Opening Reception: Thursday, May 9 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Regina Miele, a classically trained painter with a highly disciplined ethic for realizing representational scenes, explores the fundamental tenets of order and place. Working closely within cityscapes, she draws out beauty in the often overlooked. Alleys, rooftops, and glimpses into places of sublime desolation, form an intricate urban tapestry. Her work takes notice of modern structure and the often overwhelming feeling that accompanies a dense urban surrounding. For the past decade, Miele’s principle subject has been the physicality of an ever-changing and gentrifying District of Columbia, along with the surrounding natural landscapes of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.
Regina attended the Catholic University of America and, in her Junior year, studied abroad at the Scuolo Lorenzo Di Medici in Florence, Italy. The experience of intensive studio concentration in painting, drawing, sculpture, and theory, in the birth place of the Renaissance, solidified a commitment and passion for a career as an artist.
Miele has exhibited both nationally and internationally at such venues as: The Florence Biennale, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Newington Cropsey Museum, Second Street Gallery, Baltimore’s Artscape as well as Caelum Gallery, Agora Gallery and Broadway Gallery in New York City. Her work is included in permanent public and private collections in Jerusalem, Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Washington, DC.
In the 2019 Miele was awarded an artist’s fellowship in the area of artist excellence by the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities along with an Art Bank grant bringing a total of five works held in permanent collection in Washington, DC Capitol File Magazine, Summer 2016, includes her in their portfolio of A-list artists across America. In a review of Miele’s Agora Gallery, Soho exhibit, Maureen Flynn writes, “Space and light conspire in Miele’s exquisitely refined oils on linen to create the sense of genuine epiphany in a way that few other artists are capable of doing who work only with the subject at hand do not distort for emotional effect.” Miele works extensively with traditional mediums: oil, watercolor, graphite and charcoal. For her, these practices provide a limitless journey into the possibilities of fine art. She currently resides and maintains a studio in Washington, DC.
“All good things are wild and free” -Henry David Thoreau, from the lecture “Walking”
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” Rachel Carson, A Silent Spring
These new works follow a journey in the company of Rachel Carson’s writings, a journey of reverent observation not only of nature’s obvious beauty but also it’s fragility, and ultimately an ode to its resilience.
I have created this current body of work with traditional materials, oil paint, charcoal, conte crayon, watercolor and gouache. These timehonored tools are key to my connection with the natural landscape. The places depicted are local to the Washington, DC area- the Rock Creek, the Anacostia River, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay-some as viewed from boats, most from walking and looking and listening.
A Talmudic understanding of the world and its creation has God speaking every detail into being, it is my belief that artists and scientists are the adoring listeners, equipped to convey the beauty and fragility of the natural world, employing observation to remind us to pay attention, to be stewards, and to amplify this gifts importance in our hearts and minds. -Regina Miele
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