On View: February 3 – 26, 2021
Gallery B is pleased to announce its February exhibition, CounterCurrent, by the Art4Us Artists Coop. The show will feature artwork by Nana Bagdavadze, Katty Biglari, Antonella Manganelli and Grazia Montalto, and will also include pieces by fellow co-op artists whose work was selected as part of their ART4US “CounterCurrent” International Juried Show. The juried portion of the exhibit is curated by Antonella Manganelli and Grazia Montalto.
ART4US is a creative cooperative providing a virtual place to display, develop and cultivate patrons’ relationships. They are a group of international artists offering their unique mix of creativity, painting, photography, handcrafted jewelry and more. From different countries, backgrounds, and life experiences, ART4US artists have come together to share a united vision of existence while maintaining individual perspectives. Their shared moment draws on personal journeys, emotions and beliefs. Their creativity explores a reality seen by the mind’s eye using various approaches and mediums. Under the solid flag of Art for Peace, they convey a statement that diversity is enriching, bringing unity rather than division.
Georgian born, Nana Bagdavadze is a classically trained artist whose artwork has been exhibited in the United States and Europe. Her work is included in permanent collections including NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, National Library of Georgia, Tbilisi and the University of Kansas, as well as private collections. Nana taught painting and drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi, Georgia and has been on faculty at Seattle Pacific University as well as taught lessons at the Pratt Fine Arts Center, Kirkland Art Center, University of Washington Experimental College and workshops in France.
Katty Biglari moved to Washington, D.C. in 1978 to attend college and pursue her dream of becoming a painter. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and went on to complete her Master of Fine Arts at George Washington University. Working in abstraction, she conveys her thoughts through imagery, color and lines and has drawn on theories of automation, abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, and color. Time and space are recurring themes in her art, and the paintings represent reflection, geometry, contrasts and opposing forces. The images in her paintings develop gradually through multi-layering of acrylic paint.
Born in Italy and raised in a family of art collectors, Antonella Manganelli embraced her artistic roots and became an art student, collector, curator, dealer and artist. She has shown her work in Italy, Northern Virginia and North Carolina. Antonella believes in the power of nature as an ancient healer and finds her balance painting her journey through life. Her work reflects the surreal vision of her world that she explores while traveling extensively. Along with her husband, she owns an antiquarian library, Marninart, specializing in rare illustrated art books and modern and contemporary art.
A Parisian-born artist who grew up in Naples, Italy, Grazia Montalto moved to Washington, D.C. in her early twenties. She has always been interested in artistic expression and her passion for art spans many mediums. Grazia has a special interest in architecture, silversmith and drawing and has more than 25 years of experience in print and digital graphic design as a graphic designer and art director. A minimalist at heart, her colorful work is inspired by her travels and evokes emotion. Visible in Grazia’s drawings, is her energy towards embracing life boldly, as lines and colors are mixed to create beautiful and original views. In 2018, Grazia founded ART4US, a cooperative for artists based in Washington, D.C.
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Gallery B is located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD. For a closer look, please visit www.bethesda.org.