Opening Reception: Friday, February 2 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Closing Reception & Painting and Collage Demonstration: Sunday, February 25 from 2pm to 4pm
Americans have been on the move since they set foot on this continent. Whether by car, bicycle, airplane, boat, train, or walking. They get where they need to go by actually moving, studying, or making a career move. See Touchstone artist’s explorations of transitions and mobility in their photographs, paintings, collages, hand-pulled prints, sculptures, clay forms and drawings.
The Pursuit of Balance Landscape Paintings by Elaine Florimonte
In her current body of work, Elaine Florimonte is drawn to the simplicity and consistency of the horizon. The proportions of sky, water and ground are the subject of her solo show, The Pursuit of Balance at Touchstone Gallery. Through her use of acrylic media and collage, she creates landscape images in an effort to find balance in an ever shifting world.
Our current American reality is capricious. Each new sunrise seems to throw light on a new set of circumstances with which we must try to digest and respond. Our world continues to rock back and forth in terms of political and cultural shifts that make us question our own ethical compass. In the studio she found stability in the horizon, making small sketches that were related to the landscape; reaching for what is concrete and consistent. Her paintings begin with that horizon which sometimes shifts and reasserts itself throughout a composition. The foreground slides into background and line wanders in and out of focus. Space becomes interpretive to the viewer. Florimonte creates layered compositions that cover and reveal the history of her creative process and ultimately her pursuit of balance.
In addition to being a veteran art educator with Fairfax County Public Schools, Florimonte has been a member of Touchstone Gallery for three years and exhibits her work locally and regionally; most recently at The Target Gallery, The Canal Park Glow Cube’s Art and the Environment and The McGuire Woods Gallery at The Workhouse Art Center.
Landscapes: The Terrain Within by Rosemary Luckett
In her 2018 solo exhibition, Landscapes: The Terrain Within, Rosemary Luckett shifts her topical focus from Earth house landscapes to archetypal figures in her own psychological terrain, heroes commonly known the world over, both past and present. To describe the nature of her autobiographical narrative, she concentrates on large acrylic paintings, as well as mixed-media collage, and a book about these enigmatic images.
“This work has been a long-term art undertaking that relies on dream interpretation and self-reflection.” Luckett states. “Over time, I imagined myself as each guide or hero described by Carol Pearson in her book Awakening the Hero’s Within.” While contemplating Pearson’s twelve hero guides, Luckett cuts, pastes, paints, and writes. Through this meditative process, she examines each preliminary sketch as if it were a dream and then fleshes it out in larger format. The resulting figurative works are fragments of her “becoming” story. Sometimes in the context of personal experiences. Sometimes through the lens of dreams, myths, literature and legends.
While the paper collage medium has been a Luckett favorite, the collages in this exhibit are housed in niche boxes made of unique wood pieces sculpted together. They amplify the figure within and recall religious wood retablos found in the Southwest, as well as icons common to churches in ancient Byzantium and modern Italy. Large acrylic paintings also include collage elements whether subtly or overt. All in all, they represent some familiar and some less-recognized heroes.
Landscapes: The Terrain Within is Luckett’s seventh solo exhibition at Touchstone Gallery. She has exhibited throughout the region and in other states. Luckett teaches collage at the Art League School in Alexandria and maintains a studio in the woods of northern Virginia.
- Wednesday – Friday: 11pm to 6pm
- Saturday – Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW. For more information, visit www.touchstonegallery.com.