Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW

Four Wednesday Studio members express the joy of life at Northern Virginia Community College gallery

Our art is now on display in Virginia. Next stop, the world.

Nancy Arbuthnot, Tara Hamilton, Eileen Leahy, and Carolyn Rondthaler all have work in a new show titled “Joie de Vivre Redux,” which opened in mid-May at the Annandale Campus of NVCC.

This show is a reprise of a juried show sponsored by the Capitol Hill Arts League in the fall of 2018. For the joie de vivre theme CHAL had invited art that invokes energy, inspires enthusiasm, causes cheerfulness, and delivers joy.

I certainly think the following works of art do just that!

Nancy Arbuthnot: Postcards from the Border. Watercolor and ink postcards on trellis.
Nancy chose the trellis and the wire basket (below) to reflect both border fencing and the necessarily creative makeshift nature of border crossings. 
Nancy Arbuthnot: Postcards from the Border. Watercolor and ink postcards installed on wire basket.
Nancy Arbuthnot: Close-up of a postcard from the border. Watercolor and ink.
Nancy Arbuthnot. Close-up of one of the postcards. Watercolor and ink.
Nancy says that the “joie de vivre” of her Postcards from the Border installation comes from the excitement of the border for those who live there. She says, “This is best exemplified by the Takata factory card—and even more by one watercolor yet to be painted, inspired by a young Mexican-American woman who said to me, when we were in a very lively cafe with pastors, students, police officers and factory workers, ‘Oh, don’t you just love the border?!'”
Tara Hamilton: Coming Home. Watercolor.
This is a painting of Tara’s granddaughter. And if this doesn’t show joie de vivre, I don’t know what does.
Eileen Leahy. Fall, Glorious Fall. Pastel.
Eileen’s title for this work speaks to the joy she found in this autumn setting.
Carolyn Rondthaler: World’s Fair 1939. Watercolor.
Carolyn painted this marvelous and joyful portrait from a family photo of her mom (center) and two aunts.
Carolyn Rondthaler: Cherry Blossoms. Mixed media.
Blossoms in springtime—one of the true joys of life.
Carolyn Rondthaler: Kanae Meets Sophia. Mixed media.
Carolyn has captured this joyful moment when a woman meets the baby of her best friend for the first time.

This exhibit is on display through June 19 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center on the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale campus at 8333 Little River Turnpike in Annandale, Virginia.

Marian Wiseman

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This entry was posted on May 26, 2019 by in Exhibitions, Gallery, Mixed media, Watercolor and tagged , , , .
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