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Past Gallery Shows

GEN-Y: Aspiring Maryland Artists

Gallery Show date:
Friday, June 27  to  Sunday, July 6, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public

Rockville, MD- VisArts presents a juried exhibition of artists 18 to 25 years in the Gibbs Street Gallery from June 27 to July 6. Juried by art consultant Jack Devine of Artists Circle Fine Art, the exhibition features aspiring Maryland artists whose artwork has not been displayed in a professional art gallery. The goal was to offer young artists an opportunity to bring their artwork to the public and to experience the process of exhibiting in a gallery. VisArts Gallery Director and Curator Susan Main was approached by a Montgomery College student with the request for an exhibition that would allow artists his age, who are seriously making artwork, to have a show. Most of these artists are in an in-between phase. They are undergraduate students or recent grads uncertain about how to proceed with a career in art or what it takes to be an artist. Many are under financial, social and educational pressures that might preclude further study in art. Others are committed to a non-art career track yet are passionate about making art. Most are working under the art world radar of the region.

BOBBI SHULMAN: PIPE DREAMS IN BLACK AND WHITE

Gallery Show date:
Friday, June 13  to  Thursday, July 3, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
BOBBI SHULMAN:  PIPE DREAMS IN BLACK AND WHITE

Bobbi Shulman, 2013, Mixed Media on panel

Bobbi Shulman’s abstract paintings are intuitive, spontaneous and emotional, frequently leaning toward whimsy and fantasy.

Light Switch Dance Theatre: Negotiated Space

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

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

Painting With Thread: Embroidery Arts Exhibition from China

Gallery Show date:
Friday, May 9  to  Sunday, May 11, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public

Artist Demonstrations: Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, 1 – 4 pm

As one of the oldest folk arts, Chinese embroidery has been acknowledged for its amazing beauty and brilliant craftsmanship. More than 40 embroidery artworks with traditional and modern designs of two regional styles, Hunan Embroidery and Suzhou Embroidery, will be exhibited with live demonstrations.

The highlight of the exhibition is “Double-Sided Embroidery”, embedded in a piece of glass where both the front and back side can show the same or two entirely different pictures. Viewers will see how embroidery artists apply more than 40 needleworks and more than 1000 different types of threads to create the elegant works, and how traditional Chinese paintings and modern western oil paintings are integrated into the design of contemporary Chinese embroidery works.

Co-sponsored by the Confuscius Institutes at George Mason University and the University  of Maryland 

Opportunities

The Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency

The Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency at VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national and international artists for an 8 week residency at VisArts at Rockville. The Residency offers artists a dedicated studio, a supportive environment and the gift of time to plan, research, construct and present proposed projects.

The Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency

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