The Touchstone Community: History Highlights

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TOUCHSTONE IS COMMUNITY

Artist-owned Touchstone Gallery has maintained a reputation for exhibiting contemporary work of high quality, vision and innovation by top-notch artists. Since the beginning, Touchstone’s mission remains unaltered: to enrich the lives of the community through exhibits of diverse contemporary collections of visual art; to promote a rich variety of artistic talent in the DC region;  to connect collectors with its artists; and to foster continuing artistic and career growth of participating artist through encouragement and support.  As a member owned and managed gallery, Touchstone artists enjoy the right to guide gallery policies and control their solo exhibitions.   For each piece seen in any given monthly exhibit, countless others are located in each artist’s studio.  Our director, artists and staffers are readily available for discussing all artwork types, techniques, and commission possibilities.

2016 members copy2016 Members (partial) L-R back: Alex Gray, Carolyn Johnson, Janet Wheeler, April Rimpo, Claudia Samper, Timothy Johnson, Pete McCutchen, Linda Bankerd, Mary Ott, David Alfuth, Colleen Sabo, Gale Wallar, JoAnne Block, Janathel Shaw, Jeanne Garrant. L-R Front: Mike Lang, Shelley Lowenstein, Ksenia Grishkova (director), Rosa Vera, Rosemary Luckett Not pictured: Steve Alderton, Lina Alattar, Jill Brantley, Marcia Coppel, Charlie Dale, Mari DeMaris, Elaine Florimonte, Judith Guiliani, Robert Goebel, Leslie Johnston, Makda Kibour, Harvey Kupferberg, Kate McConnell, McCain McMurray, Amy Sabrin, Maureen Squires, Lisa Tureson, Pat Williams, Lionel Daniels, Dana Brotman, Betsy Forster, Paula Lantz, Georgia Nassikas, BD Richardson, Richard Braswell, Jonathan Wassom, Harmon Biddle, David Beers, Newton More, Gail Vogels

TOUCHSTONE IS CONNECTING    

“Touchstone Gallery has allowed me to discover and explore artists in an amazing variety of shows. This artist collective allows a collector to meet and understand the artist’s perspective on their works – which enhances the personal connection to the art and the world it portrays.  My collection has grown and matured from beautiful watercolor paintings to vibrant mixed media works from talented artists in the Mid-Atlantic region.” Chad Thyes, private collector

Touchstone Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 11-6 and Saturday-Sunday 12-5.  In addition to showing artwork, the Gallery offers its unique space for special event rentals.

For more information, contact: Ksenia Grishkova, Director, email info@touchstonegallery.com or call 202-347-2787

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Just a few of the hundreds of artworks made by Touchstone Members: http://www.touchstonegallery.com

TOUCHSTONE IS BRICKS AND MORTAR (History Highlights)

1976:  Touchstone Gallery was established as an artist-owned gallery and opened its doors at a large gallery at 2130 P St. NW in DuPont Circle, then the prime gallery area in Washington. Story has it that the opening crowd was so large that P Street was gridlocked for several hours. Touchstone operated from the P St. location for thirteen great years.

1990:  Touchstone moved to a new space at the corner of R St and Connecticut Avenue NW, the old Toast and Strawberries building. The space was rented “as is” and was quickly renovated with the financial and in-kind support of donors and a local builder.

1995:  Motivated to grow its membership and to associate itself with a cluster other galleries, Touchstone relocated to 406 7th St. NW, in what is now known as the historic Penn Quarter section of Washington. The new gallery offered an expansive exhibition space and quickly became a “destination gallery” in a very active art scene that included several exhibition spaces and five other galleries.

Touchstone enjoyed 15 years of successful exhibitions on 7th St., but decided to move to street level after the building was closed for renovation in 2009.   “Many in the Penn Quarter neighborhood were saddened to learn that 406 7th Street’s owner planned on renovating the building, requiring the tenants, including Touchstone Gallery, to find new spaces to lease.  Happily, Touchstone Gallery eventually found a home at Boston Properties new building on New York Avenue.  Their presence continues to contribute to the Penn Quarter arts scene and delight both those who live and work here with its ever changing exhibits.” Jo-Ann Neuhaus, Executive Director,  Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association.

