid City and visit more local artists at work. For a list of participating artists, click here.

Passageways Artists Studio is located at 6001 66th Street, Riverdale, MD.

Sunday, May 18

SCRAP DC - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join SCRAP DC in welcoming author Betsy Greer to celebrate her new anthology, Craftivism. This book launch and darning mini-workshop support the worldwide movement that functions at the intersection of craft and activism. So bring a piece of clothing to mend and join the movement! Details here.

Scrap DC is located at 3101 12th Street NE.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter. Photo Credit: Glenn Fry demonstrates his printing method at a recent open studio. Photo credit: Luis Gomez.

This Weekend: 5 Creative Things To Do

Let's get right down to it.... Since # 1 is OUR awesome Brookland Creative event TONIGHT, I'll throw in an extra: 

1. Brookland Creative TONIGHT at 728 Lawrence St NE [link]
2. Fathom Gallery presents Nima Veiseh TONIGHT from 6-10 pm [link]
3. WPA opens HOTHOUSE VIDEO by Brandon Morse at Capitol Skyline TONIGHT from 6-8 pm [link]
4. YOUNGPAYNE & The Kids Table present: Color Me Collaborative FRIDAY 6-9 pm [link]
5. FLOAT opens at Transformer SATURDAY from 6-8 pm featuring the work of four unique artists [link]
6. ALL WEEKEND: Mid City Artists Open Studios... Amazing art, great people and a chance to buy from the artists [link]

I know... Lot's to do on Thursday but that gives you time to relax this weekend and enjoy the sunshine! See you at #brooklandcreative 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Elizabeth

This Weekend: Spring Into Art

So since May starts next week and it's Spring... Right? Here are 5 things to help you Spring Into Art...

1. TONIGHT - Next to Last featuring Corcoran art students at WPA opens from 
2. Just when we thought it was warmer... Shiver opens on FRIDAY night at 7 pm
3. Amateur Status with Transformer and the DC Library Foundation on SATURDAY from 2-4 pm 
4. Back to School - AU opens their student show FREESPACE featuring our very own Shira Karsen on SATURDAY at 6 pm
5. Annnd we celebrated Earth Day this week with 5 local artists - CHECK THEM OUT! 

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Photo Credit: Georgia Nassikas

Bringing the Art in DC to You,

Elizabeth
 

ArtSee Picks: February 10

5 Art Happenings that can BRIGHTEN your week... Here are your ArtSee Picks for February 10

1. Cool news:  Art + Feminism Wikipedia-thon. Now that's what we call tech-savvy. 
2. This Opened: A brand new art/event space in AdMo from the guys of No Kings Collective called Hierarchy, the first show features locals DECOY and Cory Oberndorfer. 
3. Go See: Transformer opened their February show Homocats with smashing success and vibrancy
4. Call for Submission: With the DCCAH for the Light Arts Project and we have the scoop  
5. And then there was this up North in case you missed it... At least this means people care, right? Good ol' realistic sculptures...

Bringing the Art in DC to You,

Elizabeth

November 15: Weekend Roundup

Before we officially start winding down the year and get into the holiday season, we have one exciting ArtSee weekend coming up! Here are a few things to keep you busy this weekend while the weather stays chilly...

FRIDAY 

Transformer 10th Annual Auction and Benefit Party

As we already mentioned, and chose our favorites for, Transformer will kick off our weekend with their annual auction party that fundraises for the small but mighty P Street gallery. With 200 artists bringing their best, brightest and most original pieces, it is an amazing opportunity to meet new collectors, artists and other arts enthusiasts. And a great excuse to look fancy and party on a Friday night! For more information and tickets click here

SATURDAY

MOVING ART: A Talk with George Hemphill It's hard to ignore the impact that George Hemphill and the artists he represents have had on the Washington DC art community. But how did he get to this point? On Saturday, November 16 at 10 AM, George Hemphill will share his perspective and journey of what it takes to be an art dealer. Don't miss it! Click here for more information.  

