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"Artists in Conversation" Program is
Saturday, November 12th
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Arlington has no existing incorporated towns because it has a
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seat by residents. It has an over 86,000 households, and 39,000
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family size is 2.96. The median age is 34 years and for every
100 females there are 101.50 males.
It is bounded on the north by Fairfax County, on the west by the
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and on the east by the Potomac River; across the river is the
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western extreme point, as they are from downtown Boston, Massachusetts
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of post-World War II garden style apartment complexes in the U.S.,
some of which were designed by architect Mirhan Mesrobian. Numerous
residential neighborhoods and larger garden-style apartment complexes
are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and/or
designated as Local Historic Districts including Arlington Village,
Arlington Forest, Ashton Heights, Buckingham, Cherrydale, Claremont,
Colonial Village, Fairlington, Lyon Park, Lyon Village, Maywood,
Penrose, Waverly Hills and Westover.
Arlington is the home of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
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Washington Metro. Additionally, it is served by Virginia Railway
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traversed by two interstate highways, Interstate 66 in the northern
part of the county and Interstate 395 in the southern part, both
with high-occupancy vehicle lanes or restrictions. In addition,
the county is served by a number of multi-lane urban arterial
roads and the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Arlington Arts Center,
"Artists in Conversation" Program,
Saturday, November 12
The Arlington Arts Center will be having a program entitled “Artists in Conversation” this coming Saturday, November 12th, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pmwhere visitors will have the opportunity to talk to the artists. There will be a reception afterwards in the Wyatt Gallery.
A relatively unknown gem, the Arlington Arts Center is an art studio and exhibit space that’s free and far more convenient for Arlingtonians than travelling to the Smithsonian in D.C. It’s funded through the National Endowment for the Arts, a number of arts foundations, and through donations (so be generous). The Arts Center has been housed at its current site since 1974 (it was previously an elementary school) but it was only recently that it started offering classes and became a cultural hotspot.
The work being displayed now is part of the Fall Solos 2011 exhibition and will run through the end of December. The artists are:
- The photography of Matt Dunn.
Dunn’s work primarily focuses on urban spaces and race issues. Some of his work is candid photography while some of his work is staged or entirely reenacted from incidents he witnessed in other cities. His pictures are gritty, provocative and have a sense of fun with regard to what’s real and what’s not. In some of his pictures, people are inserted into urban environments with people in the background unaware that the subjects are staged.
- The landscape drawings of Rachel Sitkin that were inspired by her trip to Peru. Sitkin’s work focuses on how civilization builds upon mountainous terrain and how social class and wealth are signified through land use. Sitkin also shows with these imposing landscapes, how these people both dominate and are dependent upon the landscape and the implications of that symbiotic relationship. Sitkin has travelled to many parts of Peru and depicts vistas of many different cities in the exhibit.
- Painter Chloe Watson digs through her past and creates a series of miniature paintings on the 73 jerks she’s come across in her life. To avoid offending those she still keeps in contact with, she only paints their hair style and the shape of their faces. According to her book on the subject, she found the exercise therapeutic. A child who moved around a lot, she also reflects on those experiences by illustrating the floor plans of the 17 living spaces she has inhabited in her life. Watson has a fresh approach to recounting her life experiences.
- Inspired by the chaotic nature of the urban landscape around her, Arden Bendler Browning writes in the introduction to her exhibit: “Neatly organized, frozen moments are not real.” Her surreal paintings of urban landscapes are based on both real and virtual travels through Philadelphia. In the case of the latter, she used Google street view.
- Visual arts and photography professor Stephanie Robbins introduces “Apartment B.” This is the final part in a trilogy entitled “In Search of a Home.” The interactive exhibit features nine images on the walls and floor along with headphones so that the experience of being in the artist’s home is simulated through both sight and sound.
- Baltimore-based multimedia artist Jason Irla was driven by the question of how paintings changed and evolved in time. Irla uses pixilated video (described by the artist as “corrupted data and deteriorating or obsolete equipment, and software that breaks down electronic data”) to expand on his painting and to question ideas of permanence.
- Sculptor David D’Orio, whose work is featured in the same studio as Arden Bendler Browning, deconstructs toys and reconstructs them as dangerous objects to get viewers to question assumptions about the nature of play.
The Arts Center can be found at 3550 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington and is located just one block from the Virginia Square Metro. Their phone number is 703-248-6800 and their website is www.arlingtonartscenter.org. They also offer a variety of classes and workshops.