“RECLAIMED” & “The View From Here” Opens March 10th

Posted on: Feb 17

Image Credit L – R: Poor Duckey – Vanessa Monroe, Viola – Adam Bradley & Sarah Wegner, #IDGAF – Sarah Buchanan

Art Enables presents two new exhibitions opening on March 10th , 2018, 4 – 6pm. In the Studio Gallery, Art Enables resident artists explore a number of global and environmental issues in The View From Here. In the Off-Rhode Gallery, 21 DMV area artists explore the creative process using recycled materials in RECLAIMED.

The View From Here: With a large number of natural disasters and major policy changes in 2017, global and environmental issues are on the forefront of many people’s minds. Art Enables resident artists explore these topics through a series of new works, creating a dynamic exhibition that examines a range of current global and social issues. Some of the work reflects the beauty of, and hope for, our planet, such as Paul McGown’s Sunset Canyon Lakes, which depicts an undisturbed mountain range nestled along a pristine mountain lake, or Egbert “Clem” Evans’ The Windmill House, highlighting alternative energy sources. Other pieces illustrate struggles and concerns, such as Toni Lane’s Woman on a Park Bench in which a homeless woman sits with a trash bag full of her possessions in the shadows of a glittering city skyline, or Shawn Payne’s Hourglass Heels, featuring a pair of hourglass high heel pumps that seem to say, “Time Is Running Out!” Certain pieces serve as a warning, as is the case for Jackie Coleman’s Keep the Waters Clean, in which plastic waste threatens to disturb a vibrant coral reef, or Maurice Barnes’ Po Bear, depicting a nervous polar bear watching his ice float melt before his eyes.

Whether somber or hopeful, the work in The View From Here offers a platform for Art Enables resident artists to share their unique thoughts and perspectives on global, environmental, and social issues.

RECLAIMED: RECLAIMED explores eco-conscious art practices and features 21 local artists who were challenged to use at least 25% recycled materials in their work. This juried exhibition features emerging artists such as collage artist Sarah Buchanan and self-taught pop artist Charlie Visconage, who have each recently had their first major solo shows, alongside seasoned artists, including Meghan Walsh, whose mosaic art has won numerous awards and George Lorio, whose political and environmental work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. Among the 21 participating artists, some use recognizable materials and everyday objects in their work while others integrate recycled materials in less obvious ways. The work spans many topics and highlights the creative potential in using recycled materials as well as the skill and creative ability of the featured artists. Other participating artists include Adam Bradley and Sarah Wegner, Matt Carl, Duly Noted Painters, Joanne Dvorsky, Amethyst Garvey, Jay Young Gerard, Eric Gordon, Terence Nicholson, Jonathan Ottke, Leah Schaperow, Dafna Steinberg, Christine Stoddard, Tracy Wilkerson, Robb Williams and Peter “peaReye” JoCeph.

The exhibition was juried by Allie Frazier, Gallery and Studio Manager of Art Enables.

Guests can meet the artists at the Opening Reception on March 10th , 4 – 6pm. Free and open to the public, with light refreshments provided.

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