Athenaeum Gallery | Nikki Brugnoli and Anne C. Smith Forces Fleeting

By Editorial Team on March 7, 2022

Thu, 10 March 2022 - Sun, 17 April 2022

Nikki Brugnoli, Tower/Father, silkscreen, Yasutomo sumi ink, graphite, white charcoal on mylar, 42” x 71”
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 13 from 4pm to 6pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 16 at 2pm

Forces Fleeting is a mixed-media exhibition of new works by artists Nikki Brugnoli and Anne C. Smith, in the first joint installation by the two longtime friends and collaborators. In very different ways, both women explore the transformative power of landscape, with Brugnoli’s gestural screenprint drawings on mylar and wood panels and Smith’s dark pencil drawings on stained linen. Each artist mines and abstracts the shapes they associate with the landscape of home, from Pittsburgh to Northern Virginia (Brugnoli) and Syracuse to Washington, DC (Smith). They hone in on specific elements of those landscapes – a water tower, a horizon line – forms that enable their studio practice to become meditations on stillness, memory, life’s rhythms and transitions, and loss. The works are primarily dark, and largely monochromatic with sweeping areas of carbon-black ink, while key moments of color shimmer and emerge inside the shadowy forms held in remembered or imagined spaces.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday to Sunday – 12pm to 4 pm

About the Athenaeum | Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association:

The Athenaeum Gallery is the headquarters of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). Founded in 1964, the NVFAA is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working in the region and strives to  present visitors with a wide variety of excellent work and unique experiences.

The Athenaeum Gallery is located at 201 Prince Street, Alexandria VA.