Hilton Alexandria Mark Center | West End Alexandria: An Art Exhibition

By Editorial Team on September 19, 2023

Thu, September 21 2023 — Wed, November 1 2023

Photo, Blue into Green, Acrylic on Unprimed Canvas by Barbara Januszkiewicz
Reception: Thursday, September 21 from 5-7pm

West End Alexandria: An Art Exhibition
July 29, 2023 – November 1, 2023
At the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
(No RSVP required)

Celebrating Alexandria’s largest and fastest-growing neighborhood, the culture of the West End including a strong African immigrant community, more than 82 languages spoken in local schools, growing entrepreneurship, Civil War history, parts and more.

This exhibition will be in the lobby at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center located in the West End of Alexandria (5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311). The Exhibition represents a partnership between the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center and the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts.

The Office of The Arts, a division within the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Activates, promotes the value of arts and culture in Alexandria by nurturing, investing in and celebrating the creative contributions of artists and arts organizations. Through engaging the community, encouraging participation, and facilitating access to the arts, the Office of the Arts works with local artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant community for all of the City’s residents, workers and visitors.

The exhibition juror/curator was Aya Takashima, Discipline Chair, Photography, and Gallery Director at NOVAarts Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus. Takashima was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1969. After graduating from the Osaka University of Arts in Osaka, Japan, and working in the field of photography in Tokyo, she decided to go back to school, this time in the U.S. She received her M.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001. Her work has been exhibited in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, Osaka and Hitachi, Japan, and Korea.

8 artists were selected for the exhibition. Viewers will see 12 artworks. Artists selected include:

  • Richard Aslanian
  • Sardar Aziz
  • Chyrette Copeland
  • Walter Gordon
  • Barbara Januszkiewicz
  • Hyun Jung Kim
  • Rashad Ali Muhammad
  • Lucas Rougeux

Barbara Januszkiewicz is established artist and educator based in the DC area. My passions are abstract art and bringing people together.

I have a strong desire to contribute to the awareness in art culture and refine my creative work.My work being abstract art has connected people together. I feel that abstract art crosses boundaries of generations and cultures to elicit a creative pull and a sense of joy. My art with it’s universal language, express the diversity of our community, and the flow that blends together. My visual interpretation employs large acrylic color fields that meld and overlap in translucent layers. The overall effect is one of slow, powerful visual rhythms that create a transcendent color experience. I feel abstract art crosses boundaries of generations and cultures to elicit a creative pull and encourage a sense of community and shared ownership of space. My painting in this exhibit will be the large swaths of color evoke the rhythm and flow of togetherness, community, love and support. Pacing great abstract art enriches all of our lives. As you may know, abstract art need not have a narrative, which opens up the interpretation to the viewer, who can experience and interpret the color experience themselves. This is part of “WEST END ALEXANDRIA” and going forward this type of art stimulates the imagination and the possibilities.

“Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change.” – Barbara Januszkiewicz

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center located in the West End of Alexandria (5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA.)