Upcoming Gallery Events
July 5- August 26
The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will be presenting the remarkable works of Mary Edna Fraser. Rising Tides will feature several of Fraser’s masterfully-made batiks, a form of Eastern textile design predating the written word, depicting Mary Edna Fraser’s perception of various threatened regions of the globe.
Fraser is known for her monotypes, aerial photography, and large scale batiks on silk. An international traveler, Fraser works collaboratively with artists, geologists and scientists, teaching, lecturing, and adding to her extensive collection of artworks. She takes advantage of not only her family plane to produce her aerial photography, but she also draws inspiration from satellite images, maps and sailing charts; all of which are the artistic foundation for her batiks on silk. Her unique approach to batik includes painting rather than washing dye onto the silk. Rising Tides serves as an artistic documentation of the world’s changing climate and environment.
TOGETHER: The Work of Paula Ballo Dailey and Brian Dailey
May 16-June 24, 2017
Artist & Curator Talk: May 31st, 6:30-8:00PM
March 17-May 5, 2017
Benefit Event: April 28, 2017 (click HERE to purchase your Benefit ticket)
PAST GALLERY EVENTS
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January 13-March 4, 2017
Check out this terrific review of Us + Them = U.S. from Mike Iacovone at Bmore Art!
November 16-December 21, 2016
CONSIDER YOURSELF ILLUMINATED FEATURED IN THE WASHINGTON POST!
Saturday, December 10, 3:30-5:30 pm
Curated By Elizabeth Crisman
Please join us for wine, refreshments and stimulating conversation with Curator Elizabeth Crisman and the artists of our current exhibition: Consider Yourself Illuminated.
Saturday, October 15 3:30-5:30 pm
Curated By Spencer Dormitzer and Nehemiah Dixon III
Please join us for wine, refreshments and stimulating conversation from the participaing artists and curators from the exhibition: LIFE SOUNDTRACK: PRINCE – BOWIE &… Already seen and admired by hundreds of art lovers in the DMV! Please take this wonderful opportunity to view the show and meet the brilliant participants of this special show.
A NIGHT OF TWO PERFORMANCES
Thursday, October 20 6:30-8:30 pm
Curated By Spencer Dormitzer and Nehemiah Dixon III
Please join Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery for a memorable night of not one, but TWO performances by the district’s most innovative and thoughtful artists.
HELOISA ESCUDERO – Select by the Translated Movement:
The idea for this performance originates from observing people’s body language on the subway in NYC who are really into their music. I am mesmerized by their head bopping, their feet tapping, and in some case just full out dancing that occasionally happens in public. At times I observe their body language and try to figure out what song they were listening to that is creating such a spontaneous reaction. This subway guessing game kept my rides interesting for me. Select By The Translated Movement is a performance in the form of interactive audience trivia. I become the person in the subway who is dancing to Prince and Bowie’s music and the audience becomes me.
KELLY KING & CONTRADICTION DANCE – Thrive:
Thrive is a dance-based reaction to the visual art of LIFE SOUNDTRACK: Prince – Bowie &… A Visual Response to Musical Loss. Kelly King and Contradiction Dance abstract the product of others’ grief, sorrow, joy, and remembrance made material and add our own raw, visceral, elegant dancing bodies to create an intimate, live performance demanding that we all do as these musical legends did when they were alive – THRIVE.
In conjunction with Thrive, Kelly King will offer a special Moving Dialogues workshop at Smith Center on Thursday, October 27th from 6:30-8:00pm. Click here to learn more and register.
A $5.00 donation is suggested, white wine and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please click HERE.
OUTSIDE-IN ARTIST & CURATOR TALK
Saturday, August 20 3:30-5:30 pm
MURDACH, NAKONECZNY, TOKYO, WHEELER
Curated By Spencer Dormitzer and Dolly Vehlow
Please join us for wine, refreshments and stimulating conversation from the participaing artists and curators from the exhibition: OUTSIDE – IN. This show is quickly being regarded as the best exhibition of the summer in the DC area! Please take this wonderful opportunity to view the show and meet the artists and curators.
