MiniSolos, at Touchstone Galley in downtown Washington, is an annual juried exhibition of work that completely fills the gallery space once a year. The exhibition started in 2011 after Touchstone moved into their current home at 901 New York Avenue, NW. The spirit of the exhibition, however, stems from a larger commitment to the artist community in DC.

MiniSolos, at Touchstone Galley in downtown Washington, is an annual juried exhibition of work that completely fills the gallery space once a year. The exhibition started in 2011 after Touchstone moved into their current home at 901 New York Avenue, NW. The spirit of the exhibition, however, stems from a larger commitment to the artist community in DC.

Rosemary Luckett, Touchstone Gallery Board Member, describes the show: “It's an opportunity for underrepresented artists to show their work in a downtown DC gallery for one month. So many artists and student artists do not have the opportunity to show several of their works at one time in a gallery setting. This exhibition provides outstanding space, excellent exposure, and a way to market their work.” For many artists, participating in this kind of show is a welcome step forward. The gallery is “artist owned”, meaning that artist members support the gallery and in-turn are provided opportunities to showcase their work in the space. “We offer a variety of memberships to fill each artist's need, and to ensure each full member has a solo exhibit every other year. Each artist always has a piece of work on public display and on the website. Member artists work together to market member work and to support each other in many ways.” Luckett said.

The artwork in the show is varied and diverse. August Conwell, Acting Director at Touchstone, describes a favorite work: “I would point gallery visitors toward Teresa Sites’ abstract visualizations of sound and music. Sites' spray paint on paper designs are not only beautiful, but speak deeply on the boundaries of representation, making use of natural, geometric, and architectural forms to schematize audio. However, unlike other visual representations of information (the info-graphics we are so used to ingesting in this information age) Sites' works induce a refreshingly visceral reaction and leave each viewer with their own unique experience.” Teresa, a WPA Member, describes her experience: “This show is important to me as an artist because it can offer me the ability to share a body of work. MiniSolos at Touchstone is very important to me, in particular, because I can show a series of artworks that I have been developing for a number of years. My experience working with Touchstone gallery has been exceptional.”

Shelley Lowenstein, a member of WPA and Touchstone, describes the work she has in the show, “Usually I paint figures in environments (often in  train stations), but in the summer I often do loose plein-aire paintings. That's what I am showing … they are small, colorful glimpses of local venues and places I've traveled to in the summer.” She, too, echoes the sentiment that the gallery and exhibition is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get the artist’s work into the public eye. “The mini solos are a fabulous way to show work. When so many galleries are closing, merging, dying, Touchstone lives on. It's a testament to the artist members.”

WPA member Yayo Tavolara, is exhibiting a series of oil paintings. She describes her work: “I have eight oil on linen paintings, some of them with porcelain pieces sewed to the canvas. I am working on the subject matter of construction from ‘de-construction’, exploring the end result from the parts as a whole. Fragments of domestic china pieces represent the everyday life difficulties, and the unexpected situations that break any plans or any defined condition.” She continues: “My conclusions are that nothing is really considered fully as a whole if one does not pay attention to its components.” The same can be said for MiniSolos. The exhibition, a larger gesture and opportunity for area artists, is made up of many different, specific works. And as a whole, a satisfying exhibition representing a variety of emerging artists in the region.

MiniSolos will be on display from August 2, 2013 through August 29, 2013. The opening reception will take place August 2 from 6-8:30pm. For more information, visit Touchstone's website here.

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July 25, 2013

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