Thursday, April 19, 2007

New Abstracts by Michele de la Menardiere

May 9 - June 20, 2007
RECEPTION: Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 6:30-8:30pm
(Wine and Cheese reception and music by the experimental jazz band MudPie.)

2142 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

This May through June, Alliance Francaise will be showcasing new work by local artist of French heritage, Michele de la Menardiere. Through luminous color, shape, and texture, Michele’s paintings explore the rich and varied complexities of the emotional landscape. By approaching the canvas with openness and curiosity, each piece the artist creates is an experi- ment in presentness —a type of in-the-moment, creative, and expressive meditation. Michele de la Menardiere is a professional artist based in Washington, DC. Her work has received notable acclaim and has been exhibited in numerous established galleries. She has been selected for various juried shows in galleries such as the Arlington Arts Center, Gallery West, Gallery 10, the Creative Partners Gallery, and the Touchstone Gallery. Her work was purchased by the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities’ ArtBank and she was commissioned to create site-specific paintings for the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. In addition, she was chosen to be part of the State Department’s prestigious Art in Embassies program showing work in two American embassies abroad from 2001-2007.

Michele is also an award-winning graphic designer who has received accolades for her work. Her designs were chosen for the Art Director’s Club of Washington, DC’s annual show and she has won over seven awards from the Washington Book Publishers, including two First Places for book cover design.

Come out to experience her vibrant, iridescent, and emotive work and meet the artist this May 9th. In conjunction with the opening there will be a wine and cheese reception and music by the local experimental jazz band, MudPie.

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