September 15 - October 29
Reception: October 7, 5-7pm
Get a sample of four regional artists each working in different mediums featuring Isabelle Truchon, Jenny Freestone, Karen Hubacher and Paul Swartwood. Each artists bring their own voice and expertise to the exhibition through painting, encaustics, glasswork and printmaking.
With her warm earthy hues and expressive painterly qualities, Isabelle Truchon makes work inspired by the beauty of nature and of her rich life experiences tied to relationships. Born in Montreal, Canada and starting a career as an actress working on television in films and commercials, Truchon felt the urge to express herself more truly in the visual arts. Between traveling and working, she met her life partner, a french winemaker in Southern California. The two of them have since settled in Northern Virginia's wine country but the arid environments and color pallette of California can still be seen in her works. Truchon has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Shepherd University and she has exhibited her paintings across the region including most recently at the Duvall Gallery in Millwood VA and Artists in Middleburg Gallery, Middleburg VA.
The work begins with drawn studies or photographs of overlooked natural forms. The end result is a unique print giving the humble and vulnerable subject an important presence and iconographic stature. The monochromatic color palette furthers the concept of the subjects quiet place in nature but the beauty of the print reminds us of it's importance. All of Freestone's works are prints in etching, drypoint, lithography, direct gravure or photogravure. She started printmaking at the Humberside University in England and later continued in 2006 at Corcoran School of Art + Design in Washington DC. She currently lives and works in Takoma Park MD and exhibits both nationally and internationally, in countries like Turkey, Taiwan, Bulgaria, and the United Kingdom.
Paul Swartwood was first introduced to blown glass in 2000, and was so taken by the process that he began studying glassblowing and sculpture at Salisbury University, where he earned his BFA in 2002. After graduation, he moved to West Chester, PA, where he worked producing crystal ware at the renowned Simon Pearce glass company for four years, before relocating to Maryland, where he now works and resides. In January 2009, Paul became a resident artist in Glen Echo Park, where he teaches all levels of glassblowing classes. His interests and influences leads him to work on a different series each year that challenges him in new ways. This most recent body is a new mix of blown and slumped glass that results in thick fluid color blocks of color and form.
Using wax to build up her surfaces, Karen Hubacher works in encaustics to create grid-like artworks in varying neutral colors and textures. She has over 20 years of experience exhibiting her work in the Washington DC region and her art is in a number of corporate collections. Hubacher started her career as a painter and after an 8 month stay in Korea, she decided to become a full time artist in 1989. Through exploring mediums such as oil painting, book arts, mixed media and printmaking, Hubacher found her ultimate passion in encaustics. Her background as a systems analyst for the Department of Defense may be the reason for the structured lines, and compartmentalization that defines her beautifully designed works.