Broadway Gallery Exhibit November 12th - December 10th

Broadway Gallery Presents, “Back To Nature – Paintings From Life”, An Exhibition And Artist Demonstration, Featuring The Landscape And Still Life Paintings Of Local Artists, Christine Lashley And Trisha Cherrington Ratliff.

Show dates: Saturday, November 12 - December 10, 2011
Address: 5641-B General Washington Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 Phone: 703-354-2905. 

Phone: 703-354-2905

Reception: Saturday, November 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Artists’ talk/demonstrations: Saturday, November 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with drawing demo by Trisha Ratliff and painting demo by Christine Lashley. Artist reception will feature wines from Paradise Springs Winery located in Clifton, Virginia. Gallery 

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (October 11, 2011) - Don’t miss the opening of Broadway Gallery’s, “Back to Nature – Paintings from Life” exhibit featuring the new paintings of local artists and instructors, Christine Lashley and Tricia Cherrington Ratliff.  This event is free and open to the public.
Both artists return to their love of nature with an exhibition of landscape and still life paintings that range from beautiful impressionistic landscapes of Virginia and the Potomac River to expressive compositions of fresh fruit and flowers. A common talent that both artists share is their keen ability to paint from life. Through the direct observation and study of their subjects, both artists capture a special “realness” in their paintings that leave a lasting impression on the viewer. Painting life’s memories and experiences are also uniting themes in this show which are conveyed through the artist’s choice of subject matter and painting techniques.

Working in oil and watercolor, Christine Lashley loves to paint outdoors capturing fleeting light patterns and atmospheric conditions on-site. “Mother Nature is the best teacher,” Christine says. “I like to paint on location, not only to observe the scene, but to convey the intangible elements that a camera cannot capture: my feelings and emotions. The painting process then becomes an interactive one with the subject, as the scene is always changing.”  With bold color, Christine paints the immediacy of the moment, rendering her images with wet-on-wet painting techniques and flickering brushstrokes. Although realism is important in her work, creating the mood and atmosphere in a piece is essential.

As a still life oil painter, Tricia Ratliff is particularly interested in capturing the cycle of life. Therefore, painting from life not only means painting from the direct observation of the scene before her but also bringing themes from life experience to play. She says, “By combining fresh living items or organic objects with aged items, I use composition to contemplate the balance between embracing the present, remembering the past, and my own hope of leaving something for the future.” Her still life compositions are purposeful and inviting. By combining traditional painting methods with contemporary colorist techniques to capture intended moods, Tricia draws the viewer into quiet spaces that are satisfying and tangible.

Broadway Gallery is family owned and operated and is a complete art service that has been providing quality fine art and custom picture framing services to the Washington, D.C. area since 1978. The gallery is located inside the capitol beltway off Edsall Road.

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