PJ Burns at The Dunes A good friend to ArtSee and a very talented emerging artist, Patrick "PJ" Burns will open his solo show at The Dunes for one night one. On Saturday from 5-8 pm, don't miss the chance to see home of his latest work (featured image above). He is a mixed media artist that creates work in a true pop art fashion with subjects that can be anything from abstract, to literal to almost comical. For more information visit his website here

CURIO at Heiner Contemporary To round out a successful 2013, Heiner will open their last show of the year CURIO, a group show featuring Christine Gray, Sue Johnson, Caitlin Teal Price, Olivia Rodriguez, Esther Ruiz and Julie Wolfe. Exploring and twisting the 16th and 17th century cabinets of curiosity, the exhibition explores why certain things are collected. Each artist will explore a different collection from a different perspective. To see what they put in the "cabinet", don't miss the opening Saturday from 6-8 pm, click here for more information.  

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Elizabeth 

Transformer Auction: ArtSee Picks

As we started with (e)merge, the ArtSee team has decided to pick our favorites from the lineup for the 10th Annual Transformer Auction & Benefit Party.  For the last decade, Transformer has been hosting their annual fundraiser at the Corcoran to include an array of the best of the best in DC's art scene. The organization puts on the event every year to provide the necessary funding for a year of programming and exhibitions. In its' 10th year, the auction will include 200 original pieces by local artists and those from Colombia, in honor of the Auction Diplomatic Chair, Carlos Urrutia, The Ambassador of Columbia. The event is a one-of-a-kind chance to interact with local artists, collectors and other arts enthusiasts, like us! 

Read on for our favorite picks... 

Elizabeth Grazioli, ArSee Founder and Creative Operations Director

Rachel Farbiarz, Study (with rockers)
Starting Bid: ???

As not only an ArtSee favorite, but one of my personal favorite artists, it was easy to select Farbiarz's work as my pick for this years' auction. Her piece, Study (with rockers) is a drawing of perhaps the beginning thoughts of one of her sculptural pieces that was recently featured in Heiner Contemporary's Take Me With You. Farbiarz has focused much of her recent work on displacement and migration of people and cultures, but this piece perhaps simplifies those thoughts to a collection of chairs. Although being auctioned off on Friday, the piece was part of her show at Heiner and when I saw it, I was immediately drawn to it. The way in which Farbiarz can use drawing to transformer her work is so unique. I am sure, even without a starting bid, that it will be a big winner of the night! 

Shira Karsen, ArtSee Creative Assistant

Joshua Johnson, Bractea
Starting Bid: $350

One of my favorite pieces in this year's auction is Joshua Johnson's Bractea, a hand-sewn, hand-painted and hand-worn mash-up of multiple centuries worth of armor details. Johnson's inspiration is "historical flatness," the idea of taking the romanticized ideals, fashions, stories and legends from different centuries, and incorrectly flattening them into a more specific time period. This piece, having seen it in person during its many stages, was worked and reworked to ensure that everything, down to the fake gold leaf, was done with purpose. Bractea is also a living work. As it ages, specks of the leaf will fall off the fabric, eventually cracking the superficial surface and creating a forced "vintage" look. 

Naomi Minkoff, ArtSee Creative Intern

Brooke Bronner, Project Life – Ft. Green
Starting Bid: $900

I enjoy Bronner's works because they take an interesting perspective on urban life. Though she has experienced three different cities—born in Brooklyn, raised in Asia, and now living in DC—there is a sameness in the way Bronner depicts the cities while still visually depicting the small details which make each one recognizably distinct. She uses a zoomed out perspective of cityscapes to emphasize their blocky and repetitive natures. Still, somehow these landscapes appear to be very personal as each building and each floor is different from one another. The viewer is drawn in to ponder life in these cities and the people who, like the artist, live in this geometric maze.

