July 23, 2018

Exhibit Dates: July 23 – August 20

Reception: Sunday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Jo Ann Rose Gallery, RCC Lake Anne

A Fine Art Exhibit from Six Reston Area Artists

Serendipity synthesizes the work of six artists – Karen Hutchison, Julia Malakoff, Liz Morton, Karen Mullarkey, Melanie Z Stanley and Marie Georgette Wright – who met through various art venues, including Reston Community Center exhibits and programs. Together their art encompasses the bold and colorful, the abstract and eclectic, the meditative and cathartic. The styles and media they work with are as diverse as the women themselves.  Visit the Jo Ann Rose Gallery during August and come to the opening reception on Sunday, July 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

Karen Hutchison - Diversity, mixed media

Karen Hutchison. As a local abstract artist living in the Northern Virginia area, Karen experienced many contemporary influences that lead her to enjoy art and design. She prefers creating art using acrylic paints. Many of her art pieces are mixed media using a variety of pastes to create texture. The diversity of styles can be soft, dreamy color studies to dynamic, textured pieces that have a structural feel. Abstract art allows her the freedom to design using personal boundaries and satisfies her interior restlessness to create. 

Julia Malakoff - Tea for Two, mixed media

Julia Tova Malakoff. Julia’s mixed media paintings, inspired by nature and everyday objects, are vibrant and uplifting, telling stories through texture and tone. "Nature encourages me to take a closer look at our world, bringing to light the subtle and whimsical moments," she says. Bold bursts of color push through shaded foliage; vivid imagery from our daily lives, layered against cool and calm. Julia is currently writing a children's picture book and teaches a mixed media art class, Make Your Mark, at the Workhouse Center for the Arts in Lorton, VA. 

Liz Morton - Break Free, mixed media

Liz Morton. Underlying Liz Morton’s passion is her innate capacity to distill vibrant and unique paintings using random texture as a base. “When I paint the world just falls away as if I was touched by a memory,” she says. Each painting is unique and exciting, the vibrant color wraps into the texture and layers to create exciting intricate patterns. Her approach is constantly evolving as she transforms her experiences with acrylic, watercolor, graphite, spray paint, oil sticks, pastels, color pencil, and anything else that makes her smile!  When she is in her studio, Liz listens to art documentaries. Her favorites:  Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollack, Wassily Kandinsky, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. 

Karen Mullarkey - mixed media

Karen Mullarkey. Karen is an urban fusion artist and instructor at Reston Community Center whose classes include Remixed Media 101 and Creative R.U.T. In class, she helps her students shed preconceived notions about the “right” way to make art, encouraging them instead to overcome the inner critic by accessing and expressing their authentic style. She approaches her own art as cathartic storytelling, a bridge between raw emotion and the divine. Through her intuitive style, bold colors and textures collide and interact over several layers on canvas to convey energy and emotion. The end result is a visual representation of personal truth, accessed layer by layer. 

Melanie Stanley - Peace Like A Flower

Melanie Zucker Stanley. With more than 40 years of painting, drawing and teaching, Melanie has evolved into a mixed media artist who loves working in layers, creating her own hand-stained papers for collage, and painting from her experiences, imagination, and the environment, utilizing color, texture, and light. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in art education and fine arts and continues to explore all corners of the art-making world. Melanie has also authored six books for children, and when she travels, she takes paint and journals with her to capture authentic moments through both art and writing.

 Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Marie Georgette Wright. Marie began her art endeavors some years ago in New York with a group of Hudson Valley artists as a representational watercolor artist. After moving to Virginia and taking classes with several notable local artists, she now incorporates acrylics and inks into a mixed media palette. She enjoys occasionally blending the boundaries between representation and abstraction, noting “there is always a wonderfully expectant uncertainty about how a piece will come together to form the completed whole.”