October Openings at Touchstone Gallery

By Editorial Team on September 30, 2015

Fri, 02 October 2015 - Sun, 01 November 2015

Five Lights by Pete McCutchen. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.
Five Lights by Pete McCutchen. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.


Opening Receptions: Friday, October 2 from 6pm to 8:30pm


Touchstone Gallery Member Show

The Quality of Light by Pete McCutchen
Light can be soft and gentle, bright and bold; it brings drama and beauty. Pete McCutchen explores that range in his luminescent show, The Quality of Light.

Photography: from the Greek for “light” and “drawing.” Photography is drawing with light. Understanding light is the key to photography. Mastering light is the key to great photography. Which is why every photographer begins with light. The basic concepts of photography: exposure, aperture, shutter speed, all involve control of of light.

In his seventh solo show, award-winning photographer Pete McCutchen revisits light in an extended meditation on the subject. Light can be intense and blinding, or it can be dim, mysterious. It can reveal, or its absence can obscure.

McCutchen’s exploration of light carries him across the United States, to Devil’s Tower, to Lake Yellowstone, to the Plains of Illinois, to Las Vegas. He goes from national parks to abandoned factories to city streets. He captures storms and sunrises, silhouettes and sunsets. He captures light peeking through storm clouds, the perfect dawn light of the Golden Hour, light streaming through ancient windows. His night photography bespeaks mystery and shadow from a foggy night on the Potomac to the glitz and glory of the streets of Las Vegas.

He shows the mystery, and the glory, of light.

McCutchen’s work has appeared more than a hundred juried photography exhibitions across the United States, including Texas, Colorado, California, New York, and Vermont, as well as D.C, Maryland and Virginia. He has received a number of accolades in international photography competitions. Most notably, his image Five Lights received an Honorable Mention Award in the 2014 Monochrome Awards, and his image Nebraska was a finalist in the International Color Awards and received a Silver Medal in the 2015 PX3 Prix de al Photographie Paris. Both of these images will be featured in his show The Quality of Light.

HUSK by Anthony Dortch
HUSK – When the shell is stripped away, only the essence of life remains.
“We all have our own unique hopes, fears, dreams, pains, talents, and experiences. Those near and close to us – our family and friends – know where we’ve been, accept what we’ve become, and still, gently allow us to grow. Such growing space provides the unique opportunity for the extraordinary.” – Anthony Dortch

HUSK refers to a person’s dry rough outer layer. When the shell is stripped away, only essence of life remains. Dortch internalizes this essence and interprets these feelings into two levels of emotion, those expressed and those that lie deep within.

Dortch draws focus towards the inner self by recalling the bold colors and faux machismo of comic book art and the active brushstrokes of futurism. Relying on his intuition and emotional reaction to a subject, Dortch creates a gestural dreamscape where individual likeness is guided by emotion and freed from the limitations of traditional formalist portraiture.

Anthony Dortch spent much of his young life in the heartland of the United States, Ohio. He attended The Colorado Springs School. There, under the influence of one of his early mentors, Judy Campbell, Dortch gave to canvas a theme that can be traced from his earliest days of expression…no one is ordinary.

Find out more about Anthony Dortch at www.dortchdesigns.com.

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, or contact Ksenia Grishkova, Director, 202-347-2787 or email info@touchstonegallery.com.