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Tory Cowles - Nov 2009


November Solo Artist Show


Paintings You Can Play With
Tory Cowles’s Solo Exhibit at The Art League Gallery
November 5 – December 7, 2009





In Tory Cowles’ latest series of abstract paintings she strives to incorporate more interactive three-dimensional elements.  Her work has always been light, playful, and joyful, but now the work invites the viewer to participate. 

“I don’t feel that we have enough spontaneity in our lives.  It’s important for our psyche and creativity to stay in touch with the child within.  I want these paintings to move viewers to paint, laugh, dance, and sing.”

“I’m inspired by art that emotionally grabs me – works you can get completely lost in. Paintings, pieces of music that are full of energy, life, joy, beauty, interest, and power are what excite me as an artist.”

Her acrylic/mixed media works are spontaneous with just enough structure to hold the piece together. Color is extremely important.  Cowles is very interested in how colors interact with one another, and how the addition or subtraction of a color changes all the relationships within the canvas.  She wants viewers to become immersed in the shapes and the colors and hopes they will explore and discover something new with each viewing depending on their mood.

Before painting abstracts, Cowles’ background was in three-dimensional work such as stonewall building, woodworking, interior design, architecture, and carpentry, and her paintings were representational landscapes and portraits. Cowles is a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.  Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.




In The Art League Gallery:
November 5 – December 7, 2009

Opening Reception & Meet the Artist:
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

The Solo-Artist Gallery in The Art League Gallery
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Art League Gallery Hours:
Daily, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Open Thursdays until 9:00 pm

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.
For further information on this show, please call The Art League Gallery at 703-683-1780.




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