Hill Center Galleries Viewfinders: Eight Photographers Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on March 5, 2018
Empire State of Mind by Karen Cohen. Courtesy of Hill Center Galleries.
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Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 7 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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Hill Center Galleries announces the opening of Viewfinders: Eight Photographers, featuring eight solo exhibitions from new and established photographers. Artists in the show include Karen Cohen, Jane Mann, Bruce McNeil, Mike Mitchell, Rindy OBrien, Larry O’Reilly, Monica Servaites, and Richard Paul Weiblinger. The show runs March 1 – April 29, 2018. An Opening Reception with the artists will be held on Wednesday, March 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Admission to the reception and the exhibitions is always free.

Karen Cohen: Surreality
Surreality is an ongoing collection of my creation. Using all images I have taken, I alter these digitally and manifest places and characters based on mythology, psychedelia, pop culture and current events.”

Jane Mann: Layers II
Jane Mann uses her imagination and the digital darkroom to examine the historical, cultural, and societal layers found in architecture. Rather than examining these designs separately, she has created photomontages that superimpose images of architectural details one atop the other just as cultures build on, enhance, or compete with each other. In so doing, she reflects on the flow of history as one era or one empire replaces its predecessor, coexists with its contemporaries, or subjugates them.

Bruce McNeil: In the Land of Eden
“My images connect individuals and communities to their current ecological and societal realities while aiming to strengthen the familial and collective ties of historical communities. Each image is inclusive of multiple historic locales that narrate its own story. With subtle embellishment, I create painterly photographs that are my unique signature, abstract expressionism. My art demonstrates the poetic and lyrical beauty of our natural world and its people.”

Mike Mitchell: Four Seasons in the C&O Canal National Historical Park
“In 2014, I began a four-year project to capture the beauty of the C&O Canal National Historical Park in all four seasons. With its 184.5-mile length from Washington, DC through the canal towns to Cumberland, MD, the park offers a wide variety of photography subjects. The constantly changing weather and lighting conditions in the park bring new opportunities to see the elegance of the park on a daily basis.”

Rindy Obrien: Anticipating Spring
The genius of spring is its color. Bright purples, yellows, light greens lift our spirits with the first buds. In Washington DC, the Cherry Blossoms signal that spring has sprung. These flower portraits are printed on special metallic paper to further enhance the spring colors.

Anticipating Spring is a thank you to the local gardens that host shows in the cold winter months of orchids, daffodils, and geraniums to remind us that spring is just around the corner.

Larry O’Reilly: Contemporary Still Lifes
“Over the last year, I found myself becoming more and more attracted to simplicity in my photos, trying to evoke both a singular focus, and a bolder image with graphic impact. These images were initially inspired by a photo by Edward Weston, one of his famous ‘Nautilus Shell’ photos, which were exceptional in my mind for their purity. After seeing his work, I recognized that objects could be photographed in a studio setting, with the pure natural beauty of the image enhanced by careful capture of light, details, and the inherent forms within.”

Monica Servaites: Downside Up
“About two years ago I started taking photos on a continuous basis, capturing everyday objects at different angles, usually something man-made juxtaposed with a natural element. Water became something that, when the light was right, reflected back the everyday object in an intriguing way. Looking down to see what was up, layered with the leaves, dirt or gravel from the ground, gave a new perspective.”

Richard Paul Weiblinger: Unique Visions
“Through my photographs, I reveal a passion for exploring our world and how my work transforms everyday views and objects into art. I prefer subjects that lead to images with chromatic strength and use creative lighting to not only illuminate my subjects but also to give them a dream-like, surreal quality. The process of photography allows me to pursue the art of transforming everyday objects into images that progress from ‘everyday’ to art.”

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8am – 7pm
  • Fridays: 8am – 6pm
  • Saturdays: 8am – 5pm
  • Sundays: 10am – 5pm

Occasional closings for special events. Please call 202-549-4172 for confirmation of open hours on a particular day.

Hill Center Galleries is located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. For more information, visit hillcenterdc.org/galleries.