Wednesday, February 4, 2009

art show in Rosslyn

"East meets West," a culturally themed art exhibit, is on display February 5-28 at the Century 21 Redwood Realty, 1711 Wilson Blvd. The Arlington Artists Alliance is sponsoring the exhibit. Wilford M. Scott, Head of Adult Programs at the National Gallery, juried the show. He selected 38 paintings from among 87 entered for the exhibit. Works selected for the exhibit include a variety of styles--in oils, water media, collage, pen and ink, prints, and mixed media--in large and small formats by 26 Arlington artists. I saw some fine art here last year.

Opening reception, Friday, February 6, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Regular exhibit hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4 pm; to confirm weekend hours, 703-528-8195.

Notes from the opening:

Nancy Carter was awarded Best in Show for her oil painting, "Sunset". Nancy explained to me that this work developed through her reaction to a friend's burial in Arlington Cemetery. She had expected the ceremony to feel cold and formal, but she experienced it as quite emotionally moving. She painted "Sunset" as a way to relate to the emotions she felt there.

Other awards: first place, George Bowles, "Coffee Pot and Chinese Pear"; second place, Bud Hensgen, "Mask"; third place, Sandi Parker, "Hong King Marketplace"; Honorable Mention, Jane Coonce, "Things Go Better With Coke" and "Secret Writings" (which sold during the opening); Honorable Mention, Linda Jeffers, "Feel Magazine Cafe Bar".

The exhibit includes some beautiful collages and mixed-media work offered at relatively low prices. Harriet Meehan's "Postage To and Fro," which included postage stamps, is priced amusingly at $131.25.

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