February Featured Artists
We proudly present our featured artists and studio exhibitions for the month of February at the Workhouse Arts Center.
Unless otherwise noted, the opening reception for all studio shows and featured artists listed below will be held campus-wide in conjunction with the 2nd Saturday Art Walk, February 9, from 6-9 pm.
Building W-4 Group Exhibition: Have a Heart Project
Studio Building W-4’s Have a Heart Project is an art installation with a mission to help Food for Others, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization offering assistance to our unemployed and low-income neighbors by providing a safety net for those who suddenly face unforeseen emergencies such as illness or the loss of a job or spouse. Have a Heart opens to the public on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, will display empty lunch bags featuring original art works created by Studio 4 artists John Gascot, Mary Gallagher-Stout and Denise Philipbar, as well as guest artists from other studios of the Workhouse Arts Center. Each of the unique lunch bag works of art in the exhibit will be “sold” for a $10 donation, 100% of which will benefit Food for Others. As the artists replace each sold piece of art with food purchased with the donation, the installation will continually evolve throughout the gallery. An opening reception will take place during 2nd Saturday Art Walk on Saturday, February 9, from 6 to 9pm, in Studio Building W-4 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.
Building W-6 Featured Artist: Crystal Rodrigue
Corner Building by Crystal Rodrigue, Image overlay on 23.5K gold leaf
Building W-8 Studio Exhibition: Ceramics Resident Artists
A recurring exhibit of functional and sculptural works by Ceramic Resident Artists can be seen in the Ceramics Building W-8 throughout the month.
Building W-10 Group Exhibition
February Group Show- A collection of diverse works by all the artists in Building W-10 will be on display February 7-March 3. The opening reception for this exhibition will be on Saturday, February 9, 6-9pm.
Main Street Station, Richmond by Bill Firestone, 20"x24", Acrylic on canvas
Featured Associate Artist: Kristen Calcaterra
Kristen Calcaterra studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design under a Merit Scholarship and received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 2011. Her work focuses directly on the effects of disease in an otherwise beautifully and meticulously crafted home. She employs line, paint pours, and original, contemporary oil-painting techniques to allude to the deterioration of decorated homes. She explores various hierarchies of rending through accurate and skewed representation. Calcaterra received the Florence Leif grant in 2011 and traveled throughout the American south, studying the local historic structures in Charleston and Savannah as well as the devastation throughout Louisiana. In 2010, she was awarded placement in the European Honors Program at the Palazzetto Cenci in Rome, Italy. She studied grottesche painting traditions which has led to her interest in ornamentation throughout historic homes and breakdown over time. Calcaterra participated in preparatory programs at Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Corcoran. She lives and works in Burke, Virginia and is currently applying to graduate programs.
It Was Evening All Afternoon by Kristen Calcaterra, 80”x40”, Oil on Panel
Even the Bawds of Euphony Would Cry Out Sharply by Kristen Calcaterra, 57”x40”, Oil on Panel
Like a Tree by Kristen Calcaterra, 84”x53”, Oil on Panel