Opening Reception: Sunday, February 15 from 3pm to 5pm
The exhibit runs through March 15, 2015.
art matters gallery, the exhibition project of Art Works Now, is hosting the opening reception of Asha Colquit McCollum’s art exhibit A Year of Color. McCollum’s paintings and mixed media pieces range from pure abstract explorations of color and texture, to landscape and narrative work.
A Hyattsville resident, 25 year old Asha has a radiant smile and an affinity for glitter, nail polish and the color pink. When you meet her you wouldn’t know she also struggles with a medical condition called Sturge Weber Syndrome type 3, a rare seizure disorder. She has seizures that are sometimes quite serious, and have caused some residual weakness on the right side of her body. Luckily she’s a lefty and doesn’t let her condition get in the way of her creativity. Asha says, “Art makes me not think about the pain that I go through.” She uses art as a way to keep herself well, use all parts of her brain, and stretch her physical abilities. In fact, she remembers “one time I got sick right after painting these sky paintings. When I could talk again I asked my mom for my paintings so I could test my sense of touch.”
Asha has been attending Art Works Now for a year and a half, but she is a lifelong artist. One of her first memories of making art is from when she was 7 years old. She remembers going to the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art and being transfixed by the huge Calder mobile in the lobby. She sat down in the middle of the floor and drew it. “I was thinking ‘wow, I want that!’” Asha’s art is intuitive and spontaneous – she doesn’t plan ahead of time – but thinks as she goes. And the color often reflects her mood: “Purple and yellow are passionate and happy. Blue, I felt calm. Green, I felt a rush of energy.” In fact, an infectious energy is something Asha – and her paintings – radiate.
- Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm
The public will have an opportunity to meet McCollum at the opening reception on February 15th from 3pm to 5pm.
art matters gallery is located at 3711 Rhode Island Avenue, Mt. Rainier, MD. For more information about the exhibit, please visit http://artworksnow.org/artmatters/ or call 301-454-0808.
About Art Works Now
Art Works Now was founded by Barbara Johnson after recognizing the need for a well-rounded approach to creative arts education. Our mission is to create a stronger community through the arts. We achieve this with affordable, content rich art classes and programs. art matters is the gallery project of Art Works Now.