July Openings at Touchstone

By Editorial Team on June 27, 2016

Fri, 01 July 2016 - Sun, 31 July 2016

Balance Beam by Lina Alattar. Courtesy of Touchstone.
Balance Beam by Lina Alattar. Courtesy of Touchstone.


Opening Reception: Friday, July 22 from 6pm to 8:30pm


Artist Talk: Saturday, July 30 from 2pm to 4pm

Touchstone Gallery All Member Artists Group Show.

Balance Beam by Lina Alattar. Courtesy of Touchstone.
Balance Beam by Lina Alattar. Courtesy of Touchstone.

Unscripted by Lina Alattar
Lina Alattar’s solo exhibition, U​nscripted,  explores the role of making mistakes in the creative process. Accidents, blurs, and imperfection are starting points that offer Lina the freedom to toil with paint and the chance for something new to emerge. This process contradicts our existing condition of perfection that can often lead to cold and sterile experiences. As we become more dependent on automated, machine ­produced realities, we lose our comfort level with making the accidental work to our advantage.

By pouring and splattering paint, ink and spray paint, Lina welcomes the random coincidences as she constructs them into the composition. An improvisation of color, space, and linear qualities emerge and interact with each other. This act of allowing and control help develop surface and imagery. She finds structure amidst the chaos, knowing all too well how these accidents are inventions in their own right.

Alattar holds a B​FA from Middle Tennessee State University. She continued her painting education in Italy through a study­abroad program, as well as The George Washington University. S​he currently has gallery representation at Touchstone Gallery.

Awards and exhibitions: Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, NY; Hillyer Art Space, Solo Exhibition; MPA, Strictly Painting 10; DC Convention Center; Greater Reston Arts Center, Touchstone Gallery, Olly Olly, The George Washington University, Basilica of Saint Ubaldo, Italy; Centennial Art Center, and Tennessee State Museum.

For more information about the artist please visit w​ww.LinaAlattar.com​ or www.touchstonegallery.com.

Anse de Lorient by McCain McMurray. Courtesy of Touchstone.
Anse de Lorient by McCain McMurray. Courtesy of Touchstone.

Immersion by McCain McMurray
Plumbing the depths of memory and experience provide the inspiration for McCain McMurray’s July show at Touchstone Gallery titled Immersion. Cooling blues and greens merge with muted reds, yellows or oranges to evoke the waters of the Caribbean.

McMurray usually works in series so you see colors and forms that play off each other or continuously develop certain ideas. In these works, long vertical forms are like a slice through an immersive experience.

Working in acrylic, McMurray pours multiple layers of thinned paint onto the unprimed canvas and allows the pigment to seep into the fabric to actually stain the canvas. The staining process creates a certain flow to the finished work.

McMurray’s work is about creating essays on places or memories. It is not about making pictures; it’s about defining the essence of space and experience.

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.