Cyanotyped Sail by Katherine Akey

Katherine Akey’s solo exhibition “Behind the Silent Hills” runs through July 28, 2018. The summer hours for the gallery are 11-4PM. Monday – Friday and during public events on the weekend.

Katherine Akey: Behind the Silent Hills

” When I began to create work about the poles, I had to do just that: create. I had felt the burn of rope in my hands and the spray of saltwater on my face, but I had never heard the fizz and crackle of ice in the water or seen the emerald and lavender hues of snow in the dull arctic autumn. And so the sail was born — a labor of love and perseverance. I walked for miles in the snows of Long Island to gather it up, canvas and hemp, from an old marine depot. When I returned home I thought I had gotten bed bugs, but the spots covering my legs were just hives from the cold.”

“I wanted to create my own iceberg, but having never seen one in person what I created was this; cyanotype, the bright prussian blue of the 19th century, cracked and wrinkled and exposed in the hard spring sun. My interpretation of the berg, much like a medieval drawing of a lion, is a little clumsy and ill formed, with a funny snout and preposterous proportions. But what innocence is there in that malformed lion, drawn from a description passed from mouth to mouth from Africa to the Netherlands! What joy is there in the iceberg made in Long Island, born from the dreams passed from year to year in the sleep of a young woman. ”

The Sail – Installation Shot
Installation Shot of The Sail
Installation Shot
Installation Shot
Fisher Art Gallery Installation Shot

Artist Reception Saturday June 23, 2018 2-4PM

We will be holding three artists receptions on Saturday afternoon June 23rd 2-4PM.  Please plan to come and celebrate the summer solstice  with us.

Acquaetta Williams

In the Forum Gallery,  “Without Shadows” by Acquaetta Williams is an exhibition of her dynamic mixed media paintings. Her creative use of vinyl records in the work make the pieces jump of the wall.

 

Bryan Jernigan

In the Passage Gallery, “Peregination” Bryan Jernigan’s paintings are showcase of his explorations and journey through landscapes into abstraction.

 

 

 

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Katherine Akey

In the Fisher Gallery, “Behind the Silent Hills  displays Katherine Akey’s poetic passion for exploration and the Arctic. Photographs of her trip to the Arctic are displayed with a cyanotype print completed before her Arctic trip.

The Schlesinger Arts Center is on the Alexandria campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. The address is 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, Va 22311. Parking is available in the enclosed garage across from the center.

There will be live music at the opening, refreshments and a performance art piece.

Nine Dragons

Chen Rong. Nine Dragons (detail). 1244. Ink on paper. Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Chen Rong. Nine Dragons (detail). 1244. Ink on paper. Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Chee-Keong Kung – Notes on Nine Dragons

“For a long time now, I have been fascinated by Chen Rong’s Nine Dragons from the Southern Song dynasty (13th century). An exemplary work of technical virtuosity and ineffable grace. The brush-and-ink painting depict churning clouds, winds, and waves among jagged rocks while dragons mysteriously appear and disappear amidst the turmoil. Compositionally, there are large swaths of open space and dark shadows, recognizable elements and abstract shapes, and a sense of depth and movement through time. ”

“A small print-out of the painting (actual painting including inscriptions is 50 feet long) hangs on my studio wall as an inspiration and a reminder that the simplest of gestures can transport us to uncommon places. Most recently, I was looking for a way to start a new series of canvases and found that the light-and-dark patterns within the painting worked wonderfully as jumping-off points. The new canvases eventually became the black-and-white works that are currently in the Oblique Horizons exhibit at the Schlesinger Arts Center. ”


Oblique Horizons is on display through June 10, 2018 in the Fisher gallery . The gallery is open Monday through Friday 10-4PM and evenings and weekends during public performances in the wall. Chee-Keong Kung will be at the gallery Sunday May 20th, 2018 from 3-5PM. To find out more about Chee-Keong Kung, Please visit his About The Artist page.

Artists Reception Saturday May 5, 2018 4-6PM

You are invited to join us for a joint reception for our two current exhibiting artists Barbara Frank and Chee-Keong Kung. The reception will be held this Saturday May 5th, 2018 from 4-6PM. Light Refreshments will be served and parking is available in the covered visitor garage across the street from the Schlesinger Center. The address is 4915 East Campus Drive Alexandria, VA 22311.

These are two stylistic different artists who are held together by a passion for movement,  and the mythic beauty in all aspects of the natural world.

For more Information you can visit the Schlesinger Center website.

White Light by Chee-Keong Kung
Under Water Over Sky by Barbara Frank

Conversation with Maroulla – Weds, April 18th, 12:30pm

Please join us for a special weekday conversation with sculptor, artist and current exhibiting artist Maroulla.