2010:  Touchstone Gallery moved a couple of blocks off 7th to its current location, a custom-built space at 901 New York Avenue NW.  With street-level prominence, it is the most elegant space to date, and is located between the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Located just across from City Center DC Touchstone, continues to serve the community, its members and its collectors.

The dedicated Touchstone members who took up the challenge to move from 7th Street to 901 New York Ave NW pictured below.

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L-R Back (pictured members): Charlie Dale, Mike Lang, Mary Trent Scott, Newt More, Janet Wheeler, Betsy Forster, Rima Schulkind, Marcia Coppel, Mary Ott, Cynthia Young, Joshua Gomez, Rosemary Luckett, Steve Alderton, Gary Bergel, Harriett Rosenbaum, Charles St. Charles. L-R Front: Janathel Shaw, Michele Cormier, Dina Volkova, Ksenia Grishkova (director)    (not pictured): Teresa Logan, Nancy Novick, Paula Lantz, Peter Karp, Michele Rogers, Mari DeMaris, Tory Cowles

Build out in process at the new Touchstone Gallery 901 New York Ave NW, Washington DC

Build out in process at the new Touchstone Gallery 901 New York Ave NW, Washington DC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2009 Boston Properties building team

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Finished Interior of the new Touchstone Gallery

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Touchstone Gallery Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary!

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It’s 2016 and Touchstone Gallery is in a celebratory mood!  Being one of the longest-tenured and most highly regarded artist-owned galleries in Washington, DC, Touchstone will celebrate its 40th year in Washington on May 13th with an Anniversary Gala and a May 4-29 member artists show, featuring solo artists, Paula Lantz and Colleen Sabo, and works by present and former members. The gala and show are open to the public.

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Touchstone Opening at 901 New York Ave NW

Touchstone Gallery was founded in 1976 by 30 talented and committed artists and has become an institution in the DC arts community.  The Gallery has earned a well-deserved reputation for showcasing a wide range of award-winning contemporary art, including painting, prints, sculpture, mixed media, and photography.

“Touchstone continues to be a collective creation of DC area artists,” explained Rosemary Luckett, a Touchstone collage artist and art teacher. “Our goal is to enrich the community by promoting art, making it accessible, available, and affordable.”

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Over its history, Touchstone has been home to over 300 member artists and it has provided a show venue for guest artists who were part of national and local juried shows. It has also collaborated with local organizations, such as Art Enables, Miriam’s Kitchen Studio, the Duke Ellington High School of the Arts, Capital Fringe, The Prisons Foundation and many others.  And it has partnered with embassies to exhibit international artists, including France, Estonia, the Netherlands, and Afghanistan.

“For 40 years, Touchstone has been home to many outstanding artists,” said sculptor Janet Wheeler, a founding member. “We have worked hard to promote a rich variety of area talent, to connect collectors with our artists, and to foster the artistic and career growth of participating artists. I continue to be proud of the impact we’ve had on our members and the contributions we have made to DC’s cultural and artistic community.”

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“Touchstone’s founders envisioned not just a gallery providing an exceptional home to area artists, but also a vibrant contributor to the broader community.  The gallery is concerned with the community beyond its walls, a defining part of its structure that sets us apart from many other galleries,” said Ksenia Grishkova, Gallery Director. “We host student art shows and art exhibitions that are a result  of art therapy programs, thereby supporting our local community, and sometimes contribute a percentage of sales to local service organizations.”

With community on its mind, in 2012 the gallery created the nonprofit Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA).  TFA organizes art classes for children and adults in the Shaw neighborhood, showcases the works of artists from DC non-profit agencies, and sponsors fellowships for emerging artists, which include mentoring, two years of gallery membership and a solo exhibit.   Alexander Padro, Executive Director of Shaw Main Streets, Inc., says, “Congratulations to Touchstone Gallery for four decades of exposing the work of new and established DMV artists to DC art lovers. Shaw has a great tradition and history as the home of great artists, from Alma Thomas to ‘Duke’ Ellington, and Touchstone is an important part of what makes Shaw one of Washington’s premier arts destinations.”

