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East City Artnotes: Hill Center Galleries 2016 Regional Juried Exhibition

Out N Back Rik Freeman Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Out N Back (detail)
Rik Freeman
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

The Regional Juried Exhibition currently on display at Hill Center Galleries features 75 artists spanning all three floors of the historical naval hospital; Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer and Head of Adult Tours and Lectures at the National Gallery of art served as juror.  A variety of media are on display, though acrylics and photography appear to dominate the field.  Landscapes, still lifes and a variety of portraiture are recurring genres throughout the exhibition.

Rik Freeman steals the show and definitely earned his first place finish with Out N Back, a large-scale painting capturing frenetic dancers in swirls of color that underlies a complex historical narrative.  A more puckish sensibility is captured in Suzanne Vigil’s second place piece Mother Nature while M. Alexander Gray’s warm Seneca Creek Aqueduct captured third place.

Asolo Sunset Ken Bachman Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Asolo Sunset
Ken Bachman
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Ken Bachman’s Asolo Sunset and Martha Pope’s Spring Bloom in Shenandoah each garnered an honorable mentions for their landscapes, with Pope’s shimmery arboreal forest contrasting nicely against Bachman’s more realistic small town.  Ric Garcia’s Liquid Braves, would look at home affixed to the weathered architecture pictured in Kay Springwater’s Cuban Series: A423, Havana, while Darren Smith’s mosaic Compass featured construction of a more heavenly sort; all three rounded out the merit list.

Although not singled out by Denker, several other works in the exhibition are worthy of both a nod and a lingering gaze.  Bachman’s other entry Offshore Fogbank features an ethereal fogbank rolling over breaking waves, which is echoed in the abstract riffs of Donna Lomangino’s seascape 12 x 12 #45 and Thomas Walsh’s No. 62. Aleksandra Katargina takes up that play of water in her aptly named Rain.

Kitchen Points Tom Greaves Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Kitchen Points
Tom Greaves
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Yar K. Levin’s Thirteen Red Curtains features a modernist, artistic conflagration while Tom Greave’s Kitchen Points portends what might occur when those windows are blown wide open.  Taking architecture (and still life) back centuries is the wonderfully diminutive Pears, Beynac by Sheila Harrington.  Five Vases by Andrew Wohl also eloquently expounds upon historical themes.

Pears, Beynac Sheila Harrington Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

Pears, Beynac
Sheila Harrington
Photo for East City Art by Eric Hope.

The Hill Center Galleries Regional Juried Exhibition continues through October 2, 2016 and is on view during regular hours.  For more information, visit their website here.

Banner Image: Thirteen Red Curtains (detail) by Yar K. Levin.

Eric Hope
Authored by: Eric Hope

Eric Hope is a curator and writer based in Brookland. He moved to Washington DC in 1997 and a twist of fate found him a volunteer marketing job at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 2009, after ten years of marketing work at large museums in DC he moved into the realm of curating, staging a variety of solo, duo and small-group shows for the Evolve Urban Arts Project. He currently freelances as a curator and writes about local artists and the DC arts scene for a variety of online publications. Originally from Missouri, Hope holds degrees in International Relations and Public Service Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.