Gallery Openings and Events

March 2019 Exhibtions at Athenaeum

King Nudibranch, by Lisa Tubach, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 72″, 2019. Courtesy of Athenaeum.

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Opening Reception: Sunday, March 3 from 4pm to 6pm
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Waterworks | Lisa Tubach, Suzanne Yurdin, Rhonda Smith
Opening Reception, Sunday, March 3, 4 – 6
Exhibition Runs, February 28 — April 14
Water Works features paintings by Lisa Tubach and Suzanne Yurdin, and prints by Rhonda Smith. Each artist explores varied interpretations of water and aquatic environments.

Checks & Balances | Alexandra N. Sherman
Artist’s Reception, Sunday, March 3, 4 – 6
Exhibition Runs, February 28 — April 14
Alexandra N. Sherman stumbled onto a cache of 1930’s checks in an antique writing box and was inspired to make use of the printed engraving, beautiful handwriting from a bygone era, and stamps that marked their passage through the banking system in a series of collages. The Checks & Balances series is a reference to the foundation upon which our democratic society is built but also a response to our current political situation. The series explores the anxieties of living in an age of incredible political and environmental uncertainty, and the need to escape through flights of fancy and humor.

Alexandra’s charming collages on vintage cancelled checks will be hung so both sides of the check can be seen.

“I discovered a cache of 1930s checks in an antique writing box. I was so taken with these bits of paper ephemera that I felt compelled to incorporate them as backgrounds in a series of collages. I made use of the printed engraving, beautiful handwriting from a bygone era, and stamps that marked their passage through the banking system in my compositions. The collage materials are an assortment of vintage paper, decorative paper, and images from art books and old nature guide illustrations.

The Checks & Balances series is a reference to the foundation upon which our democratic society is built but also a response to our current political situation. The series explores the anxieties of living in an age of incredible political and environmental uncertainty, and the need to escape through flights of fancy and humor.

The sense of mystery and whimsy in these works is yet another way to invite the viewer to consider that which is transient, ephemeral, and fleeting. People’s perceptions often shift with the introduction of new objects, as a once seemingly insignificant check now becomes a work of art. I feel in part these collages are a collaboration between myself and the people who wrote and stamped these checks. I enjoy the idea that I am now making art out of something they must have considered mundane, and delight in intensifying the sense of mystery that surrounds these collaged pieces of ephemera.

Furthermore, I like the idea of re-using and repurposing on an environmental level, but acknowledge this probably only prolongs the life of an object. There is pleasure to giving new life to something as unwanted as an outdated nature guide” – Alexandra N.Sherman.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday, Friday, and Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
  • Saturdays: 1pm to 4pm

Athenaeum Gallery is located at 201 Prince St., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703.548.0035 or visit nvfaa.org.