Touchstone Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 11-6 and Saturday-Sunday 12-5.  The gallery offers its unique space for special event rentals.

For more information, contact: Ksenia Grishkova, Director, email info@touchstonegallery.com or call

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The Abstract Icons of Paula Lantz

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Paula Lantz

Paula Lantz always watches people as she goes about her day–in a restaurant, on the Metro, in a park or grocery store.  Or at the mall.  These folks aren’t doing much;  just going about the business of living, but Paula wonders what each one is thinking or feeling, and makes a mental note of her guesses.

It may seem odd to others, but this ordinary activity inspires Paula to paint abstracted portraits.   “Using bold colors, collage, energetic brushwork, and simple shapes, I seek emotional impact,” she states.

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Do I Know You?

Back in her studio, Paula is alone as she turns on the music and begins each painting.
She allows her mind “go into the zone,” as the popular phrase goes.  This meditative stance helps her to connect to the spirit she intuited in each person she has observed. While painting abstractly, she seeks the subtlety and drama that connects us all as part of the human family. Thus each of these figures becomes an icon or artifact recognized by viewers as representing some aspect of our common cultural identity.

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Look for Paula’s May solo exhibition of figures Do I Know You?   at Touchstone Gallery from May 4 – 29, 2016   Reception: Friday May 13, 6-8:30pm     http://www.touchstonegallery.com

Colleen Sabo: Playing Favorites with Oil

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Colleen with Dunn Cove painting

Colleen with Dunn Cove painting

In her May 2016 Touchstone Gallery solo exhibition, A Few of My Favorite Things, Colleen Sabo introduces her new body of work in oils.  Long a color painter in water media, Colleen shifted her focus to oil several years ago and has not looked back since.

Blueberry State

Blueberry State

“I began a love affair with oil painting because I like using oil’s vibrant color.  I choose to paint colors,  interesting shapes, and edges, because they  reveal to me a deep sense of what is important in my life,” says Sabo.  Painting is a way of life for Sabo. She is inspired by her daily environment, her travels, and an absolute awe of nature.  She loves the colorful world in which she lives on the Chesapeake Bay.  Brilliant sunny days, wild nor’easter storms, rolling hills and bucolic scenes of southern Maryland are part of every-day life and viewed from her studio and home. Her loose abstractions also capture forests, water scenes, the streets of Paris and markets along the Champs Elysees.

 

Christmas Market on the Champs Elysee, Paris

Christmas Market on the Champs Elysee, Paris

A Few of My Favorite Things is Sabo’s third solo exhibit at Touchstone Gallery.    She is an award-winning member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York City, established in 1896, and a signature member of the Allied Artists of America, also of New York City.

See Colleen’s exhibit between May 6-29, 2016; Touchstone Gallery, 901 NY AVE NW, Washington DC; opening reception May 13 6:00-8:30 pm

 

Rosemary Luckett: Uncovering Nature’s Dream and Us

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Rosemary Luckett

Rosemary Luckett

Rosemary Luckett has come full circle this April in her Touchstone solo exhibition Earth House.  She continues with a circle of life theme that she started in a Round River series some years ago, probing relationships between the earth, its living creatures and humankind.  Through images of the seen, she points to – hints at – what is often unseen.  “The apparent visible and the hidden visible… in nature are never separated,” wrote Magritte, an artist she admires.  The fun in looking at her works is to discover both visible and related hidden.

