“There are over 40 Artists By the Tracks in Mt. Rainier, MD, in the Gateway Arts District, home of the largest concentration of professional artists in the DMV. We paint, draw, sculpt and assemble our art in every medium, from glass, porcelain, wood and metal to tar and rust—and, of course, paint and ink. Some of us share large spaces, like the Washington Glass School, White Point Studio, Orange Door Studio, and the Otis Street Arts Project. We hold exhibitions and critiques, teach students and work in our studios every day. Our studios, along with those of most of our friends in the Gateway Arts District, are open to the public just twice a year; the next Open Studios Tour will be Saturday, May 11. For full information, go to www.gatewayopenstudios.org
We are delighted to accept the invitation of our neighbors at Art Enables to show our work in their renovated gallery space. Fifteen artists are represented in this exhibition, showing a sample of the diversity of our visions. Meet the artists and enjoy a free reception at Art Enables on Wednesday, May 22nd from 6 - 8 p.m.
Arlette Jassel’s figurative paintings use joyful color as her female figures seem to dance, to reach for affirmation or, perhaps, salvation. Ceci Cole McInturff’s assemblage, “Render Weapons Useless”, is a fearsome ax fashioned from a beautifully aged branch, the handle brutally studded with nails. Chris Bohner is represented by an assemblage that conveys balance and serenity.
Ellen Sinel’s oil on canvas landscapes meld reality and abstraction with her striking sense of color and intimacy with nature. Ellyn Weiss’s wax and resin artifacts evoke slices of the melting seas. Eric Gordon’s richly-colored portraits show roots in cartooning and homage to the self-taught tradition.
Glass artist Erwin Timmers presents “What Are We Thinking”, a sculpture that suggests our brains made brittle by inputs beyond our control. The rhythmic buildup of strokes and marks in Janis Goodman’s abstract paintings suggest water and swarms of insects. Liz Lescault’s biomorphic ceramics evoke crustaceans both ominous and beautiful. Max DeMulder describes his work as “crazy, scary, farcical, and weird”; his portrait of a crazed accordionist is all that. Sally Kauffman’s canvasses show a remarkable facility with her medium and a particular skill for depicting crowd scenes with energy and economy.
Sharon Robinson’s gorgeously colored work uses collage and other media to describe a world where all heritages overlap and influence each other. Shelley Lowenstein’s pulsating paintings are inspired by cell biology, particularly the beta cells whose role in converting glucose into the energy humans need. Veronica Szalus’s work highlights the constancy of transformative change that extends from the life of organic matter to the existence of the non-organic. Finally, Wayson Jones challenges the line between painting and sculpture; his black and white pieces have a beguiling physicality and structure.” - Ellyn Weiss, May 2019
Opening Reception: May 22, 6-8 p.m.