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February 2015

February 2015 Art Exhibition

Opening Reception
Friday, February 6, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.

Exhibition Dates
February 6 – February 28, 2015

Monroe and MacFeely Galleries

Sally Babylon
Jane Johnson
Maria Valle-Riestra

Curator: Mattie Schloetzer


About the Artists

Sally Babylon, Talisman, color intaglio etching

Sally Babylon

Sally Babylon’s etchings are influenced primarily by the Mughal miniature painting and Arabic calligraphy that she studied while attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. Her work resonates with motifs from the cultures of India, Afghanistan, and Nepal, where she traveled extensively.

Ms. Babylon continued her studies at the Manchester (England) University School of Fine Prints. She completed her formal training and graduated from George Washington University with an M.F.A in Printmaking. Her etchings  are included in the DC Commission of Fine Arts Wilson Collection, the Smithsonian Institution, and many other public and private collections.

Her Talisman prints are traditional etchings that involve the creation of multiples of an image (an edition) that is made by etching a metal plate, applying inks of various viscosities, wiping off excess ink, and printing the image on archival paper through the use of a mechanically-operated press. The printed image is then hand-pulled from the inked metal plate.

Ms. Babylon’s career has spanned more than three decades as an artist,  college art teacher, arts administrator, and arts journalist working primarily in the Washington, DC area. Most recently she authored an art travel book about the Monhegan Island, Maine, historic artists’ colony.


Jane Johnson

Jane Johnson, Hurry Up, mixed media

Showing a strong interest in drawing and art from a young age, M. Jane Johnson started taking private painting lessons at 7 years old.   Her love of art was carried through college where she went on to receive a BFA concentrating in painting and drawing.  In college, she had several opportunities to study in Florence, Italy and Jane could often be found sitting on a street corner somewhere drawing the Italian scenery around her.

Ms. Johnson worked as a draftsperson in HVAC design, a service representative for Virginia Power where she designed electrical services to many large commercial projects in Fairfax County, and as a business-to-business sales rep.  She is currently pursuing her certification as a color consultant for home and business.  Over the years Ms. Johnson has studied with a number of leading artist both through classes and workshops primarily with the educational programs offered by the Art League in Alexandria, VA. Her mixed media work incorporates her love of oil, acrylic, collage and drawing into a colorful, textured painting.

Ms. Johnson has a studio at the Workhouse Arts Center.  Her work has been shown in both group and solo shows, and art fairs in the Mid-Atlantic.  Her paintings are held in the permanent collection of the Children’s National Medical Center and privately.


Maria Tati Valle-Riestra, Vertical Paracas, watercolor

Maria Valle-Riestra

“Tati” Maria del Carmen Valle-Riestra was born in Lima, Peru and has lived in DC with her husband since 2000.  A dancer since  she was a child, Valle-Riestra worked as a scientist in the eighties and has been a visual artist for a decade.

Before arriving in the United States  Valle-Riestra danced for several contemporary latin american dance groups. She currently teaches dance at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA and taught dance  for many years in Lima and Quito. She holds a B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of Guelph, Canada and a Licenciate degree in Biology from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), Lima, Peru. She worked for the biology department of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima for five years. Valle-Riestra has been a member the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company since 2000.

In 2001 Valle-Riestra initiated her drawing and painting classes in the continuing education art programs of Arlington Community Center and  Georgetown University.  She continued taking art classes for several years at The Art League School of Alexandria. She now paints on her own, mostly at her home/studio and regularly attends figure open studio sessions at the Art League of Alexandria. She is a member of  the Art League of Alexandria and of the Capitol Hill Art League, and has had her work exhibited in juried group exhibitions in both. Her work has also been shown in other group exhibits at The Hill Center, DC, Lost Creek Winery, VA,  Children’s Hospital, DC, Artspace 109, VA, Kelly’s Fine Art Gallery, VA,  and The Corner Store, DC. Valle-Riestra has had two solo exhibits of her figurative work titled Bodies of ink and Hombres in 2012 and 2013-14 at Artspace 109, Alexandria, VA.



Lorna Aldrich, Crossing the Mountains, oil on canvas

Spilsbury Gallery

Featured Artist: Lorna Aldrich

The Spilsbury Gallery is a cooperative gallery run by Arts Club members. Other participating artists include Cherry Baumbusch, Gloria Benedetto,  V. Ito Briones, Buzz Covington, Vicki Doyle,  Susanne Eisinger, Jack Hannula, Larry Jarvik, Martine Khadr-Van Schoote, Peggy McNutt,  Ruth Meixner-Bird, and Leslie Sorg Ramsay.




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