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In Earth House, Rosemary focuses less on human proliferation and consumption and more on the living creatures and elements that support human life. Her medium this time is collage and poetry which tell stories of the bonds and intertwinings between life forms: minuscule phytoplankton to tall trees to us, for example.  Inspired by Northwest coast Indian transformation masks, Southwestern Hispanic retablos, and writings of Loren Eisely, she houses some of her works in wood shrines, emphasizing their iconic nature. This current exhibit is, all in all, an exploration of the impressive achievement and adaptive competence of living creatures who preceded humans, begetting more diverse and complex forms over eons on a fiercely wild and often inhospitable planet. And the Great Dreamer Creator behind the mask of the universe in all its majesty and in all its minutiae. Rosemary Luckett

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Earth House March 30 to May 1.  Opening Friday May 8, 6-8:30 pm; Meet the Artist Saturday May 23, 5-7 pm. Regular viewing hours W-F  11-6, S-S 12-5

Figure 8 plus 1 (part 2)

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In January we introduced you to four of the artists who will be exhibiting at Touchstone Gallery in March. In their exhibit FIGURE 8 PLUS 1, the artists continue the historical tradition of exploring the human form in a variety of media and styles including photography, oil, acrylic, watercolor and sculpture.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 6 – 8:30 pm
Artists Talk: Saturday, March 19, 2 – 4 pm

In this post we introduce you to four more of the artists participating in FIGURE 8 PLUS 1:

Dana Brotman – A Focus on the Gaze     Janathel Shaw – Expressionist Sculpture Gail Vogels – Magic Realism Narrative   Timothy Johnson – A Contemporary Slant on Traditional

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Woman on Blue Pillow

Dana Brotman has spent her artistic career conveying the power the face evokes. The face for her is a landscape of feeling, memory, and desire. She presents the face in archetypal poses and positions, recalling the agelessness of religious icons and idols and the still beauty of daguerreotype portraiture. Her subjects come to her from a magazine photo, a person seen across the room, and, inevitably, from memory and the ineffable sensations that filter through the seams of daily life.

Woman on Cardboard

Woman on Cardboard

Trained and working full time as a clinical psychologist, Brotman’s world is filled with faces in thought and transfigured by the reverberating echoes of the past. Her art, while not in any way about her patients, is saturated with the poignancy of the stories that they tell and with the impact of the faces upon which she gazes and which gaze back at her.


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Janathel Shaw explores the figure, expression, and narrative in her ceramic sculptures. Her figures primarily focus on social and political themes.  “My sculptures portray people of color, Shaw remarks, “which I view as part of the American genre. Clay is a natural medium to navigate the expression of love for the human form, abstract figure or juxtapose the two. “

Shaw continues, “There is something intimate, vulnerable and seductive about the human form.   What will the surface, texture and coloring reveal?  Clay is the ideal medium allowing me to convey strength, joy, empathy or pathos and aesthetic appreciation in three-dimensional space. Clay is fluid, adaptable, rigid and beautiful.  This is how I view life.”

With each new figure, Shaw pushes her personal envelope in style, quality, form and personal voice. Her recent pieces include sgrafitto images that appear as carved tattoos, adding deeper meaning to a political or social message.


While She Slept

While She Slept

 

Gail Vogels most recent body of work  Oh Life!  She explores  micro and macro themes happening simultaneously–those natural forces and choices that make us human beings.  “Using mixed media elements -instead of painting – I tried to figure out how to make various themes intersect on a picture plane. Plus, using scissors and glue is fun.  The process is old school and the experience evokes childhood.”

Beauty

Beauty

Gail uses an assemblage of her life drawing fragments, hand altered papers and found objects. The forms found in nature and architecture are juxtaposed with the figure revealing the everyday world in new and unfamiliar ways.   The magic realism narrative is intentional.  Vogels’ work tells a story of the beautiful and the temporary and seeks to remind people that there are still many mysteries in this life. More information about Gail Vogels and her work can be found at www.gailvogels.com.


 

Beef Carcass

Beef Carcass

Traditional portraiture with a decidedly contemporary slant, a mouth full, but is the closest wording I have found to describe the style with which Timothy Johnson paints.

