Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 10 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Stitched! Stories told in Clay, Fiber, Textiles, and Paints
The works of five local artists present new and novel perspectives on an age-old textile: the quilt. Some works are wrapped in story while others lay bare their pattern, coloration and stitchery to stimulate our visual and tactile senses.
Each artist uses her unique media to best display inspired stories:
- Kasse Andrews-Weller draws upon her Southern rural roots and the influences of sewing and saw-milling to share her interpretation of the quilt through clay.
- Using oil paint, Paula Cleggett’s paintings mostly show quilts as part of daily life, although one “just screams color and whimsy.”
- Lillian Fitzgerald’s stitched encaustics explore her wistfulness for raising young children and the comfort of home.
- Compelling color combinations and innovative patterns grace Sandy Hassan’s quilted wall hangings and table runners.
- Desiree Sterbini’s oil pastel paintings are inspired by her grandmother’s quilts – stitched together from the family’s “fabrics of life.”
Whether these works of art strike a nostalgic cord with you or inspire your own creativity, the artists hope their take on quilts will engage and uplift you.
Cool Guy Alert! By Charlie Visconage
Charlie Visconage’s work seeks to capture the world as seen through his brightly colored, cartoonish lens. His paintings explore a range of pop culture subjects: movie scenes, politicians, musicians, magazine ads, and comic book panels. Each of them feature a piece of text related to the image, sometimes describing the image, sometimes based on a related bit of overheard conversation. Charlie’s work portrays a world where colors are bright, guns are golden, animals have attitude problems, and correct spelling is optional.
Capitol Hill Art League Juried Invitational
Thirty-one artists from the Capitol Hill Art League, a visual arts program featuring members from the Capitol Hill neighborhood and DC metro region, show works from a wide variety of mediums. Jurors Nicky Cymrot and Alan Braley of the Hill Center Galleries will announce five Best in Show award winners to be presented during the January 10 Opening Reception. The following artists have been chosen for the show:
Kasse Andrews-Weller-Ken Bachman-Kimberley Bursic-Sally Canzoneri-Marilyn Christiano-Karen Cohen-Marie-B De Amicis-Bob Fuller-Kay Fuller-Tara Hamilton-Robin Harris-Nicol Hockett-Barbara Johnson-Eric Johnson-JoAnn Lamicella Laboy-Robert Lipartito-James Mallos-Jane Mann-Mike McSorley-Linda Norton-Rindy OBrien-Ann Pickett-Meera Rao-Carolyn Rondthaler-Judy Searles-Patricia Smith-Sandra Tallant-Ann Thomson-Karen Van Allen-Corinne Whitlatch-Karen Zens
Hill Center Galleries presents rotating exhibits by regional artists in the exquisitely renovated Civil War-era Old Naval Hospital. Hill Center Galleries consists of six distinct exhibition spaces, many with 14-foot ceilings and 8-foot windows. Since opening in 2011, we have been privileged to present the work of several hundreds of emerging and established artists. All artwork is available for purchase and a portion of proceeds supports free community programs at Hill Center.
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Hill Center Galleries is located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. For more information, visit hillcenterdc.org/galleries.