Monday, August 25, 2008

Receiving is Almost Here - NEW DATES

Please note the NEW dates for receiving this month only:

TUESDAY, September 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, September 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

for the ALL-MEDIA MEMBERSHIP show, which will be up on Thursday, September 4.

Then join us for the OPENING RECEPTION:

Second Thursday Art Night, September 11, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Monday, August 18, 2008

More on Edward Reed's solo show "Presence"

Edward J. Reed, whose work will be on view at The Art League in the show "Presence," has been called a "contemporary Vermeer" by Shauna Lee Lange. Read the whole review at:

See more of Reed's work at

"Presence," Edward J. Reed's Solo Exhibit of New Works

at The Art League Gallery
September 5 - October 6, 2008

"Failing Light," oil, 30" x 53

Already a consummate portrait painter, Edward J. Reed now strives to capture people in the context of a greater narrative. He is increasingly drawn to individuals and compositions that exhibit a contemplative feel and a broader range of emotions and sense of experiences. “Presence,” Reed’s solo exhibit at The Art League Gallery, features new works that capture individuals and emotions within a deeper narrative context.

“I strive to find and create divergent themes rather than repeating the same motif in each canvas,” states Reed. “I feel compelled to explore a range of emotional stages and struggles. People with character or dignity capture me, people who inherently project strong emotions, unexpected emotions.” Reed develops a diverse range of impacts with his new works, taking his paintings beyond portraiture.

Reed paints from life, where “their true personalities emerge. I rarely ask subjects to stay still. I want them to move, talk, and relax. This lets me infuse my work with a sense of movement, more accurately revealing the whole person,” he states.

Reed studied intensively with Danni Dawson, Robert Liberace, and Diane Tesler at The Art League School. He has won numerous other national and international accolades for his painting. Among these, American Artist Magazine awarded him its 70th Annual Reader’s Choice Award for Best Oil in 2007. In its International Portrait Competitions, the Portrait Society of America awarded him the Best Portfolio Award in 2007 and an Honors Award in 2006. The Portrait Society of Canada awarded him Second Place in its 2006 International Portrait Competition. Artist’s Magazine ranked him a finalist in both the Still Life and Portrait and Figure Categories of its 23rd Annual Art Competition. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the regions and is held widely in private collections. Reed currently teaches painting at The Art League School. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B. from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

In The Art League Gallery:

September 5 – October 6, 2008

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 11: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Mr. Reed will give demonstrations, painting from a model in the gallery on the following dates:
Saturday, September 13, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 20, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

New Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Open every Thursday evening until 9:00 pm.

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

'Scapes: International Landscape Show

August 6 – September 1, 2008

"Leftovers," [left] by Fred Markham, charcoal. Winner of the Jay and Helen Risser Award, 2008
'Scapes Show.

"Passage to Whalehead" [right] by Nancy Fortwengler, pastel. Honorable Mention, 2008 'Scapes Show.

Our landscape, the world around us, has been rendered throughout art since the beginning of time. ‘Scapes: International Landscape Show,' the annual August landscape show at The Art League Gallery, exclusively features works by Art League members depicting the theme of landscape.

Artwork inspired by all environments is a part of this show – urban and rural, industrialized and primitive, coastal and arid, and the beauty and destruction created by Mother Nature. Works of all media are featured. Artists were encouraged to explore unique perspectives, literally and figuratively, as well as varying moods and color.

Juror Walter Bartman sought to select atypical landscapes. “If you’re going to paint landscape, you have to go beyond the obvious. I was looking for something unexpected, something surprising. Landscape is all about the use of space.” Pieces in which the artist uniquely used space, pattern, scale, and angles were some of the elements Bartman looked for. He was glad to see so many artists approaching landscape with a fresh, unanticipated point of view.

Bartman has worked in the Bethesda, MD area for over thirty years. Nationally acclaimed landscape painter and instructor, he received his BA in Art Education from the University of Maryland and his MFA from American University. He is the Founder and Director of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery at Glen Echo Park in Maryland.

NEW Art League Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Open every Thursday until 9:00 pm.
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.