In this current series Johnson has taken a small sidestep out of his standard use of friends, family and work colleagues as stand-ins for mythological or historical figures. Here the likeness of an individual and their portrayed personage is left out of the equation entirely. The figure and the figure alone, unidentified/anonymous, is what takes center stage. Tim’s self-coined phrase, single figure narrative, to describe portrait as storytelling still applies to this new work, but the impression you are left with is less about facts and information, but more about a sense of emotional inquiry.


The other artists in the exhibit are:
April M. Rimpo  – Exploring Culture through Color   Paula Lantz – The Human Condition through Abstracted Figures  Shelley Lowenstein – A Painter of Stories Michael A. Lang – Street Photographer on the Museum Experience   Steven M. Alderton – Impressionistic Paintings of Human Essence—Form and Spirit

Join the artists at the Opening Reception on March 4, 2016. If you would like additional one-on-one time with the artists, consider attending our Artists Talk event on March 19th beginning at 2  pm. Format includes a short talk by each artist, followed by time to interact individually with the artists. To learn more about the artists in FIGURE 8 PLUS 1 visit the Touchstone Gallery website: http://www.touchstonegallery.com/index/

Scroll below the next blog post to see blog about Figure 8 plus 1 (part 1)  Then head on down to Touchstone Gallery for a first hand look.

OR click here to see Figure 8 plus 1 (part 1) https://touchstonegallery.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/figure-8-plus-1-part-1/

 

Guest Artists: John Blee and Dee Levinson

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John Blee Orchard Suite

John Blee, a Washington DC artist, explores new spatial and emotional dimensions in Orchard Suite, his latest series of acrylic paintings on exhibit at Touchstone Gallery.  While most of his works vibrate with the intense spring blossom hues that are signature to his palette, several other paintings offer  deeper, nocturnal shades, reflecting inverse color themes. Playful geometries activate abstract, luminous sky-and-earth compositions and dance with one another to create an unlikely balance and playfulness.  The effect in the viewer is usually an uplifted spirit one might call joie de vivre.

Nick's Orchard

Nick’s Orchard

While painting Blee strives to be open to creative forces that allow for spontaneous expression. “I am here with the work and it ‘comes’ to me. I am the recipient as much as anyone else,” he states.  Like spring blossoms, the moment of creation can be fleeting, so he has to be in a frame of mind to capture what comes to him.

While a certain color palette inspires Blee’s work, he is especially moved by Rainer Maria Rilke’s orchard poems, as well as Paul Klee, Hans Hofmann, Pierre Bonnard, and Helen Frankenthaler color experiments. While living in New York City, he did meet Helen Frankenthaler – who he calls the “Mother of Color Field” – and asked her how she selects her color.  “It’s like choosing a word in a poem,” she replied. Blee took this message to heart.  Since then color and poetry walk hand in hand with his memories of a childhood in India (and Indian miniatures) to influence the way he views the world, thinks and paints. Rosemary Luckett

Armenian Orchard

Armenian Orchard

Artwork by John Blee and Dee Levinson  February 5 – 28, 2016

Meet the Artists: Sunday, February 21, 1 – 3pm

Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave NW, Washington DC 20001

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Dee Levinson Inspired by the Moment

Washington DC artist Dee Levinson learned at an early age to collage imagery and colors together.  As a child she began by pasting small museum art reproductions into little booklets her mother provided.  This seemingly inconsequential activity instilled in Levinson the notion that one could mix just about anything together to make a piece of art.  Today she does this “collaging” by mixing classical forms painted in a linear manner with highly saturated colors reminiscent of early 20th century German Expressionists.

Las Reinas Tres

Las Reinas Tres

As with those expressionists, she keys her colors to the saturation point in each oil painting.  Still she likes to draw with her paintbrush, which explains the inclusion of religious and mythological figures that also inspired the sculptors of the Baroque and Renaissance periods.  “Art is a line around your thoughts,” stated Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, another of her influences.  This seems apropos to Levinson as she draws figures and patterns depicted in brocade fabrics of Renaissance era (circa 1490-1600) in her very contemporary paintings.

