Upcoming Exhibits

  Christian Benefiel, Displeasure with Displacement, 2015, wood, cast iron, water. 36 x 36 x 60 inches.

Christian Benefiel: Structural Tissue

A solo exhibition of new works by Maryland sculptor Christian Benefiel

September 10 – October 22, 2016


Meet the Artist Reception | Saturday, September 10 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

Artist’s Remarks at 2:30 PM.

Artist Talk | Saturday, October 1 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | FREE

Christian Benefiel delivers an Artist Talk on his process and a tour of the exhibition.

Exhibit Overview: Exploring the ways in which people and elements interact, react, and depend on one another, Christian Benefiel creates sculptures using common materials and straight-forward construction methods. Influenced by the unique physical properties of varied and carefully selected sculptural media, his designs often start as a drawing, then go into a digital model where he tweaks mechanics and defines measurements. Assembled or built on site in the exhibition space, Benefiel’s life size and large-scale works appear to have a playful purpose but are driven by deeper narratives examining cultural and manmade forces that connect and disconnect, and internal and external stresses that affect perception and relationships. His forms embody contrast, balance, and tension while occupying space in a way that engages the audience, asking us to navigate the exhibition space in cooperation with the sculpture and to consider ourselves integrated as part of the work. Interested in sustainable practice and traditional craftsmanship, Benefiel builds sculptures using tools and techniques that allow him to manipulate materials while maintaining a connection to quality workmanship. For his solo exhibition “Structural Tissue,” he has designed a series of new works in response to the exhibition space in The Kay Gallery at BlackRock, with its high ceiling and natural light.

Artist Bio: Christian Benefiel is a Maryland native who earned his MFA at University of Maryland College Park and completed graduate studies at the Finnish Academy of Fine Art in Helsinki. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including a Fulbright Postgraduate Research Grant, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant and the Hamiltonian Fellowship. His work has been widely exhibited both regionally, nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort, KY; VisArts, Rockville, MD; Foggy Bottom Sculpture Biennial, Washington, DC; Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA; Gallery 1708, Richmond, VA; Kaiku Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; School 33, Baltimore, MD; and Washington College, Chestertown, MD. Benefiel is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV and maintains his studio practice in Keedysville, MD. Learn more at: www.christianbenefiel.com

IMAGE: Christian Benefiel, “Displeasure with Displacement,” 2015, wood, cast iron, water, 36 x 36 x 60 inches.

 Alex Porter - Set and Setting, ink on paper, 22 x 28 inches.


A solo exhibition of ink drawings by Washington, DC artist Alex L. Porter

September 10 – October 22, 2016


Meet the Artist Reception | Saturday, September 10 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

Artist’s Remarks at 3:00 PM.

Artist Talk | Saturday, October 15 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | FREE

Alex L. Porter delivers an Artist Talk on his process and a tour of the exhibition.

Exhibit Overview: Communicating using a language of lines, Alex L. Porter creates silhouette drawings built slowly and delicately using black ink to depict tree forms in highly focused detail. In his solo exhibition, “Reaching from Soil,” he explores growth through a ritual of drawing intricate layers of precise black lines on stark white paper, defining the raw and often chaotic forms of bare branches, twisted vines, and leaning trunks. Porter’s high contrast tree forms become icons, emerging beyond mere depiction of pastoral scenery, and dominate bold compositions that draw parallels between the brutal cycles of nature, living and dying, and our own human struggles. Pointing to our common involvement in experiencing the natural world, each mark made by the artist is equally attended to on the paper, requiring us to seek and find emphasis in an active process of viewing.

Artist Bio: Alex L. Porter earned his BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, where he received The Kenneth Stubbs Memorial Award in Fine Art in both his Junior and Senior years. His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, including District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC; Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD; Gallery B, Bethesda, MD; The Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT; The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Porter maintains his studio in Washington, DC. Learn more at: www.alexlporterart.com

IMAGE: Alex L. Porter, “Set and Setting,” ink on paper, 22 x 28 inches.

 ALOG Artists at Work - Composite Image Fall


The Art League of Germantown’s Fall Show & Sale

October 26 – 30, 2016


Wednesday, October 26 | Open: 4:00 – 7:00 pm | Free Admission
Special Event: “ALOG Figure Drawing Demo” with costumed model (4–7 pm)

Thursday, October 27 | Open: 4:00 – 7:00 pm | Free Admission
Special Event: “Photography As Art: A Panel Discussion” (5–7 pm)
by Jaree Donnelly, Thom Germer, Craig Higgins, and Marge Wasson
Friday, October 28 | Open: 4:00 – 8:00 pm | Free Admission
Special Event: “Fine Craft Preview” featuring ALOG jewelry & fine craft artists (4–8 pm)

Saturday, October 29 | Open: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Free Admission
Special Events: “ALOG Artists in Action!” demonstrations at each booth (11–5pm)
“Wine & Cheese Reception” (2–4pm)

Sunday, October 30 | Open: 12:00 – 5:00 pm | Free Admission
Special Events: “ALOG Artists in Action!” demonstrations at each booth (12–5pm)
“Wine & Light Buffet Reception” (2–4pm)