July 29 – September 2, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION – Friday July 29 7:00-9:00pm
Curated By Spencer Dormitzer and Dolly Vehlow
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is proud to present OUTSIDE – IN, a group exhibition exploring the dwelling from various points of view.
Inside, outside… Interior, exterior; the world can be portrayed quite differently whether you are looking out or looking in. This amaziing exhibition invites you to look at the view of both perspectives from a very unique group of visionary artists.
Participating artists include:
–Carson Murdach investigates the cyclical nature of history so that we can prevent the repetition of past mistakes. Populated with ships, cookie-cutter homes and signs of industry, Carson Murdach’s works narrate cautionary tales of humanity’s pattern of civilization. His drawings dramatically shift from green pastoral beginnings to the thick gray smog that hangs over the careless development of sprawling urbanism. Drawing from the traditions of folk and historic landscape painting, he disrupts an otherwise picturesque scene by inserting naively rendered homes and architecture into the frame. This visual incongruity sheds light on the tension between the built environment and nature.
–Michael Nakoneczny, the internationally renowned, Richmond Va. based artist, by way of Alaska, NYC and Chicago Il. has had a stellar career, creating a solipsistic world that follows his life experiences, trials, prevails and adventures though drawing and sculpture. This will be Michael’s 1st show in the Washington area and we are excited to be the forum for this event.
-Baltimore artist Mars Tokyo has created over 200 minute structures since 2002, titled: Theatres of the 13th Dimension. These treasures are a breathtaking display of technical prowess, precise construction and audacious ideas, all condensed onto tiny stages.
“Art, in all forms, is my passion and my way of life. If I could no longer express myself through art in some manner, I would not exist.” Lee Wheeler
-Virginia native Lee Wheeler’s curious structures in the form of birdhouses move the viewer though an emotional cornucopia of wonderment, nostalgia and uneasiness. Meticulous in their edifice, abandon in their conception, Wheeler’s work will no doubt create a smile for the observer while equally force them to look behind their shoulder.
Lee’s extensive career has put his work in private collections throughout the United States and his most recent project was a 15′ x 525′ mural for the magnificent American Visionary art Museum.
This event is FREE and open to the public
OUTSIDE-IN FEATURED IN WASHINGTON POST & GREATER GREATER WASHINGTON!
TURNING GRIEF INTO HEALING, A Panel Discussion, Featuring: SAM FELDMAN and FRED SPERO of the NATIONAL WIDOWERS ORGANIZATION
SATURDAY JUNE 18th, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Please join us at the Gallery for an insightful dialogue about overcoming loss, working with grief and moving forward.
SAM FELDMAN, who lost his wife of 53 years to cancer, found himself reluctant to share his innermost feelings of sadness in mixed gender bereavement groups, and discovering many other widowers feel the same, he started a men-only group on Martha’s Vineyard. When he further researched, he found that there is a paucity of men’s groups focusing on bereavement and, drawing on his many years as an entrepreneur, established the National Widowers’ Organization, with a strong board of directors and some start-up funding. By 2011 it became clear a national effort focusing on the needs of widowers was critical to help men and was the basis for starting the NWO.
The National Widowers’ Organization educates the public about the special needs of men who have lost their spouse or life partner. This is done by promoting the development of support groups for men to manage their grief and adjust to a new life and by advocating for research into mens unique needs to deal with grief and spousal loss. It is the mission of the NWO is to make appropriate groups available nationwide to all widowers that seek support.
This discussion is in connection with the exhibition, GRETCHEN FELDMAN: The Healing Studio. This show is the 1st annual exhibition that will focus on an artist or artists’ visual response to living life with cancer. Smith Center is the only independent cancer support organization serving the population of DC. The mission of the gallery is to raise awareness of the power of the arts in our life to explore the innate connection between art and healing.
