c.d. Edwards Studio Presents Cultural and Spiritual Icons Ancient, Contemporary and Literary Group Exhibition

By East City Art Editorial Team on December 14, 2016

Sat, December 10 2016 — Tue, January 10 2017

Photo courtesy of c.d. Edwards Studio.
Photo courtesy of c.d. Edwards Studio.


Currently on view through January 10, 2017.


The exhibition will be up until January 10, 2016. The artists are Cheryl D. Edwards, Helen Frederick and Curlee Raven Holton.  The exhibition declares interests of three artists dedicated to humanistic concerns through material transformations in paper, print and painting. A common bond of aesthetics and social concerns guided selections for the showing.

SACRED NINE: Cheryl D. Edwards is most noted for her painterly series that focus on cultural and historical significance, and mitigate a meditation on being free, as we know freedom in today’s society.

SPIRIT KITES: Helen Frederick employs her love of various ancient and Pre-Columbian icons with faces of today. The flying form and paper materials she uses provide contemplation of freedom for the spirit, recognition of compassion, dangers, and cultural icons of today, mortality, and the after-life.

OTHELLO: Curlee Raven Holton created the OTHELLO series with a commentary by Shakespeare scholar Ian Smith, re-imaging Othello in the context of contemporary awareness of issues of race, identity, and culture. They explore the effects of cross-cultural encounters and the challenge of reconciling multiple interpretations, their own included.

Cheryl D. Edwards is painter and printmaker whose work has been exhibited in national and international venues like the African American Museum of Nassau County, The African American Museum of Dallas, The Washington County Museum of the Arts, The Kazen Arts Center and AU Museum, The Allentown Museum, and Art Basel (Red Dot, Spectrum and the Betsy Hotel). She has also exhibited widely internationally in Hong Kong, Germany, Rotterdam and Denmark. Edwards’ work is in private and public collections such as the David C. Driskell Center and the District of Columbia Commission of Arts and Humanities Arts Bank. Edwards’ work is archived at the Academic Commons Columbia University in New York City.

Edwards has a B.A. in Political Science, was a candidate for the M.A. in Black Studies both at Boston University, and received a J.D. from Syracuse University.  She began her studies in art during 1988 in New York City in a class at the Art Student League taught by the late, Ernest Crichlow.  Edwards is a full-time Artist working out of her studio located at the Arts Walk on Monroe Street, located in Brookland.

Helen Frederick is an internationally known artist whose work has been exhibited at The Phillips Collection in DC, and the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; and is in the collections of the Whitney and Brooklyn Museums in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in DC. Frederick is a Professor Emeritus at George Mason University, Virginia. An active participant in the Washington DC metropolitan area art scene, she has served on boards of various local and national organizations, and national peer review panels. She received the Southern Graphic Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award in recognition of her role as founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Her private Reading Road Studio, Silver Spring, Maryland provides collaborative opportunities for artists interested in works in and on paper, artist books, and critical conversations about visual literacy.

Frederick’s first view of hand papermaking took place in Ahmedebad, India in 1975, and she later experienced forming her first sheets of paper in a workshop with Frank Eckmaier and Peter Sowiski in upstate New York. Frederick received inspiration from MacArthur fellow Tim Barrett and historian Jane Farmer who served as the first lecturers at Pyramid Prints and Paperworks, A Center for Hand Papermaking, Prints and the Art of the Book (later named Pyramid Atlantic) founded in 1980 in Baltimore, MD. This step began her real intellectual journey to acquire knowledge about hand papermaking and the ability to recognize the importance of controlling her own materials as an artist. Frederick’s travels and participation in exhibitions in Japan in 1981 and ‘83 and the The International Biennale Der Papierkunst, 1992, at The Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany. The Czech Republic in 1993, Morocco and Greece in 1994, and Mexico in 2015/16 among others, further enhanced her interest in paper as a substrate for art and humanistic hands-on experience. Participating in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival the Silk Road, the artist was further encouraged by the collaborative interaction of makers, educators and students from all over the world. Frederick plans to return to India and other parts of Asia as well as Africa to continue her research about hand papermaking and cultural literacy.

Curlee Raven Holton is a printmaker and painter whose work has been exhibited in more than forty one-person shows, and one hundred group shows. His exhibitions have included prestigious national and international venues like Egypt’s 7th International Biennale, Taller de arts Plasticas Rufino Tamayo in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Holton’s work is in many private and public collections including: the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; the Discovery Museum of Art and Science in Bridgeport, Connecticut; the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion; the Foundation of Culture Rodolfo Morales in Oaxaca, Mexico; Yale University Art Gallery; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cornell University Rare Books Collection, the Library of Congress; Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho; Philadelphia Art Museum; U.S. Embassy, Costa Rica, and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Holton’s work has been featured and written about in more than fifty publications. As part of his research and study as an artist-scholar, he has lectured and presented demonstrations throughout the United States and abroad in Mexico, the West Indies, Japan, England and Costa Rica. Holton has been an artist in residence at museums, colleges, and universities. He has presented over seventy public lectures on the subjects of his own work, African American art, and contemporary printmaking. He has written numerous articles and essays on art and artists that have been published in catalogues and journals.

Many of Holton’s artworks have been published in magazines, newspapers, and documented on television. He has received awards and grants for his creative research and artwork, which has been described as both powerful and graceful. The breadth of his visual investigations has included traditional and innovative approaches to his art making process. Holton’s mastery is demonstrated in his manipulation of diverse mediums and techniques including printmaking, drawing, painting, and bookmaking.

Holton earned his M.F.A. with honors from Kent State University and his B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Fine Arts in Drawing and Printmaking. Since 1991 he has taught Printmaking and African American Art History at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and is also the founding director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute.  In 2010, Holton was named the David M. and Linda Roth Professor of Art at Lafayette College.

c.d. Edwards Studio #9 is located at 716 Monroe St. NE.