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Artists' Corner

“Smoke and Ash I”, acrylic on canvas, 56” x 66”, Charles K. Steiner

Liliane Blom, BA ’91, showed her installation art piece, “Norwegian Nights,” at Artomatic 2008, a month-long multimedia arts event in Washington, D.C. The work is the first of a projected series of installation pieces by Blom called Outside Inn.

The South Carolina General Assembly, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum recognized Will Moreau Goins, BA ’84, with a 2008 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, a lifetime achievement award for artists in the traditional arts. Goins has dedicated his life to preserving, presenting, and performing Native American music traditions through theater, song, beadwork, and storytelling.

In November, Wayne Paige, MFA ’71, will have his 20th one-person exhibition at The Middle Street Gallery in Washington, Va. The drawing exhibition, “…0101..,” represents an idyllic view of nature and the eventual outcome of technology.  Paige’s drawings focus on mythological landscapes of hills, waterfalls, and forests.

Vegetate in Washington, D.C., Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and Rhonda Schaller Studio in New York will feature the paintings of Judith Peck, BA ’79.

A survey of six series of paintings by Sherry Zvares Sanábria, BA ’59, will be on display at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Richmond, Va., until November 24. Another exhibition, Unforgottten: Slave Quarters and other African American Sites, will take place at GW’s Virginia Campus in Ashburn from January 8 to March 27.

“Oakley Cabin”, Sherry Zvares Sanábria

In an exhibition of paintings called Transcending the Fire: Smoke and Ash, artist Charles K. Steiner, MFA ’76, reinterprets and simulates the movement of smoke and ash and explores whether wanton and arbitrary destruction can create something aesthetic. Steiner was inspired to create the collection after a 2006 fire destroyed a family cottage in northern Wisconsin. Steiner chose to pictorially abstract the fire because a realistic depiction, he writes, would have minimized the tragedy of the experience. The exhibition will be on display at the Hutchinson Art Center in Hutchinson, Kan., from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7, and at the Riney Fine Arts Center in Wichita, Kan., starting Nov. 10.

Caroline Thorington, MFA ’75, displayed her figurative lithographs in Drawn from the Crowd, a solo exhibition in September 2007 at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel, Md. She received a 2008 creative project grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Md., for a suite of lithographs. Two of her pieces were on display in a 2007 international exhibition, Stone Plate Grease Water: International Contemporary Lithography in Wales, England, and Ireland. Her printed paper airplane “Pegasus Express, and L-DCS” (lithograph- digital, collage, and 3-dimensional) was on display at Richmond Airport in the No Danger exhibition in March 2008.