March 5, 2015 at 10:44 am EST | by Justin Peligri
galleries, gay news, Washington Blade

‘Day’s End’ by Barbara French Pace. (Photo courtesy Waverly Street Gallery)

Touchstone Gallery (901 New York Ave., N.W.) hosts “Sprout” in galleries A and C, with member artists presenting works of color and pattern illuminated by spring light.

“Color: Painting by Mary D. Ott” in Gallery B is a new series of paintings created using embroidery yarn dipped in acrylic paint. Both exhibits take place from March 4-29, with an opening reception March 6 from 6-8:30 p.m. and coffee and cake on March 22 from 2-4 p.m.

In April, the gallery hosts “Connect/Disconnect,” featuring new paintings by Marcia Coppel, as well as “Slow Walking in New York,” a collection of photographs in which the artist uses his own disability advantageously to look at things slowly on the streets of New York City. Both April exhibits are open from April 1-26, with an opening reception April 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. and an encore reception April 25 from 2-4 p.m.

Foundry Gallery (1314 18th St., N.W.) hosts “Anticipation,” a series of mysterious watercolor scenes from around the world by Katherine Blakeslee from March 4-29 with an opening reception March 6 from 6-8 p.m.

The Freer Gallery of Art (1050 Independence Ave., S.W.) hosts “Seasonal Landscapes in Japanese Screens” in Gallery 5 starting March 7. The exhibit features blooming cherry trees in a selection of folding screen paintings that combine 16th- and 17th-century ink painting techniques from China with vibrant colors from Japanese painting.

The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum (701 21st St., N.W.) will officially open its doors March 21 and features the following exhibits: “Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories” includes more than 100 pieces of clothing and fabrics demonstrating the power and prestige of textiles. “Seat of Empire: Planning Washington, 1790-1801” uses historical maps to share stories about the early experiment in D.C. urban layout, designed in the 1790s by Pierre L’Enfant. “The Civil War and the Making of Modern Washington” tracks the city’s evolution over time through maps, prints and illustrations.

The Art Museum of the Americas hosts two exhibits this spring. The F Street Gallery (1889 F St., N.W.) presents “Fordlandia: The Lost City of Henry Ford” on view March 11 through May 1 with an opening reception on March 11 at 6 p.m. The exhibit marks the first in the series, Megalomania. The photos, completed in 2012, depict the remnants of Fordlandia, an American town coming back to life built by Henry Ford in the Brazilian rainforest. The museum also presents “Libertad de Expresion,” on display from Feb. 19 through June 7, an exhibit exploring cultural diplomacy and Cold War politics through contemporary Latin American art.

New additions to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, “American Origins” (8th and F streets N.W.) continue to be on display through Nov. 1. The pieces include paintings of Ted Turner, Maya Angelou, Marvin Hamlisch and William Dunlap, a bronze sculpture of Richard Morris Hunt photographs of Domingo and Carmen Ghirardelli, Gary Cooper, Busby Berkeley, B. B. King, Quincy Jones and the Jackson 5. Also on display at the gallery starting March 13 are Elaine de Kooning’s portraits of friends and family. The exhibit includes depictions of well-known Americans including poets Frank O’Hara and Allen Ginsburg and choreographer Merce Cunningham.

The Waverly Street Gallery (4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Md.) presents “Transitions” featuring nature-inspired abstract prints and print constructions by Barbara Bickley. The exhibit is open from March 10- April 4. The opening reception takes place March 13 from 6-9 p.m., and an artist demo takes place March 28 from 3-5 p.m.  The gallery also presents “Cadence,” an art exhibit featuring minimalist, rhythmic photography by Barbara French Pace from April 7-May 2. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday. An opening reception will be held April 10 from 6-9 p.m.

The National Museum of Women (1250 New York Ave., N.W.) continues its exhibit on the Virgin Mary, “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea,” through April 12. It brings together many facets of Mary’s identity and features art from renowned international art museums including the Vatican Museums and the Uffizi Gallery.

Man Ray-Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare is an exhibit at the Phillips Collection (1600 21st St., N.W.) open now that runs through March 10 and explores the intersection of art and science that defined art at the beginning of the 20th century. This exhibit marks the first time that the original plaster, wood, papier-mache and string models from the Institut Henri Poincare in Paris, Man Ray’s photographs, and the Shakespearean Equations paintings they inspired will be displayed side by side. Man Ray’s work was created in Hollywood in the late 1940s.

The Zenith Gallery (1429 Iris St., N.W.) hosts Culture Cluster to celebrate its 37th anniversary through March 28. There will be two opening receptions to meet the artists today (March 6) from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 2-6 p.m.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (700 Independence Ave., S.W.) continues to host “Days of Endless Time,” an exhibit on the second floor including 14 installations offering prismatic vantage points to counter today’s 24/7 flow of information and digital media obsession. The exhibit closes April 6. Themes include escape, solitude and enchantment. For more information, visit

The Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave., S.E.) continues to host “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” through the spring and summer, closing Sept. 12. The exhibit commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and features audiovisual stations throughout the exhibit presenting archival footage and interviews with contemporary interviews with civil rights leaders.

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