Back End Studios Presents Works by Elizabeth Ash, Julia Bloom, Claudia Vess, and Michèle Colburn

By Editorial Team on September 19, 2022

Sat, September 24 2022 — Sun, October 30 2022

Elizabeth Ashe. Montserrat: Drummer’s Myth, 2020. Acrylic on panel. 18” x 12″
Opening: Saturday, September 24 from 6pm to 9pm

American University Park artists Michèle Colburn and Warren Williams are pleased to have an open studio evening with an exhibit of works by local DC women artists.

The exhibit will feature paintings, prints, and works on paper by artists Elizabeth Ash, Julia Bloom, Claudia Vess, and studio owner Colburn.

Elizabeth Ashe, is a sculptor, painter, poet and curator, who has exhibited extensively in Washington, DC and beyond. She creates public artworks locally and nationally including for the National Cherry Blossom Festival and several Art All Nights. Ashe has received individual artist, curatorial and project grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), and earned an MFA from MICA.

Julia Bloom makes drawings, paintings, and sculptures that explore the abstract, overlapping, organic, and imperfect lines and shapes in the spaces around us. Bloom studied at the Berklee College of Music, the Boston Museum School and MICA and has exhibited extensively in the DMV, nationally and internationally. A recipient of several Individual Artist Grants from DCCAH, she is also represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art in Georgetown and will have a solo show opening on October 29th.

Claudia Vess, is a print maker, painter, installation and mixed media artist. Exploring quotidian themes and diverse materials, Vess’ work has been exhibited widely locally, nationally and in Europe. She was an early member of the forward-thinking art collective Gallery 10 in the1980s through early 00s at Dupont Circle. Recently, one of her installations was featured in The Pepco Street Window Gallery at Friendship Heights. Vess earned an MFA from American University.

Michèle Colburn focuses on socio-political themes. With an emphasis on materiality and process, she transforms materials associated with violence into art media and creates chaotic amalgams to reflect contemporary moments. She earned an MFA from American University and has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. She is represented internationally by Rowena Art Projects.

“We look forward to having neighbors, friends and colleagues drop by prior to or after attending the Art All Night festivities on Wisconsin Avenue, or by appointment at a later date,” says Colburn. Plans for more small quarterly exhibits by DC artists are in the works.

Studio visits are by appointment only, and may be scheduled in advance with Colburn at 202-716-4211 at any time. Masks will be required in the studio.

The open studio will be held from 6 to 9 PM at 4326 Chesapeake Street, NW, and attendees will enter via the alley and patio entrance.  (Tenleytown Metro Stop, Red Line; Metrobus 31 to Friendship Heights)