A seasonally appropriate special extended art show, “Summertime,” is now on display through August 11 at Middle Street Gallery in Washington, Virginia.
There will be an opening reception 3 to 5 p.m. this Saturday night, July 13 at the gallery, 325a Middle St. The all-member show will spotlight its two newest members, painters Fae Penland and Carol Iglesias.
Penland describes her approach to painting as “classical,” based on direct observation. “But I enjoy experimenting with the rhythm of shapes and how they can be pushed forward and pulled back to create an emotion that can be felt,” she said. “It’s a visual dance, musical rhythms that make us feel enlightened, frightened, peaceful, curious, or other things.”
Penland works in watercolor, oil, and drawing. Over the years she has received special training in Oriental brush painting as well as in classical European and American watercolor and oil painting. She lives in Reston and has exhibited at a number of art galleries in the mid-Atlantic states.
The impressionist painter Carol Iglesias says she draws inspiration from the 19th Century French masters. “My paintings don’t just depict a landscape, they beckon the viewer in to a glimpse of some place they might otherwise never experience or imagine,” she said. “People often say my paintings take them to a place they would like to be or remind them of a place they have been. I want the viewer to join me in the visual journey with his or her own experiences and emotions.”
Iglesias has exhibited at galleries throughout Virginia, elsewhere in the U.S., and abroad, and she has won numerous awards regionally and internationally. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she now works out of a lakeside studio near Fredericksburg.
Middle Street Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For information, contact 540/675-1313 or see middlestreetgallery.org.