Summer Art Exhibitions

Art reception photos combinedThursday, June 4, 2015

TIME: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

PRICE: This event is free, but RSVP is required

(Complimentary Light Snacks and Cash Bar)

EVENT TYPE: Evening reception

Artist Andrea Barnes: MOTHER’S TABLE

Aggie Wolf Ballroom Gallery
Exhibition on view from May 28, 2015 — September 8, 2015



The title for this exhibition of paintings and mixed media works on paper, Dive, was inspired by a favorite quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

My abstract work has long been influenced by collage, drawing and sketchbooks, and my interest in printmaking and science. In this exhibition, I continue to explore the internal process/state of mind which might be sensed before resolution is reached. A transitional space where multiple outcomes are still possible but a final conclusion has not yet been formed. This space, unsettled yet full of potential, represents a crucial step before new insight can take hold, whether in emotional or intellectual areas of our experience. I am interested in both artistic and scientific creative processes – where these might intersect – and curious about the process of memory, the science of perception, and their roles in our individual emotional and intellectual journeys. By layering media and combining out-of-context images – drawn from personal symbols, memories, graphic and scientific diagrams – I pursue a visual and conceptual tension that resists conventional expectations of resolution or narrative, but instead suggests new associations for the viewer.

Andrea Barnes is a Washington DC area artist working in drawing, painting, and mixed media. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Colgate University and studied Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington DC. After working in New York, she spent several years working for The Phillips Collection in Washington DC. Her work has won awards in regional and national juried exhibitions, and is included in numerous private collections.



Upstairs Gallery

Exhibition on view from June 1, 2015 — September 10, 2015


Theme: Wine and Roses: The Paintings of Sam Dixon

Primarily a watercolorist, Dixon also works in oil and acrylics. Dixon never made a conscious decision to be an artist; art seemed natural to him. Influenced by the paintings of French and American Impressionists, Sam Dixon’s work captures the essence of inspiration and atmosphere. His art often focuses on shapes and abstraction through a gestural approach, creating paintings with an energetic motion, achieving a careful balance between controlled structure, spontaneity and color compositions.

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