Adah Rose Bitterbaum, independent curator and former director of Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle, is launching Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington's Antique Row, and she's featuring Elizabeth Grusin-Howe and me in her inaugural exhibition. Joan Belmar and Mei Mei Chang's duo show will be up after ours. Antique Row also has Third Thursdays, and Adah Rose looks forward to hosting music and literary events and, in the future, she hopes to offer art classes for children and adults. The Montgomery County arts scene is evolving, and I'm excited about being a part of this new venue. Showing with Elizabeth is great because even though we work in different mediums, we have similar processes of applying and removing layers and layers of color in our works.
The Mysteries of Place and Space
September 7 - October 9, 2011
Opening Reception: September 10, 6-9pm
Music by Walker Road
Catering by "Cookies"
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave
Kensington, Maryland 20895
Hours: Friday through Sunday 12-6pm and by appointment.
The inaugural show at Adah Rose Gallery features the work of artists Lori Anne Boocks and Elizabeth Grusin-Howe. Ms Boocks, a painter, is the keeper of stories. The act of remembering and sharing stories is a powerful influence on her work. Just as the passage of time creates layers of experiencing -- the remembering of an event, the misremembering of it, the distancing, the forgetting -- are all important pieces in her process and thinking. In her paintings, text serves as both subject matter and the basis for mark-making. Texture for each piece comes from her hands, brushwork, and a subtractive process where layers of poured washes are added to the surface, then partially removed with cloth. Ms Grusin-Howe, a printmaker, also uses layering in her one of a kind prints that revel in the splendor, decay and serenity of Venice. In layers of paint, metallic pigments and waxes, she builds layer upon layer reflecting the experiences of the city itself and the intrigue and stories implicit in such a mysterious place.