The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art Presents Francie Hester Confluence

By Editorial Team on March 6, 2023

Sat, 04 March 2023 - Sun, 23 April 2023

Francie Hester , Confluence 23-B, 42” x 30”, Acrylic and wax on aluminum honeycomb panel, 2022

The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art (888 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA) opens its next exhibit “Confluence” on Saturday, March 4th.  This exhibition contains a number of acrylic and wax works on aluminum honeycomb panels.

Francie Hester Bio:

Francie Hester has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown in Jordan, Ulaanbaatar, Ireland, and Costa Rica with solo exhibitions with Susan Eley Fine Art in New York City and Hudson, NY, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC; Green Chalk Contemporary, and the Hawthorne Mansion, Monterey, CA.

Hester’s commissioned works include 2016 sculptures for Memorial Sloan Kettering In New York City, an 18-foot atrium piece for the Chicago Kent College of Law and EADS-Airbus Headquarters in Virginia. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections including the World Bank, Airbus, Capital One and the International Monetary Fund. She has received honorary grants from the District of Columbia, from the Arts Council of Montgomery County, MD and from the Maryland State Arts Counsel. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BFA in painting from the University of Michigan.

Hester lives and works in Silver Spring, MD and Boulder, CO, and is represented by Susan Eley Fine in New York City and Hudson, NY.

Artist statement:

Confluence explores the potential for abstraction to meaningfully engage memory. The fluidity of surfaces interrelates with imperfections of recollection.  Pivotal moments come into sharp focus: others are imprecise. A processed-based practice on aluminum honeycomb panels, the exploratory process of building layers and deconstructing them through sanding and scraping emerges as an integral component of the work.

The exhibition also includes Crossing Lines, which draws on the literal and figurative uses of the word “line” – bloodlines, headlines, lines of civic boundaries and lines of the individual identity, and lines that are emotional, spiritual and physical.

I focus on the relationship of the unpremeditated actions of building a surface with the repetitive patterns of drips, hand-drawn grids, fragmented shapes, and unfound imagery to create a visual image where the arbitrary and systematic are at play.

Available hours:

  • Thursday – Saturday: 12-7 PM,
  • Sunday: 12-5 PM

Fred Schnider Gallery of Art – 888 N. Quincy Street, Suite 102, Arlington, VA.