Thursday, September 02, 2010

Touchstone Gallery to Reopen at 901 New York Ave. NW Site September 10

Touchstone Gallery 50 Artist’s Member Show
inaugural Exhibition
August 18 - September 26, 2010
Grand Opening: Friday, September 10, 6 – 8:30 pm
901 New York Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20001

(photo by Mike Lang)

Touchstone Gallery, owned and operated by an association of Washington DC area artists since 1976, is re-opening in a new space on New York Avenue September 10, with a "champagne celebration." Touchstone contracted for a light-flooded space with 15-foot ceilings in a premier office building on New York Avenue owned by Boston Properties. Touchstone President Michelle Cormier invites the public to “come share the excitement” of the gallery’s rebirth at its September 10 opening festivity, scheduled from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.

Characterized by monthly exhibitions of contemporary-style art, Touchstone features both solo shows and group exhibitions by member artists, many of whom have exhibited nationally. A variety of works is on exhibit--from paintings, sculpture, mixed media, clay, and glass to photography, collage, drawing, hand-pulled prints and installations.

Touchstone Gallery, one of the longest-tenured artist cooperatives in the DC area, has adapted to four changes of location in its 34-year history, and according to gallery director Ksenia Grishkova, owes its longevity to “an energetic and cooperative membership. It is a welcoming place for viewing and collecting affordable original art of uncompromising quality expressed in a diversity of materials and styles.”

Touchstone’s main goal is to promote the work of member artists. Director Ksenia Grishkova says that “each year Touchstone contributes a percentage of sales to local organizations that serve the community.”  and "on ocassion provides a venue for select student work or guest artists.”  The gallery hosts special exhibitions representing topical issues, rents space for special events, and provides free space to community organizations that promote poetry and theater.

Touchstone Gallery Artists:

Steve Alderton, David Alfuth, Linda Bankerd, Gary Bergel, Marcia Coppel, Michele Cormier, Tory Cowles, Charlie Dale, Mari DeMaris, Anthony Dortch Jr., Susan Feller, Betsy Forster, Lou Gagnon, Joshua F. Gomez, Carolyn Johnson, Leslie A. Johnston, Carol Kanga, Nihal Kececi, Ai-Wen Wu Kratz, Harvey Kupferberg, Michael Lang, Paula Lantz, Emery J. Lewis, Teresa Roberts Logan, Carol Lopatin, Rosemary Luckett, Mary H. Lynch, Kate McConnell, Pete McCutchen, JoAnn McInnis, Newton S. More, Bill Mould, Minna Nathanson, Leslie M. Nolan, Nancy Novick, Mary D. Ott, Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Harriet Rosenbaum, Colleen Sabo, Rhona LK Schonwald, Rima Schulkind, Janathel Shaw, Charles St. Charles, Elena Tchernomazova, Mary Trent Scott, Dina Volkova, Gale Wallar, Paulette Warwick, Janet Wheeler, Kathy Wismar, Cynthia Young.

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