In the Pink
We're all in the need of good health and fine spirits. Restore your wellbeing and outlook by viewing my exhibit at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive. Fourteen pieces are on display through the end of October, each with a shade of pink. What color is your pink?
Strongin/Collection -- Exhibition and Reception
Wrapping 2021! My works and those of one of my studio mates occupied the two floors of a new gallery on Book Hill in Georgetown. By juxtapositing our paintings, the gallerist posited the exploration of surface/depth, micro/macro, inside/outside. The BODIES considered include the human form, celestial constructs, and cellular organisms.
The exhibit was favorably reviewed in the Washington Post by Mark Jenkins. Here's an extract pertaining to my work:
"Stylistically, the two artists paired in 'Bodies: Sections and Reflections' are another odd couple [relative to other exhibits reviewed by Jenkins]. Most of Linda Button’s contributions to the Strongin/Collection show are realistic oil paintings, while the bulk of Shanthi Chandrasekar’s are tightly patterned abstract drawings. What the duo share, aside from a Bethesda studio, is an interest in multiple dimensions.
Button often portrays mannequins as seen through shop windows whose glass distorts and layers the image. Reflections of things outside of the display intrude on the central objects, adding to the sense of ephemerality. Sometimes, people can be glimpsed within the picture, but always in a secondary role. The showroom dummies upstage the humans, but also stand in for them. The mannequins are as real as anything else in the paintings, whose essential subject is the flickering charm of illusion."
Baltimore is the home of the Calvert School, whose curriculum was taught to me by my mother for grades one to three while we lived in Venezuela. Baltimore is also the home of an auspicious new gallery on an historic square. InSquare Art (19 S Stricker Street) displayed seven of my pieces along with the work of four other artists in "Urban Tales," October 27 - December 8, 2019.
Richard & Lois England Gallery
"The Urban Landscape" was on view 14 September 2019 - 16 January 2020, at Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle Street, Washington, DC. Fifteen of my pieces were included in this group exhibit. All of my series--Window Dressing, Becoming, and Silhouettes--are represented.
Corner Store on The Hill
November-December 2018, Women by Women at the Corner Store Art Gallery (900 South Carolina Avenue, SE, Washington, DC) featured three of my oil-on-linen paintings, as well as collages and monotypes. As can be supposed given my preoccupation with mannequins, all had to do with ersatz women.
Avatar Mini Doc
See below "Avatars," a short documentary created by Lillian Damico and Lai Sanders. They gently filmed and interrogated me as part of their class at Docs in Progress, Silver Spring, MD. Thanks to Two Cats Productions!
"Demigods and Superheroes" was on display at the Takoma Park Community, Takoma Park, MD, July-September 2017. The exhibit featured journalists, an astronomer, comedians, Gohan, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Not my Superhero. Merciful Minerva!!
Six of my pieces, replete with real and fanciful bodies, were part of "Hidden Figures", a group exhibit at the Hill Center Galleries, on Capitol Hill, May 4- June 25, 2017.
I entered She's the One in the April 2016 all-media show at Artworks in Richmond VA, where it was awarded first prize. Ironically and amazingly, the juror, Frederick Chiriboga, and I both attended 8th grade at Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, Colombia. Need I say the jurying was "blind"? Fred has a magnificent studio on Broad Street in Richmond that I intend to visit repeatedly.
She's the One was also awarded Best in Show at The Studio Door "Fashion" exhibition in San Diego, CA, March 2016.
Beauty and the Beast was on display at the Wells Gallery, Kiawah Island, SC, January 2016.
Reconfiguring and Spice Bomb were accepted in the May 2015 "Red" exhibit at the Gallery Underground in Arlington, VA. The first piece--of gals ostensibly searching for their heads--was awarded first prize by the juror, Frank Eber.
Sanguine was accepted in the February 2015 Women's Caucus for the Arts exhibit at the Westbeth Gallery on Bethune Street in New York City. The show was entitled "Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity and Access." My statement for the exhibit touted the seeming invisibility of financial disability, a predicament affecting an alarming number of people across the full spectrum of abilities.
Ex Libris made an enthusiastic appearance on the East coast at the Principle Gallery's "Women Painting Women" exhibit in Charleston, SC, September 2014. There is catalog of the exhibit, as well as a YouTube slideshow.
Collapsible Shoulder appeared in The Art League's June 2014 Neo-Expressionism All-Media Exhibit in Alexandria, VA.
Ex Libris was on display at the June 2014 exhibit in Sebastopol, CA, called Bibliophoria III. Excellent convergence of my art and library careers!
In January 2014, Stand by your Man was awarded first prize at the Wells Gallery juried show on Kiawah Island, SC.
My October 2013 solo show, Becoming, was at the Foundry Gallery in DC. My work has been exhibited in four other solo shows and a variety of juried group shows.
The Caramel boutique on U Street, DC, was the bespoke location for my spring 2013 solo show called Window Licking.
In 2010, I was commissioned to paint Ruth Kassinger's conservatory for the cover of her book, Paradise under Glass. Her publisher, HarperCollins, purchased the rights to use the image of the painting for both the book's hardback and paperback editions.