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Second Saturday Art Walk
November 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us from 6p-9p on the Second Saturday of each month to discover all the Workhouse Arts Center has to offer. Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, the Second Saturday Art Walk is the perfect time to meet nearly 85 Resident and Associate Artists, creating art in the studios or exhibiting in our galleries. Experience thrilling performances of dance, cabaret, comedy, big band, jazz, and theater. Indulge in classes in the art of mixology or cuisines from around the globe. Enjoy art exhibitions in nine galleries of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics, and fiber art works.
W-5: Laura Bruce
Laura Bruce is the Workhouse Featured Artist in Building 5 for November. Come see her expressive paintings and sketches of different animals. “I love to try and capture the animals spirit by focusing on their eyes. By painting/seeing them up close, you can almost “hear” what they’re thinking. You can tell a lot by looking into someones eyes, two-legged and four-legged. I feel a real connection when I paint/draw animals I only hope you can feel that emotion while looking at my work.”
Her exhibit “The Eyes Have IT” will be on view in Building W-5 from November 8 through December 4, 2017. You can visit Laura in Studio 507A or explore her art online at laurabruce.com
Featured image, Laura Bruce, “Mustang Sally”, Acrylics, 30”x40”
W-6: Patty Rice
Patricia McMahon Rice presents her new exhibit “Drawn In – The Old Masters Method of Drawing With Silver.” During the late 14th through the 17th century, the Old Masters used silver to draw exquisite line drawings. With time, the silver tarnished and these drawings now have a warm sepia tone. Rice explores this technique on prepared papers and primed panels. Exposing them to liver of sulfur vapor, the artist has hastened the oxidation process for this show. The drawings include a small series of hot peppers, “Some Like it Hot!”, various mushrooms, “Shrooms” and a group of portrait and Figure Drawings, “Delicate Portraits in Silver”. All attendees to the show may enter a drawing for a 5×5 drawing of their choice from the show.
W-7: Karen Abbott
W-8: Group Show
W-9: Sharon Moores
Sharon Moores is the Workhouse Featured Artist in Building W-9’s Arches Gallery. Her exhibition “Unconventional Materials and More” highlights her experimental and exciting explorations of jewelry-making using non-traditional materials. About her show, Sharon says “I love traditional jewelry, but occasionally the process of making it is too boringly normal. I need some fun. So I channel Tim Gunn and give myself an unconventional materials challenge. Vintage toys, lumps of car paint, doodads found on the beach — nothing’s safe from being reappropriated
as a “gemstone.” The unusual size and shape leads me to novel designs. The end result is a piece that marries the classic art of silversmithing with contemporary style.
W-10: Britt Conley
Britt Conley’s new exhibit, “Musica: Music Visualized” builds upon her practice of creating abstract drawings and paintings. About her work, Britt says that “My artistic efforts are to visualize what is generally not visual : Music. Visual Art is the perfect means by which I can explore my thoughts, questions and theories about our musical experiences, in visual form. It’s been a passion of mine since a very early age, when I first began seeing color with sound. Artistically, my goal is not to replicate what I see, but address the conceptual beauty in music’s
orchestration and provide a visual and tangible means for viewers to reconsider how music composed as well as how sounds operates. My hope, is that viewers will listen to music in a different and more profound way, after encountering these visual works.
In addition to her paper works and paintings, Britt will be displaying the large scale, stained glass she created this past year, for her Musical collaboration with Virginia Bronze and providing an artist talk about the works during second Saturday at 7pm in Building 10. The four musical works stand six feet tall and housed an interactive lightshow during the two concerts. They represent: Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite”, Debussy’s “Sunken Cathedral”, “Lux Aeterna” and Mussorgsky’s “The Gate of Kieve” from Pictures from an Exhibition.
Britt holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from George Washington University in Painting/ minor in Art History. She received her Masters in Liberal Arts from Georgetown University, Independent Study, concentrating her studies in Philosophy of Art, Neuro-Aesthetics and Art History. She also has a certificate in Art History: History of Color from the University of Cambridge, UK Summer Program. Her work can be seen at Brittconley.com and at the Workhouse Arts Center, in building 10, where her studio resides.