Friday, May 13, 2016

L E S L I E H O L T - Unspeakable at The 39th Street Gallery / Gateway Arts Center

Curator's Office in Conjunction with
The 39th Street Gallery / Gateway Arts Center

L E S L I E   H O L T

May 14 - June 25
Opening Reception:   Saturday, May 14       5 - 8 pm 

This reception is also the Gateway Open Studio Tour After Party. 
Refreshments will be provided by Gourmet by Karen.
Free and open to the public.

The 39th Street Gallery / Gateway Arts Center
Second Floor      
3901 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722

Gallery Hours: 
Thursdays      7 - 9 pm 
Saturdays    12 - 3 pm
and by appointment

Curator's Office is delighted to join The 39th Street Art Gallery / Gateway Arts Center in co-promoting an exhibition of noted feminist artist Leslie Holt.  In her recent series, Unspeakable, Holt embroiders meticulous line drawings of figures sourced from Pablo Picasso´s famous political war lamentation, Guernica(1937) and its preparatory sketches. Other artistic sources for her figures include the women in Vincent Van Gogh´s Sorrow (1882) and Käthe Kollwitz´s Hunger (1922). 

Situating these figures on unprimed canvas besides puddles of dripped paint or on blank grounds, Holt imbues the composition´s negative space and the canvas´s very materiality with ghosts of expunged drama. The paint stains are substitute loci of crisis; the embroidered lines are umbilical cords to unseen tragedy. That which is not visible is indeed unspeakable.

About the Artist 
Leslie Holt is an American artist based in Hyattsville, Maryland.  She is  
recognized far and wide for her Hello Masterpiece series of paintings. Holt copies instantly recognized paintings in miniature, faithful in all respects to the original, save for the addition of the Hello Kitty character appropriately inserted into the action. Her work is featured in a book that analyzes the Japanese icon as both art and commodity in Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific by Christine Yano.

She received a BFA in Painting at Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Painting at Washington State University. She is currently Co-director of Red Dirt Studio, 
a warehouse studio for a small group of independently practicing artists and creative professionals in Mt. Rainier, MD.

Leslie has taught studio art, art history and art appreciation on the college level since 2001. She has also worked as a social worker and advocate for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and people receiving welfare benefits. From 2009-2012 she served as founding board president and then executive director of VSA Missouri, a statewide organization that promotes access to arts for people with disabilities.

In addition to her studio practice, Leslie teaches at Art Works Now in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Greenbelt, Maryland, and online for Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She has exhibited her work nationally and is represented by the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis and Curator's Office in Washington , DC.
About Gateway CDC
Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in North Brentwood, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Prince George's County, Maryland. It drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy. Gateway CDC works within the communities of Brentwood, North Brentwood, and Mount Rainier, MD and in collaboration with multiple partners to ensure the success of the entire Gateway Arts District. 
Image Above: 
Leslie Holt, Unspeakable (Guernica Sketch #7), 2016,  
acrylic and embroidery on canvas, 20" x 16"

Curator's Office 
+ 202.360.2573

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Touchstone Gallery Celebrates 40 Years

May 4 – 29, 2016

Hors d’Oeuvres provided by Acadiana Restaurant
Brazilian music by Tom Rohde, guitar and Pablo Regis de Oliveira, cavaquinho
(Free and open to the public)

40th Anniversary Show including artwork by 50 current and 40 former gallery artists.

Exhibiting Artists: Lina Alattar, Steve Alderton, David Alfuth, Linda Bankerd, Ann Barbieri, David Beers, Harmon Biddle, Jo Ann Block, Jill E. Brantley, Richard Braswell, Dana Brotman, Chica Brunsvold, Roberto Carvalho, Danny Conant, Marcia Coppel, Tory Cowles, Charlie Dale, Lionel Daniels, Mari DeMaris, Anthony Dortch, Susan De Serio Faden, Susan Feller, Connie Fleres, Elaine Florimonte, Michelle Frazier, Pamela Frederick, Jeanne Garant, Judith Giuliani, Robert Goebel, M. Alexander Gray, Marco Gutierrez Zevallos, Patricia Helsing, Angela Herbert Hodges, Carolyn Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Leslie A. Johnston, Peter Karp, Aleksandra Katargina, Nihal Kececi, Makda Kibour, Ai-Wen Wu Kratz, Chee-Keong Kung, Harvey Kupferberg, Michael Lang, Paula Lantz, Cathy Leaycraft, Carl Lennartson, Francine Livaditis, Teresa RobertsLogan, Carol Lopatin, Marge Loudon Moody, Shelley Lowenstein, Rosemary Luckett, Mary H. Lynch, Kate McConnell, Pete McCutchen, JoAnn McInnis, McCain McMurray, Newton S. More, Bill Mould, Georgia Nassikas, Minna Nathanson, Aina Nergaard-Nammack, Leslie M. Nolan, Nancy Novick, Mary D. Ott , Mark Palmer, Cheryl Parsons, Wendy Plotkin-Mates, Lauren Rader, BD Richardson, Ron Riley, April Rimpo, Michelle Rogers, Colleen Sabo, Amy Sabrin, Claudia Samper, Rhona LK Schonwald, Rima Schulkind, Janathel Shaw, Connie Slack, Janos Somogyi, Maureen M. Squires, Tre, Mary Trent Scott, Lisa Tureson, Rosa Vera, Gail Vogels, Gale Wallar, Jonathan Wassom, Ellyn Weiss, Janet Wheeler, Melissa Widerkehr, Patricia Williams.

