Published on: Monday, November 5, 2018 Uncategorized

WHEN WORDS MEET ART Opening Reception Nov 8


It Made Sense by Eric Gordon

Art and the written word usually reside in different spheres, one appealing to the heart while the other focuses on the analytical mind.

Five artists who specialize in illustration or mixed media will explore the intersection of art and text in WHEN WORDS MEET ART, a new group exhibition at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue. An opening reception will be held with the artists on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Inspired by his love for music and city living, Eric Gordon has created a new series of colorful paintings with emotive music phrases, recycled paint scraps, and other found objects. Other paintings include abstract comic book-style panels.

Martin Graff creates amusing illustrations with captions that revel in the lighthearted and absurd in his ongoing art project called The Face Zone. “I create surreal daydreams to trip people’s imaginations,” he says. “I hope my art inspires us to notice the world through creative eyes, to ask deeper critical questions, and to enjoy the ride along the way.”

Esther Iverem has crafted doll-like figures from recycled jeans and other found objects in her suspended installation titled Olokun of the Galaxy. Olokun is an African spirit that protects the oceans and honors the millions of Africans who were forced into slavery during the Middle Passage to North America. Some dolls carry small photos of African Americans killed by state violence.

Growing up in a small fishing village in Iceland, Kolbrun Kristjansdottir was shaped by the natural beauty that surrounded her. After moving to the D.C. area, she felt overwhelmed by the last

Joan Waites is an award-winning author and illustrator who has illustrated more than 45 books. Some of her illustrations will be on display, including several books authored by Edward Allan Faine. He is the author of 19 books and is loved by kids as the “How-To Cowboy” children’s entertainer.toxic presidential campaign and wanted to share some positive messages. In her Timeless Calendar, she has paired inspiring quotes from every U.S. president with 365 of her photographs of D.C. landmarks, nature scenes, and other locales.