August 2021 Exhibitions at Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries

By Editorial Team on August 10, 2021
Work by Mariana Kastrinakis.

Stone Tower Retrospective: Three Years in the Tower
August 6 – October 3, 2021 // Popcorn Gallery
Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries presents Stone Tower Retrospective: Three Years in the Tower featuring the works of Stone Tower Studio artists in residence J. Jordan Bruns, Mariana Kastrinakis, Carol Kleinman, and Jan Rowland. Though each artist utilizes different media and presents their subject matter in a very different way, they all capture their impressions of the milieu in which they have worked together. Their work not only reflects their artistic impressions of the historic Glen Echo Park but also their artistic evolution under the spell of their unique experiences at the Park.

In the exhibition, viewers will encounter various works depicting the paths and corners of the Park with reflections of people and buildings shining back at them from the Park’s many windows. In addition, viewers will experience the imagined events depicting figures meandering within the Park’s green spaces and buildings and will be invited to contemplate textures that echo its three dimensional surfaces. Viewers admire daring graphite drawings and water-media abstract renderings where shapes and colors evoke the surrounding magic of the setting.

Artist Bios

J. Jordan Bruns lives and works in the Washington, DC area and has been the resident artist in the Stone Tower Studio & Gallery at Glen Echo Park for over ten years. In 2004, he received BFAs in Painting and Illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art and went on to earn an MFA in Studio Painting at Indiana University in 2007. He currently teaches at The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery.

Mariana Kastrinakis first explored art through watercolor classes while working as a physician in the DC area. She trained in art for many years, studying with expert teachers and attending classes at the Corcoran and Massachusetts College of Art & Design, among other institutions. She joined the Stone Tower Studio at Glen Echo Park in September 2018; and currently teaches intermediate-to-advanced drawing and painting classes at the Yellow Barn Studio.

Carol Kleinman lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area and has been a resident artist in the Stone Tower at Glen Echo Park for the past year. Carol trained at the Alexandria Art League, Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park, the Kent Island Federation of the Arts, and the Seattle Artist League. Professionally, Carol is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

Jan Rowland is a painter and formally a ceramicist from Australia. She received a BFA from Newcastle Art School/Newcastle University then continued with ceramic studies for two years at Canberra School of Art. She taught high school for fifteen years before marrying a US Foreign Service Officer and taking off on adventures around the world, but leaving her potter’s wheel in Australia. Currently she is a resident artist in the Stone Tower Studio & Gallery at Glen Echo Park.

Gallery Hours:

  • Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm – 6pm
Work by Karen Schulz.

A Fragile Strength: Karen Schulz
August 6 – 29, 2021 // Stone Tower Gallery
The Stone Tower Gallery presents A Fragile Strength featuring the work of Karen Schulz whose fiber compositions have been described as sophisticated, elegant, and lively with a notable attention to detail and craftsmanship. The artist’s work, first and foremost, is a careful consideration of formal design elements. These recent pieces on view in the gallery represent a new direction for Schulz as she begins to explore various dye painting techniques. Having stepped into the use of mixed media on paper to delve into more expressive mark making, these fiber pieces are whole cloth using dye and acrylic paint along with various resist and print methods. While some of the surface design techniques are new to her practice, the shapes and lines are common in her works. According to Schulz, “Using formal design elements as a starting point, it is only through deep engagement with my materials and processes that content is eventually revealed. I work almost exclusively in the realm of abstraction. Events both personal and public, provincial and global are the context in which I find myself and within which the art takes its place.”

Artist Bio

Born, raised, and educated in the Northeast US, Karen Schulz has resided in the DC area for the last 45 years. While she has used a sewing machine since the age of 9 and created original, one of a kind quilts for the last 39 years, she came to artistic expression later in life and has pursued her art seriously and full time for the last 13 years, studying with many notable artists in the field. Her work references a careful consideration of line, shape, color and texture resulting in images which seem to issue an invitation to enter and linger. Schulz’s work has been accepted into many national and international competitions and has been exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. Her work is in both museum and corporate collections. She has garnered many awards, twice winning Best in Show at Quilt National and most recently serving on the jury for Quilt National 2021.

Gallery Hours:

  • Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm – 6pm
Work by Rajashmita Guha.

Play: Youth Art Show
August 12 – 27, 2021 // Park View Gallery
In celebration of the Glen Echo Park Carousel’s 100th Anniversary, Play: Youth Art Show, focuses on the theme of summertime play. Glen Echo Park Galleries invited kids and teens (ages 3-16) to submit artworks expressing the joy of being outside, having fun with friends, and enjoying the freedom of the summer. Artworks could be carousel themed – inspired by carousel animals, the music of the carousel, and the overall experience of riding a carousel – or by the ideas of play in general. The show features over 30 children and teens showcasing works that celebrate freedom and share the summer experiences they treasure most.

Gallery Hours:

  • Mondays-Saturdays: 10am – 4pm (Covid-19 guidelines will be in place)

Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD.