Coming Events and News
from the artists at Gallery West
is located just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC in
historic Alexandria, VA near popular restaurants and other attractions.
Visit the Gallery at 1213 King Street in Old Alexandria, just blocks from the King Street Metro. Gallery hours: Thursday - Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm and other times by appointment.
Gallery West is pleased to present Dimensions, featuring the work of ceramics artist Daiva Balkus and photographer Ruth Ann Lowery.
Combining these three-dimensional and two-dimensional art forms into
one show offers a unique and richly diverse art experience.
became committed to ceramic art due to the tactile nature of clay, the
ability to use her love of color and paint when applying glazes, and the
challenge of making work that shows the supple, flexible nature of the
material in the final form of its hard and glassy state. She enjoys
making soft, voluptuous pieces that frequently include contrasting
hard-edged features. She loves exploring the rich history of pottery
making and ceramic sculpture and finds inspiration in virtually every
period of great pottery making. Currently she is experimenting with
creating shapes and forms that surprise and delight ~ forms that reach
or slump or push out in some unexpected way, and creating ways for form
and surface to sing together. Ruth Ann Lowery
approaches photography as a tool for more closely observing and
experiencing the places and people she encounters, and ultimately for
making connections with viewers. By sharing images of the world as she
perceives it, she seeks to communicate and share a common wonder at the
subtle order, dignity and beauty that waits to be seen in places both
expected and unexpected. Ruth Ann’s passion for creating images
recently took her to New York City, where she worked to uncover new
layers of -- and capture beautiful human moments in -- this singularly
unique urban landscape. The result is Bytes of the Big Apple: NYC in Digital Photographs,
featuring images of scales large and small, and ranging from the grit
of the city’s subway system to rarified images of style and fashion.
She recently expanded the project to also include images of Chicago.
You can see more of Ruth Ann’s work, which available as archival digital
prints and fine gallery wraps, at www.nuancedviews.com. Don’t miss this unique and richly textured combination show from two of Gallery West’s newest members!
Also Coming to Gallery West in October
Pulse4Artists - “4 Ways of Color”
artistic exploration of color by the group: Pulse4Artists, will be on
display at Gallery West from October 3 - November 4th. The opening
reception will be Saturday, October 13th between 5 - 7PM in the
gallery. It is their first show together after investigating new
mediums and styles.
are a diverse group of four artists who have painted and exhibited
together since 2003. Our work includes acrylic, oil, watercolor,
monotype, graphite, pastels, and photography. We are drawn together by
the textures, movement, and colors that pulse through our work.
Baumbusch’s artwork reflects her love of the beauty of nature, captured
in acrylic, oil, pastel, and watercolor. She brings energy and movement
into her paintings with a rhythm found in the music that is ever
present in her Georgetown studio www.cherrytreeart.com
Blackwell’s art explores moments within the family environment and
reflects them in oil and acrylic paintings, photographs, and mixed media
Brady works in monoprints, acrylic, pastels, watercolor, and mixed
media. Painting for her is a release of energy. She is an impulsive
artist. Color and impact are her primary interests. www.kathybradyart.com
Correa’s work captures instances of her multicultural life where
frequent travel, family, memories, and beauty give rise to her emotions.
She uses acrylic, oil, pastel, graphite, ink, and watercolor. http://carolinacorrea.com
Much of my work is done en plein air, French for "in the open air." People often associate it with the Impressionists, but the move to paint outside preceded them by a number of decades. The trend to appreciate landscapes as a genre at all was new for the time.
Several characteristics contribute to the distinctive beauty of en plein air painting. They are generally smaller in size in order to be able to capture a scene in a single sitting. Because of the time limit and environmental factors such as the sun and shadows moving, they often lack extensive details and might appear slightly fuzzy or unfinished. Lastly, they tend to have a freshness and spontaneity which makes them impossible to compare to traditional and methodological studio work. That said, my own studio work tends toward the same feel as en plein air, which then identifies my overall style: softness with an edge.
My aim when painting en plein air is for alla prima paintings, which roughly translates for me as "what happens outside, stays outside." It adds another level of difficulty to the work.
These are some local places for landscape painting; most are within an hour of the Beltway. Look here for the complete album, a couple hundred views from my photography collection, which are mapped here.