Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 22 from 6pm to 8pm
Studio and gallery dedicated to providing opportunities to visual artists with disabilities announces new summer exhibitions featuring resident and local DC-area artists. Selected II, By the Tracks, and LIMITATION/LIBERATION debut at Art Enables on May 11, 2019.
Beginning May 11, 2019 and running through June 28, 2019, Art Enables—a gallery and supported employment program dedicated to creating opportunities for visual artists with disabilities to make, market, and earn incoming from their original and compelling artwork—will host three exhibitions featuring the works of Art Enables’ resident artists and local D.C.-area artists. A reception will be held on May 22, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. The free reception will include complimentary wine and refreshments, and provide the public with an opportunity to experience the artwork as well as mingle with the artists.
Art Enables revives its most popular exhibition of 2018, “Selected,” with “Selected II”—an exhibition by Art Enables’ artists featuring Art Enables’ artists. Each resident artist of Art Enables was randomly given the name of one of their fellow artists and then asked to select their favorite piece from that artist’s portfolio. Some based their selections on technical merit and composition, while others chose work because they enjoyed the subject matter or found the subject matter interesting. “Selected II” gives artists a chance to share their personal aesthetic and think critically about the breadth and fine details of their fellow artist’s work while exploring curation and exhibition design.
By the Tracks
“There are over 40 Artists By the Tracks in Mt. Rainier, MD, in the Gateway Arts District, home of the largest concentration of professional artists in the DMV. We paint, draw, sculpt and assemble our art in every medium, from glass, porcelain, wood and metal to tar and rust—and, of course, paint and ink. Some of us share large spaces, like the Washington Glass School, White Point Studio, Orange Door Studio, and the Otis Street Arts Project. We hold exhibitions and critiques, teach students and work in our studios every day. Our studios, along with those of most of our friends in the Gateway Arts District, are open to the public just twice a year; the next Open Studios Tour will be Saturday, May 11. For full information, go to https://www.gatewayopenstudios.org/
We are delighted to accept the invitation of our neighbors at Art Enables to show our work in their renovated gallery space. Fifteen artists are represented in this exhibition, showing a sample of the diversity of our visions.
Arlette Jassel’s figurative paintings use joyful color as her female figures seem to dance, to reach for affirmation or, perhaps, salvation. Ceci Cole McInturff’s assemblage, “Render Weapons Useless”, is a fearsome ax fashioned from a beautifully aged branch, the handle brutally studded with nails. Chris Bohner is represented by an assemblage that conveys balance and serenity.
Ellen Sinel’s oil on canvas landscapes meld reality and abstraction with her striking sense of color and intimacy with nature. Ellyn Weiss’s wax and resin artifacts evoke slices of the melting seas. Eric Gordon’s richly-colored portraits show roots in cartooning and homage to the self-taught tradition.
Glass artist Erwin Timmers presents “What Are We Thinking”, a sculpture that suggests our brains made brittle by inputs beyond our control. The rhythmic buildup of strokes and marks in Janis Goodman’s abstract paintings suggest water and swarms of insects. Liz Lescault’s biomorphic ceramics evoke crustaceans both ominous and beautiful. Max DeMulder describes his work as “crazy, scary, farcical, and weird”; his portrait of a crazed accordionist is all that. Sally Kauffman’s canvasses show a remarkable facility with her medium and a particular skill for depicting crowd scenes with energy and economy.
Sharon Robinson’s gorgeously colored work uses collage and other media to describe a world where all heritages overlap and influence each other. Shelley Lowenstein’s pulsating paintings are inspired by cell biology, particularly the beta cells whose role in converting glucose into the energy humans need. Veronica Szalus’s work highlights the constancy of transformative change that extends from the life of organic matter to the existence of the non-organic. Finally, Wayson Jones challenges the line between painting and sculpture; his black and white pieces have a beguiling physicality and structure.” – Ellyn Weiss, May 2019
LIMITATION / LIBERATION
Experience the frustration, challenges, and joys of a limited color palette show in “LIMITATION / LIBERATION.” Having constraints or restrictions can often time boost creativity, forcing ingenuity and creative thought to work within the parameters. This exhibition, featuring work from 25 D.C. local artists, explores the idea that in limitation, there can be freedom. Artists were challenged to create artwork with either a majority cool or warm palette. Some pieces are bright and colorful, while others remain stark and muted, with a few artists opting to work in only black and white.
Exhibiting artists include Zoe Balderson, Carol Blum, Adam Bradley, Sloane Bramhall, Marshall Carolus, Jane Clifford, Joanne Dvorsky, Diane English, Harriet Gossett, A.B. Griffin, Kirsten Hudson, Seth Jackson, Colin Lacey, Brooke Lacock, Peter Lewis, Leah Loebner, Linda Lowery, Thom Lowther, Kaly McKibben, Dulce Moreno, Leah Schaperow, Britnie Walston, Robb Williams, Andrew Wohl, and Dontavious Woody.
Art Enables is located 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE. For more information, visit www.art-enables.org.