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Visions - The Gallery
On November 8, 2003, International Visions
hosted an exhibition entitled "Patterns" featuring
artists Sani Bashir and Christopher Odunukwe from Nigeria,
and Yaw Oboubi and Safori from Ghana. In Gallery II, The Photographer's
Collective features photographer, George Tolbert IV.
Sani Bashir was born in 1953 in Kaduna, Nigeria.
He was admitted to the prestigious art institution at Ahmadu
Bello University Zaria, where he graduated in 1979 with distinction.
While in the US, Sani studied art at American University in
Washington, DC. He creates from his soul and his heart. His
paintings and drawings express emotions and experiences of
Christopher Odunukwe was born in Lagos,
Nigeria, and is a native of Anambra State in eastern Nigeria.
He has been exhibiting his works throughout Nigeria for the
past seven years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Industrial Physics from the University of Benin
in 1999, he decided to pursue his early passion for art.
Yaw Oboubi, "At the Summit"
Artist, Yaw Oboubi form Ghana, West Africa,
who has shown at the gallery many times, created new ‘yarn
paintings’ that achieve the effect of depth perception
and brush strokes through altering the texture of the yarn.
Safori interprets musical themes, African
village life, and male and female interactions through his
paintings. He is a self-taught artist from Ghana who also
uses woodcarving, charcoals, and oils
to express his visions. Safori redesigns traditional images
into contemporary forms.
George Tolbert IV is a professional photographer with 29
years of photographic experience. He is currently the Official
United States Senate photographer- the first African-American
in that position. George is also the Vice President of the
Exposure Group; the African-American Photographers Association.
His images have been seen in such publications as Time Magazine,
Newsweek, Jet, The Washington Post, and the New York Times.
"A Bit of a Lot" and "A
On December 3, 2003, International Visions in association
with The Photographer's Collective is pleased to announce
the opening of two photographic art exhibits "A Bit of
a Lot" by Konrad Pearlman and "A Great Excuse"
by Shannon Savage.
Konrad Pearlman has been photographing
since 1958. His initial efforts were as an adjunct to his
post-graduate work in city planning at the Yale School of
Art and Architecture. Exposed to all of the visual arts there
- painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and architecture - he
began to think visually.
photographs explore many different areas - abstractions of all
kinds, color, patterns, architecture, junk, and people engaged
in everyday life, work, and sports. He photographs in both black
and white and color and uses digital scanning and image enhancement.
He is dedicated to photographing that which is neither immediately
apparent and observable, nor obvious subject matter.
Shannon Savage combines the photographic fruits of her travels
throughout the U.S. including Arizona, Nantucket, the Great
Lakes region, and the Florida Keys, with her photographs from
abroad; Hong Kong, Finland, Great Britain, France, and Ireland.
In this exhibition, entitled "The Great Excuse"
her subject matter gravitates towards landscape and architectural
photography, although she hasn't locked herself into any single
category. She studied various forms of art - painting, pottery,
pen and ink, and woodworking - in search of a true passion
and discovered all over again how much joy photography had
always brought her. As a traditionalist photographer, Savage
is interested in the production of images without digital
manipulation. Her work further reveals her interest in capturing
the finer textures and layers in an image that cannot be matched
through digital photography.
past October 2003, International Visions - The Gallery exhibited
the paintings of Annapolis-based artist Betty Murchison. Her
show entitled "Figurative Mood Paintings" included
twenty acrylic on canvas paintings.
Betty Murchison, "Remember"
Betty Murchison is a native of Chicago, Illinois,
where she has exhibited several times. She has worked and
exhibited primarily in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Philadelphia
areas for over twenty-five years. Betty is a graduate of D.C.
Teachers College and Trinity College in Washington, DC.
Betty Murchison says, "I have spent a
lifetime working with fragmented "real stories about
relationships and the emotions that accompany then such as
passion, love, sadness, solitude and loneliness."
