A Vibrant Home for Culture, Education, and City Life on Capitol Hill

March 2 – April 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 8, 6-8 p.m.

The Hill Rag’s Art and the City

A column by Jim Magner

The Hill Rag

Executive Editor: Melissa Ashabranner

Managing Editor: Andrew Lightman

Art Director: Jason Yen

Welcome to the exhibition of the Hill Rag’s Art and the City “REvisit” artists.

For the 14th year of my column, Art and the City, I elected to look back at some of the artists I had profiled in years past. I was looking for contrasts—for the creative journeys that bring new directions and new perceptions.

What I found was dedication – a fervid reaching for excellence and evolving insights that let them soar higher, while ever-testing and questioning the meaning of it all.

For all of these artists, the intervening years have been full of art – full of seeing, searching, and living visually. By being creative, they have given true value to time.

This is a terrific show in the variety of subjects and styles. The quality of work is exceptional and intellectually exciting, from:

The ever-exploring idea art of Alan Braley,

The mystical watercolor landscapes of Tom Bucci,

The abstracted visual rhythms of Tati Kaupp,

The internal questioning force of Matt Sesow,

The passage through time and dancing colors of Jan Kern,

The exquisite oil landscapes of Andrei Kushnir,

The powerful abstract images of Anne Marchand,

The wonderfully whimsical drawings and pastels of Ellen Cornett,

The roaring social statements of Dana Ellyn,

The portraits and passions of Patrick Campbell,

The vision and award-winning landscapes of Barbara Nuss,

To the reaching and lifting river photography of Bruce McNeil.

Yes, the works are for sale…too often underpriced in my opinion – with 30% going to the support of Hill Center.

About Jim Magner:

I’ve been writing the Hill Rag column, Art and the City, since March 2002—14 years. I am an artist and writer. My book, A Haunting Beauty: Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist, has received awards and great reviews.

I have had a presence on Capitol Hill for 40 years in one capacity or another and have a fair number of paintings in personal collections scattered about the area.

I have also been a legislative assistant to a US senator and a teacher of kids with emotional disabilities. The former prepared me for the latter.

 

This show is generously sponsored by the Hill Rag.

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