Figurative Meets Abstraction

Figurative Meets Abstraction
October 29, 2018

Figurative Meets Abstraction

Exhibit Dates: October 30 – November 25, 2018

 

Group Art Exhibit by Dana Ann Scheurer, Ann Barbieri, Joan Kelly and Laura Edwards

Reception: Sunday, November 11, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Jo Ann Rose Gallery, RCC Lake Anne

 

An exciting multi-artist exhibit of contemporary works opens in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery on October 30. Featured will be original paintings and limited edition pigment prints from four of Reston's premier artists: Ann Barbieri, Laura Edwards, Joan Kelly and Dana Ann Scheurer. Works range from architectural and figurative whimsy to the color-rich intensity of abstract paintings. Images presented in this exhibit express the many varied and individual techniques unique to each artist.

Combined careers include myriad accomplishments, awards, affiliations and professional achievement including Public Art Reston Projects, Greater Reston Art Center, Torpedo Factory, League of Reston Artists, McLean Project for the Arts and upwards of 27 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festivals.

Ann Barbieri - Edge of the Cliff(SMALL)

Ann Barbieri’s paintings have a Matisse quality, very French and expressive. They cover the spectrum and delight the eye. Often starting with a scene from nature or an interior, she works on paper or canvas and incorporates collage to achieve various textures. Her paintings are informed by a lively sense of color. She regularly draws from the model and has completed many portrait commissions in her free, colorful style. “I paint the world around me… a yellow lemon on a blue plate or a patterned tablecloth … color excites me and makes me eager to paint. I strive for rhythm and movement in my paintings. They are loose and sensuous and often have a suggestion of a figure somewhere within.”

Ann Barbieri was born in Washington, DC. She attended Trinity College (now Trinity University), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French. She later studied art at the University of California, Los Angeles. She then returned to Washington to continue her studies at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Contact: annbarbieri@ymail.com

Laura Edwards(SMALL)

Laura Edwards. A native of Virginia, Laura Edwards trained as a painter at The University of North Carolina Ashville, in the art-rich area of western North Carolina. Her creative experiences are drawn from working not only as a painter but also as a printmaker. She describes her paintings as “color-driven atmospheric abstractions.” While they are intuitive, having no concrete reference, they evoke a familiar image. “There seems to be a realistic image coming from the abstract painting – a painting within the painting. They create an illusion: the painting you see and the one you imagine.” The paintings in this exhibit are done in oils on a variety of materials: canvas, panels and a paper produced from recycled polypropylene pellets. “I work ‘wet on wet.’ thus producing seamless fields of color within the format. Areas of the composition are drawn back into with Prismacolor pencil.” Laura currently resides in Purcellville, VA and works from her studio at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria.

Contact: ledwds30@gmail.com

Joan Kelly - Springtime in Winter, acrylic on canvas (SMALL)

Joan Kelly’s paintings are reminiscent of the magical moment when people relax, dream and escape into their fantasies and thoughts. Lush flora and swirling patterns complete this mood. She loves strong bright colors and the interplay of shapes and forms as patterns emerge and take on a life of their own. “My excitement and energy grow as new images appear. The images are often filled with whimsy and engage my sense of wonder. I enjoy working spontaneously. I never know what will appear and am often surprised at the results! Each painting feels like a new adventure.” Joan has a BFA & MA in Art History from Univeristy of Georgia and Stanford University. She was a poster artist for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. She has painted around the United States and in Italy.

Contact: joanskely@aol.com

 

Dana Scheurer - Midtown Mural - Watercolor (SMALL)

Dana Ann Scheurer’s work is best described as whimsical surrealism. It has been described as "highly idiosyncratic, funny, challenging and precise, and a little hard to describe in print." Compositions explore iconic images specific to Reston Town Center, Lake Anne Plaza and Metro’s Wiehle-Reston East station. Architectural and geometric forms create interior and exterior landscapes. Reston commissions include Public Arts Reston projects, Midtown Mural (RTC) and Walker Nature Center bicycle racks. Other commissions include the Reston Home Tour, Official Bird of Reston with Limited Editions (Walker Nature Center), Reston Museum, Heron House (Lake Anne Plaza), GRACE Race (Greater Reston Arts Center) and the Reston Kids Triathlon T-shirt design (Reston Association). She has participated in all 27 years of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Greater Reston Arts Center.

Contact: scheurer11665@aol.com