Opening Reception: Friday, April 1 from 6pm to 9pm
Join Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center as we welcome local artist Antionette S. Hodges and present a solo exhibition, Images by ASH. Join them Friday, April 1, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm for the opening reception. Expect paintings that imitate real life. As said by the artist, many of her ideas are inspired by her “imagination, life situations, and sometimes photographs.” Images by ASH will be on display the entire month of April, with a closing reception planned for April 22nd.
A Statement from the Artist:
I enjoy viewing art that at first look there is no confusion about what the artist is conveying. This is my approach to creating art… I want my viewer to be stimulated as well as understand what is being expressed. My ultimate goal is to show the beauty, strength and the diversity of my people.
Antionette Simmons Hodges, also known as ASH, is a native of Buffalo, NY, but has resided in Silver Spring, MD since 1969. She received her B. S. in Education at West Virginia State College (now University), and M. A. in Education at Trinity College in Washington, D. C. Her teaching career includes thirty years as an elementary art teacher with District of Columbia Public Schools, and a year of teaching part time middle school art at Sandy Spring School in Olney, MD. Just before retirement in 1999, Antionette’s professional artist career began at Trinity College, with a one women show entitled “Yesteryears.”
“I feel that my paintings show a celebration of African-American life from the past and the present. It is my intent to stimulate the emotions of my viewer, whether it be musicians, children, or a lady in a hat. Music has played an important role in my work, as a subject and inspiration.” In November 2006, applause at Strathmore Magazine featured her painting, Music by Moonlight as a cover. In 2014, Feelin’ the Rhythm became cover art for Harlem Blues, a book written and published in France by Christine Duale’ and L’ Harmattan publishers.
Antionette is a member of Black Artists of DC and has participated in many juried and group exhibitions in the Washington D.C. area, as well as in Iowa, West Virginia, New York, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and U.S Virgin Island.
Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center is located at 3200 MLK Jr. Ave. SE.