January 2018 Openings at Glen Echo

By Editorial Team on January 16, 2018
Work by Dorte Verner. Courtesy of Photoworks Gallery in Glen Echo Park.
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Opening Receptions: Sunday, January 21 from 4pm to 6pm
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The Wonder People
Dorte Verner
January 19 to February 25
Photoworks Gallery
Photographer Dorte Verner Presents Photographs Featuring Refugees from Around the World January 19 through February 25, 2018 at Photoworks Gallery in Glen Echo Park.

The world is currently witnessing the greatest period of displacement in recorded history with an unprecedented 66 million refugees fleeing their homelands since the beginning of the 21st century. Despite having lost friends, family, homes, and livelihoods, these “Wonder People” remain hopeful and incredibly resilient.

The Wonder People, a new exhibit at Photoworks Gallery in Glen Echo Park, is a series of portraits of children and adults caught in the global refugee crisis. The exhibit opens January 19 with a gallery reception January 21 from 4pm to 6pm.

Photographer Dorte Verner captured the exhibited photographs of people from Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kurdistan, Myanmar, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and more over the past one and a half years. The exhibit focuses on forced displacement caused by manmade conflict and violence. The photographs are a rare look into the life of “The Wonder People” around the globe.

About the Artist
Dorte Verner was born in Denmark and is a global citizen. She is a photographer and Ph.D. economist. Dorte’s work focuses on bringing attention to people with little voice and that often are vulnerable. Her background and development knowledge gives her an advantage in understanding people’s reality and environment which translates to her photographs. Dorte has won many prizes and awards, including this year’s prestigious Nikon Photo Contest and the International Photo Awards first prize in culture and traditions. Dorte is self-taught photographer.

About Photoworks
Forty years ago, in a derelict building hidden among the abandoned amusement park rides of Glen Echo Park, four young photographers founded Photoworks with little more than a shared passion for the daily work of seeing, shooting, and printing images of lasting beauty and artistic integrity. The day-to-day collaboration, creative dialogue, and informal mentoring that led those artists to successful careers as fine art and commercial photographers established the values of experimentation and collegiality that define Photoworks today. Offering a diverse combination of educational programs, gallery exhibitions, and community initiatives, Photoworks is a vibrant and unique resource for student and professional photographers – an arts community in the very best sense of the word.

Gallery Hours:

  • Saturdays: 1pm to 4pm
  • Sundays: 1pm to 7pm

Visit http://www.glenechophotoworks.org for more information.

Sanctuary by Cathy Abramson. Courtesy of Stone Tower Gallery.

Cityscapes
Cathy Abramson
January 13 to February 18
Stone Tower Gallery
The paintings in this exhibit are based on scenes in Washington, DC, Baltimore and Bethesda. Abramson’s focus is on the narrative of change; the change in people’s lives in the city and the changing facade of the urban landscape.

The Partnership is pleased to present Cityscapes, a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Cathy Abramson. These representational paintings examine the emotional subtext of change and the connections or estrangement of people in transitional neighborhoods. She sees moments of poetry in the ordinary. Although she paints particular people and scenes, these paintings about daily life in Washington, DC and beyond resonate with everyone. She records scenes that are about recent history, change, nostalgia and social struggle – the joys and frustrations of contemporary urban life. Abramson maintains a studio at Artists & Makers Studios 1 in Rockville and is a current member of Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda. In addition to her career as a graphic designer, she has been exhibiting in solo and juried shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region for the past 20 years and has work in many public and private collections.

Gallery Hours:

  • Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm to 6pm
Photograph of wearable art by Clara Graves. Courtesy of Popcorn Gallery.

Wearables
January 13 to February 18
Popcorn Gallery
Five regional artists are featured in Wearables, an exhibition of wearable art at Glen Echo Park’s Popcorn Gallery. Norma Fredrickson, Clara Graves, Gretchen Klimoski, Mary Mallia and Shamaka Thompson all have a natural, yet global aesthetic in their wearable fashions. Dyed, sewn, and beaded accessories and garments will be on display and for sale throughout the exhibition. Curated by Jaimianne Amicucci of The Gray Gallery, this exhibition is presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture.

Gallery Hours:

  • Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm to 6pm
Clara Barton’s House, 2018 by Mary Belcher. Courtesy of Park View Gallery.

Good People, Good Places
Mary Belcher
January 20 to February 17
Park View Gallery
The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Good People, Good Places by Mary Belcher, a Washington, DC artist. The exhibition showcases Belcher’s watercolor paintings. Her journalistic background and interest in Washington, DC history and sites inform her subject matter and her detail oriented style. She is inspired by people coming to the region to do good work, sometimes causing historic change. The paintings depict some of the local sites that inspire Belcher because of the people they honor.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday through Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo, MD.