Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Works by 47 Artists Featured in “Recollection: Celebrating 15 Years of Exhibitions at BlackRock Center for the Arts”

Special gallery exhibit on view through October 13 at nonprofit arts center located in Upper Montgomery County

Kay Gallery (main level) & Terrace Gallery (upper level)
BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

INFORMATION: 301-528-2260


GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Also open select evening and Sunday hours when performances are offered. Please call to confirm.

As part of a year-long celebration commemorating the 15th anniversary of BlackRock Center for the Arts, the nonprofit arts center presents “Recollection,” an exhibition featuring a selection of artists who have shown their work in their galleries during the past 15 years. On display in both the Kay Gallery and the Terrace Gallery, the “Recollection exhibit includes pieces by 47 artists in a range of media from drawing, painting, collage, photography, and printmaking to works of sculpture, assemblage, glass, fiber, clay and wood.

The exhibiting artists are Fran Abrams, Christian Benefiel, Ronald Beverly, Sabine Carlson, Eric Celarier, Chris Chernow, Chayo de Chevez, Lesley Clarke, Bobby Coleman, Jacqui Crocetta, Joel D’Orazio, Catherine Day, Oletha DeVane, Lisa Egeli, Ric Garcia, Mark Giaimo, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Carol Brown Goldberg, Lee Goodwin, Pat Goslee, Matthew Grimes, Sean Hennessey, Ellen Hill, Scott Hutchison, Melanie Kehoss, Kit-Keung Kan, Zofie King, Chee Kung, Renee Lachman, Amy Lin, Tamryn McDermott, Anne Marchand, Greg Minah, Lincoln Mudd, Cory Oberndorfer, Beverly Ryan, Deanna Schwartzberg, Mike Shaffer, Bobbi Shulman, Ellen Sinel, Michael Enn Sirvet, Diane Szczepaniak, Marsha Staiger, Renee Van der Stelt, Sharon Wolpoff, Jenny Wu and Joyce Zipperer.

Drawings in the exhibit have often been developed through a stream-of-consciousness process where dense imagined foliage is outlined by black paint pen in “What We Cannot Touch” by Carol Brown Goldberg, improvisational ink lines define a space between gravity and weightlessness in “Riff I” by Chee Kung, delicate linked circles frame or are obscured beneath holes cut in the multi-layered “Melpomenia’s Edge” by Amy Lin, or graphite drawings of black rocks allow viewers a live comparison with the actual subjects in “Point, Line & Stone I & II” by Renee Van der Stelt. Paintings on display include those that freeze the action as when artists pour, spin and tilt the canvas to put paint in motion in “the very outset” by Greg Minah and “Lumen Naturae” by Anne Marchand, gentle brushstrokes of ink and watercolor on rice paper manage to momentarily halt the powerful flow of waterfalls in “Falling Water CXVII” by Kit-Keung Kan, and transparent glazes of oil paint capture the sequential motion of shifting glances in the portrait “The Decision” by Scott Hutchison.


Traditional brushwork dances across the reflective surface of a sublime waterscape in “Revisiting” by Lisa Egeli, or highlights the unexpected beauty found at the rear of a building in “Alley Back of Second Street” by Sharon Wolpoff, but bursts of spray paint encase a treat in a frozen haze in “Strawberry Shortcake” by Cory Oberndorfer. Photographs range from a still and quiet scene on the C&O Canal in the silver gelatin print “Lock 7 in Fog” by Lee Goodwin to the vibrant and dynamic swirl of light tracking movements made by dancers in “Aurora #7” by Ronald Beverly.


Collage and assemblage works transform found objects as they are combined to examine gentrification in “We Knew There Was a Plan” by Aziza Claudia-Gibson Hunter, or to explore the science and psychology of drug studies in “Nocebo” by Zofie King, and simply take on a visual role as wood and ivory piano keys removed from their instrument form a flared skirt in “Span” by Renee Lachman and the collection of circuit boards collected from discarded electronic devices create a topographical landscape in “Network AVC #1307” by Eric Celarier. Sculpture in the exhibit often gives new life to unexpected materials as do the pen caps used as handlebars for a sleek tricycle that doubles as an unwearable high-heel shoe in “Hell on Wheels” by Joyce Zipperer and the lengths of plastic weed wacker line that makes an elegant fashion statement when woven and burned at the ends in “Nina Chair” by Joel D’Orazio, or the 3D printed self-portrait cast in iron to form the “head” of a hammer that was used to pound the nail on display in “Studio, Practice” by Christian Benefiel.