Roxanne Goldberg, ArtSee Creative Writer

Mei Mei Chang, Untitled 1
Starting Bid: $290

Mei Mei Chang has had a fantastic year. Most recently exhibited in Brooklyn, Dallas, and Berlin, in addition to a number of galleries in the DC-area, the artist’s complex and multilayered works offer opportunities for viewers to glimpse into the artist’s mind. At auction, Chang’s 2012 Untitled 1 is a small-scale mixed-media work on handmade paper. The object’s size entices the viewer to approach the work, and thus to confront his perception with that of Chiang. Seen at close proximity, one identifies muted grey houses overcome by yellow, blue and white geometries that together, reference an Asian screen, intended to shield oneself in modesty. This play on peeking is complemented by a bridge coming from an anonymous source. It’s as if we are invited, given permission to surpass the barrier. Given Chiang’s alluring subject matter and her upcoming solo show at The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center in Silver Spring, Untitled 1, previously exhibited at (e)merge art fair and the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC is an excellent buy for both its aesthetic qualities and market investment.  

Mica Hartman, ArtSee Creative Writer

Breck Brunson, HA! and YEA!
Starting Bid: $50

Corcoran College of Art + Design alum, Breck Brunson has two works featured in the Transformer auction. HA! and YEA! are book paper collages with used frames. Brunson’s use of these aged materials creates a vintage-inspired quality. The images contain soft, muted colors to enhance this timeless look. Brunson’s use of very delicate napkin cutouts, overlaid atop the faces of his now anonymous subjects is very intriguing and is a continuation of this antiquated, lost but preserved in time feeling evoked in HA! and YEA! The retail value is “Priceless!” while the starting bid is $50. This is interesting commentary within the construct of the trash-to-treasure nature of thrift goods. It will be very interesting to see how much these works are auctioned for, adding yet another layer to the “history” of these unique pieces.

For more information on the Transformer 10th Annual Auction, visit the website here. And for a complete list of artists, click here

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 
The ArtSee Team 

3 Places to Find Great Art in DC: Saturday September 14

Transformer

Highlighting the intersection between art and economics through artist-run art subscription programs.  The very thing that ArtSee supports and stands for is artists finding ways to support, marketing and make a business out of their art!  DC is no stranger to artist driven non-profit initiatives that incorporate and support the art community, but this show has DC nowhere to be seen.  This show will highlight the work created through the artreprenuers of artist-driven organizations that use art to communicate their message from all over the US.  Transformer will explore how these pieces stand alone as works of art and how they invoke the groups, artists and networks that they represent. Don’t miss the opening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM!

Featured Artists Include: Alula Editions (Bay Area, CA), Art Practical Mail Art Subscription (San Francisco, CA), Community Supported Art Chicago, Community Supported Art Philadelphia, Community Supported Art Minneapolis, The Drop/NOLA (New Orleans), The Present Group (Bay Area, CA),Regional Relationships (Chicago), and The Thing Quarterly (San Francisco, CA).

(featured photo courtesy of Transformer: Eric Fleischauer, Universal Paramount, archival inkjet print, 2011) 

Project 4

I love a great solo show by an amazing local DC artist! Project 4’s show featuring artist Christine Gray, Believer, gives viewers a look into a distorted view of reality.  The artist is set on intentionally letting our minds wander to a place where we are meant to creative the narrative.  Gray has mastered the still life in a modern way to juxtaposition unique objects in unlikely places.  The arrangement and composition of her work challenge the traditional meaning of everyday objects.

What really makes Gray’s work shine is her intense, accurate and colorful details.  Her attention to detail really makes these obscure scenes come to life.  Her show at Project 4 runs through October 26 and opens on Saturday from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. For more on Christine Gray visit her website and see her work at Project 4. 

17th St Festival

This Saturday, 17th St will be taken over with art, entertainment, food and more!  In its’ 4th year, the festival is one of DC’s best ways to discover local culture, food, shopping, and ART! This year there will be over 20 individual artists displaying and selling their pieces throughout the festival.  One of our favorites Indigo Wakatama will be there and display some of her amazing prints and original pieces. In addition, Michael Auger, RADICArt and the Washington Studio will show pieces. For the complete list of participants visit the website. 

