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Past Gallery Shows

RUTH LOZNER: Fiction Non Fiction

Gallery Show date:
Wednesday, July 16  to  Sunday, August 17, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
RUTH LOZNER:  Fiction Non Fiction

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

Ruth Lozner’s narrative, and often autobiographical sculptures, follow in the traditions of Surrealism and Dada with a backstory of folk art. A life-long collector, Lozner finds inspiration in her family’s cache of memorabilia, thrift shops, tag sales and dustbins. What emerge from this evocative detritus are surprising assemblages that hint at life’s dichotomies and brim with humor, visual puns and references to science, mythology and history.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, July 18, 7 – 9 p.m.

Closing Reception: Sunday, August 17, 2:00 p.m.

JACKIE HOYSTED: The Candy Store

Gallery Show date:
Friday, July 11  to  Sunday, August 17, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
JACKIE HOYSTED: The Candy Store

Jackie Hoysted, Pick n’ Mix, 2014, Encaustic on wood panels, dimensions variable

Jackie Hoysted sets up an installation of encaustic paintings that look and smell good enough to eat. The scented paintings are minimal, candy colored transparent fields, some with sugary textured rectangles floating on top. Her confectionery of sweet paintings plays with the ideas of art as eye candy and the gallery as a sales room, but also doubles as a personal contemplation on desire and craving.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, July 18, 7 – 9 p.m.

Closing Reception: Sunday, August 17, 2:00 p.m.

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.

RIPPLE: Cloth, Community and Connectivity

Gallery Show date:
Friday, June 13  to  Sunday, August 17, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Location:
Kaplan Gallery

Curated by Susie Brandt

Textile production has a history of bringing people together. In ancient societies women gathered to spin, weave, and converse. Participants in quilting bees and knitting circles have shared their burdens while spinning yarns, crafting protests, and creating social fabrics of many stripes.

Ripple presents works of contemporary artists inspired by the communal production of textiles and the creative potential of social interaction. The exhibition is a vivid mix of performance, documentary video, interactive electronics, collaboration and community activism.

Artists include: Annet Couwenberg, Melissa Webb, Queerstories (with Olivia Robinson, Rachael Shannon, and Kate Drabinski),Valeska Populoh, Force (with Rebecca Nagel and Hannah Brancato), Jen Liu, Naomi Davidoff, Emily Schubert

About the Curator:

Baltimore based artist Susie Brandt has been progressively scouring the textile terrain since she sewed her first dress at age seven. Since the mid 80's her textile based work has addressed the domestic and handmade, consumption and abundance, and relationships between textile and rural and urban landscapes. Her studio work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions - nationally and internationally. At the same time, she has worked on collaborative site oriented installation projects with various artists including Betsy Brandt, Margo Mensing and Kristine Woods. In 1984 she earned a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987. Brandt is a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, 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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