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Reflections - June 2018

Reflections Exhibit
Carlton Fletcher
Exhibit dates: June 5–July 1, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, June 14, 6:30–8:00 pm

Download the exhibit program.

View the works on Flickr.


"Still Waters," photograph by Ron Colbroth. 
Winner of the Linda Brinker Hafer Award.

Juror's Dialogue with Haven Ashley

Mirrors, windows, ponds, and puddles—this month, viewers might be seeing double. 207 artists offered their own unique understanding of the theme “Reflections,” and their interpretations were as creative and distinct as the artists themselves. From the glimmer of light reflecting off a waxy habanero pepper, to the perfectly mirrored image of a heron at hunt,Art League members proved once again their imagination is vast—and that reflections go beyond the surface.

Our juror was acclaimed painter and founding member of the Washington Studio School, Carlton Fletcher. Of the jury process, Fletcher commented that he was especially scrupulous with the work submitted by fellow painters, remarking that “painting has the additional requirement of managing technique, color, and materials. It has these added hurdles.”

Fletcher urged all artists, but especially painters, printmakers, and draftsmen, to study from life as much as possible. “Studying from life is the foundation, it’s the beginning.” In his eyes, once an artist has a sturdy foundation built from observation, they can move towards more inventive techniques. He remarked, “I do a fair amount of invention, but it’s predicated upon the fact that I’ve painted a lot from observation in order to feel capable inventing.”

This month, two award winners were selected: Ron Colbroth’s Still Waters received the Linda Brinker Hafer Award for Best in Show, and Abol Bahadori received the Anne Banks Collage/Mixed Media Award for Reverie. 10 other artists were bestowed an honorable mention for their sterling efforts. One might wonder what, out of the 100 artworks chosen for this exhibit, made these fourteen artworks capture a coveted golden seal. According to Fletcher, “They need to read from across the room—and then reward you for coming in for a closer look. That is what I call graphic power.

Fletcher encouraged artists to stay focused and keep creating, regardless of whether or not their work was exhibited this month. “Don’t let anything throw you—get right back to work.”

"Reverie," collage/mixed media by Abol Bahadori.
Winner of the Anne Banks Award for Mixed Media/Collage.

About the Juror, Carlton Fletcher:
Carlton Fletcher, acclaimed painter and respected educator, has never veered from his original philosophy – which reflects his knowledge of art history and his own position within that history. Like Poussin, Claude, and Turner, he uses the landscape as a metaphor to let us see our world anew. He is an artist in search of that right moment when physical reality is transformed, usually by light, into an ideal representation. His work affirms the continuing power of drawing and painting as means of translating experience into art. Fletcher received his degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, and American University, and is one of the founding members of the Washington Studio School.

“What remains constant and reliable is that–whatever I thought I intended at the outset–what the painting wants to be, and how it wants to get there, only comes to light by doing the work.”

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