Since opening in the fall of 2002, BlackRock Center for the Arts has been continuously presenting a vibrant series of solo and group exhibitions highlighting the work of hundreds of visual artists from across the Metropolitan Washington and Baltimore area and the Mid-Atlantic region. Each year the community has the opportunity to connect and engage with both emerging and established artists presenting their work in the nonprofit center’s two beautiful gallery spaces. This special exhibition seeks to celebrate all of the talented artists who have shown their work in the galleries at BlackRock during the past 15 years by displaying a variety of works that is clearly only a small sampling. The exhibition “Recollection: Celebrating 15 Years of Exhibitions” was curated by Anne Burton the Gallery Director at BlackRock. This special group show will be on view through Saturday, October 13, 2018 in both the Kay Gallery, located on the main level, and the Terrace Gallery, located on the upper level, at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. Admission to the exhibitions and the galleries at BlackRock is always free.

To learn more about the exhibiting artists, please visit their websites:

Fran Abrams |  www.franabrams.com

Christian Benefiel |  www.christianbenefiel.com

Ronald Beverly |  http://boxlightstudios.com

Sabine Carlson |  www.sabinecarlson.com

Eric Celarier |  www.ericcelarier.com

Chris Chernow |  www.chrischernow.com
Chayo de Chevez |  https://chayodechevez.co/
Lesley Clarke |  www.lesleyclarkeart.com

Bobby Coleman |  www.bobbycolemanart.com

Jacqui Crocetta |  www.jacquicrocetta.com
Joel D’Orazio |  www.joeldorazio.com
Catherine Day  |  www.catherineday.net
Oletha DeVane |  www.olethadevane.com
Lisa Egeli |  www.LisaEgeli.com
Ric Garcia |  www.ricgarciastudio.com

Mark Giaimo |  www.markgiaimo.com

Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter |  http://gibsonhunterstudio.com/

Carol Brown Goldberg |  www.carolbrowngoldberg.com

Lee Goodwin |  www.leegoodwin.com

Pat Goslee  |  http://patgoslee.com/

Matthew Grimes |  https://matthew-grimes.format.com

Ellen Hill |  www.ellenhillart.com

Scott Hutchison |  www.scotthutchison.com

Melanie Kehoss |  www.kehoss.com

Kit-Keung Kan |  https://artofkitkeungkan.wordpress.com

Zofie King |  www.zofieking.com

Chee Kung |  www.kungcheekeong.com
Renee Lachman  |  www.msac.org/artists/renee-lachman

Amy Lin |  www.amylinart.com

Tamryn McDermott |  www.tamrynmcdermott.com

Anne Marchand |  www.annemarchand.com

Greg Minah |  www.gregminah.com

Lincoln Mudd | 

Cory Oberndorfer |  www.coryoberndorfer.com
Beverly Ryan |  www.beverlyryan.com

Deanna Schwartzberg |  www.deannaschwartzberg.com

Mike Shaffer |  http://mikeshaffer.net/

Bobbi Shulman  www.bobbishulman.com

Ellen Sinel |  http://ellensinel.com/

Michael Enn Sirvet |  https://sirvet.com

Diane Szczepaniak |  www.dianeszczepaniak.com

Marsha Staiger |  http://www.marshastaiger.me
Renee Van der Stelt |  https://reneevanderstelt.com/

Sharon Wolpoff  |  www.sharonwolpoff.com

Jenny Wu www.jennywu.art

Joyce Zipperer  |  www.zipperer-sculpture.com

ABOUT BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS: BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries presenting more than 15 exhibitions per year, two theaters presenting more than 30 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes, workshops and camps in the performing and visual arts are offered for all ages. 

FREE PARKING & RIDE ON BUS 15-MINUTE EXPRESS SERVICE FROM SHADY GROVE METRO: BlackRock Center for the Arts is centrally located in the heart of Germantown, next to the Germantown Public Library, at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874. Free parking is available in the lot at the rear of our building and along the street. Ride Metrorail to Shady Grove Station (Red Line) and transfer to Ride On Bus Route 100 (15-minute Express Bus Service from Shady Grove Station to the Germantown Transit Center [GTC] on Aircraft Drive). From GTC, walk four blocks west, following Century Boulevard to our front door. Check routes and schedules by calling 240-777-7433 or visiting: www.rideonbus.com and www.metroopensdoors.com

Monday, September 17, 2018

Diversity and Identity: Renée duRocher

"Renée duRocher has taken her place in the Canadian visual arts community through patience and determination. Her exhibition, Diversity and Identity, is inspired by a recent visit to northern Vietnam and the literary work of Vietnamese-born Canadian author Kim Thùy. Diversity and Identity tells the stories of this journey. Rice fields, lush tamarinds, and characters dressed in traditional costumes poetically illustrate her trip. Combined with literary snapshots selected by novelist Kim Thùy, the selected pictorial works are enhanced and focus upon the Vietnamese community."

The exhibition is open from July 30, 2018, through October 27, 2018. The Embassy’s art gallery is located next to the Newseum at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, free of charge.

