March Featured Artists

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Julie Dzikiewicz, Malala and Maria, encaustic

Julie Dzikiewicz, Malala and Maria, encaustic (with crystals and vintage glass beads), 60×60

Building W-5 Featured Artist: “From Suffrage to Secretary of State”

March 5 – April 6

Artist Statement:

Julia Dzikiewicz’s new paintings explore feminism in both the beginnings of the suffrage movement and issues that effect modern women.  She paints large figurative works in encaustic, a beeswax based paint, and  achieves surfaces ranging from luminous to highly textured. Ms. Dzikiewicz primarily thinks of herself as a storyteller and each painting attempts to tell a tale in a dark, colorful or humorous way. She works in Studio 503 at the Workhouse Arts Center, formerly the Occoquan Prison. She started this feminism series shortly after learning the history of the Prison; it held women who dared to picket the White House with banners asking for the vote in 1917.

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.

Featured Associate Artist at the Workhouse: Karen Chin

“Something Bright… and Black & White”
Karen Chin

Artist Statement:

Paintings in oils, watercolor and acrylic were prompted by the shapes and colors in photos by Photo-Journalist David Haase.  These “Something Bright” photos were the art-prompts for a collection of 13 expressionistic works where bright, color-filled floral shapes and black and white tones share the same surface. These pieces demonstrate the artist’s inspired-view of Dave’s photographs and Karen’s love of colorful, fun compositions…which are intended to usher in Spring 2014.

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