May 6, 2022 - June 26, 2022

It Speaks for Itself?

Wen-hao Tien & Adriel Luis

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Wen-hao Tien is an artist and educator living in Cambridge, MA. Her studio practice is rooted in language and cross-cultural observations. She notices what many do not see, and her multi- disciplinary work brings out narratives of our changing societies, and life-in-flux. Her exhibition at Gaslight Gallery showcases her investigation of a wide range of mundane materials, and how she interprets line, sculpture and painting in the inescapable beauty of nature. She says, “Although my artistic process is about honing and evolving my thoughts and emotional senses, I am more interested in how you see it. How does a particular piece speak to you? What will you say back?”

March 5, 2022 - May 1, 2022

Of Dreams and Life

Oil paintings by Johan Lowie

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From landscapes to carefully considered interior spaces, to abstracted figure studies, Lowie’s art works are deeply psychological. He starts out sketching ideas and works towards a particular mood. In the course of depicting a particular feeling, he eliminates unnecessary elements and captures that mood with a simplicity of imagery. Experience describes what we do. The texture of experience describes how we feel. In Lowie’s work, it is emotional texture above all that spurs expression. Lowie’s work challenges viewers, but that challenge gives as much as it takes. Where viewers may first encounter assertive designs and compelling compositions, they soon find themselves forced to reckon with their own relationship to the images. Viewers may not simply view his images, but digest them, integrate them, and ask themselves why they feel the way they do.

February 5, 2022 - February 28, 2022

Isolation Celebration

Kara Pugh Smith

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The Isolation Celebration show at Gaslight Gallery features over 100 Peeps, as well as hand crafted collages, and giclé prints of Peeps that Kara Pugh Smith photographed out in the world. Kara is a self-taught artist with experience in theatrical and film production. Isolation suited her just fine as she went on a creative surge over the past two years. This artful focus kept her centered and calm during the pandemic. Creating her Peeps and their world became her wellness practice. She designed sets and made props and costumes for her Peeps. It all tied into her multidisciplinary background in production, with consideration for lighting, photography, story-telling, poetry, music, and character development.

December 4, 2021 - February 4, 2022

Light of Hope

Oil paintings by Tan Armentrout

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Tan Armentrout paints all night to capture the images that fill her mind. Rivers and flowers of her native Thailand, reflective waters and forests of her Virginia home, oceans and skies of an enchanted land--Tan captures her visions of nature in land and seascapes, and still life oils on canvas. Her treatment of light and reflections inspire a sense of hope after a long night.

November 6, 2021 - December 3, 2021

Dreams During the Long Peace

Leigh Cortez with spoken word by R. Cortez

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Leigh Cortez is both an Army veteran and spouse of an active-duty combat soldier. She served on active duty with the 10th Mountain Division from 2001 to 2004. After leaving the military she pursued a tattoo apprenticeship and has tattooed professionally in addition to building a fine art career.  As a multidisciplinary artist and married to an active-duty soldier, she has lived and worked in various military towns in the United States as well as overseas. The experiences of military life and tattooing in military towns influenced the medium and message of her painted works.  Cortez’s work has recently been featured at Dulles International Airport and at the Military Women’s Memorial, formal entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.