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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.

TARNISH: Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)

Gallery Show date:
Friday, May 2  to  Sunday, June 1, 2014
Opening Reception:
Friday, May 9 - 7:00  to  9:00 PM
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Location:
Kaplan Gallery
TARNISH: Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)

Lesley Riley, Ten of Cups, Digital photography, wholecloth, machine quilted, painted. 40 x 31 inches

The Studio Art Quilt Associates present a juried exhibition of contemporary quilts from the Maryland, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina regions. Artists address the idea of “tarnish”- a patina that affects the outside surface but protects the underlying layers- with inventive quilts.

Featuring the artists: BJ Adams, Christine L. Adams, Patricia Autenrieth, Karen A. Brown, Susan Callahan, Misty M. Cole, Linda Colsh, Kathryn Conte, Linda T. Cooper, Sandy Curran, Barbara A. Dahlberg, Larraine M. Denakpo, Diane R. Doran, Eileen Doughty, Betty C. Ford, Lotta Helleberg, Catherine Kleeman, Kristin LaFlamme, Katherine E. McKerall, Amalia P. Morusiewicz, Dominie M. Nash, Julia E. Pfaff, Joan A. Raciti, Lesley Riley, Susan L. Robbins, Ruan D. Robertson, Priscilla Stultz, Dianne M. Wolman

About the juror: Colorado artist Deidre Adams is inspired by the quiet beauty to be found in the imperfect and the impermanent. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Adams is influenced by the light and color of the southwestern landscape and its beautiful but unforgiving environment. Effects of time and weather are a recurring theme in her abstract paintings and multi-media textile pieces, which focus on the study of shape, color, texture, and mark-making.

Adams holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Metropolitan State University of Denver as well as a B.S. in Computer Information Systems & Management Science and an A.S. in Graphic Design. Her work has been shown in numerous juried exhibitions and galleries and is included in several corporate and private collections, including the Wichita (Kansas) Center for the Arts, the Ritz-Carlton Highlands resort in Lake Tahoe, California Metro State University in Denver, and multiple libraries and health care facilities.

Painting With Thread: Embroidery Arts Exhibition from China

Gallery Show date:
Friday, May 9  to  Sunday, May 11, 2014
Opening Reception:
Friday, May 9 - 7:00  to  9:00 PM
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 

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

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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