Catherine Day, Amelia Hankin, Zofie King:  


July 25 — September 8, 2019

These artists work in different media, but all address memory, perception, and how the passage of time influences perception.

image: Catherine Day, Winter Vines, Ivy Edge,  photograph on fabric, 39” x 38”, 2016 

Lyrical Flight

Barbara Januszkiewicz

April 18 — June 2, 2019

Bobbi Pratte:

Rescue Me

November 14 - December 29, 2019

Often capturing daily scenes near her home in Lake Barcroft, Virginia, Pratte also reflects on her personal sense that in these challenging times she feels a need to be rescued.

Bobbi Pratte: Rescue Me opening reception was generously sponsored by Ken Trotter with TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty


image: When the Rain Comes, by Bobbi Pratte, oil on panel, 22” x 28”

Chris Brandell

Azadeh Sahraeian

January 2 -February 9, 2020

Chris Brandell


"Inspiration for my practice comes from studying the rhythmic rise and fall of human relationships. Realizing that everything shifts under our feet just as we gain balance, we must come to terms with the truth of impermanence as we seek equilibrium.  My paintings reflect the often chaotic emotions we experience in these moments.  Through the asymmetric balance of abstract elements; words hidden and revealed; and the oil, acrylic, gesso and graphite I use to make marks, I hope to create a lasting and stable foundation on which to rest.  If I can compel a moment of observation and surrender, then my work is complete."

Above: Caught Up, by Chris Brandell, 48” x 48”, mixed media, 2019

Azadeh Sahraeian


"I draw in such a manner as if a plant is growing from its seed; I put an abstract entity, or as I would like to call it, a "Center" on the paper and grow it. Therefore my drawings are the result of duplication and proliferation of these centers based on patterns and images that have been stored in my subconscious mind through life. Resembling the process of growth, my meticulous drawings come to life with a gradual formation in level of details; they are harmonious whole yet developed step-by-step; organic yet abstract; unpredictable yet mathematical; ordered yet chaotic; still yet fluxing. There is a continuous transformation in the process of emerging; an ongoing dialogue between formation and deformation in which my drawings unfold only a spectrum of it."


Above: Magnetic Growth No. 02, by Azadeh Sahraeian, pen on paper, 14” x 11”, 2018


exploring the body as subject

February 13 - March 22, 2020

This exhibition features 39 artists in a visual exploration of the human condition. Besides exploring the physical form, these artists were asked to consider how a person’s personality, emotions, challenges, preferences, prejudices, and experiences can be visually represented. From the classic nude, to abstract and impressionist treatments, to pieces that touch on the basic concept of humanity — a wide variety of interpretations are included in this captivating show.


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Alexandria, VA  22314   703-548-0035

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