Authentic Surface | June 27 – July 25

Closing Reception | Sunday, July 25 | 2-4pm

On display in the Elizabeth T. Black Gallery, Authentic Surface presents the “truth” of surfaces. The work of the exhibiting artists is authentic in that the artworks do not pretend to become anything more than what they are. There is a genuine authenticity in the relationship between artistic media and the surface on which It resides. And perhaps as significantly, in so the process of discovering that surface, something beautiful, astonishing, and lasting is created.

The exhibiting artists I include John Donnelly and Joshua Eiskamp, painting; Barry Gunderson, sculpture; Todd Leech, ceramics; Joel O’Dorisio, glass; David Sapp, drawings, Stephen Tomasko, photography, Stephen Yusko, sculpture; and Jennifer Whitten, beadwork sculpture.

Kimberly Chapman | Shush | June 27 – July 25

Closing Reception | Sunday, July 25 | 2-4pm

On display in the Foundation Gallery, Kimberly Chapman’s exhibition of 100 porcelain sculptures showcases a violent side of human nature. Through the female lens, her heavily-researched narratives call upon emotionally-charged sociopolitical issues. She uses the same sought-after material that kings, queens, and emperors craved for their elegant dinnerware and oversized ornamental vases. However, here the porcelain manifests a woman’s worst nightmare.

Hauntingly eerie and delicate, Chapman keeps a predominately white palette emphasizing the clay’s raw beauty with occasional flashes of molten gold or aged bronze. Some surfaces are marble smooth. Others are layered, fractured, or frosted like cake.

Chapman says she makes art to cast light on the injustices women and children have had and continue to confront. “We all know that throughout history, art has reflected its time. I like to think my sculptures provide a small window, a looking glass, to that effect. “

Reach Gallery | James Fleeson | Color of Night

July 24 – September 4

It’s hard to imagine a first-grader challenging his classmates to drawing contests to see who can draw the best motorcycle, but this scene sets the stage of James Fleeson‘s youth while giving foresight as to how his future would unfold. Art has always been a part of Fleeson’s life, so it only seems fitting that in the years immediately following those innocent childhood contests, and ever since, he has entered his artwork in shows. This lifelong competitive spirit may be part of an underlying force that pushes him to continue developing his art at a high level, wherein he constantly pushes his own boundaries and in turn challenges his personal artistic evolution.

Although he now lives in Lexington, Ohio, James was born just north of Pittsburgh, PA. He grew up in Jackson, Michigan where he attended the Jackson Area Career Center for Commercial Art while in high school. He was offered a full five-year scholarship to attend Lawrence Tech for a degree in Architecture but left after just one year to pursue a greater passion—a career in Computer Science, which eventually led him to the DC area.

Despite the shifts in his career paths, Fleeson has always created art and in many mediums including pencil, pastels, and watercolor, but it wasn’t until 11 years ago that he decided he wanted to paint in oil to take advantage of the deep colors it provided. And after two years of researching the science of painting with oil, he did his first painting.

James Fleeson’s solo exhibition examines light’s invasion of the darkest places and how it illuminates and reflects off everyday street scenes. “Today oil is my main medium, and life is my subject,” James says. “I like to tell stories with my paintings, to shine a light on everyday scenes that people miss and show the beauty all around us. I once read, ‘An artist’s job is to document their life.’ I hope to live up to that statement by painting what isn’t seen.”

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