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Art Leaguers’ Work in “(CON)text”

A Common Thread by Kathlyn Avila, which incorporates clay, fabric, cotton, photographs, and encaustic, won the Urquhart Award for best in show. Watch this blog for a Q&A with the artist.
A Common Thread by Kathlyn Avila, which incorporates clay, fabric, cotton, photographs, and encaustic, won the Urquhart Award for best in show. Watch this blog for a Q&A with the artist.
(Text)tile by Eric Vahouny.
(Text)tile by Eric Vahouny.

With a title like “(CON)text,” one might expect an eclectic group exhibit at The Art League this month, and that’s what we’ve got: mosaics, comic books, and narrative collages, among the other works of art by our members. Each artist brought his or her own context to the exhibit, and juror John James Anderson, a DC-based artist and art teacher, selected what’s on the walls.

The theme called for text-based work or work that sends a message, and artists responded with original and repurposed text, language and the written word in the abstract, social and political commentary, visual conflict, comments on art, and stories of all kinds:

Detail from Deux Mots/Two Worlds, mixed media, by Charles Nikas.
Detail from Deux Mots/Two Worlds, mixed media, by Charles Nikas.
Anne Buchal comic book
Detail from A Not So Excellent Adventure, a comic book by Anne Buchal.

Also opening this week: “Tabletop,” a national ceramics exhibit previewed here, and “Yellowstone Abstracted,” a photography exhibit previewed here. Join us next Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 for the opening reception, and see all three shows through July 1.

This necklace by Jessica Hensley, The Last Two Notes of a Country Song, is made with magazine paper and freshwater pearls.
This necklace by Jessica Hensley, The Last Two Notes of a Country Song, is made with magazine paper and freshwater pearls.
Serenity, fused glass by Doris Ross.
Serenity, fused glass by Doris Ross.
Artwork from "(CON)text."
Artwork from “(CON)text.”
Artwork from "(CON)text."
Artwork from “(CON)text.”
Artwork from "(CON)text."
Artwork from “(CON)text.”

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