Gallery Openings and Events

January 2020 Exhibitions at Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries

Work by Saaraliisa Ylitalo. Courtesy of Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11 from 4pm to 6pm

Paper Complex
January 11 – February 16, 2020 // Popcorn Gallery
In this show, artists Jessica Beels, Ellen Kennedy, and Saaraliisa Ylitalo display the myriad ways to manipulate paper. Their distinctive styles and techniques tell the stories of their individual explorations and artistic processes. The thoughtful details and conceptual designs in their works are meditative, inviting viewers to experience the complexities of paper transformation. Each work evokes a deeper meaning; our interaction with paper has cross-cultural differences and meanings, and this show meets at the intersection of acknowledging this everyday material and the limitless ways in which paper can be manipulated, transformed, and reimagined.
Saturdays & Sundays, 11am – 6pm

Work by Akemi Maegawa. Courtesy of Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries.

Akemi Maegawa: Food for Thought
January 11 – February 16, 2020 // Stone Tower Gallery

In her solo exhibition, Food for Thought, Akemi Maegawa features both small- and large-scale sculptures related to food. Each sculpture depicts easily-recognizable and familiar subjects encountered during everyday life. But each one has twists and stories to share. Maegawa investigates and questions the meaning of human life – often with deeply-engaged irony – addressing and discovering the satirical side of our thoughts, desires, and deeds.
Saturdays & Sundays, 11am – 6pm

Work by Fran Abrams. Courtesy of Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries.

Fran Abrams: Unpainted Colors
January 11 – February 16, 2020 // Park View Galley

Fran Abram’s work is created from polymer clay and is designed to be hung on the wall like a bas relief. Polymer clay is a man-made substance that begins as blocks of solid-colored clay-like material. The clay colors blend just like blending paints. Like many polymer clay artists, Abrams uses a pasta machine to condition the clay, to blend colors, and to achieve complex designs. Her work is unusual because of what is not there. There is no paint. All of the colors come from the clay itself. The focus is not only on blending the various color clays, but also on manipulating the results to express the themes of the pieces. The works are framed and presented without glass, allowing the viewer to see the intricacies of the designs.
Saturdays & Sundays, 11am – 6pm

Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD. For more information, visit glenechopark.org/calendar.