Reception: Saturday, July 10 from 5pm to 8pm
As a member of the venerable and historic Washington Society of Landscape Painters (WSLP), gallery owner and artist Andrei Kushnir, for the second consecutive year, is presenting a somewhat historic exhibition by a current member of the group, Richard (Dick) G. Ray. Mr. Ray, who would attain the age of 101 on July 15, 2021, is a plein air painter, who, during his tenure with the group, from time to time held every position except president. He studied with nationally known painters Charles Movalli and George Cherepov, painted alongside noted local artists in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, and was the author of an article about the WSLP published in American Artist magazine. During his active years as an artist, he exhibited widely in the area, and also gave instruction and demonstrations of his approach to landscape painting.
Most of Ray’s paintings center on landscape and seascape scenes from Maryland and New England. Gallery owner Kushnir describes Ray’s work as “American Traditional” and states that “[i]t is not every day that a gallerist gets to exhibit such striking works by a professional painter of the American landscape who can clearly remember the early part of the last century. Dick’s paintings are forthright, bright and truly reflect a lifetime of study and observation of nature.”
Ray’s exhibit will be held in conjunction with the gallery’s annual show of paintings of Washington DC subjects by WSLP, gallery and guest artists. This year’s participating artists include Jill Banks, Christina Blake, Cecily Corcoran, Alexangel Estevez, Michael Francis, Yolanda Frederikse, Lynn Goldstein, Pattee Hipschen, Natalie Jackson, Mary Kokoski, Andrei Kushnir, Barry Lindley, Lynn Mehta, Grace Peterson, Bill Schmidt, Jean Schwartz, Michele Martin Taylor, and Robert Thoren. A fine selection of over 50 works in oil, acrylic, gouache, aquatint and watercolor will provide ample interest for gallery visitors.
A reception, complying with mask and social distancing health requirements will be held from 5– 8 PM on Saturday, July 10 in conjunction with a special arrangement at the Salt & Pepper Restaurant, in the same building.
- Wednesday through Saturday, by appointment from 11 AM to 7 PM.
Admission is free.
American Painting Fine Art is located at 5125 MacArthur Blvd., NW Suite 17, (202) 244 – 3244, classicamericanpainting.com