Betty Murchison, "Waiting"
The artist was further quoted, "I always
begin a new work with the certainty that a figure will emerge
which causes the excitement that encourages me to bring a
canvas to life. This new body of work was painted in that
manner. Most of the paintings are more fully figurative, less
gestural and have smooth and more even brushstrokes and color
than some of my previous work."
Her paintings were eloquently described by
art critic and writer for the Washington Post, Jessica Dawson
(October 16,2003), as detailing "the quotidian rituals
of African American women and girls. Whether flirting, lounging
or chatting her subjects enjoy quiet, anticipatory moment
before the action happens."
Land, & Culture
Days/ 17 Nights
Visions - The Gallery invites you to join our July and August
2004 tour of Australia. This unique tour affords the opportunity
to meet indigenous artists who paint the stories of their
"Dreamtime Ancestors" considered to be the oldest
unbroken cultural information in the world, and paradoxically,
the latest international art movement.
Australian tour leader, Joc Schmiechen has worked extensively
with the Aboriginal people and shares his passion for educating
the world on this deeply rich culture
Day 1 and 2, the tour will fly out of New
York/ Los Angeles to Adelaide. In flight we cross the International
Date Line and "lose" a day. On Day 3
we arrive in Adelaide, the capital of Australia, a comprehensive
orientation helps to welcome the group. Day 4,
the tour is afforded the opportunity to meet with Adelaide-based
On Day 5, the tour flies to Ayers Rock, known
as Uluru. On Day 6, the tour then travels by
charter plane to Alice Springs. The touring of Alice Springs
continues through Day 7. On Day 8,
the tour flies onto Darwin and then to Kununurra. Days
9 through 11 includes visits to Grotto Rock, Middle
Creek, Red Rock art Gallery, the Emu Creek Community, Valentine
Creek, Black Rock Falls, Turkey Creek, Crocodile Hole, and the
Lost City. On Day 12, the tour visits Darwin,
home to a broad range of specialist Aboriginal art galleries.
On Day 13, the tour charters a scenic flight
from Darwin to Bathurst and Melville Islands, known as the Tiwi
Islands. On Day 14, the tour flies out to Gove
(Nhulunbuy) for an overnight stay. On Day 15,
the tour departs from Gove and flies out to Echo Island and
then ventures on to Mt. Borradaile. Day 16
involves touring the rock art locations at Mt. Borradaile. On
day 17, the tour takes a short flight to Injalak
for a day visit and returns by charter flight to Darwin that
evening. On Day 18, the tour departs for Sydney.
The tour enjoys the Sydney Biennale Events on Day 19.
On Day 20, the tour flies home.
For more information and further details on this tour contact
International Visions - The Gallery. (202) 234-5112
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of Exhibitions 2004
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
Photographs by Shannon Savage and Konrad Perlman
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 4
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7 -
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2004
Group Exhibition- "Abstractions Revisited" with
Kevin Cole, David Scott, George Kotchev, Nadia Kocheva,
Sheila Rotner, Lila Snow, Marsha Staiger, and Halide Salam-
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10, 2004
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2004
Group Exhibition- "Abstractions Revisited 2004 "-
Gallery I (continued)
Photographs by Leena Jayaswal-
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 7, 2004
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 -
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2004
Paintings by Preston Sampson
Paintings by Verna Hart
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6, 2004
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14 -
SUNDAY MAY 15 2004
Paintings by Almagul Menlibaeva
Paintings by Sheldon Horton
Opening Reception: Saturday,
April 17, 2004
MAY 19 -
JUNE 26, 2004
Collages by Jefferson Pinder
Paintings by Lauren Saxon
Opening Reception: Saturday
May 22, 2004
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30 -
JULY 31, 2004
The Art of Haiti (To commemorate the 200th anniversary)
Opening Reception: TBA
AUGUST- The Gallery is closed
AUSTRALIA TRIP (Schedule in this Newsletter)