Raising: Motherhood in Modernity by Jessica Gardner

Jessica Gardner’s art exhibit Raising: Motherhood in Modernity, will be on display in the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery from Friday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 18 with an opening reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Gardner explained that since becoming a mother, her artistry and the way she approaches art has changed. Elements of motherhood and the good and bad of being a parent can be found in the ceramic pieces she created for the exhibit Raising: Motherhood in Modernity.

Jessica Gardner; I Wish I Could Sustain You; slip-cast materials, re-fired found object, ceramic decals, mixed media; 21”x20”x12”; Photo courtesy of Greg Staley
Jessica Gardner; I Wish I Could Sustain You; slip-cast materials, re-fired found object, ceramic decals, mixed media; 21”x20”x12”; Photo courtesy of Greg Staley

Physical/Ephemeral: Mixed Media by Casey Snyder

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will exhibit Casey Snyder’s mixed media artwork in the show Physical/Ephemeral, on display from Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 30 with an artist’s reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Casey predominantly works with mixed media materials in a two-dimensional format. Oil paint, spray paint, acrylic paint, ink, plastic and collage are many of the materials and processes employed in her works.

Propped Up, Casey Snyder, 36” x 36”, Oil & mixed media, 2015
Propped Up, Casey Snyder, 36” x 36”, Oil & mixed media, 2015

Current Interrupted: Paintings by John M. Adams

Well-known regional artist John M. Adams will exhibit his recent paintings in the show Current Interrupted in the first-level Forum Gallery of the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center Sept. 23, 2016-Nov. 13, 2016 with an artists reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. John specializes in painting, drawing and site-specific work. He is currently working on a site-specific art piece that will be on display in the Schlesinger Center in early 2017.

John M. Adams; That Three O’Clock; acrylic paint, PH neutral artist tape, Latex house paint on Gatorboard; 40” x 32”; photo courtesy of artist
John M. Adams; That Three O’Clock; acrylic paint, PH neutral artist tape, Latex house paint on Gatorboard; 40” x 32”; photo courtesy of artist

(IN)MATERIAL: Mixed Media Collage on Raised Panel by Matthew Grimes

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus welcomes regional artist Matthew Grimes who will exhibit his show (IN)MATERIAL in the Passage Gallery Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 13 with an artist’s reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Matthew Grimes; Encapuchado; house paint, spray paint, street papers, billboard papers, carpenter's glue, found objects; 4' X 4'; photo courtesy of artist
Matthew Grimes; Encapuchado; house paint, spray paint, street papers, billboard papers, carpenter’s glue, found objects; 4′ X 4′; photo courtesy of artist

Artists Speak with Raye Leith and Tanya Ziniewicz

We recently hosted our first joint Artists Speak event with artists Raye Leith and Tanya Ziniewicz. Both artists spoke about their art exhibits that have been on display in the Schlesinger Center this summer. Tanya’s show “Évoluer” was on display in the second-level Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery from July 29 to Sept. 11. Raye’s show “Blueprints” is on display in the upstairs Passage Gallery and first-level Forum Gallery through Sept. 18.

In case you missed this lively talk, here’s what the two artists had to say about their inspiration for their recent work, their motivation to continue to create in new and exciting ways and how history influenced their art.