Newman Gallery
513 11th St., S.E.
Washington, D.C.

(202) 544-7577
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Gallery hours
Tuesday - Friday 10:30 - 5:30
Saturday 11 - 4


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Newman Gallery & Custom Frames is pleased to present once again our Annual Summer Group Show.  This is the time when we show a wide range of local and international talent working in varying styles and media.  Featured this year are some summer regulars as well as a few artists new to the gallery and returning talent.

Lisa Bennett lives and works in Havre de Grace, Maryland.  Her hand-built clay creations replicate the fine shapes and color gradations of nature, turning leaf shapes into works of art.
Byrd Bettis, currently of Capitol Hill, but soon to move back to his home in California, is displaying abstract acrylic paintings.
Don Black lives and works in Winchester, Virginia.  His realistic watercolor landscapes are finely worked images of the countryside where he resides.
Galina Chehirian, formerly of Bulgaria, now living and working in New York.  Her hand-painted glass items are functional as well as decorative.
Karen Currie is a resident of Capitol Hill.  Her first exhibition of three-dimensional assemblages was at Newman Gallery in the Fall of 1997.  She has recently had work at Union Station and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.
Cena Ivanovska, formerly of Bulgaria, lives and works in the Washington area.  Her small clay figures are a spinoff of her larger, monumental scale works.
Janet Jensen has not shown here since summer of 1995.  Her oil pastel landscapes are moving from being realistic to leaning more to impressionistic.
Joanna Klain of Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania, has not only been in every Summer Group Show, but was part of a two-person exhibition in the Spring of 1996.  Her etchings are meticulous views of her imaginary world.
Marta Levcheva of Bulgaria, creates acrylic paintings on paper.  Her work was very well received in her one-person show in February of this year.
Stephanie Sove Ney has a new body of work since she last exhibited here in the Fall of 1995.  Her work remains abstract, using texture and subtle shading in unique ways.
Elena Nikolaev, another Bulgarian transplant, creates intricate landscapes using hand-made beads.   She also uses the beads to design jewelry.
Ilia Petkov, also of Bulgaria, is showing some new works on paper, including pencil drawings and etchings.  He is scheduled to have another one-person show in November of this year.
Marcia Wolfson Ray is new to Newman Gallery.  Her pencil and ink renderings tend to be abstract and geometric.
Sharon Richardson presents scenes of her home in Mississippi.  Her realistic landscape paintings use light to transform the mundane into the magnificent.
Genevieve Roberts has been a valued part of our Summer Group Show for the past three years.  She portrays finely detailed landscapes; this years contribution created as a monotype.
Anna Meyer Zachurski is another staple of our Summer Group Show.  Always highly imaginative, her work ranges from etchings to monoprints to three-dimensional pieces.

Introducing - Shelly Smith

Newman Gallery & Custom Frames is pleased to introduce our new assistant framer.  Shelly Smith, originally from Alexandria, Indiana, has been living, working and studying in the Washington, D.C., area for over five years.  She has her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Saint Francis College, and has also taken courses at the Northern Virginia Community College as well as a Museum Exhibit Lighting course at the National Archives and Historic Preservation.  She earned her Certified Picture Framer degree from the Professional Picture Framers Association in 1995.  Some of the places Shelly has worked in the Washington area are the National Museum of American Art and the National Museum of American History, both part of the Smithsonian Institution.  She also has design and sales experience through working at Adlers Art and Frame in Lake Ridge, Virginia, and Crestwood Village Shop in Roanoke, Indiana.

Shelly looks forward to meeting and working with you.

Did you know . . .

Artists aren't always the best source for information about framing?  While their intentions are well-founded, they are not necessarily trained or well-versed in proper conservation treatment of their artwork.  While trying to keep their work affordable, they may tend to use and reuse poor quality frames and matboards, hoping only to protect and present the work until it is purchased and reframed.  It is the job of the custom picture framer to judge whether materials used are conservation quality and to work with the owner of the artwork to find the frame and mat design to best showcase the artwork.

Everyone knows that acidic matboard will yellow not only itself, but anything it touches.  In the same sense, art can be visually damaged by using mat colors and proportions and frames that compete with the art.  While the artists has a good sense of how they want their work to be viewed, it is sometimes difficult to be objective about something so personal.  Your custom picture framer is not personally involved in creating the art, and can therefore see the overall design more clearly.