A reception will be held at the New Deal Cafe on Sunday, July 18 from 7-9pm for art exhibits by Denise Marie and Charles Reiher. Music will be provided by ASKVICKI! The exhibits will be on display from July 6th through September 6th.
Color and Contrast by Denise Marie
The exhibit features ten oil paintings of sunsets, reflections, and silhouettes from original photos taken by Denise. They are intense in color with a high contrast in black.
Now living in Bladensburg, Denise Marie, originally from Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Kutztown University with a BFA in Painting. She is a member of HCAA (Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance), MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) and CAL (Chestertown Arts League). Denise curates the art gallery at the Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, (Parks and Planning) and has shown locally in Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Franklins and Design Studio Art Gallery in Hyattsville. She has also shown at the Chestertown Arts League in Chestertown, MD.
Color on the Move by Charles Reiher
Charles’ exhibit, Color on the Move, contains abstract acrylic paintings on canvas ranging in size from 10X10″ to 30 by 40″.
“My paintings emphasize color and line more than shape and value. They are nonobjective in that I have no preconceived ideas of what the painting will be about. The painting process rather than the subject is what intrigues me. Only when a piece nears or reaches completion do I attempt to figure out the type of painting and what its title inherently needs to be.
These are not sedate works. In addition to their dramatic colors, the use of poured paint and lots of mostly curved lines, give motion and energy to the pieces. I frequently incorporate fabric scraps, gesso and sand to add some 3-dimensionality to the paintings. To me, they reflect the hectic, multi-tasking world of the 21st century; but they also seem to say that the result can be more calming and comfortable than stressing.”
Charles has previously been in two group shows at the New Deal Cafe and his piece, Bottom Fish, won an award at the 2009 Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. He has participated in quarterly changing group shows at Franklin’s Restaurant and Laurel Regional Hospital for the past four years. He has had solo shows at Maryland-National Capitol Park and Planning Commission, Slayton House, Quiet Waters, Mattawoman Creek Arts Center, and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. He has been selected for a solo exhibit at Harmony Hall Regional Center from August 23 to October 23. He maintains a studio at the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood. His website is www.charlesreiher.com.