Gallery Openings and Events

Schlesinger Center’s Forum Gallery Presents Acquaetta Williams Without Shadows

Acquaetta Williams, Exit, acrylic and vinyl, 36 x 60. Courtesy of Forum Gallery.

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Reception: Saturday, June 23 from 2pm to 4pm
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The Forum Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is excited to present the mixed media works of Acquaetta Williams.

The exhibition, Without Shadows is on display from June 16, 2018 – July 29, 2018. An artist’s reception is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, 2-4PM.

In Without Shadows Acquaetta Williams challenges our assumptions regarding materials and their uses. Her canvases created with acrylic, vinyl and sometimes paper create a burst of energy and space that jumps off the canvas but also pulls the viewer in. These musical canvases in a very public space light up the environment with their swirl of charged movement.

The artists describes her work as follows:

“The core of my art lays in the synthesis of assemblage and secondhand components.

I want the viewer to feel off center when viewing these recognizable objects – so simple in line and edge that can hold such stable tension. The vinyl plays to the illusion of shape shifting through the power of light … even the tiniest of light moves and flickers refusing to settle down. I use bold colors to play to the drama capturing a moment in time. My use of paper adds texture and plays to my love of repetitive shapes. Its nature has a very calming effect as it moves through and around us.”

Acquaetta Williams is a sculptor, glassblower and painter. Internationally and nationally educated, Ms. Williams studied under Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin and Dale Chihuly in master classes at Pilchuk in Seattle, Washington.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am to 4pm

The Forum Gallery is located  is located at 4915 E. Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA. For additional information about art shows and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.