Spring Art Walk
Seven galleries will host an evening stroll and a viewing of their fine art exhibitions in the most beautiful part of Washington, DC.
Add to your collection and please join us for a night of art, fun, and refreshments.
Friday May 5, 2017
6PM – 8PM
ADDISON/RIPLEY FINE ART
APRIL 22 – MAY 27, 2017
WORLDS OF JOAN BELMAR
The cosmology of Joan Belmar’s paintings takes off in bold two and three dimensional compositions. Organized around the exhibition title, Cambalache, the artist references both the musical culture of his birth and the civic communities in which we all reside in these new works. Cambalache is the name of a tango written in 1935 by Argentinian Enrique Santos Discepolo.
The familiar but deceptive simplicity of the circle and line structure of Belmar’s paintings and constructions allows a rich range of palettes, at times earthy and quietly ashen, and, at others, rainbow bright. The sharp tap of a tango heel mingles here with the mellow, smoke tinged voice of a 1930s cantor.
Joan Belmar synthesizes his perceptions of the division, corruption and low values that sometimes challenges our civil society into brilliant, joy filled paeans to hope.
FLORA FAUNA FIGURE
April 28 – May 28, 2017
Artist’s Proof is pleased to present The Essence of Organic Abstraction: A Collection of Works by Shar Coulson. Coulson is greatly influenced by the interconnection between humanity and nature. The organic qualities of her work stem from her deep love and respect for nature and its mysterious repetition of line and form. Working from visual memory, Coulson explores the idea of perception vs. reality within the allusive figuration, gestural line work and organic forms found in her paintings. The figuration appears and disappears within the shapes and gestural movements. Formally trained in classical figurative realism, she finds her passion runs deepest in the world of abstractions. Coulson is a founding member of the Chicago Art Salon and has exhibited internationally.
“Each free-flowing exploration is only complete when the abstract touches the familiar…that point when something definite has been created, but its mystery is still intact.” – Shar Coulson
CROSS MACKENZIE GALLERY
PARKE & KAMINSTEIN
PHOTOGRAPHS AND CERAMICS
MAY 5 – JUNE 4, 2017
Painter, Leslie Parke photographs painterly surfaces and ceramic artist, Beth Kaminstein, paints with glazes on her ceramic canvas.
Working studios open for neighborhood events and by appointment.
Klagsbrun’s recent body of work brings together drawings on vellum, large canvases, and three-dimensional wall hangings and sculptural pieces.
“Populated by hybrid forms—natural and human, animate and inanimate— her works are created through the interplay of lines, colors and textures. Permeated with light, they are weightless and evanescent exploring the notion of transformation, thematically and formally…
By staining, pouring, and splashing inks on canvases and vellum sheets, on the one hand, and layering and folding papers into three-dimensional, organic shapes on the other, Klagsbrun arrived at a new vocabulary where the bodies are almost completely distilled in fluid and translucent surfaces.” (Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator, Phillips Collection, 2016)
Micheline Klagsbrun studied in Paris with Alfredo Echeverria and at the Corcoran with Gene Davis and Bill Newman. She has exhibited widely, and is in private collections nationally as well as in Europe and the Middle East.
Raye Leith has exhibited internationally and nationally, including a solo show at the former Knew Gallery here on Book Hill in 2007. In her current “Blueprint” series, she knits together volumetric portraits in monochrome indigo blue, with minute renderings of destabilized environments expressing the anxieties of life on earth. Individual drawings are joined in larger formats (quad or scroll), infusing the resultant spaces with distant narrative imagery, creating unusual juxtapositions between portrait and surreal landscapes.
Raye has lectured on artistic anatomy, perspective and color theory for 35 years, as an adjunct faculty in Theatrical Design at the University of Maryland, and for the Smithsonian Associates and The McLean Project for the Arts. She offers day-long painting and drawing workshops bimonthly in our space at 1662 33rd Street.
After a lifetime of exploring the world and nearly 15 years spent in the Middle East, Joseph Hall began painting with purpose in 2011. His abstract work hangs in corporate and private collections in Washington, New York, Miami and Palm Beach.
Particularly inspired by the compelling contradictions of his many years in Beirut, Hall explores the juxtaposition of the ancient and the present by building layered painted surfaces that beg to be excavated, sanded and scratched to uncover glimpses of the calligraphy, ancient texts and graffiti that lie underneath.
The Tuesday Night Group
The TNG is a fluctuating group of 10-20 members who have meet every Tuesday Night for 32 years to draw and paint from life. They represent a diverse range of styles and media. Selected work will be on view.
MAURINE LITTLETON GALLERY
DAVID DODGE LEWIS AND EPHRAIM RUBENSTEIN
THE QUICKENING IMAGE
APRIL 12- MAY 27, 2017
The Quickening Image: The Wax-Resist Drawings of David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein chronicles a new way to draw: Wax-resist drawing is a layered, large-scale, mixed-media approach that utilizes wax as a resist for subsequent ink and charcoal washes. It incorporates both wet and dry materials, as well as linear and painterly elements. The process allows for carefully rendered passages alongside more spontaneous and chaotic applications.
The Quickening Image is also the story of a 20+ year collaboration: David Lewis began using paraffin wax in large-scale works in the mid-1980s. By the early1990s, Lewis was offering workshops in his wax-resist process, including at the University of Richmond, where drawing professor Ephraim Rubenstein first observed it. The two have since promoted the process through their exhibitions, writings, and teaching.
SUSAN CALLOWAY FINE ARTS
MAY 5 – JUNE 3, 2017
Abstract painter Karen Silve recently traveled to Beijing where she noted the ancient traditions of the Chinese, and the wisdom of thinking in terms of centuries rather than years, was apparent in the way they nurtured their trees. Each branch was thoughtfully pruned every year, keeping them healthy. The trunk, or strength of the tree, had everything to do with its foundation. The top of the trees had new life every year. Depending on the structure due to the consistent pruning, the more blossoms there would be. All of this resonated with Silve. A state of renewal built on strength and wisdom became the direction of her new body of work.
WASHINGTON PRINTMAKERS GALLERY
UP-CLOSE AND FAR AWAY
MAY 4 – 28, 2017
4 May – 28 May, Opening Reception from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7
Printmaking workshop for children, 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 13
Washington Printmakers Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new prints by Nina Muys titled Up-Close and Far Away.
Muys’ home in Silver Spring, Maryland, is adjacent to a creek and surrounded by gardens and wildlife. She also owns a second home and studio on the water on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Her carborundum intaglio prints are close observation of flowers and objects found in her environment and express a deep and peaceful connection to the natural world. Wanderlust is a theme of her mono prints, which take the viewer to Italy, Germany, Maine and California.