Bringing the Art in DC to You, 

Elizabeth 

Compare and Contrast: Victoria Greising and Forest Z. Allread

            In two recent exhibits, local artist Victoria Greising and Forest Z. Allread showed similar styles as they opened at two different galleries. Greising opened at Project 4 gallery in the show Adaptation on February 15th, 2013; less than a month earlier, Allread opened in the Transformer DC solo show on January 19th, 2013.

            Both shows featured 3D works involving string and different knots, creating woven shapes reminiscent of a bird’s nest. Also, both pieces were created with colorful strings. The different colors lead the views eyes in every which way, eventually scanning the entirety of the works.

            While Allread and Greising used similar materials and both created abstract 3D art that was able to embody multiple dimensions of the galleries (the pieces being hung to the walls and ceiling, then further extending into the rest of the space), the works show fundamental differences, which help create a personal signature of each artist.

            Greisling created a larger than life web that wrapped around an entire corner of the Project 4 Gallery. There seemed to be a weightlessness to it as it hung from the walls and ceiling, as if a giant spider had been able to mount the colorful yarn to the walls that form the gallery. Looking at Greisling’s work speculation on what the piece means may play into its artistic signature. Do you remember every playing the ice-breaker in elementary school where each students throw the yarn to one another and in the end the teacher explains how everyone is connected? That is what Greisling’s art symbolized to me: the connection between all things and how those connections, that tangles us together, also hold us up and create our world.

            Allread’s piece told me another story, the value of support when attempting to achieve a great feet. He used yarn and string to hold together different milk crates, some of the threads branched off to walls or ceilings as if necessary to hold to work up. This work differs greatly from Greisling’s, due to the fact that it is entangled with multiple materials, where as Greisling’s is free floating and part of the beauty of it is the fact that it is one material.

            The fact that these shows were going on slightly in overlap helps elaborate the unique-nesses of these artist that upon first glance seem so similar.

 

Bringing the Art in DC to You,

Abby

ArtSee's Collection of Gallery Shows: April

ArtSee hit the pavement this month and stopped by some of our favorite galleries to checkout the city’s latest and greatest exhibits. So here are our highlights and recommendations for your reading (and viewing) pleasure! 

Gallery Plan B
Current Exhibit: “dis donc!” paintings by Kathy Beynette is showing at Gallery Plan B April 11 through May 13, 2012.

Highlights From the Show: Checkout the oil painting on canvas, “Armadillo Callaloo.” This piece, created in 2012, is priced at $4,500.

A Little About the Artist: Beynette’s work, which is described as whimsical and playful, is a work of fictional poetry, reminiscent of vibrant folk drawings. Her work has been translated into both postcards and puzzles, and she is even in the process of creating a children’s book due out this fall. Beynette is a local artist, currently working out of her studio at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visit http://www.galleryplanb.com/


Transformer
Current Exhibit: “Bread and Butter: Artistic Perspectives on Food and Culture” is showing at Transformer April 7 through May 9, 2012. Guest curator, Carolina Mayorga, and artists Chanan Delivuk, Sara Pomerance, Kari Scott and Shannon Young explore our relationship with food through installation, photography, sculpture, performance and more.

Highlights From the Show: We loved “This is Not Cake” by Kari Scott, created in 2012. All pieces in the exhibit are very reasonably priced, with works starting at $150. 

A Little About the Artists: This joint show is a first for all of the exhibiting artists at Transformer (Delivuk, Pomerance, Scott and Young). The artists bring together a collection of mixed medias (photography, installations, video, and sculpture art) in this interactive exhibit to discuss and question food: Is it really just food? Or is food symbolic of class and  identity?

