Currently on view through May 26, 2019.
Continuing its tradition of showcasing the artistry and magnificence of kaleidoscopes, Strathmore will once again partner with The Brewster Kaleidoscope Society to present its eighth kaleidoscope exhibition at the Mansion at Strathmore from April 14 – May 26. An exhibition of over 120 visually stimulating works from 41 artists from around the world, Kaleidoscopes: Spectrum is an immersive exhibition, and visitors are encouraged to interact with the pieces, allowing the eye to marvel and the mind to explore and experience the enchantment of the wide spectrum of this universally appealing art form.
Since the first exhibition at the Mansion in 1985, kaleidoscope art continues to delight visitors of all ages. Pieces displayed vary in size, from a tiny kaleidoscope measuring a half inch long to a 5-foot round color wheel with 16 stained glass windows that is viewed through 3 different mirror systems. Highlights include a rock ‘n’ roll guitar covered in a mosaic of multi-colored dichroic glass, individually cut, capped, and fused, a clay sculpture of a puppy, and an Indian rhino made from paper-clay and brass: all with internal kaleidoscopes. Kaleidoscope jewelry, kaleidoscopes with their own lighting systems, kaleidoscope-inspired photography, and kaleidoscopes made from glass, wood, metal, and ceramic will also be on display. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org. Pieces are also available for sale. A catalog is available at www.brewstersociety.com.
n 1816, Scottish scientist Sir David Brewster displayed a unique instrument that he named a kaleidoscope. It’s fondly remembered by many as a handheld childhood toy, but today, kaleidoscopes have evolved into a highly collectible art form, with modern makers fusing art and science in carefully crafted works. In each, “the magic of mirrors” creates a continually changing private exhibition of endless two and three-dimensional images to delight viewers of all ages.
Strathmore will enhance the visitor experience of Kaleidoscopes: Spectrum with public education programs. On Saturday, April 27 at 10:15 a.m., the Children’s Talk & Tour invites kids and their families to explore the exhibition and exercise their creativity through a hands-on arts activity. A Spanish language version of the Children’s Talk & Tour, Recorrido de arte para niños, will be held at 11:30 am. That same day, at the Curator’s Tour beginning at 1 p.m., adults will learn about the artwork in the exhibition from Director of Exhibitions, Lesley Lundgren. A Spanish language version of the tour, Visita del Curador, begins at 2 p.m.
In The Invitational Gallery
The Artist’s Hand features artist Lis Zadravec’s colored pencil portraits. A member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the award-winning artist draws portraits that not only capture human expression, but also portray an often-elusive momentary spirit of her subject. Zadravec skillfully layers colors and renders details of texture and light while maintaining a whisper of the pencil stroke to remind viewers of the artist’s hand.
Strathmore Visual Arts is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org or call (301) 581-5100.