Athenaeum Gallery Presents the New Image Artists Group Pairs

By Editorial Team on July 19, 2017

Thu, 29 June 2017 - Sun, 06 August 2017

Crust, Linda Colsh, 40″ x 30″, cotton & linen fabric, paper; machine pieced and quilted. Courtesy of Athenaeum Gallery.
Currently on view through Sunday, August 6.

Pairs, conceived of and curated by Trudi Van Dyke, is a fiber/mixed media exhibition by juried members of the New Image Artists group. The concept challenged the artists to consider their work as it developed in theme or concept and consider how one piece could influence the artist to create a companion piece. Unlike a diptych, each new work stands alone and yet its voice is more fully developed when viewed as a pair that evolved from the subject, materials or some other element of the initial work.

Pairs is an experiment with relationships between the subject, media, and subsequent techniques. Each piece in the exhibition explores the strengths and weaknesses within the duality found in respective chosen themes. The result is a harmonious balance of ideas explored in different dimensions of color, texture, and design

The works in the show represent a broad array of media and technique demonstrating both the contemporary and the traditional. Materials range from Silk organza to Wonderflex to mulberry paper. Techniques include hand-felting, photographic printing, machine and hand sewing, appliqué, and much more.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday, Friday, and Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
  • Saturdays: 1pm to 4pm

Athenaeum Gallery is located at 201 Prince St., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703.548.0035 or visit