Gallery Openings and Events

Schlesinger Center’s Passage Gallery Presents Linda Button COMMUNION

Photo courtesy of Passage Gallery.

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Reception: Saturday, August 4 from 2pm to 4pm
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Coffee and Conversation: Wednesday, August 22 from 11am to 1pm

The Passage Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is pleased to present COMMUNION, An exhibit of Ego and Ids by Maryland based artist, Linda Button. The solo exhibition will be on display August 4, 2018 to September 9, 2018 with an artist’s reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Linda has been fascinated by the human figure for years. Inspired by the Post- Impressionist, Paul Gauguin simplification of the human form, she uses the body as a means to create a discourse on modern communication and the human need to connect.

“For several years, I have been using the “repurposed” canvas from some of my early paintings to create new works of art. Rather than gessoing over these paintings, I free the canvas from the stretchers and cut human figures from the fabric. Building on my interest in the human body, each piece has at least two silhouetted figures, some as many as five. All of the silhouettes are eloquent in their cries for connection and for the chance to be heard, if not also understood. They want civil discourse. They want hugs and affirmation and high-fives.”

These deceptively simple silhouettes echo the past lives of the canvases and force us to think about what is happening between the figures in the image. Have we seen them before? Do we know them or just feel that we do?

Linda has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the Mid-Atlantic region including the Hill Center, The Art League and The Yellow Barn at Glen Echo. Here most recent solo exhibition was at the Takoma Park Community Center in an exhibition “Demigods and Superheroes”. She is currently a member of Studio B in Bethesda. She has a B.A and an MA in Library Science from Syracuse University. From 1976-1994 she was the Assistant Division Chief and Coordinator of the Cooperative Online Serials Program at the Library of Congress.

The Passage Gallery is located on the second level of the Schlesinger Center. The artists’ reception is free and open to the public. The galleries at the Schlesinger Center are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall performances and public events. The Schlesinger Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA, 22311