May 2022 Exhibitions at Touchstone Gallery

By Editorial Team on May 9, 2022

Fri, 06 May 2022 - Sun, 29 May 2022

McCain McMurray, 20.50. Acrylic on cradled panel; 26”x13”x1.75”.
Opening: Friday, May 13 from 6pm to 8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 21 at 2pm; in-person and virtual

Structure as Form: Paintings by McCain McMurray
May 6 – May 29
McCain McMurray developed his love for structure, form, and color from over 30 years working as an architect. His work is about capturing the essence of the natural and constructed world in its most fundamental forms. Much of McMurray’s art has been inspired by architecture—windows, doors, openings, or buildings. He abstracts architectural elements using structure, colors, textures, and layering to explore a “view.”

Structure as Form will exhibit his most recent paintings—where he continues to refine, simplify, and create works that are ordered; or structured compositions of clear color and subtle textures, orthogonal forms stripped of their essence.

McMurray’s previous shows at Touchstone included Pictures of Nothing (2018) and Metropolis (2015). An artist talk, in conversation with Robin Harris, will be held at Touchstone Gallery on Saturday, May 21 at 2pm. Those unable to attend in person are invited to join the artist talk on Zoom

Robin Harris, Laying it on Thick, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 48”.

Serving with Abandon: Paintings by Robin Harris
May 6 – May 29
It started with a visit to an antique store. Robin Harris was totally taken with the uniqueness of the single use serving pieces from long ago: a tomato server that is used to serve only tomatoes, berry spoons, vintage ice cream scoops. For her, there was another purpose: to be the delivery vehicles, the impetus for the motion in her acrylic paintings.

Serving with Abandon features the silver utensils that fascinated Harris, but they are a secondary to the food. Her focus is on the movement and textures of each edible subject matter. The observer is encouraged to complete the motions suggested—bending the rules of perspective to introduce subtle distortions and exaggerations that heighten the psychological impact of the imagery. Harris’s goal is to completely capture the viewer’s attention so that they become caught up in the moment becoming a part of the process.

Harris has exhibited her pieces in juried national shows and group shows in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. Her work has been published in magazines and is in private collections in the US. She is a resident artist at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. An artist talk, in conversation with McCain McMurray, will be held at Touchstone Gallery on Saturday, May 21 at 2pm. Those unable to attend in person are invited to join the artist talk on Zoom.

New Gallery Hours: Starting May 12, Touchstone will be open Thursday – Sunday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Masks are required inside the gallery.

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue NW.