2017: The One House Project: 220+ artists stand up for tolerance, inclusion and unity

 
 

A project of the ArtWatch collective
Led by Ellyn Weiss and Jackie Hoysted.
Exhibition supported by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts.

Over 220 artists have come together to demonstrate the power of visual communication to support true democratic values of tolerance, inclusion and openness and to resist efforts to divide us by race, gender, sexual preference, class or region. The vision of One House is for a country where we stand together.  Each artist contributed a 12” square panel dedicated to an ancestor who came to this country –  voluntarily or involuntary – or was here before the arrival of the Europeans. A structure erected in the Touchstone Gallery will be covered entirely by those panels, representing the remarkable range of diverse humanity who have combined to make the strength of America.

Exhibition dates: November 3 – 25, 2017

VIP Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 5 – 6 pm sponsored by One Eight Distilling and Acadiana Restaurant (Press and Invitation Only)
Public Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 6 – 8:30 pm
Genealogy Workshop by The Labs @DCPL: Thursday, November 9, 7 – 9pm at Touchstone Gallery
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 11, 2 – 4 pm
Art Workshop: Saturday, November 18, 1 – 3 pm

Exhibition location: Touchstone Gallery
www.touchstonegallery.com

 

 

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2017: I Belong Here – Art of the Shaw Community

 
 

In April and May of 2017 Touchstone Gallery artists worked with youth and adults at New Community ArtSpace to create works of art in a variety of media through a program called Touchstone@ArtSpace. A vibrant selection of work from the workshops will be on display at Touchstone Gallery. Touchstone@ArtSpace is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts.

Exhibition dates: July 5 – 30, 2017
Opening Reception:  Friday, July 14, 6 – 8:30 pm

Exhibition location: Touchstone Gallery
www.touchstonegallery.com

 
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2016: Handpicked III: Beyond Boundries

 
 

Works from the studio artists of The Arc presented by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts and The Arc Prince George’s County.

Like prior “Handpicked” shows, TFA invites an artist or artists who participate in community programs with well-developed art programs, and who might not otherwise have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a formal gallery, to exhibit at the Touchstone Gallery in downtown DC. For the third “Handpicked” show this December, the artists of The Arc of Prince George’s County will show their vibrant and exciting artwork.

The Arc Prince George’s Count www.thearcofpgc.org provides life enriching community, employment, residential, and day services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc is committed to partnering with community organizations to encourage engagement with the larger public in an inclusive way. Among these partners are the Brentwood Arts Exchange, a program of MNCPPC, and The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center. 

 

The Arc participants have attended workshops held at both centers, where they were introduced to new art materials, principles, and methods. In time, participants began to explore their own creative voice or avenue for self-expression. This exhibit represents the fruits of their efforts.

The mosaic project was a collaboration with teaching artist Rachel Cross. The beads used are Mardi Gras beads that were donated from The Arc New Orleans.

This exhibition is supported by the family and friends of the late Rima Schulkind, a founding member of Touchstone Gallery.

Exhibition location: Touchstone Gallery
www.touchstonegallery.com

 

 Rachel Cross (art teacher)

Rachel Cross (art teacher)

 

2016: I Belong Here – Art of the Shaw Community

 

Partnership between Touchstone Foundation for the Arts and New Community ArtSpace DC.

In March and April 2016 Touchstone Gallery artists, Maureen Squires, David Beers, Shelley Lowenstein, and Mary D. Ott worked with youth and adults at New Community ArtSpace to create works of art in a variety of media through a program called Touchstone@ArtSpace. A vibrant selection of the work produced during those workshops will be on display at the Touchstone Gallery through the end of May. Now in its second year Touchstone@ArtSpace is supported by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts.

New Community ArtSpace DC has been serving the Shaw and surrounding neighborhoods since 1999 by providing an affordable avenue for artists of all ages and walks of life to express themselves, share and gather skills, create economic opportunities and find common ground through art while adding significant value and renewal to the city. Our rich variety of programs are offered all year round and are taught by amazing working artists and experienced volunteer teachers. www.artspacedc.org

Exhibition dates: June 3 - June 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 2016 6-8:30pm

Exhibition location: Touchstone Gallery
www.touchstonegallery.com

 Ellyn Weiss, Board of Directors, Touchstone Foundation for the Arts and Rachel Dickerson, Founder and Director, New Community ArtSpace DC.

