Falls Church Arts Presents Black + White

By Editorial Team on May 9, 2022

Sat, 14 May 2022 - Sun, 26 June 2022

Rosa Vera Jigsaw Players.

Artists were invited to submit predominantly black, white, and grey art for this all-media show that demonstrates the visual power of black and white and what’s in between.

Emerging and established artists submitted an extensive range of media, including joomchi, digital collage, oil, acrylic, pen and ink, gouache, photography, mixed media, watercolor, fused glass, linoleum cut, papier mache on wood, hand-embroidery, hand built porcelain, cold wax, and linocut.

The exhibit can be also be viewed online at www.fallschurcharts.org

Two awards, a $100 Juror’s Choice and a $50 People’s Choice, were made possible by a donation from Cuates Grill, 502 W. Broad St., #5, Falls Church, VA 20046. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the end of the show based on votes from visitors to the gallery.

Juror Beverly Ryan selected Rosa Vera’s work, “The Jigsaw Players,” as the Juror’s Choice Award. “A quiet, intimate scene is perfectly portrayed in this small black and white painting. It all fits together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and commands your close attention,” says Ms. Ryan.

Commenting on the show, Ms. Ryan said, “High value, low value and all the greys in between can express so much in art. The entries in this show demonstrate a wide range of media and ideas. The artists worked sometimes with high contrast and sometimes with subtler changes in value in their chosen media. These were used to create moments of the personal, the graphic, the abstract, and the representational to share with the viewer. The impact of each piece is different. What the works hold in common is a sense of the inner and outer worlds of our lives delivered in a compelling way. And all this was achieved with little to no color.”

Beverly Ryan has been known for years for her abstract and narrative oil paintings. She maintains a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and teaches at The Art League in Alexandria, VA. Ms. Ryan has curated numerous shows, including at Gallery B in Bethesda, Maryland, Site 3 Art Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, the Gallery Clarendon in Arlington, Virginia, and the Regional Art Guild Annual Exhibition in Colonial Beach, Virginia.

Artists selected for this exhibit include Cathy Abbott, John Allen, Michele Baron, Bob Biedrzycki, Amy Bruce, Teresa Brunson, Sue Canuteson, Marshall Carolus, Lesley Clarke, Deborah Conn, Dennis D’Bayan, Kim DiDonato, Sharon Frey, Bob Friedman, Caitlin Garvey, Donna Grone, Daniel Horowitz, Al Krachman, Julie Krachman, Leslie Landerkin, Debra M. Lee, Mike McConnell,Jane McElvany Coonce, George McLennan, Christine Moerenhout-Hubloue, Dawn Moore, Gini Moore, Nan Morrison, Hernan Murno, Nami Oshiro, Sandi Parker, Ty Phillips, Jane Podesta, Dora Ramirez, Nancy Ramsey, Sandy Rothberg, Deborah Schindler, Greg Skrtic, Margaret Stewart, Bevadine Terrell, Suzanne Updike, Shaun van Steyn, Rosa Vera, and Craig Wright.

Falls Church Arts focuses on the visual arts, bringing opportunities to exhibit, learn about, share, and experience art to our community. Since its inception in 2003, educating the community about the arts has been the core mission of the organization. Classes are offered throughout the year and cater to a wide range of ages and skill levels. Many of the classes focus on developing or enhancing core skills. For more information on classes, visit the website at http://www.fallschurcharts.org.

Falls Church Arts is supported by funding from its members, corporate donors, and the community at large. It has been the honored recipient of grants from the City of Falls Church’s CATCH Foundation and ArtsFairfax.

The gallery at Falls Church Arts is at 700-B West Broad St. (Route 7), Falls Church. The gallery is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 11 am to 4 p.m. Admission is free.