GRETCHEN FELDMAN, The Healing Studio
Please join Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery Friday, June 3rd from 7:00-9:00pm to celebrate and observe the artistic life of an extraordinary woman, Gretchen Feldman.
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, in partnership with the American Visionary Art Museum and the National Widowers Organization is proud to present this solo exhibition, the first in the Gallery’s annual commitment to present an exhibition commemorating an artist, or artists and their creative response to living with cancer. It is the mission of the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery’s to raise awareness and foster wellness to the artistic arena. This annual show will underscore this important purpose.
Gretchen enjoyed a robust professional and family life with her husband Sam and their two daughters Leigh and Dene. Known for her intellect, as well as her whimsy and wonderful sense of humor, Gretchen’s passion for art history and textiles permeated her life. Gretchen worked professionally in the restoration of textiles for museums in Baltimore, but she always found time to design and make clothes for her children.
In the midst of their productive lives, Gretchen and Sam decided to relocate to Martha’s Vineyard MA. The lush landscape and the majestic ocean views motivated her transition into a new adventure of painting and gardening. This change created an artistic explosion of color and light. Gretchen visited the studio for hours at a time only leaving to “come up for air”. Gretchen generated hundreds of vibrantly colored works – watercolors, gouache and mixed media – in numerous styles, paralleling her desire to explore to her craft.
At the age of 72, Gretchen was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. In the wake of this painful and challenging news, Gretchen’s artistic process helped her to navigate through the intense challenge of cancer. Her artwork – initially an expression of external love and nature – morphed into an internal examination of her journey. Gretchen is no longer with us, but we are fortunate to have her life’s work carry on.
We are proud to feature this artistic display of Gretchen Feldman’s work in Washington DC. We hope you will join us at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts for a reception hosted by the Feldman family.
Open June 3 – July 15
FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 7-9pm, OPENING RECEPTION!
– We invite you to join us in the official launch of the show!
TUESDAY, JUNE 14th, 6:30-8:00pm:
– Literary reading and question & answer session with author Wendy L. Miller to discuss her book, Sky Above Clouds – Finding our way through creativity, aging and illness.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH, 3:30-5:30pm
– Turning Grief Into Healing: A panel discussion on loss and life with the Chairman and Founder of the National Widowers Organization and Gretchen’s loving husband, Sam Feldman and Executive Director of The National Widowers Organization Frederick Spero.
The 4th annual Alchemical Vessels exhibition and Benefit is underway, with 125 of the District areas greatest artists creating original artwork, transforming a simple cigar box into a vessel filled with alchemy and healing!
MONDAY, MARCH 7th, Vessel Benefit tickets go LIVE!
-By making an online Benefit-Vessel contribution, individuals will gain access to the exclusive Benefit event and be given the opportunity to take home one of the fine art vessels based on the order in which they made their contribution.
There is no limit to number of vessel-benefit contributions someone can make.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18th 7-9pm, OPENING RECEPTION!
-We invite you to join us in the official launch of the show!
FRIDAY, APRIL 29th, 7-9pm, BENEFIT EVENT!
-Benefit event contribution ($150, includes selection of a vessel) or purchase a benefit event-only ticket ($50).
FRIDAY, MAY 6th 7-9pm ARTISTS’ CLOSING RECEPTION!
-We Invite friends, family and colleagues to this special culminating event of Alchemical Vessels.
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dicated faculty of teaching artists trained in AFTA’s nationally-recognized best practices. Arts for the Aging’s mission combats isolation and spreads joy to seniors who need it most. Support for this exhibition is made possible by the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., the Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C., and the Philip L. Graham Fund.
InSight: Friday, November 13th, 7-9pm. Join us at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery for InSIGHT, an art party in the dark for the IMPLICIT BIAS exhibition—an honest and powerful examination of rac
ial injustice as seen through eyes of some of the region’s most notable artists. Come early to see the work, then don your eye mask to enter a “color blind” social setting with music, drinks, and dancing.
Code Switching with Kelly King: Thursday, October 22nd, 6:30
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