Of her process, Levinson comments, “I build the ground [for a new painting] using paint from a previous day’s palette obliterating the texture of the canvas by covering it with the texture of paint.  I preselect my subject and have figured out my basic color scheme before I pick up the brush. From then on I am “inspired by the moment.”

Artwork by John Blee and Dee Levinson  February 5 – 28, 2016

Meet the Artists: Sunday, February 21, 1 – 3pm

Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave NW, Washington DC 20001

www.touchstonegallery.com

La Reina Plata

La Reina Plata

 

Figure 8 plus 1 (Part 1)

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The human form has captivated artists and viewers alike throughout history. Today this tradition is alive and well at Touchstone Gallery.  In the process of fleshing out the human form, eight Touchstone member artists working in two dimensions plus one sculptor working in three dimensions present an exhibit in the Gallery during the month of March 2016.

Their figurative works include photography, sculpture, and paintings ranging from the abstracted to representational. The diversity of their approach, style, media, and choice of color palette provide an intriguing look at figures in the 21st century.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 6 – 8:30 pm
Artists Talk: Saturday, March 19, 2 – 4 pm

In this post, and in another during February, we will take a look at the artists participating in FIGURE 8 PLUS 1:

April M. Rimpo  – Exploring Culture through Color   Paula Lantz – The Human Condition through Abstracted Figures  Shelley Lowenstein – A Painter of Stories Michael A. Lang – Street Photographer on the Museum Experience  Timothy Johnson – A Contemporary Slant on Traditional Portraiture   Dana Brotman – A Focus on the Gaze   Steven M. Alderton – Impressionistic Paintings of Human Essence—Form and Spirit  Gail Vogels – Magic Realism Narrative  Janathel Shaw – Expressionist Sculpture

To enjoy the remaining artist’s work in Figure 8 Plus 2 go to: https://touchstonegallery.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/figure-8-plus-1-part-2/


Even as a young girl April M Rimpo loved learning about other cultures and places. In college she studied ancient cultures and social anthropology, which focuses on modern cultures around the world.

Rimpo with A Moment to Relax

Rimpo with A Moment to Relax

Rimpo’s fascination with people continues today and is reflected in her figurative work. Her semi-abstract method of working results in portraits that are about a mood, an everyday activity, or a way of life, rather than detailed portraiture. She uses a variety of textural techniques in her paintings, but only uses a technique when she believes it enhances the story. In this exhibit you will meet people Rimpo saw when traveling within the United States and in Guatemala. In each case something grabbed her attention and made Rimpo feel she just had to tell the story. Can you find a story in her paintings?

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Movement II

 


 

For artist Paula Lantz painting is a passion. About her abstract figures she says, “I seek to reflect and respond to the nature and drama in our life experiences.” Paintings in this exhibit are part of a continuing body of figurative work. Lantz breathes life into her paintings through her color choices, collage, and paint texture.  Large boldly painted figures tap into personal and intuitive elements important to her. Lantz says her themes are universal to us all and include passion, joy, and sorrow.  Dramatic color and gestural paint application take center stage in her expressive figures.

 

Backward Glance

Backward Glance

 

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“Each day, my eyes are drawn to the small vignettes of everyday life,” says artist Shelley Lowenstein. “I like my paintings to prompt the viewer to make up their own story behind the image on the canvas because this establishes a conversation between the artwork and the viewer.  It makes the art more interactive and personal.”

Lowenstein captures these vignettes of life using dark shadows, strong colors, and paths of light that flow through the compositions. You can’t help but wonder when looking at her paintings whether the people know each other, love each other, respect each other, or like being solitary and alone. Are they bored, lonely, happy or sad…or none of the above? Come explore her work and decide for yourself what the answers might be.

French Gothic

French Gothic

901 K

901 K


 

Michael Lang is a street photographer who, in this exhibit, expresses the museum experience through photographs at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in NY. One photograph contrasts order among the museum visitors as they view the art display on the upper level versus randomness on the lower level, lacking an art display to organize them.

