Friday, September 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Soft drinks, wine, and very light snacks provided
Monroe and MacFeely Galleries
Sandra Gobar, Studio Arts Faculty, Smithsonian Institution, Visual Arts Faculty, Middleburg Academy & former Drawing & Painting Faculty, Corcoran College of Art & Design
About the Artists
Born in 1965 in the American Midwest and largely self taught through the influence of his father, a former cartoonist, Richard began drawing and painting at an early age, quickly learning to rely on imagination and his remote social environments for inspiration. After winning his first competition in 1979 in watercolor, he moved on to landscape painting in oils; his influences being Wood, Hopper and Innes. His exposure to north Florida’s scrub and the life of the St. John’s River led him to win several awards in Florida depicting that scenery of which he is still fond of. Studying at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Art Institute in California opened up explorations in collage, assemblage, and installations; media he continues to use in his philosophy that ‘Life is Art”.
Betsy Damos has had a long career in art and design related activities. With an undergraduate degree in Textile Design, and a MFA degree, she began her career with a number of years in the New York City textile design industry. This was followed by a decade of teaching, and tenure, at what was then The Phladelphia College of Textiles and Science. Freelancing while teaching led to leaving the teaching profession and opening a small atelier in Washington, DC, where for almost a decade, she and assistants designed and handprinted fabric, clothing and accessories.
Many new experiences followed, including consulting at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, producing sculpture and two-dimensional work in her Washington studio since 1988, and participating in numerous exhibitions locally and across the country. She served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Project for the Arts, as a selection panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts grant programs, and has contributed art to numerous fundraisers. Damos has been a grant recipient from the DCCAH, the Mid Atlantic Foundation, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Her work is included in numerous private collections, The Washington Post Company, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the DCCAH’s “Art in Public Places Program” and the Special Collection, Mayor’s Corridor at the John A. Wilson Building. She currently is represented by Gallery 50 in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Youxin Yang is a world-renowned Chinese painter and filmmaker as well as an award winning scientist working in cancer research. Youxin started her career in China and then advanced her education in France where she was awarded a prize from the Association for the Study of Pediatric Pathology in 2000 for her work on the WT1 Gene. Her paintings have been shown internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Art Museum of Nanjing, China, Espace Richelieu in Paris, France, L’Essence Art Gallery in Boston, MA, and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver, Canada.
Youxin Yang won the Grand Jury award at the New York International Art Festival in 2005, and her series of calligraphic paintings won the Featured Member Artist award at the 2008 National Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) Featured Artist Competition. As a filmmaker, Ms. Yang has received 24 awards worldwide, including the Top (Platinum) Remi Award at the 37th WorldFest Houston and the Best Drama award in the prestigious New York Film Festival for her feature film entitled “Feuille” (2004). Youxin Yang’s art won the prestigious American Art Awards ’2013 Stoney Award’, an honor meant to recognize the most overall wins by one artist. Recent Juried Competitions, opening September 2013, have placed Ms. Yang’s work at The Highland Museum & Discovery Art Center in Ashland, Kentucky and The Alexandria Museum of Art in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Featured Artist: Susanne Eisinger
Participating artists include Lorna Aldrich, Carlyn Andersson, Cherry Baumbusch, Jenna Beebe, Ito Briones, Vicki Doyle, Jack Hannula, Larry Jarvik, Martine Khadr-Van Schoote, Alison Menke, Ruth Meixner-Bird, Mahy Polymeropoulos, Enza Quargnali, Leslie Sorg Ramsay and Jeanne Sullivan
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