Patsy Fleming minored in art at Vassar College. Originally from Detroit but a Washingtonian since the 1960s, the artist sidelined her love of painting while she pursued a storied career in government, first working for the Congressional Black Caucus and later as the director of national AIDS policy under Clinton from 1994 to 1997. Now in her 80s and free to follow her true passion full-time, Fleming has assembled a grouping of figurative work, a genre for which she is best known, for her current exhibition, “The Eleventh Woman.”
Fleming paints in a brightly colored primary palette in acrylic and selects medium-sized, generally 30-40-inch frames, for her compositions. She begins using a live model. The artist explains that “in the model I may see a reflection of love or grief or desire, and I impose my own history on the figure.”
The name of the exhibition is somewhat of a mystery as I have been unable to find any cultural or historic reference to the Eleventh Woman. Fleming, however, explains the title as follows: “And who is the eleventh woman? She’s the ideal, the unrealizable, both other and self, who lives only in our imagination.”
Hamiltonian Gallery has partnered with the School of the Alternative (SOTA), an experimental school located in Black Mountain, North Carolina, to produce a group exhibition, “Inspiration in Action.” SOTA board members Chelsea Regan and Adam Void curated the exhibition, which is made up of current and past Hamiltonian Fellows who participated in the school’s curriculum. Artists include Kyle Bauer, Heather Theresa Clark, Zach Cooper, Rachel Guardiola, Patrick Harkin, Shaun Haugen, Jackie Huntington, Beth Kerr and Tim Kerr, Kasey Kinsella, Yujin Lee, Antonio McAfee, Michael Kranifeld Mavretic, Alex Mikev, Paolo Morales, Rives Wiley and Ellen Xu.
SOTA’s mission is “to provide a passion-driven model of education that encourages greater possibilities for thought, creation and collective action. Instead of a traditional classroom environment, our campus supports a collectively built, self-directed approach to learning, which gives opportunity for all participants to learn and teach.”
In this vein, the artists participating in the exhibition were asked, “What is one thing you have always wanted to do, but haven’t,” before creating work. In addition to the multimedia works on view inspired by the artist’s collective experience at SOTA, a series of performance will take place at the gallery on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 6 p.m. as part of the overall exhibition and experience.
Long View Gallery
While Lori Katz is better known as a ceramicist, her new series of untitled work at Long View Gallery will include two-dimensional paintings alongside her stoneware, which she mounts on panels, giving the appearance of a two-dimensional work. Katz applies mixed media, mostly acrylic paint and gels with the incorporation of embedded wire, on board. Of her work Katz states, “I am intrigued by contrast, the play of dark against light, the pull of empty space against the inclination to fill it up, the placement of line and shape, the use of subtle texture, balance. Several years ago, I began working almost exclusively in a palette of black and white in what was a conscious effort to simplify process and design. Lately, color is finding its way back in as my work continues to evolve. I have learned that in the end, process is never simple and good design is always balanced and strong.”
Touchstone gallery presents its annual “Inch by Inch” exhibition with over 200 works by 120 artists, each working on a surface of 100 or fewer square inches. The list of artists includes: Steve Alderton, David Alfuth, Nataliya Andreyeva, Linda Bankerd, Sara Bardin, Veronica Barker-Barzel, Darniesha Beach, Katherine Becker, Dorian Berman, Valerie Bernat, Joan Bixler, Madison Bolls, Stephen Borko, Adam Bradley, Jill Brantley, Richard Braswell, Dana Brotman, Kelly Burke, Sally Canzoneri, Ella Clayton, Diane Cooper Cabe, Marcia Coppel, Susi Cora, Ali Corser, Tory Cowles, Lea Craigie-Marshall, Charlie Dale, Sally Davies, Mari DeMaris, Jerry Desantis, Matailong Du, Julia Dzikiewicz, Maureen Farrell, Ryan Feipel, Elaine Florimonte, Betsy Forster, Christopher Fowler, Jeanne Garant , Ric Garcia, Judith Giuliani, Evan Goldman, Rosabel Goodman-Everard, Heike Gramckow, Tracie Griffith Tso, Jewel Ham, Robin Harris, Nakia Heard, Michael Holt, Robert Hunter, Warren Jackson, Pauline Jakobsberg, Timothy Johnson, Carolyn Johnson, Anna Katalkina, Cookie Kerxton, Makda Kibour, Harvey Kupferberg, Michael Lang, Paula Lantz, Deborah Lash, Joyce Lee, Eric Lesigne, Dee Levinson, Amani Lewis, Linda Lowery, Ruth Lozner, Rosemary Luckett , Nipun Manda, Kate McConnell, Pete McCutchen, Theresa McFadden, Dale McGrath, McCain McMurray, Mike McSorley, Vatsala Menon, Sonya Michel, Carol Moore, Barb Mowery, Diane Mularz, Hernan Murno, Anh T. Nguyen, Charlene Nield, Linda Norton, Mary D. Ott, Nancy Ramsey, Sarah Renzi Sanders, Pamela Reynolds, BD Richardson, Teresa Roberts Logan, Carolyn Rogers, Em Ruf, Colleen Sabo, Amy Sabrin, Azadeh Sahraeian, Claudia Samper, Stephen Schiff, Bushra Shamma, Janathel Shaw, Jennifer Singleton, Jasmin Smith, Maureen M.Squires, Brian Szente, Elena Tchernomazova, Lisa Tureson, Arpita Upadhyaya, Anne VanderWall, Rosa Vera, Gale Wallar, Steve Wanna, Patricia Williams, Jenny Wu, Dale Youngkin, Alexey Zoob.
Gallery Neptune & Brown
1530 14th St. NW
202-986-1200 | www.neptunefineart.com
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 12-7 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Through Dec. 29
Joseph Keiffer, “Traveling Light”
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 | www.foundrygallery.org
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through Dec. 30
Patsy Fleming, “The Eleventh Woman”
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 12-6 p.m.
Through Dec. 31
“Inspiration into Action,” curated by Chelsea Regan and Adam Void
Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
202-234-5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Through Dec. 15
Renee Stout, “When 6 Is 9: Visions of a Parallel Universe”
Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW
202-232-4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through Dec. 31
Lori Katz, “Untitled”
901 New York Ave. NW
202-347-2787 | www.touchstonegallery.com
Hours: Wed. to Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Weekends, 12-5 p.m.
Through Dec. 23
“Inch by Inch” group exhibition
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