Gallery Openings and Events

Eleven Artists at the Hill Center

Geoff Ault. Havana. Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14 from 6 to 8 pm

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Featuring the work of eleven artists working in watercolor, acrylic, photography, glass, wood and metal, Hill Center Galleries presents contemporary works of art for all to enjoy.  Included in this exhibition is a spectacular series of photographs of the Atacama Desert in Chile by Judith V. May, a new collection of paintings by Mongolian-born painter Tsolmon Damba ,  acrylic paintings by Paula Cleggett, Betsy Glassie, and Alan Braley, glass mosaic paintings by Sandi Martina, wall-hung wood sculptures by Tim Eggers and Rance Rupp, metal hanging sculptures by “Tex” Forrest, abstract digital photographs by Geoff Ault and natural wood birdhouses by Gordon Ritchie. All pieces of art by featured artists are available for purchase.

A selection of photographs by DC students working with Critical Exposure is also on display.  Read about this exhibition here

Located in the exquisitely renovated civil-war-era Old Naval Hospital at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Hill Center Galleries consists of six distinct exhibition spaces. The galleries are enhanced by 14-foot ceilings and natural light that streams in through eight-foot windows. Hill Center presents a year-round schedule of rotating exhibits highlighting contemporary works by emerging and established regional artists. All artwork is available for purchase.

The Galleries are open to the general public as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday from 10am to 7pm
  • Fridays from 10am to 5pm
  • Saturdays 9am to 5pm
  • Sundays Noon to 5pm

For more information visit www.hillcenterdc.org

The Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

A biography of all Eleven artists follows:

Geoff Ault
Originally from the Chicago area, Geoff moved to Washington in 1957.  He studied art at Western High School in Georgetown under Leon Berkowitz, a well known Washington Color School artist and teacher.  Later he attended classes at eh Corcoran School of Art where he studied photography with Mark Power.

Alan Braley
Alan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1939 where he studied art at an early age.  Former art director, illustrator, advertising consultant, teacher and designer, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Applied Arts.  He Also studied at eh Art Academy.  Alan is a national award winning artist and designer.

Paula Cleggett
From her earliest memory, Pauls’s twin loves of art and reading claimed her fullest attention, later guiding her career.  Born in Chicago, she attended the Art Institute of Chicago while in high school.  She went on to earn a B.A. in art education from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville where she also received an M.A. in journalism.

Tsolman Damba
Tsolman Damba was bor in Darkhan, Mongolia in 1970.  He grew up playing near  the picturesque banks of the Kharan river.  The beautiful, serene countryside of mongolia is reflected in his art.  All of his paintings are tranquil and powerful at the same time.

Tim Eggers
A lack of imagination by the furniture industry over 15 years ago propelled Tim Eggers into woodworking.  Tim had the inner creativity and a knack for woodworking that lay dormant but as he began to create, he found that his affectation was for the unloved.  Tim became a savior for discarded wood.

Bill “Tex” Forrest
Bill started his art background early in school.  Always drawing instead of doing homework.  Then getting a bit more serious in high school studying architecture and graphic design.  College was more about fine arts, design and the fundamentals of drawing.

Betsy Glassie
Betsy’s modern impressionistic style has developed over years of study and experimentation.  As in the work of some of her favorite artists, the late paintings of Monet and the abstract paintings of Joan Mitchell,  garden landscapes and floral themes are her main subjects.

Sandi Martina
Her love for glass began long ago.  Creating with glass begain in the fall of 2008 with classes in mosaics.  Fusing, casting, flame working and glassblowing followed.  Sandi is a resident artist at the Workhouse Arts Center’s Gleashouse Studio in Lorton, Virginia.  She also shares Studio 25 at Liberty Town Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Judith V. May
Judith is a retired federal official with a Ph D.  in political science from the University of California at Berkeley who has pursued her passion for art and photography in various guises since the 1970s.

Gordon Ritchie
Gordon lives in Stafford, Virginia and started producing custom birdhouses in 2004.  Finding conventional birdhouse builing rote and unfulfilling, he sought to develop a design which was distinctive and individualistic.  Each is constructed from discarded and rescued wood.

Rance Rupp 
Rance hs worked with wood most of his life, but over the last 5 years he has expanded his understanding of wood and wood movement.  He is exploring abstract shapes as well as mixing other media with wood, particularly with repurposing elements.  His work can be seen at the Liberty Town Arts  Workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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