The Athenaeum Gallery Presents Barbara Januszkiewicz Lyrical Flight

By Editorial Team on May 7, 2019

Sun, 12 May 2019 - Sun, 02 June 2019

Courtesy of Barbara Januszkiewicz.
Reception: Sunday, May 12 from 4pm to 6pm

Collaboration: Light Exists, Sunday, June 2 at 1 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, June 2 at 2pm

Barbara Januszkiewicz luminous and elegant paintings evolved out of her early work in watercolor, a progression evident in the almost liquid flow of colors across her large compositions. In these acrylic works, tones melt together and “veils of pigment appear to fold over one another, creating illusory creases and hollows. The overall affect is one of slow, powerful visual rhythms. Januszkiewicz  semi-translucent colors floats across her surfaces, soaking into the unprimed canvas  and paper to create tactile fusions of paint and support that envelope the viewer in diaphanous veils of paint.

Januszkiewicz pure abstract forms call to mind the stained canvases of Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, but her work embodies a unique elegance that differentiates it from that of her color fields with wonderful abstract shapes that are rendered loosely with a great feeling of fluidity and motion. “My brushwork is applied in waves of curving, color shapes, submerged in translucent washes. My goal is to achieve the highest degree of richness, with a light source that comes not from applied paint, but rather from the luminosity of the brilliant white paper or canvas,” said Januszkiewicz. Here we see Januszkiewicz produce zen-like brush strokes across large formats with watercolor-like acrylics effortlessly.

Barbara Januszkiewicz:
Barbara Morrison Januszkiewicz is an American painter, educator, and a creative activist who is best known for her stylistic independence and is highly recognized for her creative efforts. Januszkiewicz trained formally under Chinese master Mun Quan, at Jacksonville University in the late 70’s.  Her work has been shown at the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Mclean Project for the Arts, and more. Januszkiewicz is the first resident visual artist with the American Jazz Museum and has worked closely with Matthew Shipp and David Leibman in music with art, and with artist Paul Reed. Januszkiewicz is the founder and sponsor of Metro Micro Gallery in Arlington and the founder of The Dotted Line Project in the DC metro area. Philosophically, Januszkiewicz values risk-taking, experimentation, and creative collaboration. Her music-infused art is an example of the dialog she hopes to establish between artists from diverse disciplines — with the overall goal of a more expansive creative vision.

Light Exists | Small Creatures Dance Project
Sunday, June 2 at 1 pm
A performance by Small Creatures Dance Project in cooperation with visual artists Barbara Januszkiewicz

In collaboration with the exhibition Lyrical Flight by Barbara Small Creatures Dance Project will debut some original choreography alongside improvised pieces, all thoughtfully composed in relationship to the visual art. Inspired by the artist’s words and paintings, Abigail creates a movement tableau that exists in concert with the exhibit. Guitarist and composer Mark Charles Smith joins the company from Greensboro, NC, playing both compositions and improvisations. Audiences can expect to become part of the art as we traverse the space together.

About Small Creatures Dance Project:
Founded and directed by Abigail Wallace, Small Creatures Dance Project is a modern dance company based in Arlington, VA. Abigail’s work is often scientific in origin, exploring human interaction in space and time. She uses modern and ballet technique in combination with contact improvisation to create athletic and daring work.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday, Friday, and Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
  • Saturdays: 1pm to 4pm

Athenaeum Gallery is located at 201 Prince St., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703.548.0035 or visit