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Exhibit Program
Ancestral Voices, Acrylic on Canvas, 72"x48"

Current Exhibit

February 13 – March 25, 2017

Exhibitor: Shanthi Chandra Sekar

 Exhibit: AKSHARA

AKSHARA is a series of paintings that depicts the connection between the sounds and symbols of languages from around the world through subtleties inherent within the mark making of the letters of the scripts. In this series, she explores the shapes of the letters in relation to the culture and its origins, including ancient and endangered languages.

Shanthi is a Maryland artist who has been drawing and painting since early childhood. Her interest in understanding different media has led her to experiment with drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and papermaking. She has also been trained in the traditional art forms of Kolam and Tanjore Style painting. While many of her works are influenced by her Indian heritage, her true inspiration comes from the mystery and majesty of the world around her; her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual.

Shanthi’s works have been displayed in a variety of locations through the Washington D.C. area, New York City and India. She has won the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award 2013 and 2016 for Works on Paper. She was awarded the Individual Artist grants from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD in 2009, 2013 and 2016.  She also won the Maryland Traditions Master Apprentice Award to teach Kolam drawing in 2010. Her work has been purchased by the DC Art Bank from 2013-16 to add to their collection.

She is currently the exhibits director for the galleries at the Takoma Park Community Center. She works from her studio at Studio B, Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland. 

Website:               www.shanthic.com

Blog:                   shanthichandrasekar.wordpress.com

In addition to the usual Sunday fellowship hours, exhibits can be viewed Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm in the Fellowship Hall, River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD. Please call the RRUUC office (301-229-0400) before going there to check that no conflicting activity is scheduled when you want to view an exhibit.

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Homage - Ellsworth Kelly, Yellow Orange, Flye Point, Maine

Upcoming Exhibits

March 27 – May 4, 2017

Exhibitor: Richard Levine

Exhibit: Common Ground, Explorations in Form and Color

For the past year Richard has been interested in the shared connections between architecture and color field painting.  This exhibit of recent work combines the paintings of artists who represent both the Washington and New York schools of color field painting and the vernacular architecture of rural New England and Nova Scotia.  Both occupy a very similar geometric space, a formal linear structure of squares, rectangles and triangles.  The common ground they share is one of pure function; for the color field painters the color and form become the subject, for a Maine barn, its form truly follows its function.  Neither work allows for extraneous artifact or embellishment.

Form and color in this exhibit does not exclude his love of landscape which he is including as well as work inspired by his travels both here and abroad.

Richard Levine Biography

Richard Levine, born in Newark, NJ is a painter and photographer whose professional career has spanned more than 30 years in the graphic arts working for prominent design firms and corporate clients.  A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., he later studied oil painting for four years with artists Alan Turner and Andrew Lattimore and photography with Gary Winogrand.  Additional studies were at Cooper Union and The School of Visual Arts, NYC.  Extensive travel throughout the US, Europe and Asia have formed the foundation for his personal work.  Photo documentary work has included the Darfur refugee camps in Eastern Chad for the International Medical Corps and childhood health conditions in the Mississippi Delta with the Ann E. Casey Foundation. Richard has exhibited widely on the East Coast from Virginia to Maine in both solo and group shows.  He won 2nd prize in the 2016 Bethesda Painting Awards.  He won a NY State Certificate of Merit for his exhibit: India, A Traveler’s Reflections.  In the Sept., 2016 he was featured cover artist for the Journal of Financial Service Professionals.  His documentary work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York.  He currently teaches painting at the Falls Church Art Space.

We invite you to participate!

Are you interested in fine arts at RRUUC? Whether you'd like to show your work or join the Fine Arts Committee, we welcome your participation and have provided some information.