An art professor taught me years ago that we should look at art without reading labels. Don’t let captions tell you how to respond to artwork, he said. I see the merit of that viewpoint, but personally I prefer to hear what an artist has to say about his or her inspiration. To me, artists’ words enhance their creations.
That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed the artRESTON: Imagist exhibit so much. This judged show is the latest exhibit by the League of Reston Artists, and most of the artwork is accompanied by the artists’ poetry.
The League of Reston Artists is a non-profit, all volunteer group of over 120 visual artists. LRA has been in Reston for over 45 years, and holds over 30 exhibits each year. Throughout October, LRA is hosting the Imagist exhibit at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at Lake Anne’s Reston Community Center. The show features paintings and mixed media artwork in a large variety of styles. I’m always impressed by the range of talent within our local community.
Here is a small selection of some of the pieces from this exhibit. Be sure to stop by the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne to see the full show.
A fleeting moment,
The essence of spontaneous joy,
All encompassing, caressing the body and
soul like wind-blown gauze.
We recognize the aura of happiness,
A flushing and diffuse warmth that reveals
the heartfelt contentment of the moment.
By Alessandra Ricci
Wanderer, your footsteps
are the way and nothing more;
Wanderer, there is no way,
the way is made as we walk.
By walking you make the way,
and if you turn to look behind you see
the trail that never should twice be stepped upon.
Wanderer there is no way
but foam trails on the sea.
Waterview, Lake Anne
House of straw, house of sticks,
Over the bridge, five houses of bricks.
House too big, house too small,
The mirror image captures them all.
Four houses stand as Lake Anne’s icon,
While tai chi ladies get their groove on.
In the clarity of morning light,
The geese take their homeward flight.
In our memory these images repeat,
As the stamping of a thousand feet.
Procession of many lives and histories,
Just part of Lake Anne’s many mysteries.
By Karen Danenberger
Self Portrait with Arthritic Hands
When I was young,
I did not believe that all things were possible.
Now that I’ve aged,
I know it’s true.
By Ruth Sievers
Growls like crouching tiger,
Born in the deep, racing, growling
To conquer the shore.
One whole town, multitude
Sounds passing, gone, gone,
Save the wind and roar of fire.
By Pam Coulter
“Thorns + All” by Gennara Moore (mixed media)
Thorns + All
Don’t look into my eyes
They’re the window to my soul
You may see into my heart
You may know me
Thorns + All
By Gennara Moore
The rooster appears
To watch and wait
While the hens gathered near him
What is he thinking?
What does he fear?
That one of us
One hen jumps up
To a willow limb
“He’s reflecting,” she says
Don’t bother him!
By Melanie Z Stanley
There are so many more great pieces and poems in this exhibit. Stop by the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne Plaza to see the rest. Admission to the Jo Ann Rose Gallery is free, and exhibits change each month. artRESTON: Imagist will be on display until November 2, 2014. For more information, contact the League of Reston Artists or the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center Lake Anne.