The local media has fallen for Frances Borchardt and her photo-filled printer cases! And it's no wonder; the pieces each invoke memories of Maryland, our neighbor to the north, with images of rustic farms, girls-next-door and Old Bay-dusted crabs, ready for crackin'. Even better, the antique wood of the cases has inspired more than a few gallery crawlers to remark "I have a few of these in my attic...never thought they could be so beautiful!"
One such visitor was a reporter from WUSA Channel 9, who stopped by to interview Rose and Megan, the gallery directors.
Borchardt's show popped up on the radio pretty soon, too, as DC's public radio station, WAMU 88.5, and their resident art reporter, Sean Rameswaram, caught wind of the pieces. Listen to the segment here.
On June 6th, Northern Virginia Magazine previewed the collection for a feature article. Read the full piece here.
Borchardt's resume is about as DC as a photographer can get. She has worked as a photo editor for publications, non-profits and government bureaus such as The Nature Conservancy, The Chronicle for Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the US Chamber of Commerce. She studied photography at George Washington University, which solidified her love of the DMV region (standing for DC Maryland Virginia, if you're not a local). The ode to Maryland nature, family life and tradition is apparent in her current show, attracting the area's media with promises of local appeal.
As the reviews pour in and the crowds form around the displays, a sense of urgency begins to build once the price stickers are viewed. The pieces are all under $1,000. With that dangerous mixture of accessibility and familiarity, Borchardt's works might not be around for public viewing much longer. Make a date on your calendar and head for the waterfront (and maybe make a reservation at your favorite crab shack afterward...you're going to want some)!