Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery Hosts Outside In Artist & Curator Talk

By Editorial Team on August 16, 2016
Photo courtesy of Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.
Photo courtesy of Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.


Artist & Curator Talk: Saturday, August 20 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm


Curated By Spencer Dormitzer and Dolly Vehlow

Join Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery for wine, refreshments and stimulating conversation from the participaing artists and curators from the exhibition: Outside – In. This is an opportunity to view the show and meet the artists and curators.

This event is free and open to the public.

Participating artists include:

  • Carson Murdach investigates the cyclical nature of history so that we can prevent the repetition of past mistakes. Populated with ships, cookie-cutter homes and signs of industry, Carson Murdach’s works narrate cautionary tales of humanity’s pattern of civilization. His drawings dramatically shift from green pastoral beginnings to the thick gray smog that hangs over the careless development of sprawling urbanism. Drawing from the traditions of folk and historic landscape painting, he disrupts an otherwise picturesque scene by inserting naively rendered homes and architecture into the frame. This visual incongruity sheds light on the tension between the built environment and nature.
  • Michael Nakoneczny, is an internationally renowned, Richmond Va. based artist, by way of Alaska and Chicago, Il.  This multi-faceted artist has had a stellar career, creating a solipsistic world that follows his life experiences, trials, prevails and adventures though drawing and sculpture. This will be Michael’s 1st show in the Washington area in many years and we are excited to be the forum for this event.
  • Baltimore artist Mars Tokyo has created over 200 minute structures since 2002, titled: Theatres of the 13th Dimension. These treasures are a breathtaking display of technical prowess, precise construction and audacious ideas, all condensed onto tiny stages. The subject matter of the theaters is engaging, narrative and dramatic, much like a large scale theatrical production. Subjects range from relationships, love, loss, women’s issues, hope, disappointment and the search for spirituality and peace.
  • Virginia native Lee Wheeler’s curious structures in the form of birdhouses move the viewer though an emotional cornucopia of wonderment, nostalgia and uneasiness. Meticulous in their edifice, abandon in their conception, Wheeler’s work will no doubt create a smile for the observer while equally force them to look behind their shoulder. Lee’s extensive career has put his work in private collections throughout the United States and his most recent project was a 15′ x 525′ mural for the magnificent American Visionary Art Museum. “Art, in all forms, is my passion and my way of life. If I could no longer express myself through art in some manner, I would not exist.” – Lee Wheeler

The Joan Hisaoka Gallery is located at 1632 U Street NW. For more information visit or contact Spencer at or 202.483.8600.