ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
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Michelle Banks, March and April
Garner Woodall, May and June
Jim Ritter, September and October
Westland Middle School November December
Rick Ruggles is back for Valentine's Day! Rick was born in the Buckeye State, Rick studied Geology at Oberlin College. His metalsmithing career began after inheriting his grandmother's silversmithing tools, leading him to exhibit in craft shows nationwide since 1992. An avid photographer, his eye for detail led him to notice a heart-shaped pothole in the fall of 2000, sparking the idea for a Valentine. Inspired by that single image, Rick began seeing hearts in shadows, clouds, puddles... everywhere. His collection now numbers in the thousands. He currently resides in Washington DC. For more information or to purchase his works, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Works of 7th and 8th Graders at Westland Middle School Students: View the Slide Show on the Right to see the Art. The Illuminated Letters are by 8th graders. These beautiful letters are inspired by our studies of the Irish Book of Kells (an ancient Bible). The letters feature Keltic knots, references to places and things that have a special meaning to each student and lastly each letter contains 5 formal color schemes imbedded in the artwork. The Stained Glass Collages are created by 7th grade students. The inspiration is the Space Window at the National Cathedral. Students combine space/sky themes with personal images and color schemes. The Landscapes in oil pastel are also created by 7th graders. The students needed to create a vanishing point and learn to blend a "rainbow" sunset sky. These drawings are made entirely from their imagination.
Jason Swain, was born in Brisbane, Australia and is from a long family tradition of artists. His Cafe Infusion portraiture is on exhibit through August 30. Using a limited color range has forced him to go back to the basics of shading and color to produce a truly unique work of art made from coffee. Click HERE for his website.
Joanne Morrison, a Washington, DC-area artist, will be on display through April 30. She has been painting for more than 30 years. Joanne resides in Silver Spring and has participated in a number of local shows. In addition, her work is displayed across the country including Montana, California, Ohio and New York. She works in a variety of subjects including still life and landscapes. In her work, she finds beauty in very ordinary and sometimes whimsical subjects such as sushi, popsicles and even cow portraits. She paints in a range of mediums including acrylic and oil, and the majority of her pieces are large format. Joanne’s works are stylized, focusing on a rhythm and texture. All of her paintings are very bright, with a poster-like quality. Click Here for her website.
Greg Knott, a Torpedo Factory artist, uses photography to deconstruct common phrases, kids' games, sports, recipes and other items into their simplest elements like the on to the right: AM and PM with the Kids. They are printed on e-surface paper and mounted on gator core. This allows you to hang them without framing and without warping over time in places with high humidity such as a bathroom or kitchen. Stay tuned for a date for our Artist Evening.
Linda McKnight has been a designer, art director and photographer for more than two decades. Primarily designing photography or illustrated books, she has become intimately familiar with the work of many photographers, whose work has influenced her photography in both conscious and unconscious ways. After winning numerous national awards as a book designer, she is now shifting her attention to photography.
“Being outside in nature is where I feel most alive — especially during the transition from winter into spring. There is a tremendous shift in energy from the non-movement of the cold months to the incredible burst of growth that happens in the spring. In between the two seasons is the transition time of faint color on the trees—pink, green, orange, red mixed in with still sleeping grays— as beautiful as Autumn, but much more subtle. Some of these images are from city landscapes, where people hurry past on their way to work, their minds busy, but looking inward—missing most of what is around them. Red Tree Against the Bridge is a good example of an exquisite beauty that is seen by hundreds of people every day and rarely noticed.” Visit LindaMcKnightphotography.com
Jim Ritter is a Maryland native, who has been painting for the the last 50 years. Having taken formal art lessons as a child and teenager, Jim has painted a variety of subjects using different mediums. Jim resides in Silver Spring, Maryland and paints as a 'professional hobby'! His work has made its way into homes and businesses across the country. From Maine and New York to Florida and Delaware numerous individuals and businesses are enjoying his artwork. Jim also painted the mural on the banquette at the Daily Dish (that is pictured above) and the restroom and office doors. We love his work! For more information, click on: www.artbyjimritter.com
Aaron Krosner, KelevrA's Photography is exhibiting through August. Aaron began his journey into the world of photography shooting film with a Pentax ME Super manual 35mm film Single Lens Reflex (SLR) during his senior year of high school. Many classmates would consistently say they learned more about photography from Aaron than they did from their Photo 1 teacher. For the last 10 years, Aaron has been perfecting his craft. Every canvas on the wall at The Daily Dish was printed and hand stretched by him. The work on the walls is a culmination of everything he has learned as a photographer over the years. Aaron explains, "Struggling with depression, photography was an outlet that allowed me to express myself without fear or anxiety. I often shoot with a fisheye lens because I love distortional lines and often say that depression has given me a skewed perspective of the world that lends itself well to fisheye photography."
