Organic Elements Opens at 868 Vineyard, Group Show Featuring 8 Artists

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On December 6, 2014, 868 Vineyard will open Organic Elements, a group show featuring Color8Art, the work of eight abstract painters; Ana Elisa Benavent, Lisa Bohrer, Lesley Clarke, Susan Carey, Maruka Carvajal, Jane Johnson, Katie Joselow, and Kay Walsh. All of the pieces in the show will be executed on 12”x12” cradled wood panels, uniting the works by size and format while allowing the individual voice, vision & color of each artist to speak for itself, each piece priced at just $250.

WHO:    Color8Art at 868 Vineyard
WHAT:         Organic Elements
WHEN:         Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:00-4:00 PM     
WHERE:     868 Vineyard, 14001 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132

Organic Elements is a nod to the notion of the five essential elements. For its vast complexity, all of creation could be reduced to earth, wind, fire, water and quintessence. The show gives each artist the opportunity to respond to this idea in their own way - the conflicts, combinations, pushes and pulls at the root of a greater whole.

When the eight artists came together to form Color8Art, the proficient use of color is one of the primary techniques the eight artists reveal in their inspired mixed media applications. While all eight artists use painting as their primary medium, each has their own unique quality.

Using color to express emotion is the goal for Ana Elisa Benavent; joy, love, sorrow, frustration, and excitement. She connects colors to emotions and feelings that create a conversation on canvas. She considers the understanding of feelings and their deeper meanings to be an important part of her practice.

Using exuberant colors and great gestural movement, Lisa Bohrer, express her deep passion for the natural world that surrounds her. Her work is a response to her feelings when out in nature; wonder, joy, and awe. Bohrer tries not to imitate it but simply seize its’ beauty.

Susan Carey enjoys the physicality and spontaneity of painting. She says that her work “evolves from [her] staying in the moment and becoming one with what naturally develops.” She hopes to take her viewers on a journey through her work.

Through the use and combination of contour lines, shapes and colors, Maruka Carvajal hopes to share her multicultural background. Her paintings are generally about urban impressions, but in her latest series she focuses on geometric compositions to express various sensations.

A quote from Constantin Brancusi is the explanation of Lesley Clarke’s artistic credo; “Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.” Her work attempts to reflect the conflicts and contrasts of the world, those that words cannot explain. She believes that art has the power to express the relationships between these human experiences.

Building layer upon layer, Jane Johnson works heavily in color, pattern and texture to create floral, figurative and abstract paintings. She enjoys the creating imagery that often is hard to distinguish and enjoys the conversations that engage viewers in understanding what she was trying to share.

Katie Joselow considers herself an “acrobat of color, swinging from shape to shape, walking a tight rope of line, responding in the moment to the energy of colors and the spontaneity of line.” Creating bold colorful and gestural works, she often considers her work a circus of imagery.

Stemming from a career in graphic design, Kay Walsh enjoys combining unique materials and techniques. Layering in depth and concept, she enjoys developing a narrative that could relate to any of her viewers. She consistently allows for her imagination to take control and considers curiosity and humor to be the foundation of her work.

868 Vineyard, located in the heart of Virginia wine country, was recently named in Washington Post’s top picks for its’ restaurant Grandale. The vineyard boasts wine in the varietals of Pinot Grigio, Rose’, Chardonnay, Merlot and others. Since its’ inception over two years ago, the vineyard has shared its’ space with local artists. Past artists include, Marsha Staiger, Octavia Frazier and Andrea Cybyk.

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