The second photograph shows how combining many images of people visiting the same Pollock painting conveys the energy not only of the painting, but now the audience that it attracts.

Contrast

Contrast

 

 

His Admirers

His Admirers

 

Join the artists at the Opening Reception on March 4, 2016. If you would like additional one-on-one time with the artists, consider attending our Artists Talk event on March 19th between 2 and 4 pm. Format includes a short artist panel in which the artists can respond to your questions as a group, followed by time to interact individually with the artists. To learn more about the artists in FIGURE 8 PLUS 1 visit the Touchstone Gallery website at http://www.touchstonegallery.com/index/

 

Finding a Home in Art

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Carl Foley

Carl Foley “Red Canyon”

Miriam’s Kitchen Studio Artists are homeless individuals trying to find jobs and homes in Washington DC.  During this process they participate in art activities that nurture their creative sides.  Some of their works are on exhibit at Touchstone Gallery during the month of November 2015: “Handpicked: Works from Miriam’s Kitchen Studio Artists.”

Not only do the artists of Miriam’s Studio express their vision through paints and clay, but they also have a lot to say in verse.

“It was written that humanity is in the image of God.
I say art is the proof that God lives in Man.
Through the images we create,
we equate reality.” Anthony Mills

“My art is called me
inside and out;
I love art;
it is peace of mind,
and a peace from me.
Life itself is like art,
people paint a picture every day. “ Travis McGee

“The flowers represent the nature,
the leaves,
and the change of temperature,
and trees are the lungs of the world.” Miguel Quezada

The paintings in this exhibit are equally thought provoking.  Satire makes its appearance in Donnie Mayer’s painting “Hoofball National League: Where the Pigs play the Hogs with Donald Trump’s Head as the Ball” and “A Passion for War: A Satire About our Love to Destroy the World.” Wil Lake’s painting, “Don’t Bomb Iran” echoes this theme. Vibrant colors characterize most of the work.   Rural and urban landscapes roil with energetic brush strokes.  Floral motifs crowd the edge of the canvas.  Human figures interact with each other and presidential dog Bo steps toward the viewer.  Brushwork may be textural and active, or carefully applied and nuanced, depending on the artist’s frame of mind.

Dannie Mayer

Dannie Mayer “Hoofball”

Works can be seen from November 6-29, 2015 at Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave NW, Washington courtesy of  The Touchstone Foundation for the Arts. Located at Touchstone Gallery, this is the latest exhibition in the Foundation’s “Handpicked” series, which brings non-traditional artists to show their work at the Touchstone Gallery in downtown DC for one month. wwwtouchstonegallery.com

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Anthony Mills  “Spiritus Peacock”

Miriam’s Studio.  Their award-winning art therapy program promotes feelings of dignity through art expression, provides marginalized individuals with a sense of belonging, and is an effective vehicle for guiding people towards positive change.Miriam’s Studio offers a safer space, materials and guidance for participants who draw, sculpt, collage, paint, and make jewelry.  Some projects are completed in a single session, while others take several sessions. During the creative process, the art therapist, art therapy intern, or skilled volunteer observes and engages participants as they speak openly and gain support from each other in a safe and trusting environment.

“The paintbrush has a little more power in it than I do,” observes one participant.  Senior Art Therapist Brittney Washington adds, “While the paintbrush is powerful, so too is their voice.  The paintbrush is an instrument and art is the vehicle by which we hope to empower people to self-heal, be seen, meet their goals, achieve and maintain wellness, and use their voice.”

Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 2015, 6-8:30 pm at Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave NW, Washington.

Howard Snyder

Howard Snyder “The First Dog”

Miriam’s Studio groups are offered Monday through Friday, 8:15-9:45 AM and 2:30-4:00 PM. Included each week during Studio hours: Open Art Studio, Art Therapy Groups, Creative Writing activities and groups, and Yoga classes.  Additional activities include theater, art exhibits and other field trips.

Owen Makel

Owen Makel “Silence”

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