Exhibit Overview: This five-day indoor fine art and craft show and sale has a new festival style format and features original paintings, drawings, photography, prints, sculpture, pottery, fiber art, woodcarving, jewelry, and other fine crafts created by local artist members of the Art League of Germantown (ALOG). Open daily from Wednesday, October 26 through Sunday, October 30 during Special Daily Show Hours (please check schedule listed above, open hours are limited and vary each day). Special events include an “ALOG Figure Drawing Demonstration” with a costumed model (Wednesday, October 26, 4–7pm); “Photography As Art: A Panel Discussion” presented by Jaree Donnelly, Thom Germer, Craig Higgins, and Marge Wasson (Thursday, October 27, 5–7pm); “Fine Craft Preview” providing a first look at the latest creations by jewelry artists and fine crafters (Friday, October 28, 4–8pm), “ALOG Artists in Action!” demonstrations by participating artists (Saturday, October 29, 11–5pm & Sunday, October 30, 12–5pm); and “Wine Receptions” (Saturday, October 29 & Sunday October 30, 2–4pm). All are welcome and admission is FREE. Learn more at: www.alog.org

 TWIST - The Art of Spinning by Hand


An exhibition and “happening” curated by Jennifer Lindsay

November 5 – December 17, 2016


New Spinning Events, Special Programs & Workshops To Be Announced

Opening Reception | Saturday, November 5  |  5:30 – 7:30 am  |  FREE
Curator Jennifer Lindsay will deliver remarks and introduce artists at 6:00 pm.

Community Art Day: Spinning | Saturday, November 12  |  10:00 am – 1:00 pm  |  FREE
Drop in for hands-on activities, artist demonstrations and gallery tours of the exhibit.


Is a curated exhibition featuring:

  • Extraordinary, contemporary, hand made tools
  • Art fibers and hand spun yarns
  • Art and art-to-wear made from hand spun fiber

Is a “happening” offering unique opportunities to:

  • Spin in the gallery during the exhibition
  • Visit the Spin Lab to try tools, fibers, and technology
  • Learn to spin and improve skills at educational programs
  • Share your hand spun yarns and stories
    in a community-made fiber art installation –
    Spinning Our Yarns; Telling Our Stories

Learn More About How You Can Participate and Volunteer; Join Online Spin-Ins for Spinning Our Yarns; Telling Our Stories and Spin Lab!

Learn More & Find Twist on Social Media

Submit Your Yarns and Stories:

Exhibition developed and curated by:

Jennifer Lindsay, Curator and Arts Educator

About the Curator: Jennifer Lindsay is an independent curator, scholar, and arts educator. She develops exhibitions and participatory programs that connect nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and communities to artists, makers, and creative individuals. Her most recent exhibition, “Urban Bungalow,” presented in 2014 at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC featured fine art and craft for the home handmade by 14 local artists. Lindsay has coordinated and curated several collaborative fiber art installations, with associated public programs, including The Smithsonian Community Reef for the National Museum of Natural History, 2010-2011; The Artisphere Yarn Bomb for the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, 2012-2013; and SweetSpots for Sweetgreen Sweetlife Music and Food Festival, 2014. Lindsay holds an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. She is President of the Center for Knit and Crochet, an online museum. Lindsay lives with her husband in Chevy Chase, MD.

IMAGES (clockwise from top left): Mike King/ The Spanish Peacock (spindle); Elysa Darling (spinning art yarn); Katharine Cobey (“Portrait of Alzheimer’s”); Stacey Budge-Kamison (handspun); Jonathan Bosworth (spindle) with ITW fiber; Stacey Budge-Kamison (art batt) and Golding Fiber Tools (spindle); Golding Fiber Tools (Dragonfly Wheel); Ed Jenkins (spindle), photo by Allison Johns.

 Melanie Kehoss, All Souls, 2014, wood, waxed rice paper, Plexiglas, gouache, and LEDs, 7 x 22 x 3.5 inches.


An installation of lightboxes featuring cut-paper scenes

November 5 – December 17, 2016


Meet the Artist Reception | Saturday, November 5 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | FREE

Melanie Kehoss will deliver Artist Remarks at 7:00 pm.

Artist Talk | Saturday, December 3 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | FREE

Melanie Kehoss delivers an Artist Talk on her process and a tour of the exhibition.

Exhibit Overview: In her solo exhibition, “Curious Origins,” Melanie Kehoss presents a series of light boxes which combine paper-cutting, painting, sculpture and light to explore the influences that continually form and re-form culture in the United States. Her medium of paper-cutting — a craft which has traveled from China, to the Middle East, to Spain, to Mexico, to the U.S. — embodies the idea of cultural fluidity. Fascinated by the histories and peculiarities of “American” traditions, Kehoss’ light boxes depict a spectrum of celebrations and interactions, rituals that have formed from the mingling of our various ethnic and religious backgrounds. With a tantalizing balance of simplicity and complexity, her silhouettes invite us to challenge stereotypical assumptions and place ourselves in these scenes.

Artist Bio: Melanie Kehoss received her MFA in printmaking from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her BA in studio art from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and Georgetown University. Kehoss’ work has been widely exhibited regionally and nationally in juried exhibitions as well as solo shows at Artisphere, Arlington, VA; Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC; and Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA. She has taught college art classes at Georgetown University, Carthage College, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kehoss, a native of Milwaukee, WI, maintains her studio Arlington, VA. Learn more at: www.kehoss.com

IMAGE: Melanie Kehoss, “All Souls,” 2014 wood, waxed rice paper, Plexiglas, gouache, and LEDs, 7 x 22 x 3.5 inches.

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Saturday: (new extended hours!) 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.* (when classes are in session)
Sunday: Closed*

*Galleries are often open in the evening and on weekends when classes and performances are being 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:

To Be Announced