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Opening Reception for July Shows This Thursday

This month, The Art League Gallery’s solo room is home to Cecily Corcoran’s paintings of the DC area. The exhibit’s name, “Genius Loci,” is Latin for “a sense of place.” As someone who lives, commutes, and paints in the region, Corcoran captures familiar sights at different times, in different moods and lights.

“Brilliant Commute” and “Tivoli Lights” by Cecily Corcoran.

“I want my viewers to remember to take a moment to view the environs and see the beauty that I see,” she says. “I want them to notice that Washington is a dynamic city on clear, blue days, and it softens to a hush on monochromatic, overcast days.”

Corcoran took her first classes at The Art League School as a teenager and currently teaches Art Fun-damentals there.

This month’s all-media membership exhibit is also up in the gallery. Juried by Katie Dell Kaufman, the show includes all sorts of artwork by local artists. She stated, “the pieces in this exhibit have many layers of visual experience.”  Though this is an “all-media” exhibit, once Kaufman began to reflect upon her selections she recognized that some strong themes had emerged in the exhibit – pattern, texture, and layers, both actual and visual. Kaufman noted that most pieces she selected warrant at least a second look in order for the viewer to have the full visual experience.

The steel sculpture “Not Going to the Dance” by John Ray Jr., left, and steel-and-silk “Standing Together” by Natalie Shudt.
“My Name’s Not Lily” by Mary Ryder.

The opening reception for these two exhibits is this Thursday, July 12, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. They’re on view through August 6.

More images are after the jump and on our Flickr page:

“City Streets” and “The Dome” by Cecily Corcoran.
“Ode to Three Camels” by Margitta Hanff.
“Upward” by Trish Palasik, right, and “Don’t Worry Dear, You’ll Find Your Voice” by Masami Bryant.
Oil landscapes by (clockwise from top) Jean Schwartz, Lynn Mehta, and David Diaz.

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