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 100 Resident and Associate Artists, creating art in the studios or exhibiting in our 12 campus galleries. Enjoy 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. Experience art exhibitions in nine galleries of the region’s finest sculpture, painting, glass, ceramics, and fiber art works.
W-5: Group Show, “Gallery 5 Marching In…Celebrating Women’s History Month”
“Hear the Drums go bang and the cymbols clang and the horns blazing away”…March into Building 5 and CELEBRATE Women’s History Month with us! Art Work :by Julie Dzikiewicz, A. Relene Schuster, Denise Phalan, and Cheryl Wilson.
W-6: Janghan Choi
The painting presented by techniques using various materials and by a method of coloring then wiping off gives a sense of looking at the rubbed copy or looking through the frosted window. This lyricism is main characteristics in his recent work. His paintings are close to naturalism. This naturalism is directed by his desire of showing wisdom of the Orientals who learn essentials of life from nature, rather than painting nature itself. Explore Janghan’s work in person in studio 603.
W-7: Candi Durusu: Headdresses, Crowns and Thinking Caps
Great civilizations generated great wealth. It was not the wealth created from capital that was important. The real wealth was created by the women of those civilizations from the desires and imaginings in their heads. Womens headgear of all forms have universally symbolized social status and power beyond the monetary. Headdresses, Crowns and Thinking Caps explores glass on head adornments of Mongolian headdresses, Eurasian crowns, Medieval European tiaras, and thoroughly modern thinking caps. Borosilicate glass and felt in combination are featured by flameworker Candi Cochrane Durusu in W-7.
W-8: Emerging Artists Kristen Morsches and Christy Boltersdorf
Christy Boltersdorf, “Garden in Clay” The place that makes me feel contentment, peace, and fascination has always been the garden. The beautiful flowers that spring forth from the rich, dark soil invoke renewal of my spirit to create. My collection is an extension, a simple translation of this wonder in stoneware and porcelain.”
Kristen Morsches, “Metaphors in Clay.” Kristen’s ceramic practice revolves around the observation of nature. But nature’s unpredictability and her attempts to tame it and organize it are what ultimately inform her work. Creating organic forms through the manipulation of the ceramic medium then becomes a metaphor for experience. Kristen invites others to share in her ceramic
sculptures that mirror some of the characteristics found in nature. The experience of viewing her work should feel as if one were in a new environment where discoveries can be made. Additionally, close observation should elicit feelings, or even memories, that will then allow the viewer to become a part of the dialogue of experience. Kristen hopes change happens through this interaction by inviting quiet contemplation, which then elicits some type of reaction. And this can be as simple as pausing to observe something she has created more closely.
W-9: Glenn Cook: Resilience
“The Resilience Project,” an exhibition by photographer/visual storyteller Glenn Cook that also features work by Fairfax County middle school students, will be featured in the Arches Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., from March 7 to April 1.
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of day-to-day stress, adversity, trauma, or tragedy. While resilience is often associated with cataclysmic events, it is knitted through the web of everyday life. In 28 photographs, Cook, a longtime journalist, has captured how others handles these obstacles with emotion, determination and resolve.
“These photos, taken over the past several years in multiple states, tell the stories of recovery from some of our nation’s worst natural disasters as well as dedicated artists and athletes who have been faced with obstacles while pursuing the craft they love,” Cook says. “They also illustrate the determination of historically marginalized populations as well as the struggles families go through in day-to-day life.”
Cook’s writing and photos have been featured in newspapers and magazines across the United States. His interest in photographing the ordinary, mundane aspects of life started as a tribute to his late father, a visual artist who also taught in middle schools. After a three-decade career in journalism and communications, he opened his own business in 2013 and provides photography, writing and editing services to nonprofit and for-profit clients.
For more information about Glenn, visit http://glenncook.virb.com. You can find out more about the Arches Gallery at https://archesgallery.weebly.com/ and at the Workhouse Arts Center at: www.workhousearts.org
Featured image courtesy Janghan Choi.