Strathmore Presents Julio Valdez Recent Works, Ezequiel Taveras Heroinas and North Bethesda Camera Club Earth, Sky Woods & Weather

By Editorial Team on April 11, 2022

Fri, 01 April 2022 - Sat, 30 April 2022

Courtesy of Julio Valdez.

Strathmore presents the work of four diverse collections exploring themes of identity, women in fiction and poetry, and environmental justice and sustainability. All four exhibitions are on view now through April 30 in the Mansion.

“Visual arts provide several entry points for all of us to have honest conversations about issues and events we experience on a regular basis,” said Lesley Morris, Director of Exhibitions at Strathmore. “Presenting varied voices in these discussions are invaluable in our society.” 

Recent Works by Julio Valdez
Recent Works
 includes a selection of paintings, drawings and prints from the Water Paintings, Pandemic Portraits and I Can’t Breathe series. Included are themes of displacement, identity, belonging, isolation, being adrift, being grounded, and community.

“This exhibition is important to me because it allows me to show a selection of my recent works with the Strathmore community and the DC area public,” said Julio Valdez. “Art helps us find beauty and purpose, helping us all feel hopeful in these challenging times.”

Heroinas by Ezequiel Taveras Curated by Julio Valdez
Curated by Julio Valdez as part of JVS Project Space, the drawings and prints in Taveras’ Heroinas series are inspired by women in fiction and poetry. Symbols in the work hint at their character—a snake, a map, a knife—while circles around their faces frame them as martyrs or heroines.

Based in East Harlem, JVS Project Space offers established and emerging artists opportunities to develop and present work to an audience of artists, collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts.

About Julio Valdez
Valdez is a painter, printmaker, and mixed media artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. He infuses his work with multi-layered imagery in response to the shifting cultural and social influences in his life.

Earth, Sky Woods & Weather: Observations from all Branches of Natural History
Photographs by North Bethesda Camera Club

Members of North Bethesda Camera Club present photographs capturing the grandeur and complexity of the natural world, highlighting both the Washington, DC region and locations around the globe. Through their captivating images, the artists offer viewers a chance to explore the wonder of nature.

About the North Bethesda Camera Club
The NBCC is one of the oldest camera clubs in the Washington, DC area and the first club to win the Camera Club category in Nature’s Best Photography magazine’s international photography competition. NBCC has 165 members, including professional photographers, advanced amateurs, and beginning photographers, many of whom have been recognized locally and nationally for their expertise.

Glassworked By Dany Green
Invitational Gallery

With each work, a world of color opens for Dany Green. She uses easily attainable tesserae like mirror, tile, broken bottles, and stained glass to create her compositions. This exhibition features pieces from two distinct series: one honoring ancestors and spirituality, the other marking the artist’s slower, intentional existence during the pandemic.

Many of Green’s pieces incorporate found materials, like old lighters and shattered headlights, but always broken glass. Using the fickle nature of glass, often iridescent, any interpretation of a piece becomes a mere illusion with a simple shift in view point. The shattered and distorted gradient of mirror shards leaves the viewer with just a twinkle of light devoid of any true reflection.

Generous support for exhibitions in the Invitational Gallery is provided By HelenLouise Pettis.

For full details about the exhibition, visit www.strathmore.org/exhibitions.