Abstracts with Attitude Exhibit

Abstracts with Attitude Exhibit
July 19, 2021

Abstracts with Attitude Exhibit
July 19 – August 22 • Jo Ann Rose Gallery

Reception: Sunday, July 25 • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Acrylic and Mixed Media Exhibit by Octavia Frazier and Marthe McGrath

Octavia Frazier and Marthe McGrath share a love of bold, big, colorful abstract art. Both began their artistic careers at a very young age – Octavia won her first art competition at age 12 and Marthe spent many hours as a child learning from her grandfather, a curator at the National Gallery of Art. They both excel at creating works in acrylic and mixed media, often incorporating new techniques and mediums. Their accomplishments include long lists of awards. Visit their exhibit July 19 through August 22, and join them on Sunday, July 25, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery to celebrate their magnificent art.

Octavia Frazier. Octavia was born in Weiden, Germany, into an American military family who traveled and lived in many parts of the world. It was the years in Paris, France, that changed her life. There she learned to love and appreciate art, winning her first competition at age 12. Since then, she has created vivid and colorful still-lifes, interiors and collages. She has exhibited her work and won awards throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Her art is easily recognizable, featuring a combination of bright hues and vibrant interiors and collages. Octavia studied art in Paris, as well as in the United States. Locally, she has studied at The Corcoran School lof Art and keeps current by taking classes at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. Octavia retired after 20 years as an interior designer with Ethan Allen.



Marthe McGrath. Marthe’s art training began in childhood. Her grandfather was a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She spent countless hours there with him as he told stories of each artist and how the masterpieces they were viewing were created. Marthe’s love of Titian endures to this day based on his teaching. A lot of classes followed, mostly at the Corcoran. Life and a family of her own put a hold on her plan to become a full-time artist. Marthe embarked on a long and successful career designing area rugs for select residential and commercial clients. In recent years, she has scaled back her career to pursue her lifelong love of art, not only as a collector but as an active artist. She has been painting daily for more than a decade.

Says Marthe: “I’m drawn to bright colors and bold compositions. I use mostly acrylic paint but also inks, oil pastels, charcoal, and graphite. Occasionally I introduce collage, generally using papers I have created myself. I paint with brushes, knives, my fingers, chopsticks, whatever. Lately I’ve been experimenting with oil and cold wax. Both my life and my art are playful and free. Art is an intuitive and joyful process where I am constantly experimenting and learning. I’ve traveled to many exotic places — Istanbul, Delhi, Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Havana — as well as throughout Europe and the United States. The cultures, colors, sounds, bustle, music, landscapes—they all enter my compositions in abstractions. For me, painting is transformative. It mesmerizes me, creating an energy I hope shows in my work.”

Marthe is a juried member of TFAA (Torpedo Factory Artists Association) and holds membership in many other local and national art groups. Her studio in Reston Art Gallery (RAGS) on Lake Anne Plaza was established in 1964. “The opportunity to meet and get to know collectors of my work is wonderful!”

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