Arpi Sahr

My work oscillates between two idioms, the representational and the abstract, with abstraction exerting the stronger pull.

While working on a piece of geometric abstraction, for example, be it in oil, ink, pencil, pastel or assemblages of found objects, a rhythm develops in which body, mind and time feel synchronized. In this synchronicity one feels grounded, secure and serene. If I as the maker and you as the viewer experience this satisfying suspension in time the work has succeeded.

I like to work in a small format because I want my work to be portable in the way that an icon is portable, so that one can wrap it and take it along.

My fine arts studies were under the tutelage of Washington Artists, Thelma Costikyan, Danni Dawson, Bob Hof and Jennie Lea Knight, respectively. I have a BA in The History of Art from The George Washington University, 1972.

 

Bradley Gay

Email:  bradley.gay@aol.com
Website:  www.bradleygay.com

Bradley Gay (b. 1987) is an abstract and conceptual visual artist based in Washington, DC known for his work involving the juxtaposition of natural mechanics and the introduction of new processes and media; thus, facilitating the emergence of experimentation and the release from the confines of theory. While creating as a child, Bradley felt a presence around him that not only required listening, but also translating. To him, art is the language of the unspoken; therefore, Bradley’s objective is to communicate this paradigm in an abstract context while providing an experience for the viewer, be that strikingly uncomfortable, profoundly memorable, or simply void of contact.

Most recently, he is expanding upon his process via architectural media implementation and appropriation to color palette manipulation, while studying the oscillation of the fluidity, balance, and drama of destruction, reconstruction, metaphorical matter, and subliminal isolation. Furthermore, his current practices focus on environmental awareness, meteorological and physical processes, and natural phenomena.

 

Jody Clarke

Email: jodyclarke.wh@gmail.com

I have always liked to draw and create. Since my childhood on a small farm in rural Maryland, I have felt an affinity for plants and animals and am continually fascinated by the beautiful lines, shapes and colors of the natural world.

As an adult working and raising a family in Arlington, I would occasionally draw or paint. When my youngest child moved away, hit by a wave of creative energy, I began to pick up every interesting branch, seed pod and vine I came across in the woods and parks. I would augment these with beads, buttons, and ribbons to create hanging sculptures and sun catchers that showcased the innate elegance of the natural structure. Over time, I began using small pieces of metal, glass and plastic (all gleaned from the curbs of Arlington) in these works as well.

Currently, I am creating collages using torn paper mostly repurposed from magazines. For subjects I use photos taken of trees, fungi, fallen leaves and whatever else catches my eye as I walk. As with the hanging art, these collages celebrate the aesthetic of the natural world, which is my ongoing inspiration.

 

Rebecca Salzinger

Email:  rebeccasalzinger@gmail.com

I enjoy creating beautiful works of art using watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pastels. Like many artists, my interest in painting began as a young girl using crayons and watercolors. I was born in Richmond, Va and lived my early life on a farm with a large family in Hanover. As an adult I took classes in art at American University during the summers off from teaching math in Fairfax County.

Once retired, I enrolled in the many local art classes available in the Northern Virginia area thru Arlington Adult Ed, The Art League, NVCC, and other art programs.

Encouraged by my aunt, a watercolor artist in Richmond, Va., I joined the Arlington Artist Alliance so I could explore more community activities that were available. I am also member of the McLean Art Society, and the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. I enjoy the challenge of painting landscapes, flowers, and abstracts. I have been juried into many art shows in the local area and my works hang in many locations in Northern Virginia. I continue to enjoy the challenging field of art.

 

Z. Pashaei

Email:  zpashaei1@gmail.com

I am a Washington D.C. native who loves art, nature, and good food. Living now in Arlington, I enjoy experiencing the unique cultures of our diverse city and am happy to be a member of a growing art community.  As an artist, I believe that sustainability and recycling are important and I find inspiration for art materials in ordinary day-to-day items, such as magazines. The paper mosaics I create utilize several hundred small magazine pieces which are glued together to create a mirage of life-like forms. Like putting together a puzzle, this requires many hours of persistence and visual intuition to finish. In addition, to creating paper mosaics, I find great joy in stippling portraits of iconic celebrities.