The 39th Street Gallery Presents A Matter of Faith

By Editorial Team on October 28, 2014
Photo courtesy of 39th Street Gallery.
Photo courtesy of 39th Street Gallery.


Artist Reception: Saturday, November 1 from 5pm to 8pm


The 39th Street Gallery presents New York based mixed media artist Elisabeth Jacobsen, A Matter of Faith, in the 39th Street Gallery and works by artists Meri Bourgard, Leslie Holt, Sheila Manion Artz , Sarah Nikitopoulos, Marta Perez-Garcia, and Lyn Bell Rose, in the 39th Street Corridor Exhibition Space.

Inspired by Judy Chicago’s artist talk at the National Museum of Women in the Arts earlier this year, promoting her book “Institutional Time”, and celebrating her 75th birthday year. The 39th Street Gallery and Corridor is excited to spotlight these eight women who are making art today.

About the Exhibition
Elisabeth Jacobsen- A Matter of Faith
Interwoven through my life and my art is an adoration of the female figure and a devotion to sacred images as well as those that are secular. My Roman Catholic upbringing has provided me with a host of intimate narratives and memories of love, silence, and vulnerability. I am also a lesbian, recently married in a legal ceremony to a woman with whom I have shared a life for over twenty years.

In my art, I combine the sometimes-contradictory elements of my religious upbringing and my sexuality, exploring religion and spirituality in the context of feminist and gay issues. I transform these deeply personal experiences as universal themes that address identity, human consciousness, loss of life, health, and relationships.

My formal training has been extensive and diverse, including professional merchandise display, photography, and sculpture. The combination of these disciplines has informed my approach to art making, the way that I assemble materials and found objects, and the types of compositions and tableaus that I create.
– Elisabeth Jacobsen:

Also exhibiting in the 39th Street Corridor:
This group of artist’s represents several media, from painting, to wood cut, to collage. The exhibition explores different themes, giving the viewer a variety of experience from a variety of women making art in a variety of locations.


  • Meri Bourgard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Leslie Holt, Hyattsville, MD
  • Sheila Manion-Artz, Queens, NY
  • Sarah Nikitopoulos, Brentwood, MD
  • Marta Perez-Garcia, Washington, DC
  • Lyn Bell Rose, New Haven, CT

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursdays & Fridays: 7-9 pm
  • Saturdays: 12-3 pm
  • and by appointment

The 39th Street Gallery is located on the Second Floor of the Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD.  Visit them online at

About Gateway CDC
Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in North Brentwood, Prince George’s County, Maryland, that drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy. Gateway CDC works within the communities of Brentwood, North Brentwood and Mount Rainier, MD and in collaboration with multiple partners to ensure the success of the entire Gateway Arts District.