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Gibbs Street Gallery

Gibbs Street Gallery at VisArts

Experimentation and innovation are the driving forces behind Gibbs Street Gallery exhibitions. The gallery’s dramatic glass walls and towering 16-foot ceiling provide an exciting venue for experimental shows incorporating sound, light and performance art. The Gibbs Street Gallery is sponsored by The JBG Companies.

Hours:

Monday - Tuesday Closed
Wednesday - Thursday 12 noon to 4:00 pm
Friday 12 noon to 8:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday 12 noon to 4:00 pm

Galleries are only open to the public when exhibitions are on view. Please check exhibition dates when planning your visit.

Gallery Shows

Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy: Fathom Full Five: Going Deeper

Gallery Show date:
Wednesday, April 30  to  Sunday, June 1, 2014
Opening Reception:
Friday, May 9 - 7:00  to  9:00 PM
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy: Fathom Full Five: Going Deeper

Liz Lescault and Alison Sigethy, Blue Peristome, 2013, Ceramic, 8 X 13 inches

The organic visions of glass artist Alison Sigethy and clay artist Liz Lescault speak to each other. Collaborating for a second time, Sigethy and Lescault revisit and expand on their previous work, reacting to and altering each other’s sculptures to create enigmatic and seductive life forms that invite examination and study. To set the stage for this show, each artist is constructing an ambitious installation piece.

Lescault’s biomorphic sculptures reflect her exploration of organic form. She freely combines elements from nature, using imagery from the ocean depths, the detritus of the forest floor, and microscopic life. The work can be simultaneously sensual and scientific, beautiful and ominous. lizlescault.com

Sigethy makes sculptures out of glass. These forms are organic, but still abstract. By creating pieces that can represent the contradictory ideas of beginning and end, rebirth and decay, without preference, Sigethy hopes to create dialogue about the continuum of life and our place in it. alisonsigethy.com

Fathom full Five will also feature a soundscape composed by sound installation designer John Vengrouskie, creating a contemplative refuge for the sculptures and immersing the audience in a full multi-level collaboration.

Light Switch Dance Theatre: Negotiated Spaces

Gallery Show date:
Saturday, June 7  to  Sunday, June 22, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Light Switch Dance Theatre: Negotiated Spaces

Light Switch Dance Theatre, Negotiated Space, 2013, Performance Art

Negotiated Space is a 45-minute sites-specific piece choreographed by Sandra C. Atkinson, Artistic Director of Light Switch Dance Theatre (LSDT). The work uses dance to investigate the psychological and neurological affects of space. In a world where space is increasingly limited, Negotiated Space asks: what happens to us emotionally, mentally and physically when elements in our space are constantly altered? Do we shift ourselves in space, time and effort in response to changes in the space around us? Etched (performances on June 13 and 15, 2014) is a Contemporary Jazz evening length Concert piece that examines the concept of "negotiated space" through racial boundaries which was a catalyst of the Civil Right Movement. Each of the 5 sections of Etched is inspired by the work of artists Zoe Charlton, Theaster Gates, Norman Lewis, Betye Saar, and Carrie Mae Weems.

About Light Switch Dance Theater: Light Switch Dance Theatre is a sites- specific project based modern dance company dedicated to performing in non-traditional spaces. Sandra Atkinson, MA (Artistic Director) creates work in a collaborative manner inspired by humanity, science and art of all mediums. LSDT strives to be bring dance to the general public making any place a performance space.

About the Artistic Director: Sandra C. Atkinson is Artistic Director of the newly formed Light Switch Dance Theatre and Co-Artistic Director of the Jazz Is....Dance Project and Artistic Director of the newly formed Light Switch Dance Theatre. She has a B.A. in Dance from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a M.A. in Dance (Education) from American University. Sandra is currently teaching at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and American University in Washington, DC. Sandra has performed with Next Reflex Dance Collective, Peter Dimuro, Jane Franklin Dance, Carla & Company at Dance Place, and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. She has created works for Equinox Dance Theatre, Next Reflex Dance Collective, City Ballet, and American University and Montgomery College Dance Company. Sandra is proud to be a 2012 Smithsonian Faculty Fellow, Dance Metro/DC Selection Panelist for the 2012 Awards, and Advisory Board member of ReVision Dance Company. She is also on the Board of Director’s for Equinox Dance Theatre and Next Reflex Dance Collective. Facebook

RUTH LOZNER

Gallery Show date:
Friday, July 11  to  Sunday, August 17, 2014
Opening Reception:
Friday, July 18 - 7:00  to  9:00 PM
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
RUTH LOZNER

Ruth Lozner, The Odd Courtship, 2012, wood, found objects and mixed media, 26 x 44 x 22 inches

Following in the traditions of Surrealism and Dada, with a backstory of folk art, Ruth Lozner's, narrative, often autobiographical, sculptures and collages spring from her collection of found objects, ephemera and memorabilia.

JACKIE HOYSTED

Gallery Show date:
Friday, July 11  to  Sunday, August 17, 2014
Opening Reception:
Friday, July 18 - 7:00  to  9:00 PM
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public

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