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Second Saturday Art Walk
December 9 @ 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.
December’s Second Saturday Art Walk is part of the annual Winterfest event! Learn more about Winterfest activities at the Workhouse and throughout the region.
W-5: Suzanne Scott Constantine
The darkness and chaos in the world often leave us feeling hopeless and in despair. How can we help ourselves and others? What can we meaningfully do? From every direction, people in extremis and those who would help them are met with obstacles that exclude, impede, or block progress. We hit the metaphorical wall.
Suzanne Scott Constantine’s upcoming show at the Workhouse Arts Center affirms the way that visual art and poetry expose the “crack in everything.” That crack, as Leonard Cohen asserts in the haunting line from his well-loved song “Anthem,” is “how the light gets in.” Suzanne’s work investigates the places where the world splits open, where the wall’s cracks are visible, where the light leaks in. At those sites, those precious places of creativity and vulnerability, change can come, and justice can rise up.
With influences from the Surrealists and from the American Expressionist tradition, Suzanne Scott Constantine’s work draws on social reality and on the inner realm of intuition to map the contours of a new terrain. Her work occupies the liminal space between hope and despair: from that space, she can entertain both possibilities while untying herself from either—leaving her free to join forces with others who believe that we can, indeed, find the light leaks.
NOTE: In addition to the visual art exhibit, the December 9th reception will include a multi-media performance poetry event, created with her long-time creative partner and spouse, Lynne Scott Constantine. Danny Carmelo, a songwriter and musician from New York City, will provide special music for the event.
Suzanne Scott Constantine
Instagram and Snapchat: @DannyCarmelo
W-6: Sandi Goldman & Tina Kannapel
Sandi and Tina are Resident Artists and members of Studio Fiber Arts in Building 6 at Workhouse Arts Center. Their show features the latest artworks from both of these contemporary fiber artists.
In this new series, Sandi has been exploring the hashtag symbol and all its graphic possibilities. Sometimes it’s thick and sometimes it’s thin; it can be wavy or uneven. The lines are not consistent; they vary like handwriting does when you pick up various writing implements. There also is an interest in the negative space, the organic shapes that form without being planned.
The quilts feature traditional quilted cotton blocks with a nod to the quilting styles of Amish quilters whose work she appreciates. The fabrics chosen were simple solids, and a new challenge to the artist who didn’t know the potential and enjoyment she would get from using them. The quilts take on a modern feel even though they are steeped in the traditions of quilting.
Tina’s newest body of work is comprised of needle and wet felted wool landscapes and organic sculptures. They are designed to evoke emotion – specifically, to calm and soothe the savage inner beast. Her pieces take the observer to serene and quiet outdoor places where the soul can rest.
Needle felting is accomplished by driving a barbed needle repeatedly (thousands of times) into wool until it becomes solid and sculpted. Wet felting accomplishes a similar effect, but the technique is to wet the wool and manipulate it by hand until the individual fibers intertwine, creating a solid piece of felted fabric. By using hand dyes and resists, Tina creates subtle colors, hues, and patterns that enhance the shape and dimension of her pieces and mimic the peace and beauty in nature.
Studio Fiber Arts, Bldg 6, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
W-7: A Group Show featuring a Holiday Showcase
W-8: A Group Show
W-9: A Group Show of Small Works entitled “The Art of Giving”
W-10: A Group Show of Small Works entitled “Thoughts that Count”