Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 2 at 7pm
7:30pm Remarks by Cookbook Author Joan Nathan
**Ms Nathan is the widow of Allan Gerson (deceased)—attorney who sought justice for Lockerbie bombing victims—Mr. Gerson became a photographer later in life, and served as a mentor and inspiration to Nadine Epstein. One of his photographs will be displayed as part of Epstein’s exhibit.**
Strongin Collection brings together two exhibits celebrating the artists’ sense of self, their place in the world. Nadine Epstein’s Lovely Inarticulate Woman explores her emergence as a powerful voice for feminism, through her artistic endeavors–which include selections from her drawing journals, etchings, and iShadow Project, a worldwide photography project in which she “began to think about how shadows marked my existence as a person, particularly as a woman.”
In A Sense of Place, Peruvian-born, Rosa Vera grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and in Latin America. “For me art is an expression of being bicultural and bilingual, and adjusting to different environments as a child. My most recent work has focused on landscapes depicting abstractly the beauty of nature, that we see and recognize that splendor-and its danger due to climate change.”
Argentinian-born artist Hernan Murno, has travelled through different regions of Argentina in different seasons. “What I painted for A Sense of Place reflects what the colors, rocky formations, and mountains, impressed upon me. My love for the country where I was born was crucial to my decision to paint this series.”
Nadine Epstein, the editor-in-chief of Moment Magazine, is a visual artist in addition to being a journalist, writer, and speaker. Through her lifelong passion for keeping visual journals, she has experimented with pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, markers, various forms of painting and printmaking. Her work has focused on the interior life of women. Other visual creative outlets have included newspaper and magazine illustration, magazine art direction and fine art photography in the form of her decade-long iShadow Project, an exploration of feminism and history through shadow portraits. A largely self-taught artist, Epstein was fortunate to take a painting class at the Parsons School of Design with Isaac Soyer when she was a young woman, and she has been the recipient of a Washington, DC Arts Commission grant. Her artwork has been shown at museums, universities, hospitals, and galleries.
Hernan Munro was born in Buenos Aires where he attended the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. He graduated with degrees in piano, harpsichord and conducting there, and later obtained a Doctorate Degree in music composition at Ball State University. He had a successful career both as a pianist and conductor, in his native Argentina, England and the US. He is now a US citizen. Upon retiring, he pursued painting, starting with watercolor, and studied at the Alexandria Art League School, and participated in workshops in the US and abroad. In 2015, he became interested in abstraction and acrylics and since then has had an active career as an artist both here and in his native country of Argentina. He has shown at the Art League Gallery in Alexandria, Capitol Hill Arts League, Touchstone Gallery, Fairfax Arts Gallery, Del Ray Artisans, VMRC, Hill Center and The Embassies of Argentina in Washington DC, among others. He has also been recipient of several awards.
Peruvian-born, Rosa Vera grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and in Latin America. She studied and worked in international finance and economics for years before turning to painting. She currently lives between Bethesda, Maryland and Lima, Peru. Rosa has exhibited and won prizes in national shows including the National Arts Club, the National Watercolor Society, International Society for Experimental Artists (ISEA), Watercolor USA, and The Art League of Alexandria. Her recent solo show, For Land and Water, with climate change as a theme, was in December 2021 at Touchstone Gallery. Rosa has won a number of prizes both locally and throughout the U.S. In the last year, she has won first place in local shows. Her work is in private collections in the US and internationally, as well as in the permanent collection of the National Institutes of Health. Her paintings have appeared in books, newspapers and other publications, such as create! Magazine, Élan magazine and books such as Splash, Incite and AcrylicWorks: the Best of Acrylic Painting.
Strongin Collection is located at 1631 Wisconsin Avenue NW.