Brentwood Arts Exchange Presents: ‘Forest of the Mind’: Featuring Laura G. Thorne and Marcia Wolfson-Ray
Opening Reception will be on Saturday, April 21 from 5 to 8 pm.
The Brentwood Arts Exchange announces the exhibition titled Forest of the Mind, featuring the artwork of DC-based Laura G. Thorne and Baltimore-based Marcia Wolfson Ray, to be on display from April 9 – June 2.
Laura G. Thorne combines steel, aluminum, glass, stoneware, and organic material, to create sculptures that are at once foreign and yet familiar. Marcia Wolfson-Ray builds three dimensional rhythms and patterns from grasses, reeds, bamboo, and other dried plants collected from disparate natural and urban environments. Each working in her own way, Thorne and Wolfson-Ray’s artworks meet in their embrace of mystery and improvisation and in their ability to cast the familiar into different contexts, pushing seemingly ordinary materials and objects into newness and sublime beauty.
Laura G. Thorne
Laura G. Thorne creates sculpture, monotypes, silk screen prints and furniture. Her artwork can be found in numerous public, corporate and private collections such as the DC Convention Center, Duncan Aviation and in the personal collections of Aimee and Robert Lehrman and Robert and Karen Duncan. Thorne’s sculptures have been exhibited internationally, in Berlin and Rome, and nationally in various museums and cultural institutions including the Smithsonian Institution, the Denver Art Museum, The Aspen Art Museum (of which she is a founding member), The McLean Project for the Arts, the US Botanical Garden, Montgomery College, Robischon Gallery and the Boyden Gallery at St. Mary’s College. She has taught at the Anderson Ranch Art Center, and National Gallery of Art, and is active member of the arts community having served on various boards and panels in the DC arts community and beyond.
Marcia Wolfson-Ray creates sculpture from organic materials such as wood, reeds, dog fennel, straw, and grasses. The inspiration for her work comes from nature, its forms, rhythms and patterns. Conditions, such as light, temperature and time of the year also come into play in her sculpture, which brings a sense of mystery to what she calls the center of life. She collects her materials from places as varied as vacant lots in Baltimore to fields on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute. Ray’s sculpture has been exhibited in the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland; Rockville Arts Place; the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia; Arlington Arts Center in Virginia; Loyola College, Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania; and the Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston, Virginia.
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The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722. For more information tel. 301-277-2863 / tty. 301-466-6802 or visit them online at arts.pgparks.com.