February Featured Artists at the Workhouse

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Contributed by the Workhouse Arts Center


“Thumbs Up”, Marni Maree, Watercolor, 9x7

“Thumbs Up”, Marni Maree, Watercolor, 9×7

Building W-5 Group Exhibition: “Mood Swings”

“Mood Swings”
Building W-5 Group Exhibition
February 5 – March 2

Artist Statement:

Fifteen studio artists interpret mood swings in their own very personal way.  The results are fascinating in many styles and mediums.


Building W-6 Featured Artist: Marilyn Harrington

Marilyn Harrington

“(IN)SECURITY”, Marilyn Harrington, Fiber

Marilyn Harrington

Artist Statement:

2014 February Featured Artist Marilyn Harrington presents (IN)SECURITY,  a woven exploration of the desire to stand out but still fit in.
Building W-7 Featured Artist: Jody Lee

Vetro Drammatico: Combining Music and Glass
Jody Lee
February  1-28
Artist Statement:

Vetro (n, Ital.) glass

Drammatico (adj, Ital.) dramatic

A true mash-up of the artist’s passions, this show explores the inspiration of music upon her chosen visual medium, glass.

With a “former life” in opera, Lee was heavily influenced by the fiorezzo of Joan Sutherland’s coloratura voice and what she did with the Bel Canto (Italian, beautiful singing) style of singing during her career.  This show is in part, an exploration of Sutherland’s greatest roles, the costuming that was designed for her, and strong heroines of operatic repertoire.

Jody also investigates the scientific phenomenon of sound waves and its patterns on glass plates, inspired by the scientific research of Ernst Chladni.

The multidisicplinary Canadian artist, who has resided in Northern Virginia since 2010, joined the Workhouse as a resident artist of the Glass Program in July 2013. She can be found in studio 712 most days, melting glass with her torch or designing one-of-a-kind jewelry. She continues her love of music with Carmina Inc., an early music group that performs regularly in the DC area.

Building W-8 Studio Exhibition: Ceramics Resident Artists

A recurring exhibit of functional and sculptural works by Ceramic Resident Artists can be seen in Ceramics Building W-8 throughout the month.


Oasis, Mary Ellen Mogee, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 12”x12”

Oasis, Mary Ellen Mogee, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 12”x12”

Featured Associate Artists at the Workhouse: Fritz Descroches and Mary Ellen Mogee

The Language of Color
Mary Ellen Mogee
February 5 – March 2

Artist Statement:

Color has frequently been referred to as a language.  Paul Gauguin said, “Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.”  Georgia O’Keeffe said, “I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way – things that I had no words for.”  Wassily Kandinsky felt that colors spoke to his heart and soul.

Mary Ellen Mogee is a contemporary abstract painter.  The paintings in this show, which are acrylic on canvas, represent Mogee’s current exploration of color as a personal expressive language.  They were made by building up many layers of transparent, translucent, and opaque color.  Like most of her work, these paintings are characterized by bright, saturated color, energy and movement.

A native of Illinois, Mogee has taken classes with outstanding local artists, including Jennifer Schoechle, Brenda Belfield, Kurt Schwartz, Marsha Staiger, John Blee, and Marise Riddell.  She is an Associate Artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, as well as a member of Great Falls Studios, and the League of Reston Artists.  She is the founder of AHH! Studios in Great Falls, Virginia.

Going Home, Fritz Desroches, 2012, Airbrush on Canvas

Going Home, Fritz Desroches, 2012, Airbrush on Canvas

Fritz Desroches
February 5 – 28
Artist Statement:

Fritz W. Desroches was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts.  After completed 20 years in the US Army, he retired and stayed nearly 30 years in Germany.  In February 2013, he returned to the USA, where he joined the Workhouse Arts Association in Lorton, VA and the Art a la Carte Occoquan, VA.  He is also a member of numerous Art Associations in Germany.

Techniques:  Oil and Airbrush – Oil technique:  He mostly painted with a palette knife, rendered a heavy coat of oil on canvas.  Airbrush technique:  This technique is a mixed technique of the airbrush and the brush.  Since 1989, he has self-taught in airbrush technique and has been painted intensively with the airbrush.

Motive:   Scenery somewhere in the Caribbean, landscape, seascape and photo realism.  His paintings show a colorful scene of the Caribbean’s people in their daily activities.  They show an extreme overstretched of the limbs and at the same time maintain a proportional balance of these limbs.  The way of living of these people fascinate him that he developed this unique style.  He transfers this nostalgia into a canvas full of intensive colors, movements and happiness.

Exhibition:  Throughout Germany, US and France 

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