Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, October 26 from 7pm to 9pm
October 26 – December 22, 2018 the Gallery at Convergence is pleased to introduce Brooklyn, NY based artist, Julie Shelton Snyder, in her first DC area exhibition of prints and paintings; Attending.
“Attending means waiting and listening and, maybe most of all, longing. Attending involves being still, as still as a mountain, allowing all kinds of weather to pass me by. Attending requires patience and trust, trust that God has something to say to me. I must be still in order to hear it.” –Julie Shelton Snyder.
This exhibit features new work by the artist completed during her recent residency at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan studying the mokuhanga traditional woodblock print making technique. Julie Shelton Snyder’s paintings and prints invite the viewer to consider the importance of finding silence within in order to hear when “deep calls to deep.” An opening reception and artist’s talk will be held Friday, October 26th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
In addition to the exhibition, interactive experiences and contemplative worship through art-making will be offered throughout the run of the show to give participants opportunities to further explore the theme of Attending.
Attending: Interactive Experiences and Contemplative Worship Through Art Making
(5:00 PM – 7:00 pm on Sunday evenings at Convergence)
October 28, 2018 – Attending Through Woodblock Printmaking
November 4, 2018 – Attending Through Movement
November 18, 2018 – Attending Through Writing
December 2, 2018 – Attending to Advent: A Multi-sensory Advent Experience
December 9, 2018 – Taize Contemplative Prayer Service
December 16, 2018 – Attending Through Centering Prayer
December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve Service
About the Artist: Julie Shelton Snyder is a printmaker and painter. She views her studio practice as an integral part of her spiritual practice. The natural world, specifically pattern found in nature, is a constant source of inspiration. Julie earned her BFA in Studio Art at Belmont University in 2016, and she is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. In the spring of 2018, Julie participated in a mokuhanga focused artist-in-residence program, learning traditional woodblock print making techniques while living at the base of Mt Fuji. She is drawn to mokuhanga because of its focus on natural materials. https://www.juliesheltonsnyder.com/
Artist Statement: “In my work, I explore movement and stillness, being in control and letting go. Printmaking and painting are the lenses through which I examine these themes. My longing for stillness is a physical and spiritual quest, and this quest has led me to the practice of Centering Prayer. Through art making, I am given the means to express spiritual truths I cannot otherwise articulate. Expressing the ineffable and the invisible is the aim of my work, and I view abstraction as the best means for this expression.” – Julie Shelton Snyder
- Fridays: 10am to 5pm
- Saturdays: 10am to 4pm
The Gallery @ Convergence is located at 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA. For more information visit www.ourconvergence.org.