Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13 from 4pm to 6pm
Beginning July 13, 2019 and running through August 23, 2019, Art Enables—a nonprofit gallery and supported employment program dedicated to creating opportunities for visual artists with disabilities to make, market, and earn incoming from their original and compelling artwork—will host three exhibitions featuring the works of Art Enables’ resident artists and local D.C.-area artists: “LINEWORK,” “Spend Time with Trees,” and “Stripe, Dot, and Swirl.” A public opening reception will be held on July 13, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. The free reception will include complimentary wine and refreshments, and provide the public with an opportunity to experience the artwork as well as mingle with the artists.
About the Exhibitions
Art Enables is proud to present “LINEWORK”—a show featuring local artists Anthony Bremer, Christian McCarroll, and Benjamin Ross, all of whom are known for their strong use of lines in their work.
For DC-based, and self-taught artist, Anthony Bremer, perception is rooted as much in speculation as it is in the environment. At the core of Bremer’s work is a recognition of the vibrancy found in quotidian scenes and objects. His drawings strive not only to reveal that energy and meaning but to help viewers recognize these ephemeral moments in their own everyday lives.
Christian McCarroll has been a client at Arundel Lodge in Maryland for 18 years. He has always been interested in art and feels it gives him a chance to explore and express through a visual medium, “the world,” which he “feels and sees.”
Benjamin Ross is a skateboarder and painting artist from Frederick, Maryland. He primarily uses acrylic paint marker to create on canvas and is influenced by abstract art, graffiti art, personal drawings, video games, and cartoons/anime. Some of his work is known for heavy line details, while other works are completely random based on inspirations and a belief in improvisational creativity.
These artists bring their breadth and experience to Art Enables in “LINEWORK”—showcasing their line-heavy styles that rely on repetitive strokes to add structure to dynamic oftentimes surrealist scenes.
Spend Time with Trees
What started as a discussion on STEAM curricula (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) between an artist, Sondra N. Arkin, and an engineer, Mark Archibald, culminates in an unprecedented exhibition at Art Enables this summer! “Spend Time with Trees” is an immersive, sensory, and accessible art installation of an experience that is meant to replicate the sensation of being among the trees. With visual, tactile, and aural elements, “Spend Time with Trees” allows the audience to meander through the space while reflecting on the folly of drawing hard lines between art and engineering.
The exhibition will be enhanced by additional paintings by Ellen Sinel.
Stripe, Dot, and Swirl
Beat the heat and make your way to Art Enables this summer for the fun and upbeat show “Stripe, Dot, and Swirl.” Resident artists were challenged to develop artwork that incorporated at least one of the elements—stripe, dot, swirl—either in style or concept for this light-hearted summer exhibition. Some artists took the challenge literally, like Chris Schallhorn who created a piece with columns of colorful boxes peppered with dots and swirls, while others chose a more nuanced approach, like Maurice Barnes’ “Laundry Day” which depicts swirling laundry in a clothes dryer, or Charmaine Jones’ “Strawberry Chocolate Cake” that features a decadent cake striped with layers of red frosting. Think you can guess which element is used in each piece? Try your best as you explore “Stripe, Dot, and Swirl.”
About Art Enables
Art Enables is a non-profit supported employment program and art gallery dedicated to creating opportunities for adult artists with disabilities to create, market, and earn income from their original and compelling artwork. Since 2001, Art Enables has been providing artists with disabilities the creative and vocational training needed to become proud, professional artists. Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018.
The gallery is open Monday-Friday 9–4 p.m. and select Saturdays each month (check our website).
Art Enables is located 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE. For more information, visit www.art-enables.org.