Studio Gallery Opens Vegetation Ceremonies

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Solo Exhibition Featuring Carol Rubin

On February 4, 2015, the Studio Gallery (2108 R St. NW) will open Vegetation Ceremonies, a solo show featuring the oil paintings on canvas, prints, and collage of Carol Rubin. She explores plant life and a variety of other subjects, to discover essential rhythms, forces and interconnections; yielding active, powerful paintings, rooted in abstract expressionism. The show, which runs through Saturday, February 28, 2015, will open with a public reception for First Friday on Friday, February 6, 6-8 PM.

WHAT:         Vegetation Ceremonies featuring Carol Rubin
WHEN:         Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – Saturday, February 28, 2015    
WHERE:     Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Rubin equates her painting process to the energetic life of plant, “twisting branches, color filled blossoms emerging with raw power, a world of natural forces struggling and winning.” The show’s title is taken from a note in T.S. Eliot’s poem, Waste Land, about ancient “vegetation ceremonies” which are rituals performed for assurance of abundant growth. Rubin is fascinated with the ritual and performs her own ritual with large paintbrushes and strong gestures, allowing plenty of drips and spills which capture nature in bold abstraction.

Raised in the south, Rubin was drawn to the undulating forms of Live Oaks, hanging moss and verdant growth. Rubin works in oil using vivid color, strong compositions and aggressive brushwork. Rubin received her BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 1975. She studied art at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and received the Certificate of Achievement at the Washington Studio School, Washington DC, in 2009.

Studio Gallery showcases contemporary art in a variety of mediums, including painting, installation, sculpture, mixed media, and video. They represent over 35 artists, both American and International, who live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Their artists exhibit in solo, duo, and group shows, as well as in special exhibitions at several local venues.

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