Opening Reception: Friday, July 13 from 6pm to 8pm
Gallery B is pleased to announce the July exhibit, Four Seasons. On display from July 4 – 28, 2018, the exhibit will feature artwork by Aanen Nilsen, Tea Okropiridze, Antonio Scott and Joan Sarah Wexler.
Aanen Nilsen, a photographer who has lived in the Washington, D.C. area since 1951, found his love of photography when he was 13-years-old. He began exploring the art of photography by taking slides with his 35mm camera, and soon discovered the joys of the darkroom and creating black and white photos. By the 1970’s he developed a special interest in rock concert photography, propelled by the energy, drama and challenge of constantly changing lighting. Aanen has since moved into digital photography and continues to strive to capture the “real” person in a portrait, the excitement of an early morning shoot in the mountains and the happiness and beauty of an ordinary, everyday walk.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tea Okropiridze received her degree in sculpture from the Nikoladze Arts College and her honors degree in tapestry from the University of Culture. Tea moved to Northern Virginia in 2002 and now teaches tapestry at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA. She also teaches at the Academy of Georgian Heritage in Rockville, MD and at the US Art Center in Chantilly, VA. Together with her husband, they manage Art Woodstone Studio in Manassas, VA. Tea has shown her work in exhibits both locally and abroad, most recently at shows in Serbia, Belgium, Glen Echo Park, MD, Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD, and the Embassy of Georgia in Washington, DC.
Maryland-based painter Antonio Scott has an affinity for oil paints and large canvases, transferring energy and great passion into each of his works. He is inspired by nature, science and spirit, and is driven to express the unbalanced balance of life. Antonio earned his Bachelor of Arts in studio art from University of Maryland. Antonio’s work has been displayed extensively, including at the University of Maryland, the Montpelier Art Center and in the office building of the Maryland House of Delegates. Antonio’s studies invoked his deep appreciation for the works of Michelangelo, da Vinci, Dali, Pollock, and Basquiat which influenced his creative fusion of realism and abstract art.
Joan Sarah Wexler, a photographer, has exhibited her work throughout the Greater Washington, DC area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire and studied fine art photography under the renowned Minor White at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. She was also taught by Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. In addition to her pursuits in art, Joan worked at the National Science Foundation for 27 years. Throughout her career she continued to use photography as both an avocation and form of therapy and worked for several months on a detail as a photo archivist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Established by Montgomery County in 1994, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) is a downtown management organization that markets and maintains downtown Bethesda. The BUP team works in marketing, maintenance, transportation and administration to produce cultural events and community festivals and attend to landscaping and maintenance needs. BUP also manages the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Bethesda Transportation Solutions (BTS), and the Bethesda Circulator as well as the non-profit art spaces, Gallery B and Studio B.
From award-winning theatre to independent films, downtown Bethesda’s Arts & Entertainment District is filled with inspiring artists and art venues. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc., and is the producer of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda Painting Awards, Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda Film Fest and Play In A Day.
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Gallery B is located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda, MD. For more information visit www.bethesda.org.