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Friday, May 31, 2013

PAINTING THE UNIVERSE AS POETRY

ARTIST ANNE MARCHAND TO SHOW AT BLACKROCK
Anne Marchand, Renewal, 72 x 72
Washington, DC Artist Anne Marchand joins Mike Shaffer and Mark Sharp for the three person show curated by Gallery Director Kimberly Marshall at BlackRock Center for the Arts from June 5 - 28, 2013. An artist reception is planned for Saturday, June 8, from 5:30 - 7:30pm. You and your guests are invited.

Marchand’s explosion of color is what most viewers see first, but her works have an otherworldly aspect as if the viewer can jump in and connect. Marchand is exploring science and astronomy and where it intersects with mythology through her work. The layers of color are like poetry, which can be examined for multiple viewpoints and meaning.

“I am particularly interested in how the sciences and astronomy relate to mythology and spirituality. These are the myths that Joseph Campbell calls metaphor as myth and religion,” says Marchand. Through her own research, reading and "seeing" through the eyes of Hubble, she connects back to earth and how we are in the midst of creating a new planetary mythology based on oneness. “Over the last decade, I have been particularly interested in Sufi poetry and exploring language in paint,” says Marchand.

For the show, Marchand has selected three large works and several smaller pieces. The large works are “Renewal,” "Monde Matériel" and "a priori," all are 72x72 In., acrylic and mixed media on canvas. “These works address mythology and metaphor as a way to illicit an epiphany within the human being as to the wonder and oneness of the universe,” says Marchand.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874, near the intersection of Middlebrook Rd. and Route 118.

About the Artist:
Anne Marchand is a Washington, DC based artist. She holds Fine Arts Degrees from the University of Georgia and Auburn University. Her works have been included in national and regional exhibitions and featured in 100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic Book, Studio Visit Magazine and American Art Collector. Schiffer will feature her work in Artist Studios and Homes in 2014. Porter Contemporary represents her work in New York. Anne has received grants for her work, notably an Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation residency grant to Mexico. She has taught painting and drawing at Mt. Vernon College’s School of Art and Design and was visiting artist with the University of Illinois, School of Architecture study abroad program. Her work is featured in corporate and private collections in the United States.

Image Credit: Painting by Anne Marchand, Renewal, 72x72 In.
Photo Credit: Gregory Staley Photography.

Listings:
Acrylics, Wood Sculpture and Mixed Media
By Three Artists, at BlackRock
Who: Anne Marchand, Mike Shaffer, Mark Sharp

What: Art Exhibition and Opening Reception
Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media

When: June 5 - 28, 2013, Opening reception, June 8, 5:30 - 7:30pm

WhereBlackRock Center for the Arts 
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
www.blackrockcenter.org
PRICE: FREE admission. Telephone: 301-528- 2260

BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone of Germantown that engages the communities of Upper Montgomery County to explore, experience, and celebrate the arts. For further information about BlackRock, call the center at 301.528.2260 or visit www.blackrockcenter.org. BlackRock is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD, near the intersection of Middlebrook Rd. and Route 118.

To schedule an interview with any of the artists or with BlackRock Executive Director Krista Bradley, contact Laurie Levy-Page, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 240-912-1057.


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