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Four shows to check out this weekend

The Kreeger Museum’s exhibition “In Unison, 20 Washington, DC Artists” features monoprints by, you guessed it, 20 Washington, DC artists.  This exhibition is the result of efforts by Sam Gilliam, a DC artist who has been associated with the Washington Color School since the 1960’s.  Gilliam invited these 20 artists from diverse artistic backgrounds to make five monoprints each.  Gilliam and a small board then selected one print from each artist to make the final exhibition.  We haven’t been to see this show yet, but it promises to be a good one!  The Kreeger Museum is open on Saturday, 10-4 pm, $10 admission, no reservations needed. Reservations are needed Tuesday-Friday.  Click on the link above for more information about this show and directions.  Exhibition runs through February 26th.

"Love, Respect, Protect" by Marian Osher, not in her current "Art Matters" Exhibition, but a great print nonetheless!

This weekend WPG member artist Marian Osher will host a reception and artist talk for her exhibition “Art Matters” at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville (100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville, MD 20850).  This exhibition features paintings and prints “created over a 10 year period to combat fear, promote connection and mindfulness, and raise awareness of the importance of living in harmony with the environment.”  Read Topher Forhecz review in the Gazette, then attend her reception this Sunday, January 23, 11:30-1:00, exhibition runs through February 6.

"From Siem Rep" by Jenny Freestone

WPG artist Jenny Freestone also has a solo exhibition up in the Monroe Gallery of the Arts Club of Washington (2017 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006).  This gallery is closed Sunday and Monday, so try and make it over during their Saturday hours, 10-2 pm.  Exhibition runs through January 29.

Finally, if you haven’t seen WPG’s current exhibition, “Bewick’s Legacy: Six Contemporary British Wood Engravers,” you should!  The exhibition was favorably reviewed this week by Claudia Rousseau for the Gazette.  It has also been well received by the public, with 12 of the prints selling already, several of those multiple times over (oh, the joy of editions–if your favorite print has sold, we may be able to get another for you!).  This exhibition closes next weekend (Sunday, January 30) so get in here before it’s too late!

“Art Matters” by Marian Osher

The following is an excerpt from and article by Pam Schipper on Marian Osher‘s current show of eco-spiritual paintings and prints at Unitarian Universalist Church (details below).  The full article, including Marian’s deeply personal experience with flying on 9/11 and the story of how she came to be an artist, can be found in the current issues of Montgomery Life magazine, available in area newsstands now.

"Love, Respect, Protect" by Marian Osher, a print that came from her work with the Buffalo Field Campaign

Osher learns something new through each body of work she creates, and she strives to pass this on to the viewer. When her son became a coordinator for the Buffalo Field Campaign, a nonprofit working to protect the free roaming buffalo in Yellowstone National Park, Osher merged her spiritual path with an environmental one. “I would go out there and volunteer. I volunteered 11 times,  and I would go on all the patrols,” she says. “Then I did other activism. I lobbied with congress, too.” The 2008 “Dream Quest” show at New York City’s Ceres Gallery suspended dream catchers with moving icons over wall hangings of painted buffalo, a craft Osher learned while volunteering at Yellowstone. Images have been reproduced in the Buffalo Field Campaign calendar and other fundraising materials, including note cards, with all proceeds going toward helping the buffalo.

Her environmental shows, including the 2007 “Earth Matters” at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, explored issues ranging from the plight of the Yellowstone buffalo to logging, the effects of global warming, light pollution and the distress of numerous species, including harp seals, polar bears, penguins, walruses, sea turtles, frogs, toads and dolphins. “When I have my environmental shows, I have literature for people to pick up to take something with them if they want to become more active or learn more,” Osher says. “So there are so many ways that artists can raise awareness, and then there’s giving talks about your work and discussing the issues.”

Her 2009 show “eyetinerary” at the Washington Printmakers Gallery was “about being present in the moment, and that was inspired by a sketchbook—a series of sketchbooks. It’s really looking and seeing what’s right there in familiar pathways and appreciating it,” Osher explains. “So if one person’s awareness or thinking can be inspired by that, then as far as I’m concerned my work has  succeeded whether I sell or not. And that means I’ve been able to give that gift away, and I can feel good about my use of my art.”

“You see, if it’s about ego, then it’s about how much you sell or what award you get. You’re always judging yourself, and I don’t want to be there,” she continues. “That’s one of the letting go things that happened in the spiritual journey, and it
makes my art a lot more fun for me, less pressured.” She pauses and smiles. “It doesn’t mean that I do any less work.”

“Art Matters” is on display Jan. 9 through Feb. 6, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Among the 60 pieces are new multimedia works inspired by the seashore. An artist’s reception and talk will be held Jan. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday. For more information, call 301-762-7666.