For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visithttp://transformerdc.org/


Long View Gallery
Current Exhibit: “Urban Forest” by Michelle Peterson-Albandoz is showing April 12 through May 20, 2012 at Long View Gallery.

Highlights From the Show: We loved Peterson-Albandoz’s “Urban Series # 8” on reclaimed wood. The piece sells for $3,350. We also adored the six large totems placed in the middle of the gallery – they make the space feel especially “reclaimed,” as they reconstruct a forest for the viewer. 

A Little About the Artist: Peterson-Albandoz’s work is driven by nature, and is especially driven by a desire to shine light on the destructive relationship humans and technology have on nature. She uses others’ “trash” and turns it into “treasure” in her recreated wood and mixed media pieces. “Urban Forest” is the third solo show for Michelle Peterson-Albandoz since Long View Gallery’s re-opening in October of 2009.

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visithttp://longviewgallery.com/

Hillyer Art Space
Current Exhibit: “Infinite Set 3” by Tomomi Nitta is showing April 6 through April 28, 2012 at Hillyer Art Space.

Highlights From the Show: We loved all of Nitta’s pieces, but especially “Infinite Set 29” and “Infinite Set 30.” The artists’ installation depicts various female forms (all faceless yet cast in vibrant colors), floating in a space of nothingness.

A Little About the Artist: Nitta was born in Nara, Japan and studied at University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Corcoran College of Art and Design and Tama Art University in Tokyo Japan, where she received her BFA.

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visithttp://www.artsandartists.org/hillyer.html

Touchstone Gallery 
Current Exhibit: “String Theory” by Elena Tchernomazova is showing April 4 through April 29, 2012 at Touchstone Gallery.

Highlights From the Show: We loved “Sun Song.” This piece encompasses Tchernomazova’s inspiration from ancient Greek mythological traditions, as well as music.  

A Little About the Artist: Tchernomazova is a Russian-born physicist. In particle physics, String Theory is a contender for a universal theory of everything. Tchernomazova works in white stoneware with varied under-glazes to create hand-built ceramics Her works often combines the human face or figure with architectural elements, musical instruments, and mythological or real animals.

For more information on the exhibit and the artist, please visit http://www.touchstonegallery.com/

Hamiltonian Gallery
Current Exhibit: “Tropical Obsessions” by Jessica van Brakle and Joshua Wade Smith. Showing April 21 through May 18, 2012.

Highlights From the Show:  We are especially fond of “Through the Bamboo,” created by Jessica van Brakle in 2012.  

A Little About the Artists: Hamiltonian Fellows, Jessica van Brakle and Joshua Wade Smith, exhibit paintings, sculptures and installations in this exhibit that questions the human affects on nature, including landscapes, tropical foliage, water and islands. In addition to the exhibition, the artists will be hosting a talk on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit http://hamiltoniangallery.com/

Photo Credit: Hamiltonian

Studio Gallery

Current Exhibit: “This Where You Are” by Elizabeth Harris is showing at Studio Gallery now through May 19, 2012. Joyce McCarten and Bud Hensgen are also exhibiting in the downstairs portion of the gallery.

Highlights From the Show: We’re crazy about Harris’ ink and pastel on paper piece, “Lightness of Being,” as well as  “Desert Night,” an oil on canvas painting priced at $1,100.

A Little About the Artist: This is McNeil Harris’ first solo show at Studio Gallery and it features some of her intensely emotional ink and pastel drawings. Harris’ work is minimalist, leaving the focus directly on the figures. She possesses a raw line style that exudes effortlessness with each stroke.

McCarten is similar to Harris in her use of sketches and charcoal on paper. McCarten comments on women in contemporary life, and does so by giving them a mysterious presence. Years of outdoor landscape painting and figure drawing influences McCarten’s abstract work.

In contrast, Hensgen uses bands of color to depict beauty in the simplest form. He layers acrylics, charcoals and oil pastels to create depth and build tension in color and form.  

Bringing the Art in DC to You

Rachel Nania