November Openings at Touchstone Gallery

By Editorial Team on November 1, 2016
High Head Vista Provincetown by Kate McConnell. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.
High Head Vista Provincetown by Kate McConnell. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.


Opening Reception: Friday, November 4 from 6pm to 8:30pm


The Art of Manipulation
Touchstone member photographers join painters and sculptors in skewing their vision and manipulating images of the world they photograph. Sharp-eyed observers, Touchstone artists express their vision, whether literal or otherwise, in photography, collage, drawing, painting, sculpture, and hand-pulled prints.

SUITCASE PAINTINGS: Small Works from recent travels by Kate McConnell
The show will include finished work and studies for larger pieces.

Kate McConnell’s new work in her upcoming solo exhibition – SUITCASE PAINTINGS – is a collection of landscapes painted during her recent travels from the Andalucía region of Spain to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Kate demonstrates in gouache and oil the more intimate and spontaneous front end of her process through these smaller scale works painted plein air and which were literally brought home in her suitcase.

A major attribute to these paintings is their freshness and honesty, recording color notes captured in the moment with skilled immediacy. Years of painting outdoors allow Kate to set up and jump in, despite varying conditions.

“Kate McConnell’s work is a search beyond literal translation of what is before her. The inspiration of the natural world sings it’s song, dances. Her painting is an interpretation of her relationship with earth.” – Mary Giammarino, Cape Cod School Artist

Raised in rural Pennsylvania and trained in Art + Design in Pittsburgh, Kate works from her studio in Washington D.C. and outdoors in Rock Creek Park D.C., farm land in Pennsylvania, and the Cape Cod National Seashore among other places.

The show would not be complete if Kate did not include trees, her signature subject.

Recent Featured Artist Exhibitions include: Eno Wine Club, Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC 2016; Rouge Gallery, Provincetown, MA 2016; The Arts Club Of Washington, DC 2015; and various DC group shows.

Like No Ones Watching by Jill Brantley. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.
Like No Ones Watching by Jill Brantley. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

Situations by Jill Brantley
Jill Brantley’s November solo show, Situations, at Touchstone Gallery playfully reveal the multifaceted experiences of life that make us laugh, cry, pause, reflect and even give us hope or make us question. Jill’s narrative collages are inspired by these threads of life that connect humanity.

Jill Brantley’s show Situations stays true to her focus on the narrative – playfully revealing experiences that make us question real life and the world of fantasy. Brantley encourages viewers to be imaginative about…the Situations she presents. A Spider anticipating a meal in Lying In Wait, a woman and her dog blissfully dancing unaware of viewers in Like No One’s Watching. In Dad’s Home, escaped caged birds provide jovial entertainment for the other pets in the house. In The Suitor a gentleman looks as if he’s longing for an overnight stay. What is really going on in these Situations? That is the crux of this show. Brantley’s assemblages with paint, paper, fabric and found objects conjure generational memories such as shag rugs, plastic covered seat cushions and interior colors that travel through time and spaces bringing even the mundane to life. Each painting is a unique and sometimes humorous view of a slice of everyday life – a single act but in a different play.

Brantley has always been interested in what people’s gestures intend or what their living spaces inform about them. Her work reveals her fascination with how people embellish their bodies and surroundings and what it says about their life stories. Narratives don’t have to be told in words.

This is the artist’s first solo show at Touchstone Gallery. Her work has been shown at The Art League Gallery in Alexandria, Gallery B of the Maryland Federation of Art and The Capital Hill Art League among others. Two of her paintings were chosen to grace the cover of The Capital Hill Rag newspaper in Washington, DC – Hanky Panky for September 2014 and Bloomers for March 2016. In 2013, her painting Natalie was chosen as a finalist in the abstract/experimental category in The Artist’s Magazine’s 30th Annual National Art Competition out of 6000 entries.

Jill Brantley resides in Alexandria, Virginia. Blessed with a studio there, she devotes as much time as she can to creating her layered narratives. She says she “strives to bring people’s attention to things they take for granted or that seem unimportant.” Brantley believes that through their artwork, artists are in a sense, keepers of history.

Gallery Hours:

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

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW. For more information, visit