Gallery Openings and Events

Hill Center Galleries Opening Reception

Satchel Paige by Alan Braley. Photo courtesy of Hill Center Galleries.

Satchel Paige by Alan Braley. Photo courtesy of Hill Center Galleries.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 15 at 6pm

Hill Center Galleries hosts the work of six featured artists and six continuing artists during a new exhibition that runs through June 22, 2013. Hill Center will host a Reception with the Artists at 6 p.m. on May 15, 2013.

Hill Center Galleries featured artists include:

  • Nana Bagdavadze
  • Alan Braley
  • Kay Elsasser
  • Peggy Fox
  • Susan Kasielke
  • Gayle Krughoff

Ranging from painting, photography, watercolor and more, the artists offer variety of artwork that ranges in topic from baseball to science and physics to flowers.

Peggy Fox brings her series “Particles” to Hill Center. Fox exchanges a career in photography for a rekindled interest in abstraction and exploration of the point where physics and eastern philosophy intersect. Many of her pieces feature transparency mounted on metal.

“These images, particles, or pearls tossed across the cosmos, wonderlands of theoretical poetry, are an attempt to translate theory into poetic imagery,” says Fox. “These images are not illustrations; rather they explore statements such as ‘quantum theory is based on the idea that probability plays a governing role in the universe’ or ‘there is no such thing as absolute time.’”

Susanne Kasielke’s “Abstract Views” is influenced by vintage, demolished, and abandoned things. Life’s remains have a history that weaves a story that is often hidden to the observer. Her paintings, which are reminiscent of old walls, stones, and archaeological finds, are on canvas using gesso and different layers of paint. Between layers, Kasielke uses sandpaper to bring out structure and texture, making her pieces highly unique.

“The combination of sanding, scratching, and applying layers of paint emphasizes special areas, but at the same time, it brings out unexpected shapes and forms,” notes Kasielke.

Alan Braley features the Boys of Summer in his collection of vibrant, mixed media scenes of baseball action and some of baseball’s greatest players. Nana Bagdavadze’s oil paintings include both her classic still lifes and stunning portraits. Kay Elsasser captures her emotional reaction to color and how colors relate to one another in her watercolor interpretations of the familiar. Gayle Krughoff’s stunning floral photography plays between the very sharp and soft through a technique utilizing her home scanner.

The Galleries Hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 10am – 7pm
  • Saturdays 10:00am – 5pm
  • Sundays 12pm – 5pm
  • Please call Hill Center to confirm availability.

Hill Center Galleries are located in the  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.

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital provides a vibrant home for culture, education and city life on Capitol Hill. As a hub for community and personal enrichment, Hill Center offers programming in eight focus areas: Arts & Performances; Children, Teen & Family; Computers & Technology; Food & Garden; Hobbies, Crafts & Games; Language & Humanities; Lectures & Conversations; and Mindful Motion & Health. Hill Center also hosts a Non-Profit Office Center, which provides reduced cost office space for non-profit organizations. Hill Center offers patrons the unique experience of quality programming in a restored Civil War-era naval hospital commissioned by President Lincoln. For more information, visit