June Exhibits & Events

Some June art exhibits and events are worth mentioning for their unusual use of media and interesting subject matter.

Cell-Like Paintings made with glue medium by Kevin Kepple (text from the Washington Post):

Anguillian (detail) 2008 by Kevin KeppleThe Giver (detail) 2008 by Kevin Kepple

EXHIBIT: Patterned Paintings With a Cell-Like Feel Kevin Kepple’s solo show at Addison/Ripley Fine Art features square-shaped art in such colors as aqua, red and peach. He uses glue, ink and varnish to create the works, with images akin to the view through a microscope in biology class. Free. Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through June 21. 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-338-5180.

I missed this one but it’s worth mentioning for the medium — wax, or encaustic paintings, “The Divas and the Iron Chefs of Encaustic” through June 7th at the McLean Project for the Arts.

“Nexus 1-XX” Encaustic painting by Lorrain Glessner

This article, Paint: The Message Vs. the Medium, by Michael O’Sullivan really describes the opposing views about paint — should it be used as a means for representational creation or to create art abstractly? Personally, I don’t know if an answer is necessary or do I believe there’s a right answer. How the viewer is engaged can make the difference. I think these artworks rightfully achieve their goals by winning the Bethesda Painting Awards. They are on display through July 5th at the Fraser Collection. I am equally fascinated by B.G. Muhn’s painterly portrait (shown here) as I am with Suzanna Fields. “Orange Crush” piece, which is made with congealed paint extractions that resemble colorful paint pom-poms.

“A.E.#009″ portrait by B.G. Muhn

The huge nature photographs by Richard Misrach currently on view at the National Gallery of Art through September 1st, are meant to question man’s relationship with Nature but they remind me of decorative finishes, particularly this one on the water because I like the color — how it changes and its iridescent quality. Man’s role in it seems minimal.

Photo by Richard Misrach (courtesy Fraenkel Gallery And Pace/macgill Gallery)

An event more than an exhibit, unless one could say it is an exhibit of interior design samples, Design House, Spring 2008 “What Inspires You” at the Washington Design Center through June 28th. I’ll be checking this one out in the next week or two.

Matthew Swingley’s Study/Design House 2008. Photo Washington Post, courtesy Washington Design Center

Here’s a link to other posted exhibits, some of which may still be ongoing, like “Blue” at the Textile Museum through September 18th.

Also, if you like jazz and even better, free concerts, then you might want to attend the summer concert series at National Harbor. They are June 20th (Top of the Line Steel Band) and June 27 (Jaared Arosemena), Fridays 7 – 9 pm.

Happy weekend and first official day of summer!

Exhibition/Event Explosion

There is such a plethora of art exhibitions, information and events that are happening now in my area that I would like to see and be remiss in not mentioning them. I’ll try to list from when they begin and end, first to last with any links that apply:


“Resurrection Lily” Painting and Photo by Matthew Hilier @ Ann Arundel Community College

1) Beautiful flower paintings at Anne Arundel Community College through April 23. Hurry up, this one is ending soon!

Rowland Ricketts, III, Untitled Noren Partition, 2006 — “Blue” Textile Museum Exhibit

2)”Blue” at the Textile Museum (April 4 – September 18). An interesting variety about my favorite color.


DC Design House Property

3) The D.C. Design House (April 19 – May 11). Since there is no longer a NSO Design Showhouse, this is a way to get practical home decor solutions on a smaller scale. Tickets are $20. The old Georgetown Schoolhouse has been renovated for each interior designer’s rendition. I could be wrong, but I think this is the same location where I used to take graphic design at the Corcoran School of Art’s satellite building.


Old Town Arts & Crafts Festival

4) 28th Annual Old Town Arts & Crafts Festival at Market Square, Alexandria, VA, May 10 – 11. Sponsored by the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau.

“Black Dinghy” by Carol Bolsey

5) “Black Dinghy” and other paintings by Carol Bolsey at the Cross MacKenzie Ceramic Arts through May 14.


The Screwtape Letters, performance @ The Shakespeare Theatre

6) The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis at the Lansburgh Theatre through the Shakespeare Theatre Company (April 18 – May 18). The Washington Post claims it’s “wickedly” good and the characters exemplify this decked out in their devilish costumes.


“Looking Out” 1997, painting by Paul Rengo

7) Paula Rego’s Paintings at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, through May 25.

“Trash People” Photo by Kate Baylor

8) National Geographic’s “Trash People” by HA Shult, on view April 8 through June 8. Don’t throw away those soda cans anymore. You can make sculptures.

Library of Congress Experience

9) The Library of Congress Experience (Grand Opening April 12 and ongoing), with interactive technologies. It’s hard to see here but these Presidential portraits are achieved with finger and thumb prints. In a rough way this reminds me of Chuck Close, one of my favorite contemporary artists. You’ll see them plastered around poles in the Metro stations — clever way to advertise.

Crystal Flight Sculptures

10) The “Crystal Flight” Sculptures are on display around Crystal City. There are 50 planes with different themes, much like other cities have done with elephants and donkeys (DC) and fish (New Orleans). This could be a fun treasure hunt/find Waldo activity with or without kids. My husband and I saw these by chance two weekends ago and they are pretty novel and amusing. I’m enthusiastic that Byron Peck and other artists are involved. He may be most famously known for his Duke Ellington Mural.