You are invited to join us Saturday afternoon for the gallery reception for three outstanding exhibitions at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The artists will be present between 2 and 4pm to greet the guests and answers questions about their art work.
The shows are currently public and will run through June 9th, 2019.
Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday 10AM – 5PM
The exhibitions are as follows:
shape of memories: sculpture by Norma Schwartz Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery
In a Drop of Water: Photographer by Jonathan Ottke Passage Gallery
My Russian Soul: Paintings by Nataliya Gurshman Forum Gallery
We are very pleased to announce our early spring exhibitions and invite you to the opening receptions. We will have two new solo exhibitions opening on March 9th, 2019, Saturday afternoon 2-4PM.
NOMAD: The Art of Alonzo Davis Forum Gallery and the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery
We pleased to present work from two of Alonzo Davis’s recent series, the Navigation Series and the Migrant Series. The Navigation Series is inspired by Alonzo’s long-time fascination with Micronesian navigation stick charts. Once used by the Marshall Islanders of Micronesia, the charts, studies of Pacific swell patterns and island locations, helped mariners navigate the waters in and around the region by canoe. The “Migrant Series” is a body of works that express our need for national and world concern of peoples having to leave their homeland because of inhumane conditions.The work in the series are approximately 14″w x 16″h x 5″d; each containing encaustic boats made of bamboo on a mixed media collage painting, with encaustic wax on board with burned and painted bamboo.
COMING TO LIGHT: The Encaustics of Angela White Passage Gallery
Angela White is a fine artist inspired by physical, spiritual and emotional memories that create the visual depth and density of her work. Abstracts and seascapes compose the majority of her compositions. Natural and sensual materials such as oils and encaustic paint allow the blending of edges to create visual depth. By superimposing layers of media, the varied themes and processes of her work are exposed.
We are very pleased to invite you to an evening of artists talks with Lisa Noble and Travis Childers next Wednesday evening December 12th, 2018 6-8pm. Lisa and Travis have distinct visions where they explore memory and our experience of the day to moment.
The address for the Schlesinger Center is 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311. There will be parking available in the Visitor Parking Garage right across the Circle from the Schlesinger Center.
Students, Teachers and Staff and the DMV art community Thursday September 6, 2018 12:30PM -1:30PM Lunch and Learn with the artist Jenny Wu
Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus
4915 East Campus Drive
Alexandria VA 22311
A Sociology in Layers
Lunch and Learn with Jenny the Wu on her exhibit A SOCIOLOGY IN LAYERS at the Schlesinger Arts Center.
What do we mean when we call something Serious Play?
How do artists develop and come up with the ideas behind their work?
Grab a sandwich, and come down the hill to the Schlesinger Art Center and meet the artist Jenny the Wu.
Jenny Wu will be giving a behind the scenes – straight from the creative source talk about her and Michael Holt’s work in the interactive exhibit – A SOCIOLOGY IN LAYERS.
Jenny the Wu, like Winnie the Pooh, an artist and educator. She is the 2018 – 2020 Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellow, and adjunct professor at American University and Marymount University.
Jenny Wu was born in Nanjing, China. She holds a B.A. from William Smith College in Studio Art as well as in Architectural Studies, and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from American University.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including Denise Bibro Fine Art, Katzen Museum, and Huntington Museum of Art. Wu has participated in numerous Artist-In-Residence programs across the country, and has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.”
Contact Information: Mary Welch Higgins
Gallery Director, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
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. ”
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.
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.
In the Passage Gallery, “Peregination” Bryan Jernigan’s paintings are showcase of his explorations and journey through landscapes into abstraction.
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.
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.
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 ARTISTpage.
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!
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
Emily 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