Thursday, November 17, 2005

Mary Ott at Touchstone Gallery

I hopped the metro to go to the Penn Quarter District in Washington, DC. A former student of mine, Mary Ott is showing “New Work by Mary D. Ott,” at the Touchstone Gallery ( in Washington, DC, USA from November 9 through December 4, 2005. I found Mary preparing to demonstrate her technique of painting with thread on canvas to achieve a rich grass effect. Mary Ott is an accomplished printmaker as well as painter. Her canvases are minimal renditions of color with grasses built slowly by painting with threads. Ott described the process as meditative. The work incorporates Ott's successful printmaking techniques with a painters sensibility. The artwork includes luminous paintings of grasses created line by line using embroidery yarn and acrylic paint. Prints such as screen prints, monotypes, and intaglios are included as well.

Mary Ott will be at the gallery during the show on Friday, Nov. 18 and the Friday, Nov. 25, from 11 to 5. For a preview of the show, please go to

Touchstone is located at 406 7th St., NW, Washington, DC 20004. Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station and Archives Metro station. The Touchstone Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. 202 347 2787.

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