Schlesinger Art Center Hosts an Artist Talk with Sally Kauffman, Cathy Abramson and Jean Hirons

By Editorial Team on November 18, 2019
Courtesy of Schlesinger Arts Center.
Artist Talk: Wednesday, November 20 from 5pm to 7pm

The Schlesinger Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus will be hosting early evening artist talks and a walking tour of the current solo exhibitions this coming Wednesday, November, 20 from 5-7PM.  Sally, Kauffman, Cathy Abramson and Jean Hirons create paintings inspired in part by locations in and around the Washington DC area. While Kauffman, Abramson and Hirons are inspired by locations is the DMV, each artist has a unique approach and artistic vision. Please join us for this evening.

Chill Out: Paintings by Sally Kauffman – Forum Gallery
Kauffman is best known for her abstract yet allusory large-scale paintings that celebrate and exude pleasure. Her gestural brushwork and sensual application of paint reference the figure in landscape. Kauffman draws on personal experiences as a source for her images; Friday Jazz in the Garden concerts at the NGA and recent strolls through Porto provide the setting for the series “Chill Out”. Kauffman captures moments in snapshots and digitally manipulates the composition and intensity of color. The dense, saturated images become the source for the paintings.

Dreams of the Underground: Paintings by Cathy Abramson – Fisher Art Gallery
Cathy Abramson’s oil paintings investigate the stories of the city. These representational paintings examine the emotional subtext of change; the connections or estrangement of people in transitional neighborhoods. She sees moments of poetry in the ordinary. Although she paints particular people and scenes, these paintings about daily life in Washington, DC resonate with everyone.

Winter Light: Soft Pastels by Jean Hirons – Passage Gallery
Jean Hirons has spent 20 years specializing in the art of soft pastel. The passage gallery exhibit, “Winter Light” displays 6 pastels capturing the moments of one day in winter on the C&O Canal in Washington DC. The artist describes her work:

“I am a colorist, frequently working from black and white photos, and supplying my own color. I seek subtle palettes of harmonious color, preferring the cooler hues. I also prefer complex layers of color, beginning most paintings with an under painting and adding many layers of pastel.”

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am to 4pm

Schlesinger Arts Center is located  is located at 4915 E. Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA. For additional information please contact the gallery director Mary Welch Higgins at

Parking in the visitors’ lot (Lot B) on the Alexandria Campus is free after 3:45 so feel free to come out early and spend time with the work. The GPS address is 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311. Note: Enter the Alexandria Campus off of North Beauregard Street. You will see the Schlesinger Center to your right as you drive up East Campus Drive.