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February 2014

Opening Reception
Friday, February 7, 2014
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Exhibition Dates
February 7, 2014 – March 1, 2014

The Arts Club of Washington invites you to see our February Exhibit featuring the works of Sheila Blake, Bonnie Ferguson Butler, and Michael Francis in our Monroe and MacFeely Galleries.

About the Artists

Sheila Blake
Sheila Blake has been a painter her entire life. “Creating the illusion of space and light is what thrilled me from the beginning, and it is what thrills me now”.

She attended Cooper Union Art School in New York. After that she lived in California and then moved to Durham, North Carolina where she raised 4 kids and taught art at Duke University. She drew, painted, exhibited and sold her work nationally and internationally.

Sheila has co-owned a leather shop, worked as a house painter and sign painter and wrote an advice column for Jane magazine. She’s taught art at all levels, and from 2003- 2010 she taught painting and drawing at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, where she developed a curriculum that weaves color theory and composition into the practice of painting.

Sheila had a studio at her home in Takoma Park, Maryland, trying to keep the demands of life down to a minimum so that she can continue to mentor young artists as well as paint full time.

Image: Sheila Blake, Path to Opal Daniels, Oil on Linen

Bonnie Ferguson Butler
A Missouri native raised in South Carolina who resides in Northern Virginia, Butler joined the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, in 2009 and enjoys regular exhibits in Gallery 902. A published biochemist, her art training began as an awakening during a required liberal arts class outside her science majors at Wofford College; her graduate studies were in Humanities and Art History at the University of Richmond. She has pursued many studio classes and workshops since, studying most recently with Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Jack Pardue, and Maggie Price. Butler is founder and president of the Pastel Society of Virginia.

In her “Safe Passage” exhibition, Bonnie Ferguson Butler’s work shows her love of travel and curiosity about how locations influence art. She employs metallic ink photographs, photos on canvas, and pastels to explore various means of transportation, transition, and movement in Italy, both the figurative and the literal. Images vary from the tiny boat and mysterious alley in the photo entitled “Safe Passage,” to the unseen breeze and religious connotation in the pastel, “Vatican Illuminated.”

Image: Bonnie Ferguson Butler, Safe Passage, Photograph on Canvas

Michael Francis

Michael Francis studied at the Corcoran School of Art. He went on to receive his BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He completed his masters of fine arts at George Washington University and studied at American University. He has held positions at Trinity College, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, Charles County Community College and Prince George’s Community College. He currently teaches at the Art League School in Alexandria.

Image: Michael Francis, St. Louis 3, Monoprint, Watercolor & Gouache


Curator: Mattie Schloettzer

Mattie M. Schloetzer is the administrator of internships and fellowships at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. She previously worked as a curatorial assistant at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. She holds an MA in art history and museum studies from Case Western Reserve University and a BA in art history and history from Dickinson College.


Spilsbury Gallery

This cooperative gallery features works by Arts Club members in a variety of media. Mahy Polymeropoulos is our featured artist for the month.

Participating artists include Carlyn Anderson, Cherry Baumbusch, Jenna Beebe, Ito Briones, Vicki Doyle, Susanne Eisinger, Jack Hannula, Teri Hiley, Larry Jarvik, Martine Khadr-Van Schoote, Peggy McNutt, Ruth Meixner-Bird, Mahy Polymeropoulos, Enza Quargnali, Leslie Sorg Ramsay and Jeanne Sullivan.

Image: Mahy Polymeropoulos, Heart B, Mixed Media



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