COMING UP: LineWorks: Drawing Redefined

Sarah Invin_Precision Confabulation

November 13, 2014 – January 3, 2015

Beginning with earliest forms of communication, people have used line-based glyphs and pictograms as a way to share information. Wedges pressed into clay slabs, drawings on the walls of caves, and script writing all link our earliest ancestors to the creative process of conveying thoughts and information through linear images. Line-based drawing remains a critical component in the work of contemporary artists.
In LineWorks, we will present a variety of multi-media works by five artists who utilize line as an essential element in their work. Featured artists Lee Gainer, Sarah Irvin, Nikki Painter, Foon Sham, and Sarah Weinstock all create work that relies fundamentally upon line drawing. In addition, they all explore how memories are formed, collected, and forgotten, using drawing to document their experiences. The Greater Reston Arts Center’s gallery will be reconfigured into five independent spaces, each presenting a different and innovative process, expanding the definition of drawing itself.
Image: Sarah Irvin, Precision Confabulation

Rebecca Kamen receives Strauss Fellowship

Artist and GRACE alumna Rebecca Kamen is the recipient of the 2013 Strauss Fellowship, awarded by the Arts Council of Fairfax County. Kamen works mainly in sculptural installation, as was her 2009 show, Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden, at the Greater Reston Arts Center, which was inspired by the periodic table. Kamen will also be one of the key note speakers at the VAEA conference this year. We reached out to Kamen recently to congratulate her, and she commented on how GRACE played a role in her career development: “My sculpture installation at GRACE, Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden, inspired by the periodic table, has been an incredible catalyst since its exhibition in Reston.” For a short video on her exhibition at GRACE click here.

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How Familiar the Stranger: Paintings by Morgan Craig

Philadelphia based painter Morgan Craig has traveled world wide to find his subjects; dilapidated and abandoned interior spaces, often portraying the ruins of urban dwellings, factories, asylums, and penitentiaries. He has found inspiration in a range of locations, from cities like Detroit to forbidden nuclear zones in Ukraine. Craig says about his work “While evidence of these pasts or present-day difficulties may not be pleasant, I feel it imperative that societies realize their impact on the past, present, and future concepts of identity and history.” Craig paints mainly with oil on linen, and the majority of his work is large scale, and sometimes stretches through several panels. The largest work included in this show is 72″x168″ and basically covers the whole back wall of the gallery. We’ve been busy getting this show installed the past two weeks, but we are very excited by the result. We have also installed new window panels in the gallery to be able to show more of his work. Come see the show and join us for the opening reception on April 18, 6-8pm. Morgan Craig will be present and will give an artist talk around 6.30 pm. How Familiar the Stranger: Paintings by Morgan Craig will be up April 11 – May 19.


Installing Morgan Craig
Unwrapped painting ready to go up on the wall
Window panels being constructed
Installing Morgan Craig

















Morgan Craig show ready for visitors

And we are there

After an intense 4 day install  EMERGING VISIONS: Voices is open. The opening reception was a lot of fun with almost 300 people attending, and if you have not yet, you must come by and see the result of these students’ hard work. As you might know EMERGING VISIONS is not a school assignment, which means that these young artists, guided by their teacher and our Associate Curator Erica Harrison, take this on as extra work. On our side we hope this gives them some insight in to how a gallery and an installation is run and what it’s like to exhibit your work in a professional space, and hopefully we help foster some young artists.

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We are almost done installing EMERGING VISIONS: Voices, and will be ready to open tomorrow at 11am. The opening reception is tomorrow, Friday March 15, 5-7 pm. The show is coming together beautifully and there is so much young talent in the gallery right now. I really encourage you to come see this show.

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Works in Progress

EMERGING VISIONS: Voices is the second installment of Youth Art Month and opens on March 15. All our artist students have been busy working with both their teachers and with us to finalize their work, and we are going to end up with about 45 different works in the gallery. We are very excited to show off some of the young talent of our area. Here are a few previews of works in progress.

Lino cut by participating student artist from Herndon High School
Lino cut by participating student artist from Herndon High School








Detail of sculpture by a participating Oakton High School student








Detail of sculpture by a participating Oakton High School student