March Openings at Touchstone Gallery

By Editorial Team on February 28, 2018
Rose by Meg Schaap. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 2 from 6pm to 8:30pm

Meet the Artist/Artist Talk: Sunday, March 25 from 1pm to 3pm

The Long and the Short of It
Touchstone artists focus on shape whether it be long or short, large or small. Working with constancy of purpose they sculpt, paint, photograph, make collage, form clay, or hand pull their prints into harmonious creations. Look for accord and wholeness within each composition whether exact or exaggerated, regular or irregular. Get in on the fun and see the shape of things to come at Touchstone.

Makda Kibour, Light and Motion, Acrylic on Canvas. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

She Runs Wild by Makda Kibour
“Abstract painting gives me a visual language to shape and form color and line. I cut the canvas and pull it together with strings to give a sense of depth and meaning to the composition. I believe that art is something that can only come from the depths of the soul. These are the components of my journey through my abstract art and toward the peacefulness and fulfillment.” says Makda Kibour describing her new colorful series of abstract paintings.

Her passion for art began when she was nine, she would spend her free time drawing, painting, and sculpting. As a self-proclaimed “intuitive painter”, Makda Kibour describes her artwork as “driven by emotion that flows like lava, beautiful, hot and burning, and water cool as a winter stream — a deep, powerful and gutsy response to her inner self, letting her tell a story about herself and the world around her.”

Makda Kibour was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and now resides in Northern Virginia. She launched the Mak studio in Alexandria in 1994, where she is the principal designer. Around that time she also started to re-explore her artistic expression and since then, her soulful, experimental approach to artistic expression continues to evolve.

“I cut the canvas in confidence, threading and sculpting as my soul’s inspiration begins to take form. If you look closely, you’ll see me … in my art running wild on the canvas hidden deep under each bold stroke. My inner child peeks through layers of reds, browns and purples teasing even the most novice art lover to spend time pondering the story unfolding on canvas in front of them.”

Untitled by Meg Schaap. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

Marie Antoinette by Meg Schaap
In Meg Schaap’s installation “Marie Antoinette” Meg expresses an intimate portrait of France’s iconic queen. The humanity behind her myths, her rebellion against french protocol, will honor her true persona and give light to her feelings. Meg Schaap is depicting a metamorphosing queen breaking free through ‘Wallpaper” frame, customs and norms of her time period.

In Meg’s 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional portraits she is telling a story of the queen’s life as a young extrovert girl, wanting to have fun, trying to be loved and her defeating reputation. Her touch is focused on femininity, fearlessness and free spirit. Through her expressions she tries to find a deeper truth of Marie Antoinette’s emotions by letting go of media’s traditional depictions, and transcending the canvas, being an insider looking out.

Meg Schaap was born in the Netherlands. Upon graduation of high school, she studied art in Nijmegen and Groningen at the Academy of Art Minerva. Leaving early, she started to travel the world, she lived in Spain, London, Paris and Munich. In 1998, she moved to Naples, FL with her husband where their three children grew up. She completed her studies at Florida Gulf Coast University and received her BA, Magna cum Laude in Art in 2010. Seven years ago she and her family moved to Potomac MD. Her Art is in private collections in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States.

As a visual artist, Meg is interested in the similarities and differences between global social cultures. Having lived amongst different cultures throughout her life, she is always adapting to different cultural habits. Painting has been a way for her to let go, take risks and make statement about the world she has come to know. On the canvas, she is free and fearless. Her expressions are bold and contain bright colors. In the “Marie Antoinette” installation she uses vogue magazines only, gold leaf, pearls and diamonds, and acrylic paint. Her feminine portraits are strong and command a sense of power and respect.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Friday: 11pm to 6pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW. For more information, visit