TIME: Wednesday, April 18th at 12:30PM

Maroulla’s dedication to her art form – marble and alabaster sculpture is expressed in the focused and passionate nature of her commitment to her art practice. This talk promises to be a engaging and enlightening for all participants. We hope that you can join us “In the Room” with Maroulla! For more about Maroulla’s work visit her ABOUT THE ARTIST page.

We meet on the second level of the Schlesinger Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College at 12:30PM.  The address is 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311

If you are coming from off campus – There is paid parking – 2 dollars an hour – in the garage across the street from the center. We will have light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you!

Vision, Expression, Impression – Sculptures by Maroulla

Our current Fisher Gallery exhibit, Vision, Expression, Impression – Sculptures by Maroulla is on display until April 22nd. Carving in both marble and alabaster, Maroulla present both figurative and abstract works that are timeless in their elegance and beauty.

This show will be open special weekday hours and by appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vision, Expression, Impression schedule is as follows

Monday: 12-3 pm
Tuesday: 1-4 pm
Wednesday: 1-4 pm
Thursday: 1-4 pm
Friday: March 17th 12-pm

All other Fridays 1-4pm

The reception is March 24, 2018 4-6PM

Weekend hours will be posted on  The FisherArtGallery Facebook and Instagram every Friday COB.

Undercurrents: Monotypes by Adjoa J. Burrowes

Behind the Eight Ball
Behind the Eight Ball

Starting March 9, 2018, the Passage Gallery of the Schlesinger Center will be exhibiting a new printmaking exhibition, Undercurrents: Monotypes by Adjoa J. Burrowes. These recent abstract monotypes explore the angst and uncertainty of contemporary times. As the artists states: The immediacy of monotypes appeal to me in its urgency and uniqueness. No two are alike. My large predominately black textured works, with spots of color, were printed from reclaimed plastic wrapping and recall aerial photos of burnt out cities and landscapes, the result of fire storms or urban violence.

The artist reception is Saturday, March 24, 2018 4-6PM.

To learn more about Adjoa, visit her About the Artist page.

Permutations, Oil Paintings by George Kochev

George Kochev - Soft Magnetic StormWe are pleased to welcome the work of George Kochev to the Schlesinger Center – Forum Gallery. He combines an embrace of the tradition of oil painting with an exploration into mathematics and science. By doing so, he creates his own unique visual language. George’s paintings shows us how the creativity required for science and art intersect.

The artist reception is Saturday, March 24, 2018, 4-6PM.

Hope is an Echo

“Hope is an Echo” is part of the Passages: Monotypes by Clare Winslow exhibition in the Passage Gallery.

Clare is frequently inspired by the work of poets.

Hope is an Echo by Carl Sandburg is one of her inspirations.

Hope is an Echo

Hope is a tattered flag and a dream of time.

Hope is a heartspun word, the rainbow, the shadblow in white

The evening star inviolable over the coal mines,

The shimmer of northern lights across a bitter winter night,

The blue hills beyond the smoke of the steel works,

The birds who go on singing to their mates in peace, war, peace,

The ten-cent crocus bulb blooming in a used-car salesroom,

The horseshoe over the door, the luckpiece in the pocket,

The kiss and the comforting laugh and resolve—

Hope is an echo, hope ties itself yonder, yonder.

The spring grass showing itself where least expected,

The rolling fluff of white clouds on a changeable sky,

The broadcast of strings from Japan, bells from Moscow,

Of the voice of the prime minister of Sweden carried

Across the sea in behalf of a world family of nations

And children singing chorals of the Christ child

And Bach being broadcast from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

And tall skyscrapers practically empty of tenants

And the hands of strong men groping for handholds

And the Salvation Army singing God loves us….

  • Carl Sandburg

Small Domestic Miracles: Works by Emily R. Shepardson

Emily Shepardson Monotype - Crossing into AutumnEmily R. Shepardson will be having a solo exhibition entitled Small Domestic Miracles in the Fisher Gallery of prints and paintings starting January 20, 2018 and running through March 5, 2018. There will be a artist reception on Saturday afternoon, February 10, 2018 2-4PM.

Emily is a printmaker and painter who describes her process has collage-like. For a print she will begin with a series of different plates and stencils layers and combined until the final image is achieved.

She describes small domestic miracles as household magic like soaking white napkins in bleach to remove food stains, or perfectly gluing a broken cup back together again. It could also be catching sight of a tangle of birds circling over the house or having a crow follow me to work. In my art, it’s a glimpse of a swan in the creek, or the shadow touch of a hand on your back.

You can follow Emily on Instagram at @shepardsonemily