July Exhibitions at Touchstone

By Editorial Team on July 6, 2015

Fri, 10 July 2015 - Sun, 02 August 2015

16 by Steve Alderton. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.
16 by Steve Alderton. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.


Opening Reception: Friday, July 10 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Encore Opening with Artist Talk: Saturday, July 25 from 12pm to 5pm (Artist Talk at 2pm)


Some Like it Hot
Touchstone member artists revel in the heat of summer landscapes, colorful taste of hot peppers, and the fervor of love’s passion in works of photography, hand pulled prints, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage and ceramics.

Memoryscapes – Blurry Lines II by Steve Alderton
The new series continues the artist’s exploration of the line between realism and abstraction in landscapes.

In Blurry Lines II, geometric shapes convey the treed landscapes, just like in his previous show, Blurry Lines I; though now, Alderton further reduces his forms, and colors them with the acid greens and strawberry-milk pinks of dreams and childhood memories. Marshmallow clouds in expansive skies float above smaller images of hills and groves, a perspective particularly reminiscent of his earliest years in rural Wisconsin.

It is as though Alderton has reached back even further in his own memories to a place where remembered landscapes exist more as texture, feeling and essence. Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote: “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” That which Marquez put into words, Alderton shows us with his emotive brushstrokes.

By simplifying form and losing detail through the use of large painting instruments, Alderton’s use of texture and color, and even his paths through the trees draw us back into our own minds, evoking feelings of nostalgia and giving us a tip of the tongue experience, much like that of trying to remember a dream from the blurry images and fragments that linger upon wakening.

Olympic Peninsula: From Coast to Ancient Forests by Harvey Kupferberg
New series of photographs of the parts of The Olympic Peninsula, large arm of land in western Washington that lies across Puget Sound from Seattle.

Although Washington State is known for the Seattle Space needle, Boeing, and tall erupting mountains, it harbors true beauty in the Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic Peninsula lies to the west of Seattle and is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by the Straits of Juan du Fuga, and on the east by the Hood Canal. Harvey Kupferberg’s photographic solo exhibition of this area consists of both color and B&W images of the foggy shoreline, rushing waterfalls, and ancient forests taken over a 20- year period. His early B&W images from the area surrounding the Hood Canal were taken with a large format camera. By switching to the digital camera he was able to capture the intense colors of the area.

We are taken on a photographic journey from a foggy morning at Ruby Beach on the western shore and inland to the mossy luminescence of the decaying ancient trees of the Hoh Rainforest. Our journey continues as we view magnificent cloud formations over vast beaches and rocky prominences. We continue our visit at Sol Duc River with sights of crashing waterfalls surrounded by the vibrantly colored trees. His keen photographic eye and interest in landscape perspectives is reflected in this technically superior series of photographs.

Harvey Kupferberg spent 32 years at NIH in the field of medical research and he brings that discipline to his work. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a doctorate in pharmacy and a doctorate in pharmacology. He is now retired, but it’s that extensive background in chemistry that guides him in his experiments with exposure and development techniques. Harvey has won numerous awards and has had many solo and group exhibits in the DC region. Those awards do not come solely from technique, but from that inexplicable something that clicks emotionally in both the photographer and the viewer.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Friday: 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW. Please see the gallery’s website www.touchstonegallery.com for additional information, or call 202-347-2787. For more information contact Ksenia Grishkova, Director, 202-347-2787 or email info@touchstonegallery.com.