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.

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