September-December 2019 at Hill Center Galleries

By Editorial Team on September 11, 2019
Courtesy of Hill Center Galleries.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 18 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Hill Center Galleries announces the opening of six new solo exhibitions by Alan Braley (multimedia), Nico Gozal (paintings on silk), Tara Hamilton (watercolor paintings), Warren Jackson (watercolor paintings), Khanh Nguyen (acrylic paintings), and John L. Pacheco (oil paintings). In addition, two joint exhibitions open: Young Artists of Nairobi (through the Uweza Foundation) and a show featuring the work of Tex Forrest, Tim Eggers, and Rance Rupp.

The exhibitions run from September 12-December 1, 2019. Opening reception with the artists is Wednesday, September 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm. As always, admission to the exhibitions and opening reception is free. All artwork is available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting free programs at Hill Center.

Alan Braley: A 50 Year Collection of Braleyart | Multimedia
Alan begins with an idea. It grows and sends out shoot, and a series is born. Alan envisions on a core idea. It has always been that way. Braley says, “Time disappears as color moves you in and among spaces that play with your fantasies. It could be a dream or the uncertain memory of a childhood adventure.” New ideas have come and flourished over the years, each growing into a new series.

About Braley
Alan Braley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1939 where he studied art at an early age. He was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh at the age of 12 to pursue his growing passion for art. Former art director, illustrator, advertising consultant, teacher and designer, Braley graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Applied Arts. He also studied at the art academy. Alan is a national award winning artist and designer. Alan, Claire and their dog Casey live in Washington, DC. They spend summers in Maine.

Nico Gozal: With Flying Color | Paintings on silk
“I have been fascinated with the endless possibilities of colors since I was a child. I find colors a very exhilarating element which inspire and bring so much joy to my life. Combining my academic training in Fashion Design and my love of the art of Silk Painting, I hope to transpose what color means to me.

With Flying Color is a collection of two and three dimensional paintings which consists of bold and vibrant tones and hues which are commonly found in nature around us. With this body of work, I aspire to create a sentiment of whimsy and childlike merriment for all ages. I hope each piece brings a sense of wonderment as I get when I look at fireworks or through a kaleidoscope.”

About Gozal
Nico’s cross-cultural art training included the Budihardjo School of Fashion in Jakarta, Indonesia as well as the International Academy of Merchandising and Design in Tampa, Florida. Toward the end of his undergraduate studies, Nico had an amazing opportunity to work with and be mentored by Jane Murray Lewis, a renowned artist in Tampa. She introduced him to the world of Gutta/Serti Silk painting. He uses lush China Silk and the application of vibrant Senellier Fabric Dyes, combined with a French Bas Relief technique to create unique three dimensional art.

Nico relocated from Chicago to Augusta, Georgia in 2012, and introduced his unique artistic skills to the region. After gaining recognition in various juried art shows and solo shows, Nico moved to the Washington, DC area in late October 2018. He is looking forward to becoming an active contributor to the art community in his new-found home.

Tara Hamilton: What the Watercolor Eye Sees | Watercolor paintings
“The subjects are taken from my observations – a garden on Capitol Hill, the view through a window at an art gallery in Philadelphia, a swan moving across a creek in southern Maryland. This exhibit focuses on the world around us interpreted through watercolor. I hope it offers a different way to see that is familiar yet whimsical.”

About Hamilton
Tara Hamilton is a native Washingtonian. Following a career in public affairs in the DC government and at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, today she looks to art to communicate. She works in watercolor, with a particular interest in finding the beauty of daily scenes around us, focusing on light and shadow.

She has exhibited her works in juried shows at: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC; Hill Center, Washington, DC; Frame of Mine Frame Shop, Washington, DC; The Underground Gallery, Crystal City, VA; Gallery Clarendon, Arlington, VA; Lost Creek Vineyard and Winery, Loudoun County, VA; Potomac Valley Watercolorists Shows, Alexandria, VA; River Gallery, Galesville, MD; Muddy Creek Artists Guild shows, Anne Arundel County, MD. She is a member of: The Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, D.C, Potomac Valley Watercolorists, VA, Muddy Creek Artists Guild, Anne Arundel County, MD.

Warren Jackson: Storyteller | Watercolor paintings
“My inspiration to create art began with the blessing to recognize the skills of artistry at a very early age. I dictate visual language relating specifically to realist paintings implying order and arrangement to produce visual response art. My interest in art was cultivated by Georgia Jessup and her daughter, and cousins of mine during middle and high school years.”

About Jackson
Advertising & Design was my major during college courses. Designed an exclusive menswear accessories line with my label in store. Commissioned a couple of murals over Baptism pools. Hill Center Galleries, Avant Garde Gallery, P. Street Gallery, Touchstone Gallery (Three Juror’s Choice Awards), Montpellier Center Gallery, Pepco Edison Gallery, Art League Gallery, Children’s Hospital exhibition, Art & Cultural Heritage National Parks exhibit, Latham & Watkins law firm exhibition. Solo exhibition at Atkinson O’Rourke Gallery. Several skill endorsements on LinkedIn. Certificate of Excellence Award from Artavita online gallery. A host of private collectors purchased art.

Khanh Nguyen: Women, Anonymous | Acrylic paintings
Khanh (Kay) has most recently been exploring surrealism using metaphors in her art that applies bold colors yet expresses subtle subtexts, which are largely influenced by her Asian heritage. She always invokes a thoughtful style, focusing on the smallest details, including the choice of different materials and techniques, to create a rich experience for the audience. Her passion for creativity and logic is conveyed in the images she constructs with design inspiration taken from moments, places, and experiences she has encounters in daily life and travels.

About Nguyen
Khanh Nguyen (Kay) is a visual artist, a native of Hanoi, Vietnam who lives and works in the Washington D.C. area. Kay started drawing at the age of 4, but she did not begin to paint until the later years of high school, when she discovered her love for oil paint. Though Kay is more of a self-taught artist, she embraces the contemporary art movement, with relatable themes allowing her audience to inject their own perspectives – enjoying art should not be only looking at a work that appeals to one’s sense of beauty but also stimulates the mind. She received her BA degrees in political science and philosophy, as well as well minor in studio art, from James Madison University in May 2019.

John L. Pacheco: Abstractions | Oil paintings
“Painting abstractly, I can compose using color and space in ways that my previous attachment to figuration wouldn’t permit. Though the paintings are often inspired by landscape and religious experience, they exist like a piece of music – evocative rather than specific. The titles compensate for the lack of narrative.”

About Pacheco
Born: July 17, 1949, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Second of five children of Vinenzia Giglio, housewife, and John James Pacheco, technical illustrator, painter.
Education: Watertown public schools; Yale College, BA, studio art (William Bailey); Boston University, MFA, painting (James Weeks, Philip Guston)
Work: 1980 to 2015, professor of art, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, Ma; now retired, adjunct professor 2004 to 2015, Director of the East Wing Gallery, Gardner, Ma.
Married, six children, home and studio in Gardner, Ma. and Washington, DC.


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