McLean Project for the Arts Presents Give and Take: Building Form and Intersectional Painting: Works by Sheila Crider

By Editorial Team on November 30, 2021

Thu, 02 December 2021 - Sat, 19 February 2022

Cherry Breezes by Emilie Brzezinski.
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 2 from 4-6pm and 6:30-8:30pm

An virtual artist talk is scheduled for Thursday, January 20 at 7pm on Zoom.  

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) will open its two newest exhibitions on December 2, 2021. Give and Take: Building Form (Emerson Gallery) will showcase abstract wood sculpture by Emilie Benes Brzezinski, Rachel Rotenberg, Foon Sham and Norma Schwartz. The Atrium Gallery will feature Intersectional Painting: Works by Sheila Crider. Two Opening Exhibition Receptions will take place on Thursday, December 2, 2021, one from 4-6pm and the second from 6:30-8:30pm. Underwritten by Pamela and David Danner, both shows run through February 19, 2022.   

“I am particularly excited about these two exhibits, as they will present an exploration of three-dimensional art making in such a variety of ways,” said MPA Curator and Exhibitions Director Nancy Sausser. “This is where the art exists wholly in the world we inhabit—allowing us to meet, respond to and co-exist with each piece.” 

Give and Take: Building Form
featuring Emilie Benes Brzezinski, Rachel Rotenberg, Foon Sham and Norma Schwartz
Emerson Gallery
Featuring dynamic abstract sculptural works by four artists who work primarily in wood, this exhibit will explore each artist’s personal vision along with their methodology of making. By employing varying degrees of adding and subtracting material–laminating or carving, sawing and sanding–these artists build form by either giving or taking away. With this mind, process is highlighted, understood and demonstrated with an eye towards clarifying the genesis and emergence of form. 

Intersectional Painting: Works by Sheila Crider
Atrium Gallery 

Artist Sheila Crider will exhibit works from an ongoing series that combines painting, drawing, braiding, stitching and weaving to create three-dimensional abstract forms. Through these works, which are both beautiful and evocative, Crider has found an inventive and original process that enables her to visually explore multiple intersections between material, place, tradition, race, gender, history, culture, narrative, art, painting, object and picture.  

The Opening Exhibition Receptions will take place on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 4-6pm and 6:30-8:30pm. These events are free and open to the public, but each session is limited to 30 attendees. Reservations are required. Proof of vaccination or a same-day negative COVID-19 test is required of all attendees to these two December 2 opening receptions, along with a government-issued ID for visitors 16 and older. Masks are required to be worn at all times inside the galleries and building. Visit the MPA website to make a reservation and for complete information on our health and safety guidelines.  

An virtual artist talk is scheduled for Thursday, January 20 at 7pm on Zoom.   

The Atrium Gallery Exhibition (Intersectional Painting) will be available for viewing during McLean Community Center operating hours. The Emerson Gallery exhibit (Give and Take: Building Form) will be open for visitors Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-4pm and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. Online exhibitions will also be available for viewing in mid-December. 

Both galleries are open to the public, but viewing is limited to six visitors at a time to provide social distancing. Please visit www.mpaart.org/ or call 703-790-1953 for gallery hours.

McLean Project for the Arts Emerson and Atrium Galleries are located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA.