Opening Receptions: Thursday, January 12 from 6pm to 8pm
Hill Center Galleries announces four new solo exhibitions by Karen Cohen, Winston Harris and Marité Vidales, as well as a group juried exhibition by the Capitol Hill Art League, to kick off 2017. The shows run January 5-February 26, with an opening reception with the artists on January 12 from 6-8pm.
Karen Cohen: Phantasize
Cohen’s show Phantasize takes everyday images and turns them into a “I create mythological visual stories from my digital images by employing various digital manipulation tools, layering textures and colors. Phantasize is a series of ongoing recreated photographs to reflect what lies within by viewing what is on the outside. Beneath the surface of daily life, phantasies are carved in our mind’s eye, incorporated into dreams and our subconscious, then manifest in our identities, personalities and relationships.”
Winston W. Harris: Time Tradition Exhibition
Winston presents his newest show Time Tradition Exhibition, a combination of three series into a conceptual theme. His strategy has been to create a contemporary experiment in printmaking and to challenge his beliefs of conceptual breakthroughs related to historic and contemporary artists.
According to Harris, the exhibition “…identifies my interest to recognize the importance of time as an event itself in American Culture, what part it plays in one’s lifetime or how one uses it. The viewer will be introduced to the evolution involving selected imagery that represents the mechanical parts of high profile time pieces.”
This printmaking process relates to the different modification Harris has adopted in his artwork using different elements to display a transition such as introducing two disciplines into one format, transforming two-dimensional prints, and reinventing the image by recycling past artwork into a new identity.
Marité Vidales: Searching for Home
A native of Costa Rica, Vidales presents the show Searching for Home – her journey in search of the source of the emotional feeling of home. The exhibit features three series of acrylic and mixed media paintings: Huacas of Peru; Transitions in America; and Costa Rican Landscapes.
The Huaca series incorporates icons of ancient civilizations of Peru – the telluric colors of earthen ceramics, the geometric designs of hand-colored textiles and the stone blocks of ceremonial centers. Transitions in America symbolizes multiple aspects of migration, such paper boats, butterflies, nests and four seasons. Landscapes of Costa Rica are scenes describing the artist’s native country with its majestic volcanoes, stylish plantain leaves and generous nature.
Capitol Hill Art League Invitational Show
Thirty-seven artists from the Capitol Hill Art League, a visual arts program featuring members from the Capitol Hill neighborhood and DC metro region, show works from a wide variety of mediums.
Jurors Nicky Cymrot and Alan Braley of the Hill Center Galleries chose the following artists for the show: Mary Ellen Abrecht, Kasse Andrews-Weller, Ken Bachman, Kimberley Bursic, Sally Canzoneri, Marilyn Christiano, Paula Cleggett, Karen Cohen, Marie-B De Amicis, Karin Edgett, Fierce Sonia, Jill Finsen, Bob Fuller, Kay Fuller, Tara Hamilton, Vince Iannacchione, Barbara Johnson, Eric Johnson, JoAnn Lamicella Laboy, Robert Lipartito, Charles Martin, Kate McConnell, Mike McSorley, Ohana Murao, Hernan Murno, Linda Norton, Rindy OBrien, Joan Owings, Ann Pickett, Erik Ramsey, Sajeela Ramsey, Meera Rao, Carolyn Rondthaler, Judy Searles, Patricia Smith, Ann Thomson and Karen Zens.
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