Embassy of Canada Art Gallery
501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
The exhibition is sponsored by Bombardier, Inc.
Canadian Artist Ponders ‘Diversity and Identity’ in Visual Diary of Vietnam By Kate Oczypok 

duRocher has another exhibit in D.C. at the Zenith Gallery, Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, Traveling Full Circle through January 5, 2019. 
FEATURING ARTISTS: Lisa Battle  Richard Binder  Patera Kori Studios (Darlene Davis)  Renée duRocher  Anne Marchand Jerome Parmet

Thursday, September 06, 2018

ZENITH GALLERY Reception - September 14, 2018

Show Dates: August 28, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Meet the Artists Reception: Friday September 14, 5-8 PM

FEATURED ARTISTS: Lisa Battle, Richard Binder, Patera Kori Studios (Darlene Davis), Renée duRocher, Anne Marchand, Jerome Harris Parmet


L-r: Coeur by Lisa Battle, Blue Fish-New Fish  by Jerome Harris Parmet, 
Bringing People Together by Richard Binder 

L-r: Dusk by Anne Marchand, Sukos by Darlene Davis, Quâkhû (Past) by Renée duRocher

40 years in any business is a long time, 40 years in the Art Gallery Business is a lifetime. To celebrate forty years of Zenith Gallery we will have hosted a series of three different exhibitions at 1111 Pennsylvania Sculpture Space that will represent the different eras of Zenith Gallery. This exhibit will highlight recent artists from our current location at 1429 Iris St. and works by two long standing Zenith artist Renée duRocher, who will simultaneously be showing at the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery, and a rare sculpture series by Anne Marchand, fresh from the works of the Katzen Art Center. 

Lisa Battle, inspired by nature’s forms and shapes, creates hand built ceramic sculptures that truly look like they have been cultivated in nature. Their ambiguous, biomorphic forms suggest rock formations found in the Southwest and gestures of modern dance, often reminding us of a detail shot of a bigger picture. The sculptures are fired in a wood kiln which leads to interesting variations of texture and color on the surface. “The result is both a visual and tactile experience in which the surface is inherently integrated with the form.” 

Richard Binder a medical oncologist who spent more than 40 years caring for patients has undergone a metamorphosis from caring to creating. He has translated skills learned as an undergraduate in engineering school fabricating working models from metals into creating abstract metal sculptures. “I create vivid and dramatic metal sculptures from mild and stainless steel. My inspiration is the world and its beauty. My creative process begins with a cerebral concept. I close my eyes and visualize forms in 3-dimensions – and often in color. Then I either create a model, or I go directly to working with the steel.” 

Patera Kori Studios (Darlene Davis) are a father and daughter duo who look to nature for naturally occurring spirals and incorporates those patterns in their wood sculptures. “The kinetic component introduces movements that communicate the ordered, balanced perfection of spirals in nature.” These spiral sculptures bring a sense of relaxation, calming and balance to the viewer. 

Renée duRocher infuses historical aspects into the places she visits and depicts. Thus, translated onto the canvas, she maintains a contemporary artistic approach. She includes the modern-day community of Sa Pa, Vietnam and their traditional colors and historical garments to express concepts of time and history. “It is not only a question of history or remnants, but also, and primarily, a question of human nature and its relation to the ephemeral, the divine, and eternity. These are concepts that outlive ages and civilizations, and they are deeply anchored in Renée duRocher’s space-time.” 

Anne Marchand long known for her expressive, other-worldly, colorful canvases continues her journey with these free-standing sculptures. Marchand relates to “the poet Garcia Lorca’s vision of duende, the soulful response to a work of art, infused with earthiness, the irrationality, and existential vulnerability” for her current body of works, but one could see duende’s influence beginning in her earlier years. 

Jerome Harris Parmet owned an interior architectural design firm for 45 years before he turned to sculpting in steel. Parmet has been interested in the arts since his senior year of college. Working primarily in steel, Parmet discovered how the process of welding allows him to mold and shape while the steel stays firm. “My repeated theme is an examination of balance and stress. Each piece is original, achieved after hours of dreams, sketches, models and mock-ups, but they all seem to be an exploration into steel suspended in space.”


For four decades, Zenith Gallery has been a pillar in the D.C. art community. We attribute our success to our ability to transform with the ever-changing times. We do this by combining our longstanding commitment to inspired, unique artworks with our personalized, high quality customer service. This commitment to celebrating the creative spirit of our artists is the core value at the heart of Zenith Gallery. As the Owner, and celebrated artist in her own right, Goldberg is fond of saying, “With billions of people on the planet, for someone to come up with an original idea and execute it in an original way is what has kept me in business all these years.” 

Information: 202-783-2963  art@zenithgallery.com 
1111 Sculpture Space Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am - 7pm, Saturday 8am - 4pm
* On Saturday Enter on 12th Street ~ Knock and the guard will let you in *

Now celebrating 40 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media, style and subject. The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012. Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20004.