Gallery Openings and Events

February Openings at Touchstone Gallery

Work by Steve Alderton. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

Work by Steve Alderton. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

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Opening Reception: Friday, February 3 from 6pm to 8:30pm

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Meet the Artist: Saturday, February 18, 1 – 3 pm

GALLERY A
UNITY
Touchstone artists focus on harmony in their work. Working with constancy of purpose they sculpt, paint, photograph, make collage, form clay, or hand pull their prints into harmonious creations. Look for accord and wholeness within each composition whether the focus is color, human relationships, social issues, mathematical oneness, linear qualities, or repetition of design elements. What often eludes society, artists do capture their work.

Green and Purple on Gold by Mary D. Ott. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

Green and Purple on Gold by Mary D. Ott. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

GALLERY B
METALLICS: Paintings and Prints by Mary D. Ott
New series of paintings and of etchings that feature copper, silver and gold elements. The paintings were created using embroidery yarn dipped in acrylic paint to act as a fine brush. The prints are etchings, some of which include screenprinting.

Mary D. Ott has been a member of Touchstone Gallery since 2001. A painter and printmaker, she has studied with Washington artist Anne Marchand and at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Work by Steve Alderton. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

Work by Steve Alderton. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

GALLERY C
Memoryscapes — Blurry Lines III by Steve Alderton
Steve Alderton’s exhibition Memoryscapes: Blurry Lines III is the final component in his exploration of the landscape as a blurred memory. Through the three-part series, Alderton increasingly distilled down the ideal of landscape to the point where it is now composed of fuzzy, abstracted shapes that — perhaps — are in relationship with each other. The pastel tones and shots of dark shades that characterized the earlier parts of the series remain the same; but the landscape structure has now melted away so that it, like work by Rothko, offers room for contemplation.

Here, as in part two of the series, Alderton’s use of sponge rollers/large brushes and overlapping shapes creates indistinct gauzy images of the land and sky of his Midwestern childhood. But the blurred images in the current show are more fleeting. The car from which one is viewing the landscapes captured in these memories seems to be moving faster, and thus the resultant abstractions. In one of the large works, the viewer catches a glimpse of velvety pink and purplish hues that may suggest crepuscular light falling on snowy patches — with angular fragments of cool black asphalt showing through.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Friday: 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW. For more information, visit www.touchstonegallery.com.