Gallery Openings and Events

Washington Sculptors Group and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery Present Sanctuary

Photo courtesy of Washington Sculptors Group and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.

Photo courtesy of Washington Sculptors Group and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.

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Opening Reception: Friday, June 12 from 7pm  to 9pm

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A place of refuge or safety; an oasis, retreat, and safe haven; a consecrated place – a sanctuary can serve all of these functions. Seen as a place of safekeeping and as a space where transformation can take place, the idea of “sanctuary” has long provided artists with the inspiration to create. Curated by Shanti Norris and in collaboration with the Washington Sculptors Group comes Sanctuary, exploring the concept of how space can create refuge.

Sanctuary features the work of Salamah Arden, Alan Binstock, Gloria Chapa, Jeff Chyatte, Joel D’Orazio, Alonzo Davis, Annie Farrar, Pattie Porter Firestone, Tom Greaves, Artemis Herber, Liz Lescault, Ruth Lozner, Claire McArdle, Rima Schulkind, Mike Shaffer, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Marcos Smyth, Paul Steinkoenig, Garrett Strang, Isabelle Truchon, Pat Wasserboehr, Janet Wheeler, and Millicent Young.

Featuring indoor and outdoor installations as well as small and large-scale sculptures, Sanctuary challenges our assumptions about art as it extends into our personal spaces and how it can serve as a sacred space.

Curator and Artists’ Talk: Saturday, July 18 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Join them for a rare chance to meet the featured artists and curator Shanti Norris, as they discuss the processes and inspirations behind their works. A reception will follow the dialogue where visitors can chat with the artists.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday to Friday: 11am-5pm
  • Saturday: 11am-3pm and by appointment.

The Joan Hisaoka Gallery is located at 1632 U Street NW. For more information call 202.483.8600 or visit www.smithcenter.org.

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