Opening Reception: Friday, June 9 from 6pm to 8pm
For centuries, artists of all stripes have been inspired by the majestic beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, which takes its name from the Algonquin word Chesepiooc, meaning “great shellfish bay”, and is the largest estuary in the U.S. Once teeming with aquatic life, the bay’s shellfish populations have plummeted and the bay is now endangered by fertilizer runoff, wastewater, and stormwater, all of which interrupt the aquatic environment.
Despite the bay’s uncertain future, however, contemporary artists continue to be drawn to it’s power and beauty. Chesapeake Views includes the works of three seasoned artists who celebrate the bay: Stephen Day’s abstracted paintings pare down the dramatic views into horizontal stripes of blues, oranges, yellows and pinks, distillations of sunsets and open water. Judith Vivell’s calm and soothing paintings capture the serene natural environment and beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. Well-known Mid-Atlantic plein-air painter Ed Cooper’s small paintings of the Chesapeake Bay sketch the colors and the charm of the area.
Alix Murdoch from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will be at the opening night to discuss the state of the Chesapeake Bay and give insight into it’s future.
- Tuesday through Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Susan Calloway Fine Arts is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For more information contact Sheila Gonzalez at 202-965-46 or visit callowayart.com.