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HANDCRAFTED: FIBER ART & TURNED WOOD 

Regional juried exhibition features traditional and innovative works

JANUARY 13 – FEBRUARY 24, 2018 | KAY GALLERY

MEET THE ARTISTS RECEPTION | SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | FREE

The regional juried exhibition HANDCRAFTED: Fiber Art & Turned Wood presents the work of 53 contemporary artists and fine craft artisans working in fiber art and turned wood. Fiber Art entries were juried by Camille Anne Brewer, Curator of Contemporary Art at the George Washington University Textile Museum in Washington, DC, who selected works by artists Lynda Andrews-Barry, Sasha Baskin, Marina Baudoin, Atsuko Chirikjian, Linda Colsh, Catherine Day, Erika Diamond, Joan Dreyer, Zoya Gutina, Judy Kirpich, Alice Magorian, Dominie Nash, Yena Peace Park, Amy Wike, Katherine Wilson, and Dianne Miller Wolman. Turned Wood entries were juried by Fleur Bresler, a collector of turned wood who is a Commissioner for the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, who selected works by Tim Aley, Joseph Barnard, Douglas Bartos, Phil Brown, Michael J. Colella, Joe Dickey, Andy DiPietro, Richard Foa, George French, Bill Gray, Dan Greer, Steve Haddix, Carol Hall, Philip Hauser, Mark Heatwole, Brian Humbel, Michael Kehs, Jordon Kitt, David Milano, Tim Moore, William Price, Sherman Reeder, Bob Rotche, Lou Rudinski, Ann Ruppert, Paul Sandler, Ronald Sheehan, Donald Smith, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Mike Sorge, Rod Stabler, Michael Summers, David Swiger, David Termini, Jeannie Ureno, Richard Webster, and Stan Wellborn.

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IMAGES (above): Left: Marina Baudoin, “Eyes Too.” Right: George French, “Black Ash Burl.”


RHONDA J. SMITH: TRAVEL AS TALISMAN

Solo exhibition of intaglio prints inspired by journey and discovery

JANUARY 13 – FEBRUARY 24, 2018 | TERRACE GALLERY

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Travel and encounters with the art and culture of other peoples is a powerful motivator for printmaker Rhonda J. Smith. The themes of her intaglio prints presented in the exhibition Travel as Talisman involve journey, excursions that occur both within the process of creating and in the physical encounters with places and cultures. Like the layers of journey that reveal themselves over time, Smith uses a matrix created on acrylic sheets printed in layers using non-toxic inks. Her printing plates are repurposed sheets of Plexiglas originally used to protect the table tops in her studio. After years of cutting and gluing on these transparent surfaces, she was preparing to toss them out but decided to try using them to make prints. By overprinting the various plates, and creating some with specific images, she found the surfaces produced a tangle of lines suggesting maps and coordinates. For Smith, the process of travel and printmaking are similar. Despite assumptions about where a journey may lead, she is always surprised by what she eventually discovers.

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To learn more about artist Rhonda J. Smith and her process: Watch this Video

IMAGE (above): Rhonda J. Smith, “Submerged in golden ripples of history and memory,” 5 color intaglio monotype, 30 x 44 inches.


Gallery Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Sunday: Closed*

*Galleries are often open in the evening and on Sundays when performances are offered at BlackRock. Galleries are closed on certain days when exhibits are being installed. Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm gallery open hours before you visit.

Galleries Closed to the public on the following dates:

December 18, 2017 – January 12, 2018 (Art Installation & Gallery Maintenance)
Monday, January 15, 2018 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
February 19, 2018
(Presidents’ Day)
February 26 – March 2, 2018
(Art Installation)
April 9 – 10, 2018
(Art Installation)
April 16 – 20, 2018
(Art Installation)
Thursday, April 26 & Friday, April 27, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
(Memorial Day)
June 4 – 8, 2018 
(Art Installation)
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 (Independence Day)