March Openings at Touchstone Gallery: April M. Rimpo Common Threads & Lisa Tureson Scribbles: An Urban Art Series

By Editorial Team on February 27, 2017

Fri, 03 March 2017 - Sun, 02 April 2017

Lanterns by April M. Rimpo. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.
Lanterns by April M. Rimpo. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.


Opening Reception: Friday, March 3 from 6pm to 8:30pm


Encore Reception: Sunday, March 26 from 2pm to 4pm

Touchstone Gallery Member Show

Trapped by April M. Rimpo. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.
Trapped by April M. Rimpo. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

Common Threads by April M. Rimpo
April Rimpo’s paintings in her upcoming solo exhibition – Common Threads – is a collection of scenes from the United States and abroad that reveal connections that span the globe, while at the same time revealing cultural differences.

Having travelled extensively across the United States and abroad, artist April Rimpo captures and shares her experiences in her bold acrylics and watercolors. Rimpo’s work allows the viewer to experience stories of places near and far. Rimpo uses color and textures in her acrylic and watercolor paintings to set the mood and sense of energy she feels best communicate the emotion of the scene. About her subject matter Rimpo says,

“Starting in my teens I was fascinated by people like Lewis Leakey and Jane Goodall and their pursuit of explanations of human evolution through archaeology and behavioral sciences, respectively. In college I first studied Anthropology, and found out I also enjoyed Social Anthropology where modern cultures are studied and explored. My later work in engineering taught me to see the world in a broad, expansive way, through the eyes of others. This combination of interest in people, cultures, and a broad perspective of the world has found its way into my art, where I love to share tidbits of life.”

Rimpo feels a piece is complete when the desired mood is achieved and the story shines through in the finished painting. Real success comes, however, when others tell her the story they see in the painting. Often their story is quite different from hers, but it doesn’t matter! She feels a tremendous sense of satisfaction for having been able to evoke a memory or an emotion in her viewer. Come share your thoughts and memories as you explore Rimpo’s paintings.

Recent Featured Artist Exhibitions include: Contemporary Landscapes at Columbia, Maryland 2016 • Summer in the City at Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland 2016

April has received a variety of awards including Excellence in Figurative in a national exhibition. Two of April’s paintings were included in Northlight Books Best of acrylic painting book, “AcrylicWorks 3: Creative Textures” and she will have one painting in the 2017 edition, “AcrylicWorks 4: Celebrating Color.”

Kobenhavn by Lisa Tureson. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.
Kobenhavn by Lisa Tureson. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

Scribbles: An Urban Art Series by Lisa Tureson
On a July afternoon in 2016, Lisa Tureson saw a lovely wall while walking the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark. Revealed in the age, layers and crumbling was evidence of so many people and so much bygone time. Something poetic and beautiful struck her and it inspired a series of mixed media paintings called the Scribbles Series.

Scribbles: an Urban Art series by Lisa Tureson is inspired by a simple Danish wall. Walking the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark on a summer day she saw a painted, white wall. The paint was peeling and deteriorating, revealing layers of colors, papers, street art and writings. This wall has had many faces. With the white bicycle parked alongside the wall it was a perfect representation of this old and ever changing, modern city. The Scribbles series presents this idea with a softer and gentler hand. Tureson’s love of mixed media is evident as she uses smooth and gritty plasters, acrylics, ink, spray paint and papers. Surfaces are built up with heavy bodied material and sanded down after the color and media is incorporated. This process is repeated until each piece is layered and exposes what came before.

Lisa Tureson’s inspiration for painting began at a young age while painting at her mother’s art studio. Her pieces including those in The Scribbles series are compressed with variations of abstract, trompe L’Oeil, stylized realism, and expressionism marking her aesthetic to be unique and eye catching. The use of Tureson’s acrylic, mixed media, color and line expression dance through each of her canvases harmoniously to create a visual story in the viewer’s imagination.

Lisa S. Tureson is an American painter whose original work is shown in galleries and showrooms in New York, Atlanta, Las Vegas, High Point, Miami, Chicago and many other North American cities as well as San Paulo, Brazil. Her commercial work is widely published and distributed internationally. Her work has won local and International juried competitions and is in the collections of private clients as well as hotels, universities and businesses. isa was voted among the Top 100 INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS and for the third time was voted by a survey of Home & Design Magazine professionals to be the Designer’s Top Choice of art studios.

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

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