“Do I Know You?” by Paula Lantz
Paula Lantz presents part of an on-going theme of boldly painted and collaged abstracted figures.

"A Few of my Favorite Things” by Colleen Sabo
This show will feature all new work completed within the past two years in oils. Included will be landscapes, city scenes, florals and still lifes, with an emphasis on French landscapes.

Touchstone Gallery, one of the longest-tenured and most highly regarded artist-owned galleries in Washington, DC, will celebrate its 40th year in Washington on May 13th with an Anniversary Gala and May 4-29 member artists show, featuring solo artists, Paula Lantz and Colleen Sabo, and works by former members. The gala and show are open to the public. 

Touchstone Gallery was founded in 1976 by 30 talented and committed artists and has become an institution in the DC arts community. The Gallery has earned a well-deserved reputation for showcasing a wide range of award-winning contemporary art, including painting, prints, sculpture, mixed media, and photography. 

“Touchstone continues to be a collective creation of DC area artists,” explained Rosemary Luckett, a Touchstone collage artist and art teacher. “Our goal is to enrich the community by promoting art, making it accessible, available, and affordable.” 

Touchstone Gallery moved  in 2010 to its current location into custom-built space at 901 New York Avenue NW. With street-level prominence, it is the most elegant space to date, and is located between the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center; it is also just across from CityCenterDC and near three other art galleries. 
Touchstone Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 11-6 and Saturday-Sunday 12-5. The gallery offers its unique space for special event rentals. 

Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Ave NW
Washington DC 20001
Tel: 202-347-2787

Open Studios Tour This Saturday, May 14, 12-5pm in Gateway Arts District

Open Studio @ Project Space 

A N N E   M A R C H A N D
A Preview of New Work
Anne Marchand, Parallel, 72"x72" m/m on canvas

Meet the Artists

May 14, 2016
Opening: Saturday, 12 - 5 pm 

12th Annual Gateway Open Studios Tour

Martha Jackson Jarvis Studio  +  Anne Marchand Project Space  +  Njena Surae Jarvis Studio
Join us for this one day celebration of the arts in the Gateway Arts District. Visit the Project Spaces at Martha Jackson Jarvis Studio and see new work by Anne Marchand, the work of Martha Jackson Jarvis in her Mt. Rainier Studio and the studio of Njena Surae Jarvis.

3600 Oak Lane, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
Anne Marchand new work, artist in residence @ Project Space.
Martha Jackson Jarvis working on Mill Stone, a 6,000 lbs. public art sculpture in her studio.
Njena Surae Jarvis work in Project Space B.
Top - Anne Marchand, parallel, 2016, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 72"x72".
Bottom 1  - Anne Marchand, Work in progress in the Project Space, 2016.
Bottom 2 - Martha Jackson Jarvis, Mill Stone, a 6,000 lbs. public art sculpture   in the Artist's Studio, 2016.

Bottom 3 - Njena Surae Jarvis work, 2016.
Martha Jackson Jarvis Studio +  Project Spaces
3600 Oak Lane
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

The studio is located at the end of Oak Lane with entrance at the back of the building. Street Parking, walk to end of building and turn right.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Gateway Open Studios Tour This Saturday, May 14th!

Click to learn more and download a map:

#OST2016 will be an exciting and family-friendly event that will include live art demonstrations, kid-friendly activites, and live music performances. Immediately following the tour will be the official #OST2016 after party and kick-off reception for a new exhibit at the 39th Street Gallery (from 5-8pm inside the Gateway Arts Center).

2016 Bethesda Fine Arts Festival - May 14 & 15

Saturday, May 14, 10am - 6pm

Sunday, May 15, 10am - 5pm

Fine art created by 130 artists, live entertainment and Bethesda restaurants.
Located in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues.

Admission to the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is FREE.