Dana L. Jung is a Maryland native who began her lifelong passion for photography in high school. Recently, the dean of that school likened her work to that of Georgia O'Keeffe. Inspired by well-known photographers, like Herb Ritts, Ansel Adams and Robert Thompson, Dana has a keen eye for the shot that nobody else sees despite everyone looking at the same thing. "My passion is shooting macros but I also have a wide variety of skills in my repertoire to capture the shot, whatever the situation. I try to utilize natural light as much as possible to keep the subject matter as real as possible. For me, taking pictures is very cathartic. It's the one thing that I know will always put a smile on my face!" Visit her website to see more: www.danajung.com.
The Power of Art: Student Art Work and Photographs by Juliana Allen Art Works Studio School, a non profit visual art education center in Mount Rainier, MD, is working with PG County parents and teachers to bring weekly art education to students who would otherwise receive no regular art education. This exhibit highlights and celebrates the students participating in Art Works' At School After School programs with documentary photographs of participants taken by Art Works' staff member and photographer Juliana Allen, and art work created by our students. Click HERE to email the Director.
Westland Middle School appreciates the opportunity to display works of art by their talented student photographers and artists. Sam Doran and Gabe Udell, amateur Middle School photographers, are displaying several images. Sam’s photography captures scenes of Maryland from horses to images of the Chesapeake Bay country. Gabe, on the other hand, took his pictures while on his trip to China this past summer, capturing an eclectic array of Chinese street life and cityscapes. Eli Nott’s artwork is also on display. His parents are architects and his work has an architectural quality to it . His experimentation with color and geometric shapes is seen in his pictures.
Other Westland student artists, both present and former students, also have their work on display. The students are very excited, since this is their first public showing of their work. For more information, contact Jim Ritter, below.
Michael Irvine is the Principal Software Architect and Artist in Residence at Synthesoft, Inc. He grew up in Maryland but moved to Washington State to attend the Evergreen State College in the early 90's.
According to Michael, "In my art, I attempt to capture complex abstractions using techniques relying on waves and oscillations. In some cases I use them literally; colors resulting from the intersection of a parametric wave oscillation through a three dimensional color space or waves intersecting on a plane to produce patterns of augmentation and destruction. In other cases I apply them abstractly, building complicated, emergent effects from the repetition of simpler sets of effects. I construct both the structures and the colors using similar processes and endeavor to combine them in balance without one subverting the other." Visit www.ringwaveart.com to learn more about Michael.
Vincent Hughes attempts to capture the unique light and texture of a particular moment in remote, natural locations. Painting en plein air is not just a visual experience. All the senses take in the scene: fragrant vegetation; a warm breeze; the chatter of birds and buzzing insects; a distant foghorn, the rising tide lapping at one’s my feet. It is hoped that these sensations find their way into each painting. After receiving his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Vincent put aside fine art to pursue a career as an art director. Living in Rome in the 90’s, he was inspired to take up painting once again, and now creates landscapes and figurative works in watercolor and oil. To view his painting click on http://www.v-zation.com/Gallery.html
Jennifer Kline Vallina, owner of One Sock On Photography. Jennifer has been taking photos since she was 10 years old and has spent 30 years capturing the beauty of the world overlooked. She finds intricate patterns and mesmerizing detail in objects that we walk by every day without a second glance; her work brings a consciousness to the invisible, yet amazing landscape that surrounds us. She completed courses in photography at the University of California at Berkeley and has also studied photography at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California.
Ann Hayden: In 2009, Ann waved goodbye to advertising, and to Manhattan, to paint full time on Virginia's Eastern Shore. She'd been creative director at Young and Rubicam and Saatchi and Saatchi. Most of Ann's art education comes from learning to stand still, see what moves her. Click here to email her.
Ted Kliman Memorial Award for Young Artists
The family of Ted Kliman is excited to announce the winner of the first annual Ted Kliman Memorial Award for Young Artists- meant to honor the legacy of the acclaimed Washington, D.C. artist who passed away in 2009.
This year’s award goes to 14 year old Romare Marshall, a freshman at Landon School in Bethesda who lives in Hyattsville, MD. Romare’s talent is quite remarkable, and he plans to become an art historian. He is using his $500 award to take painting and drawing classes over the summer. His work will be on display, and available for purchase, at The Daily Dish as part of a group show through mid June. Pictured above: A Trio of Skulls by Romare Marshall.
Dominique Fierro, www.dominiquefierro.com. In her own words, "Currently my work is about movement and capturing the vibrations of nature. My abstract images are seen in their raw form through the camera, they are not manipulated in the darkroom or computer. Throughout the course of any given day I am always framing a shot with my eyes. I am constantly looking at the world through a camera lens ready for my next shot no matter what it is."
James Ritter (click here to email him) is displaying his artwork through April.
Michael Kuester: The photography of Michael Kuester can best be described in his own words, "My passion for nature and photography come to light in this, a virtual gallery displaying glimpses of my perspective on what is beautiful in life." Click Hereto visit his website for more information.
Art Enables: Art Enables is an arts-entrepreneurial program for emerging artists with developmental and/or mental disabilities based in DC and serving the greater Washington metropolitan area.
The artists are a diverse group. The studio is where they build skills, work on technique, move safely out of their comfort zones and learn what is entailed in becoming a working artist. It’s also where they make friends and meet fans. Click Here to visit their website.