Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Field Trip

Recently I took a little trip to Mt. Rainier, MD to visit the studio of Ellyn Weiss. I had never been out to that neck of the woods and was impressed by the number of artist studios clustered in the area. Ellyn shares a great space with Ellen Sinel and Betsy Stewart. I thought I would share some pictures of her lovely studio and some works in progress.

Where the creativity happens

Check out the beauty on the left (“Asylum Seeker”, 2006, oil bar and dry pigment on masonite, 48” x 48”)

Recently-completed 18 panel grid of encaustic and oil paintings from the “Gene Pool” series, each panel measures 12” x 12”

Six little oil bars all in a row, each panel 12” x 12”

After being visually delighted at Ellyn’s studio, she took me over to the Washington Glass School where I was given a tour by one of school’s directors Michael Janis. I got to see Michael’s work as well as the work of the other two directors, Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers. Check out the Washington Glass School’s Web site for a list of classes offered.

Ellyn Weiss, studio mates, and other artist studios in the area (including the Washington Glass School, Flux Studios, and Red Dirt Studio) are having an Open Studios on Saturday, May 16 from noon to 5 pm.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Fresh Air

Good news for those of you who are still checking off your “to see” lists. We are extending H. Wesley Wheeler’s “Atmospheric Conditions” for another week through April 18th.

H. Wesley Wheeler, “Atmospheric Conditions” Installation

The sun is shining and there's not a cloud in the sky (last time I checked), so get out in the fresh air and make a stop at Nevin Kelly Gallery for some fresh art.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Adventures in Doll Land

Laurel Hausler has been busy conducting photo shoots. Her model has a head of flaming red curls and porcelain skin.

Laurel Hausler, “Baroque Doll”, digital print, 2009

Laurel assembles tableaux with objects acquired from various dollhouse stores, ebay, and her own collections and brings them to life with the lens. Her heroine has braved the elements trekking through rain-soaked forests and treacherous weed fields. When discussing her venture in to photography, Laurel says, “I think I look at my use of this medium as painting with photographs. This allows me to look at the color and blur of the final image as more of a fantastic scene instead of a snapshot.”

Laurel Hausler, “Treacherous Weed Field”, digital print, 2009

The series of photographs will debut at the Affordable Art Fair in New York where the gallery will have a booth May 7th - 10th, 2009. Stay tuned for more doll adventures.