Mid City Artists Spring Open Studios, May 14 & 15

May 14 – May 15
May 14 at 12 PM to May 15 at 5 PM

18 artists, who are part of the “Mid City Artists” collaborative, will open the studio doors of their own unique galleries, homes, garages, carriage houses, live/work studios, and studio collaboratives on Saturday May 14, and Sunday, May 15th, from 12-5pm, as part of The Mid City Artists Spring Open Studios Tour.

This bi-annual event in DC’s “Mid-City” – in and around the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods – enables art-lovers to connect personally with artists and learn more about how and where they make art. Their diverse works include: drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and mixed media.

Plan your studio visits by mapping your route on the downloadable Tour Map, which also features personalized “open” times at each studio:

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Please celebrate with us! Alchemical Vessels 2016 Closing Reception, Friday, May 6th, 7:00-9:00pm

Please celebrate with us! Alchemical Vessels 2016 Closing Reception, Friday, May 6th, 7:00-9:00pm

Alchemical Vessels 2016
Closing Reception
Friday, May 6th, 7-9pm
Free and open to the public
Please join us as we bid adieu to our most celebrated exhibition, Alchemical Vessels 2016! The response to this year's show has been unprecedented, with 123 new and emerging artists, selcted from 15 curators finding inspiration from a silmple cigar box. 
Come celebrate with the artists, friends, family and colleagues! This event is free and open to the public.
John M. Adams, Delé Akerejah, Najwa Al-Amin,
Kwabena Ampofo-anti, Gwendolyn Aqui-Brooks, Eames Armstrong, Rush Baker, Cedric Baker, Marilyn Banner, Holly Bass, Joan Belmar, Leslie Berns, Kristina Bilonick, Julia Bloom, Kim Boggs, Monica Jahan Bose, Anne Bouie, Calder Brannock, Daniel T. Brooking, Elizabeth Martin Brown, Patrick Burke, Melissa Burley, Patrick Burns, Adjoa J. Burrowes, Sharon Burton, Sabine Carlson, Mei Mei Chang, Gloria Chapa, Hsin-Hsi Chen, Patterson Clark, Calvin Coleman, Joe Corcoran, Ellen Cornett, Sheila Crider, Elizabeth Crisman, David D'Orio, Joan Danzinger, Deidre Darden, Alonzo Davis & Karen Davis, Tim Davis, Anna U Davis, Gregg Deal, JD Deardourff, Kate Deciccio, Elsabé Dixon, Nehemiah Dixon III, Jim Doran, Spencer Dormitzer, Cheryl Edwards, Dana Ellyn, Margo Elsayd, Rita Elsner, Dorothy Fall, Cianne Fragione, Emily Francisco, Helen Frederick, Jonathan French, Emily Fussner, Shaunté Gates, Bradley Gay, Jenne Glover, Peter Gordon, Adam Griffiths, Julie Guyot-Diangone, Rania Hassan, Jay Hendrick, Jeff Herrity, Francie Hester, Tom Hill, Jessica Maria Hopkins, Susan Hostetler, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Gary Irby, Annette Isham, Barbara Januszkiewicz, Charles Jean-Pierre, Wayson R. Jones, Jenny Kanzler, Gloria C. Kirk, Micheline Klagsburn, Yaroslav Koporulin, Zofie Lang, Elaine Langerman, Khanh Le, Nate Lewis, Nathan Loda, Steve Loya, Laurel Lukaszewski, Dalya Luttwak, Janet Maher, J.W. Mahoney, Ulysses Marshall, Antonio McAfee, Omolara Williams McAllister, Matthew McLaughlin, David Mordini, Carson Murdach, Diana N'Diaye, Cory Oberndorfer, Anthony Palliparambil, Jr., John Paradiso, Michael Pierce, Michael Platt, Judith Pratt, Darien Reece, Alana Reeves, Marc Robarge, E. Brady Robinson, Robin Schaefer, Matt Sesow, Wendy Sittner, Casey Snyder, Pierre Sylvain, Diane Szczepaniak, Khalid Thompson, Andrea Uravitch, Gloria Valdes "Tarasca", Jessica van Brakle, Sylvie van Helden, Jenny Walton, Ellyn Weiss, Alice Whealin, Rives Wiley, Jordann Wine, Naoko Wowsugi, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin, Helen Zughaib 
There are still a limited number of vessels available! Please contact Emily Fussner for more details.
We hope you will join our efforts in realizing this community-building art exhibition and benefit to support our important work with cancer patients, their caregivers and veterans.
Contact AV Coordinator Emily Fussner with any further questions
Visit our Facebook Page for more information!

Gallery Hours:

Wednesday to Friday: 11am-5pm, Saturday: 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC
Learn more about the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery