VisArts Presents Still Happenings Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on December 3, 2018

Fri, 07 December 2018 - Sun, 13 January 2019

Daniel Reismeyer, A Gift from an Unknown Sender, oil on paper on panel, 16 x 12 inches. Courtesy of VisArts.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 from 7pm to 9pm

Artists’ Panel Discussion: Sunday, January 13, 2pm

Still Happenings is a contemporary still life exhibit by living artists. Each of the artists brings their own unique viewpoint to their work, sharing how they observe the world, and communicating their perspective through the objects they choose, their color palette, physical use of paint, approach to composition and their commitment to the process of observing. For each of these artists, still life painting is a way to observe the world and record the experience to share with others.

Still life painting is traditionally a part of every artist’s training, but these artists have committed to pursuing this often undervalued genre, giving it the significance it deserves by slowing down and investing time with the subject. It is a different, even radical decision to choose to observe the world of objects and patiently translate that experience through placing paint on canvas, to be “out of the trend” in an art world focused on the digital age.

These artists, through observing found or chosen objects, reproduce a “slice of life,” often symbolic, playing out on the canvas happenings from the artist’s and our experience. These visual experiences might suggest objects left behind by a human presence, create relationships between elements to mimic human connections, give meaning to an object from the artist’s past, or create beauty by capturing the way light bathes each element in the composition. These observational experiences bring “Still Happenings” to life, inviting the viewer to revisit the “still life,” to slow down, and to experience the world each painting has to offer.

About the artists:
James Fitzsimmons received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and an M.F.A. from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. His awards include a Governor’s Scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Charles G. Shaw Painting Award from Brooklyn College, and he is a two-time winner of the Maryland Federation of Art’s Tilghman Award. James’ work has been shown in galleries throughout the Northeast, and was most recently featured as part of the Mitchell Gallery’s show A Lineage of American Perceptual Painters. He currently teaches at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.

Carlton Fletcher received his degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A., 1972), and American University (M.F.A., 1982). Between 1977 and 2013 he has had solo shows at Georgetown Art Gallery, Hull Gallery, and Jane Haslem Gallery. Group shows include: National Juried Exhibition, Gallery 84, New York (1996); 169th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York (1994); Lennart Anderson Selects, First Street Gallery, New York (1990); and Prints: Washington, Phillips Collection, Washington (1988). His work is in the permanent collections of American University, Georgetown University, and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.

Mark Karnes received his M.F.A. in painting from Yale University in 1972 and his B.F.A. in painting from Philadelphia College of Art. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council as well as a Fulbright-Hayes grant for study in Florence, Italy. His work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in numerous private and museum collections, including the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Karnes lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has taught drawing and painting at Maryland Institute College of Art since 1974.

Matt Klos is a painter of interiors and plein-air landscapes. He is a recipient of three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council (2016, 2012 and 2008). His work was selected for several solo exhibitions including the Prince Street Gallery in Chelsea, New York in 2011. He won the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2007 and received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2001. Klos currently teaches drawing and painting full-time at Anne Arundel Community College. He is a member of the collective Perceptual Painters ( and Zeuxis ( His work is represented by Prographica in Seattle, Washington and the Oxford Gallery in Rochester, New York. He resides in Sparrows Point, Maryland with his wife and four children.

Christine Lafuente, a native of Poughkeepsie New York, received an A.B. in English from Bryn Mawr College in 1991. She moved to Philadelphia to earn a Certificate in Painting and Printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There she was awarded a Louis S. Ware Memorial Scholarship for European Travel. While Artist-in-Residence at the Fleisher Art Memorial from 1997 to 2002, she began teaching and studied at the Barnes Foundation. In 2003 she moved to Brooklyn New York, where she earned a Masters in Fine Arts at Brooklyn College. Christine currently lives and works in Brooklyn and spends summers painting in Maine.

Rosaline Moore grew up in Connecticut and Maine, went to Wellesley College and then received a Master of Fine Arts from American University in Washington D.C. She has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia but now divides her time between Washington, Maine and San Miguel, Mexico. I taught painting for many years at the Studio School in Washington, D.C.

Lee Newman is a painter and printmaker from Frederick, Maryland. He received BFA and MFA degrees from American University before continuing his studies as a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria. A committed educator, he and Joseph Kossow founded the Washington Studio School and has since taught in a number of schools and universities. He is currently on the faculty of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda and the Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick. His prints and paintings are in a number of private and public collections across the country. These collections include the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor and The Library of Congress.

Erin Raedeke received her B.F.A. from Indiana University in 2000 and her MFA from American University in 2009. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia and has participated in numerous group shows, including the BP Portrait Award exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Raedeke has been a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2013 and 2016, and was a finalist for the Bethesda Painting Award in 2013. She has given artist lectures at universities and colleges in California, Illinois, and Virginia.

Marie Riccio grew up in New York and received a B.F.A from SUNY Purchase. She also lived in Philadelphia where she earned an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Rockville, Maryland. She is an award-winning artist who has exhibited her work in New York, Philadelphia, Colorado, and throughout the Washington, D.C. area. She has also served on the board and is currently President of TAG/The Artist Gallery in Frederick, MD.

Daniel Riesmeyer is a representational painter and Adjunct Instructor currently teaching in the Arts and Humanities Departments of Anne Arundel Community College and Howard Community College, Maryland. He received his B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, M.F.A. from Indiana University, and was a recent participant in the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Residency in Léhon, France. Artistically, Daniel is inspired by Art History and interested in the relationship between immediate perception and the transformation of those observations due to the transfiguring lens of memory, accumulated time, and the imagination.

Nicole M. Santiago holds a B.F.A. from Indiana University and an M.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She is a member of First Street Gallery in New York City, and has shown in over 100 exhibitions. Santiago’s works have been featured in many publications including The Artist’s Magazine, and the International Painting Annual 1 (INPA-1). She has taught painting and drawing at several institutions including across the country. Santiago currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Art at the College of William & Mary where she teaches life drawing, color theory, and design.

Maggie Siner was born in Providence, Rhode Island, began her studies at the Art Students League of New York, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University, her Master of Fine Arts from American University in Washington DC and studied anatomy at Georgetown University Medical School. She has lived for extended periods of time in France, China and currently lives in Venice,Italy. She exhibits her paintings, drawings and sculpture in Venice, Paris, London, New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Boston, etc., and her work is in hundreds of collections around the world. Siner is also a devoted teacher who has influenced a generation of painters.

  • Exhibition: December 7, 2018 – January 13, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 7 – 9 PM
  • Artists’ Panel Discussion: Sunday, January 13, 2 PM

Still Happenings Catalog available, $15: Here

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD.