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Foundry Gallery

Croatian-born DC resident Gordana Gerskovic spent a year in Merida, Mexico, the largest city in the Yucatan peninsula, working under the tutelage of artist Abel Vazquez. Inspired by the city’s rich colonial architecture and Mayan culture, she began using the macro lens of a camera to capture the surface detail of the brightly colored row homes in the city center. In her solo show, simply titled “Merida,” Gerskovic will simultaneously exhibit paintings and photographs, a first for the artist.  


Hemphill Fine Arts

Julie Wolfe debuted work at Hemphill in 2016, taking the DC art scene by storm with original compositions and subject matter. In “Under Their Gaze, We Become Creatures” Wolfe will exhibit her renowned, large Rorschach Test paintings consisting of mirror imaged designs overlaid atop screen-print images of photographs she has taken. Also on view will be Color Field-inspired work such as “Magnitude of Equality 6” (pictured in this article). The exhibit will include a new concept, the use of books arranged in series which, like the Rorschach works, she overlays with paint, in a manner reminiscent of other Color Field artists where color patterns are applied deliberately to create a kaleidoscopic effect.

Julie Wolfe, “Magnitude of Equality 6,” 2018. Flashe on canvas, 72.5 x 96 x 2.5 inches. Image: Hemphill Fine Arts

IDB Staff Association Gallery

Bolivian artist Marcelo Suaznabar’s “Lucid Dreams,” on view at the International Development Bank Staff Association Gallery, has created a series of fantastical characters drawn from his subconscious mind. A lucid dream is one in which the individual is aware that he is dreaming and can control the outcome. Suaznabar synthesizes the familiar with the wondrous and produces subjects that are simultaneously recognizable and absurd.


Long View Gallery

Jason Wright, one of Long View Gallery’s represented artists, presents new works at the gallery. A native of the DC area, he is a graduate of the Corcoran. His background in illustration and graphic design caught the attention of the surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding industries, which employed him to adorn their products. The artist describes his work as having “hard geometric lines” softened by natural forms which provide “fluidity.”


Neptune & Brown

Benjamin Ferry’s “Hats Off” pays homage to Vanilla Beane’s legendary Bene Millinery boutique in DC, where, for 40 years, she produced one-of-a-kind hats for clients of all stripes, from everyday citizens to society’s elite. Ferry spent two years studying Beane, her craft and her contribution to the community, which the artist reflects in the paintings in this series.



Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery presents two solo exhibitions by Colleen Sabo and Linda Bankerd, a group exhibition by member artists and featured guest artist David Prete.

Sabo explores the theme of color through her travels around the globe, producing work consisting mainly of landscape paintings. Bankerd, an “avid cyclist” by her own admission, has painted a series of blurred landscapes which imitate that which she sees as she travels rapidly on her bike. Proceeds from the sale of her work will benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area.

Lastly, Touchstone guest artist Prete, born to a metal-smith father, learned his craft mainly in Italy where he was born. In 2010, he obtained an MFA in sculpting at Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, Missouri, where he began to develop what he calls a “personal sculptural process” which includes the use of 3D printing and laser scanning. Some of this work will be on view at Touchstone.


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.
Sept. 14 through Oct. 12
Benjamin Ferry, “Hats Off”

Foundry Gallery
2118 Eighth St. NW
202-232-0203 | www.foundrygallery.org
Hours: Wed. to Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Through Sept. 29
Gordana Gerskovic, “Merida”

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
202-332-1116 | www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 12-6 p.m.
Through Sept. 14
Patrick Harking, “Harvester’s Dilemma”

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
202-234-5601 | www.hemphillfinearts.com
Hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept. 14-Nov. 16
Julie Wolfe, “Under Their Gaze, We Become Creatures”

IDB Staff Association Art Gallery
1300 New York Ave. NW, entrance on 13th Street
202-623-3635 | www.idbstaffassociationartgallery.org
Hours: Mon. to Sat., 1-7 p.m.
Sept. 10-Oct. 3
Marcelo Suaznabar, “Lucid Dreams”

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth St. NW
202-232-4788 | www.longviewgallerydc.com
Hours: Wed. to Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through Sept. 22
Jason Wright, “RISE”

Touchstone Gallery
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 Sept. 29
GALLERY A: Touchstone Gallery Member Show
GALLERY B: Colleen Sabo, “A World of Color, My Way”
GALLERY C: Linda Bankerd, “Luscious Landscapes”

Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, DC’s alternative art source. For more information visit www.eastcityart.com.


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