Ellyn Weiss, Board of Directors, Touchstone Foundation for the Arts and Rachel Dickerson, Founder and Director, New Community ArtSpace DC.

 

2015: Handpicked II: Works from Miriam’s Kitchen Studio Artists

 

Artists from Miriam’s Kitchen’s award-winning art therapy program, Miriam’s Studio, have been invited to exhibit their work in the upcoming “Handpicked” exhibit, presented by the Touchstone Foundation. The exhibition will run through November, 2015, and will feature work created in a variety of media, all created by chronically homeless artists served at Miriam’s Kitchen in Foggy Bottom.

“The Touchstone Foundation is an excellent partner for Miriam’s Kitchen, and the focus of the “Handpicked” exhibit mirrors our own philosophy that all artists have a place in the local arts community” said Miriam’s Kitchen’s Senior Case Manager and Art Therapist, Kate Baasch.

Miriam’s Kitchen was selected to exhibit in Touchstone Foundation’s “Handpicked” show in recognition of its therapeutic arts program, Miriam’s Studio. The program is rooted in three core values: that art therapy is an expression of human dignity, it provides disconnected individuals with a sense of belonging, and it can be an effective vehicle for guiding people towards positive change.

 

The structure of studio intentionally creates a safe space where guests can process their experiences and plan for the future, while also creating a place of belonging for right now. Each guest is free to create, share, reflect and grow. These are the ingredients that create change.

“We could not be more thrilled to invite our guests to participate in this exhibit,” said Baasch.

The Touchstone Foundation has a proud history of engaging the wider community through their programming. Including our chronically homeless artists in this show is a fantastic demonstration of the transformative power that art can bring to everyone, no matter their circumstances.” 
 

Exhibition dates: November 6 - 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 2015, 6 - 8:30 pm
Exhibition location: Touchstone Gallery
www.touchstonegallery.com

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2015: I Belong Here – Art of the Shaw Community

 

In January, March and April 2015 Touchstone Gallery artists, Paula Lantz, David Beers, Shelley Lowenstein, Mary D. Ott and Judy Giuliani worked with youth and adults at New Community ArtSpace to create works of art in a variety of media through a program called Touchstone@ArtSpace. A vibrant selection of the work produced during those workshops will be on display at the Touchstone Gallery through the end of May. Touchstone@ArtSpace is supported by a Community Arts Project grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts.

New Community ArtSpace DC has been serving the Shaw and surrounding neighborhoods since 1999 by providing an affordable avenue for artists of all ages and walks of life to express themselves, share and gather skills, create economic opportunities and find common ground through art while adding significant value and renewal to the city. Our rich variety of programs are offered all year round and are taught by amazing working artists and experienced volunteer teachers. www.artspacedc.org

Exhibition dates: May 1 - 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 2015 6 - 8:30 pm

Exhibition location: Touchstone Gallery
www.touchstonegallery.com

 David Beers, Touchstone Gallery Artist Member, Teacher for Ceramic Workshop at New Community ArtSpace DC.

David Beers, Touchstone Gallery Artist Member, Teacher for Ceramic Workshop at New Community ArtSpace DC.

 

2013: The 28th Century: The Work of Charles E. Meissner

 

Art Enables artist Charles Meissner creates intricate works mapping moments from his own life, as well as pieces about "The Fresnos", a time-traveling couple from in the 28th century who observe our 21st century activities. Charles is an expert at landscapes, often illustrating scenes with connection points throughout his personal history. The text, symbols and codes that are dotted throughout help unlock the mysteries of their locations and people featured in his work. He works quickly on whatever piece of paper is available, often scribbling his code on the margins of discarded newspapers, memos and advertisements.

Art Enables is a non-profit art studio and gallery in Washington DC for adult artists with disabilities, creating the opportunity, environment, materials, and marketing they need to succeed as professional artists. See more about the artists and their work at www.art-enables.org

Exhibition dates: November 29 - December 29, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2013 6 - 8:30 pm

Exhibition location: Touchstone Gallery
www.touchstonegallery.com

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