TAG/The Artists Gallery | Colleen Clapp Nearing Equilibrium + Rhonda J. Smith Antietam Encounter

By East City Art Editorial Team on June 5, 2024

Fri, May 31 2024 — Sat, June 29 2024

Colleen Clapp’s exhibit “Nearing Equilibrium” runs through June 30 at TAG/The Artists Gallery.

Colleen Clapp Nearing Equilibrium
Colleen Clapp is an abstract expressionist who brings passion and movement to each of her paintings. Consistently challenged yet personally rewarded in her work, her paintings often include rich texture and muted colors. She considers her most successful paintings to be those that entice the viewer to “slow down, relax and take the time to wander through.” Critics have described her work as “meditative.”

“Nearing Equilibrium” consists of nine new paintings, each executed using cold wax medium mixed with oils. Ms. Clapp considers this body of work to be evolutionary–having originally planned a minimalist approach to the paintings with a palette of neutral hues and whites. However, this soon changed. “By adding areas of color and contrast to the neutral and empty spaces, it created a balance between the two opposing forces,” explains Ms. Clapp. This energy and turbulence, she says, counterbalanced by quiet and calm resulted in the exhibit title “Nearing Equilibrium.”

Rhonda J. Smith’s exhibit “Antietam Encounter” runs through June 30 at TAG/The Artists Gallery.

Rhonda J. Smith Antietam Encounter 
Rhonda J. Smith, a retired professor of art and printmaking at Shepherd University has created a series of large-scale linoleum prints inspired by her daily walks at Antietam National Battlefield. “I pass the locations where soldiers were interred in shallow graves, where crops and farms were looted, destroyed by the clash of bodies, where fires were intentionally set to hamper the progress of the enemy,” says Ms. Smith, whose studio is located in nearby Keedysville, MD. “The battles fought in these fields continue to define and divide the country, but nature, local farmers, and the National Park Service strive to return the acreage to its appearance prior to the battle.”

In creating this body of work, Ms. Smith cuts into a piece of linoleum to create images of the landscape. The remaining raised areas of the linoleum are inked with a water-based ink and transferred to a sheet of paper. The process is a one-to-one transfer. The final print is the same size as the linoleum from which the image was cut. Her exhibit will include ten of her works, all executed in the past year. “I celebrate this place and strive to contribute to the immortal story the landscape reveals. My art is a kind of homage to the land and its’ stories, a way of preserving memories.”


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