“VIENNA GOLD: Inspired by Klimt” Art Exhibition
Dates:  October 1-26, 2018
Opening Reception and Meet the Artists: Friday, October 5, 5-8pm

Arlington, VA – “VIENNA GOLD: Inspired by Klimt” is a special exhibit at Gallery Underground during October. This sumptuous show features the art of Jackie Afram, Elizabeth Hudgins, Kat Jamieson, Linda Maldonado, Elise Ritter, Anna Schalk, and Deborah Taylor.

Just as the Impressionists put Paris on the map, innovative painter Gustav Klimt and his fellow artists did the same for Vienna. This year, 2018, Vienna and other European capitals are celebrating a 100th year anniversary tribute to Klimt and his Viennese Modernist colleagues.

The inspiration for this show, Klimt led this important art movement, which rebelled against the classical style of painting prevalent in Europe at the time, and set new standards for portraiture, landscape paintings, and abstraction.

Come to experience art that is beautiful, provocative, and lavish…unlike paintings and jewelry you will see elsewhere.

As an added feature of this exhibit, participating artists will give talk/demos on three Saturdays during the show’s run:

Saturday, October 6

11am — Celebrating Gustav Klimt, featuring a tour through Vienna’s Art Museums – Elise Ritter

The Viennese Modernist movement includes evocative landscapes, portraiture, non-representational and representational elements, and decorative forms, as well as Art Nouveau, Symbolism, and Ravenna-inspired mosaic color explorations…often accented with gold. Contributing artist Elise Ritter recently returned from Vienna, and will discuss paintings by Klimt and his colleagues from the Belvedere palace, the Leopold museum, the Secession building, the Kunsthistorische museum, and the MAK (Museum of applied art).

1pm — Painting With Oil Markers and Bars on Stone Paper – Jackie Afram

Oil bars, markers and stone paper are made for each other: the bars and markers slide so smoothly that you draw and paint at the same time. During this demonstration, Jackie will create a landscape or still life using these intriguing materials.

Saturday, October 13

11am — Celebrating Gustav Klimt – Elise Ritter   (see above description for details)

1pm — Layer, Shapes and Marks – Anna Schalk

A multimedia artist who paints in water media, oil and cold wax on paper, canvas or wood, Anna will focus on movement as she addresses each subject which determines both the medium and the support surface.  Using layers of color and shapes with strong strokes to allow the rhythm to engage the viewer’s eyes, each painting reflects Anna’s own journey into mindfulness and the desire to engage in “what is” in the moment.

Saturday, October 20

11am — Patterns and Overlays in Klimt’s Artwork – Linda Maldonado

Explore the rich vocabulary of symbols and patterns used by Gustav Klimt in his art and how it has inspired our “Vienna Gold” show artists. We’ll examine details in Klimt’s paintings that sometimes elude the hasty observer yet reward the patient viewer, and see how our artists have used their own approach to creating patterns and symbols.

1pm — Explore the Vibrant World of Alcohol Ink – Deborah Taylor

Interested in learning about the fun and colorful effects possible with alcohol inks? Discover this exciting medium with painter Deborah Taylor who will explore several techniques to create beautiful small paintings on non-porous surfaces (Yupo, tile, etc.).

Along with new works by Gallery members, also featured is member artist Carol Waite.

First Fridays (first Friday of every month), Gallery Underground hosts an art reception FREE and open to all from 5-8pm. This members’ art gallery features paintings, sculpture, clay work, jewelry, mixed media and photography; each month the entire gallery changes its exhibit and presents a new show from its talented local members. Gallery Underground’s monthly opening receptions are part of Crystal City’s Art Underground “First Friday” events where you can also jam at ArtJamz Underground, take a stroll along the Fotowalk, and catch a show at Synetic Theater

Gallery Underground anchors the visual arts component of Crystal City’s Art Underground, and serves as the main gallery space for the 150-member Arlington Artists Alliance. In addition to its monthly rotating exhibitions, Gallery Underground hosts a variety of community events, like lunchtime paint-ins, monthly Painting Uncorked classes, and dance and musical performances. This gallery has been voted “Best Art Gallery” in Arlington Magazine’s “Best of Arlington” survey, and was selected “Best Gallery, Crystal City” by Washingtonian Magazine.

For more information about Gallery Underground events, visit www.galleryunderground.org. Located in the Crystal City Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202, this visual arts venue showcases the work of established and emerging regional artists. It is sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA), in partnership with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID), and JBG Smith.

Gallery Hours:  Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm

Metro accessible. Parking is available in metered spots on nearby streets and in public garages, which are free all day Saturdays and after 4pm on weekdays.

An Arlington Artists Alliance Gallery
Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

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The Arlington Artists Alliance is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts and in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, Gallery Underground and Studios Underground are supported by JBG Smithand Crystal City Business Improvement District (CCBID). For more information about the Arlington Artists Alliance members, exhibits, and programs, visitwww.arlingtonartistsalliance.org