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Artists’ Quarter

“Resonance: Songs for the Soul,” the first CD released by Karla Armstrong, BA ’84, features 20 instrumental tracks. The songs showcase several unusual instruments, including a chromatic and diatonic autoharp, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, and bass.

The photography of Roshani Kothari, MA ’97, was displayed in “Intricate Details,” a project exploring architecture in Washington’s Dupont Circle, held May through July.

In her exhibit “Reflections on Architecture: Paintings by Joey P. Mánlapaz,” Joey P. Mánlapaz, BA ’77, MFA ’80, presented intricate paintings of reflections on Washington storefront windows in an attempt to create complex patterns of color and form in the “Reflections Series.” The exhibit opened May 8 and ran until Aug. 1 at the American Institute of Architects Headquarters Gallery in Washington. In the “Deco Series,” the artist concentrated on surface texture and abstraction. Selections of her work were approved by first lady Laura Bush to grace the poster and companion publications that will herald the Third National Book Festival, to be held Oct. 4 on the National Mall.

Bradley Stevens, BA ’76, MFA ’79, exhibited “NEAR and FAR: Recent Landscape Paintings” at the Zenith Gallery in Washington in May. The event, which also included an “artist’s talk,” ran until June.

Working with The Actors Guild to benefit Charlie’s Place at St. Margaret’s in Washington, Rachel Eisenberg Sultanik, MA ’79, exhibited 12 paintings at the Danish Embassy in March. In February, Sultanik displayed paintings at the Savoy Café in Takoma Park, Md., and a painting in the Code Pink benefit show for world peace in Washington.

Alan Wellikoff, BA ’68, presented oil paintings at Aletha’s Fine Art Gallery in Monkton, Md. The works are primarily landscapes, viewed by the artist as “bald commentary on the interplay of man and nature.”

“Melodious Curves,” Roshani Kothari

“Tattoo Bazaar,” Oil on Linen, 56”x 42,” Joey P. Mánlapaz

“Vashon Light,” Oil on Linen, 24”x 36,” Bradley Stevens

“Garden of Generosity” Rachel Eisenberg Sultanik

“Garden of Reflection,” Rachel Eisenberg Sultanik

“Garden of Sea,” Rachel Eisenberg Sultanik

Two MFA Graduates Exhibit in Prestigious Venice
Biennale 2003

Muriel H. Hasbun

Muriel H. Hasbun, BA ’83, MFA ’89, and Rosella Matamoros, MFA ’91, showcased their work in the Venice Biennale, representing El Salvador and Costa Rica, respectively.

Hasbun, who was visited at the event and supported by Leigh Conner of Conner Contemporary Art in D.C., displayed her work in the Latin American Pavilion. The display was curated by Irma Arestizabal on behalf of the Istituto Italo-Latino Americano. The installation, “Protegida (Watched Over),” featured photographs incorporating her ideas about identity and post-memory. Her work draws its imagery from the diverse cultural backgrounds in her family’s history.

In addition to being a distinguished lecturer, Hasbun is program coordinator of fine art photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She exhibits widely in Washington and abroad.

“Improvisation is the greatest risk an artist can take; it takes years of work, study, and investigation before it becomes intimate, personal,” says Matamoros of her work.

In addition to presenting work in the Venice Biennale, Matamoros and the Embassy of Costa Rica presented GW with projects and ideas for cultural events in 2000. The artist has worked with the embassy to incorporate drawing, dance, and music into unique and interesting presentations.

The Venice Biennale is considered the grande dame of art fairs, and the exhibition continues through Nov. 2. Hasbun’s work will be on display in the Conner Contemporary Art gallery in September.

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