April 27, 2017 – September 5, 2017
Sharmila Kapur was born in India and moved to the United States in her early twenties. As a child she enjoyed drawing and painting immensely, but did not get the opportunity to attend art school. Instead, she studied psychology. After completing her masters degree from Columbia University, New York, she worked for several years in the US private sector and an international development organization. During these years, Sharmila retained her passion for art and dreamt of becoming an artist one day. Today, she lives her dream, having graduated from the Master Artists Program at The Compass Atelier, Maryland and works as an artist in Washington D.C. Sharmila has lived in New Delhi, New York, Sydney and Singapore and continues to travel extensively, drawing inspiration for her art from people and places. Sharmila Kapur’s exhibition at the WNDC focuses on flowers. Bold and simple, white or colorful, Sharmila’s flowers represent life’s transience. Her paintings attempt to capture the joy of color and light as represented in the lines and curves of petals. For Sharmila, each flower is a character with its own unique story.
Michelle René Cobb
The Art of Seeing: A Retrospective
February 2, 2017 – April 25, 2017
“In my work I seek to see life in a deeper way, to see the invisible qualities, the ever-changing atmosphere, capturing a moment in time. Seeing is something you feel, experience and study, requiring a sustained and persistent focus. Looking and actually seeing is not the same thing. My mentor Edward Loper, Sr. once said, “Seeing is a learned thing. It’s not a natural instinct, and once you’ve learned to see, the world will never look the same to you.”
My goal is to bring the viewer into my vision. I do not worry about focusing on the objects or the subjects before me. My focus is on creating a work of art using my knowledge of color, light and a well-designed composition to seize a particular moment in time. Once I have completely surrendered to seeing, it is then in that space, that I can create.
My work as a professional artist spans four decades of my life, which includes many years as a Time-Life designer / art director, and educator. My culminating years of experience as a designer and fine artist are present in all of my work. I am inspired by the design I see in nature, whether it’s in the rugged mountains of Europe, the natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard and Chadds Ford, a remote village in West Africa, or the urban beauty of Washington, DC.
Plein air painting in these beautiful locations is a major part of developing my vision.”
–Michelle René Cobb
November 14, 2016 – February 1, 2017
Indian born, Vatsala Menon discovered her love for painting late in life. She has since successfully exhibited at various locations throughout Washington, Virginia and Maryland, such as Glenview Mansion, Montpelier Arts Center, Maryland Federation of Arts Charity Auction, Montpelier Art Gallery and recently at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis.
“Art is the very essence of my being. She nourishes me, energizes, gives me pure joy and tranquility of the mind. I became a serious artist late in life, a mid-life re-birth of sorts.
My art is about feelings, emotions, impression of the mind. The human mind has always fascinated me. I paint what I feel and sense, not what I see in the material world. Colors, rich and intense, free flowing styles, express my inner thoughts and I translate them on the canvas. Art has to have a narrative, excite the viewers, intrigue them to make them want to explore the artist’s mind through the paintings.
My lifelong fascination to unlock the mystery of the moon led me to conceptualize my inner vision of the moon on canvas and thus the Moon Series was developed.
The times that we are living in now, surrounded by violence, unspeakable acts of terror and destruction and a lack of compassion and civility in the world prompted me to take a hard look within my artistic soul and this led me to paint the War Series.
In Picasso’s words, ‘Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday Life’.”
Sariah Sami Najam
Ever Changing Horizons
September 15, 2016 – November 8, 2016
Sariah Sami Najam, a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, is a painter who celebrates the beauty and experience of the natural world around her. Her depiction of her memories, derived from her various travels around the world, is both intense and dramatic. Her work, which uses her travels as a starting point, provides a seamless transition and transformation of reality to imagination and then abstraction. Her inspiration is derived from natural elements, and her philosophical inclinations then are superimposed on renderings with a worldly backdrop. The natural elements provide the building blocks but are molded into and arranged according to her imagination and philosophy.
A Passion for Florals
May 19 2016—September 13, 2016
Sharon Fox-Mould, a fine artist whose medium includes acrylic on canvas and photography.
Sharon’s Hibiscus won second prize in UTRECHT 60th anniversary art competition in 2009.
Sharon has participated in many exhibitions mounted by the Jamaica Guild of Artists. As a guest of the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago and the Mayor of Port of Spain, she exhibited in the “Celebration of Jamaican Art Exhibition”, which marked the anniversary of the twinning of the cities of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Kingston, Jamaica. Her paintings joined those of esteemed African American artists at the National Black Fine Art Show at the Puch Center in New York City. Her work is widely collected by individuals and corporations in Jamaica, the United States and Canada. Especially notable is the prestigious Pehl Collection in Eldersberg, MD, the Vincent D’Aguliar Collection in Nassua, Bahamas, and The Bank of Jamaica Collection.
Beauty within Destruction
February 3, 2016—April 19, 2016
Artist Statement: Beauty within Destruction represents exploration of the environmental impact and visual beauty of petroleum. Petroleum is a versatile substance, and comes in many types serving a variety of applications. This collection focuses on petroleum because of its impact on my childhood home, using acrylic paint (a petroleum byproduct).
When I was a sophomore in High School, my family was notified that our neighbor’s oil tank had leaked 1,000 gallons of petroleum underneath our home. This incident turned into a five-year legal and emotional battle for our personal well-being and safety. Living through this experience I have developed an emotional fascination with the concept of oil spills. They create an immense amount of destruction, yet there is something beautiful about them. I find beauty in the way the light reflects off the surface of oil spills creating iridescent colors. My intention is to create a metaphorical balance of beauty and destruction in my work.
Biography: Julia Kron is a Northern Virginia area artist and elementary school art teacher. She focuses on acrylic painting but has a love for all mediums. She received a B.F.A. with honors from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, in Studio Art, concentrating in painting & drawing. She received her K-12 Art Teaching certification as well as minors in Art History and Theatre.
Nov. 12, 2015 – Feb. 12, 2016