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Pride in the Sky


Finish up Pride month with a creative unwind at VisArts’ Rooftop. We’re opening our doors an hour before instruction starts to give plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying the live music and food.

September 13, 2018


Lisa Iglesias: ROUT ROWT


  May 13 – June 5, 2016 Gibbs Street Gallery Opening Reception and Artist Talk:  Friday, May 13, 7 – 9 PM   With ROUT ROWT, Lisa Iglesias presents new works that privilege the haptic qualities of paper, graphite, concrete, and textiles, and engage traditions of drawing and pattern. Enlisting repetition, holes, and layers, Iglesias activates a […]

March 24, 2016


Lillian Bayley Hoover: For the Moment


October 19 – November 20, 2016 Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts   Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, October 28, 7 – 9 PM   In Lillian Bayley Hoover’s recent paintings, pieces of sky and architecture wedge up against one another reflecting encounters with environments on the brink of change yet strangely static. The world in […]

August 1, 2016


Michael Sastre: Collision/Collusion – A Personal Underground


October 21 – November 20, 2016 Kaplan Gallery, VisArts   Opening Reception: Friday, October 28, 7 – 9 PM Artist Talk: TBD Michael Sastre’s recent series of paintings explores the movement of contraband via clandestine airstrips in Florida. The paintings reference a parallel economy where ordinary life collides and colludes with a subculture of smuggling […]


Liliane Blom: Pink – A Cherry Blossom Fantasy


  December 2, 2016 – January 15, 2017 Kaplan Gallery, VisArts Opening Reception, Artist Talk, and Performance: Friday, December 2, 7 – 9 PM The Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group with musicians Gary Rouzer (cello and found objects) and Nate Scheible (percussion) Fashion Show: Sunday, December 11, 2 – 4 PM, Tickets $8.00, $10.00 at the door. […]

August 15, 2016


Tracy Featherstone: Fantastical Landscape


December 2 – January 8, 2017 Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts   Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, December 2, 7 – 9 PM   Tracy Featherstone’s solo exhibition, Fantastical Landscape, includes mixed media sculpture, live plant elements, and simple geometric shapes that explore the concept of art in South Asian culture. A recent trip to Asia (China, […]

August 2, 2016


Amelia Toelke: Facade


January 13 – February 12, 2017 Common Ground Gallery Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, January 27, 7 – 9 PM                        A combination of sculpture and installation, Amelia Toelke’s work lies at the interstice of the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional, and hovers between object and image, the real and the representative. Using architectural ornament, […]

December 14, 2016


Estefani Mercedes: 1,000 Yellow Dahlias


February 17 – March 19, 2017 Common Ground Gallery Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, February 24, 7 – 9 PM Special Event: Hands-on Gallery Experience – Estefani Mercedes-inspired Flowers, sign up HERE Through ethical imagining, ornamental activism, speculative poetics, and radical gift giving, Estefani Mercedes stages public interventions that attempt to create small reversions […]

December 15, 2016


Esteban del Valle: Unsettling


Kaplan Gallery February 24 – March 26, 2017  Opening Reception, Artist Talk: Friday, February 24, 7 – 9 PM Special Event: Hands-on Gallery Experience – Esteban del Valle-inspired Collages, sign up HERE   About the artist: Esteban del Valle is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago, Illinois in 1984.  He completed his M.F.A. in painting […]

December 16, 2016


Hands-On Gallery Experience: Antoine Williams-inspired Self Portraits


Participants explore Antoine Williams’ artistic strategies by creating self portraits from found images and image transfers. The exploration includes Williams’ use of metaphor, science fiction, and Dada. All ages welcome.

March 2, 2017


Hands-On Gallery Experience: Estefaní Mercedes-inspired Flowers


Inspired by multi-media artist Estefaní Mercedes’ artistic strategies, workshop participants tour the exhibition 1,000 Yellow Dahlias and create their own tissue paper flowers. The exploration includes Mercedes’ concept of “radical gift giving” by embedding creative messages that can be honest, humorous, or even subversive. These gifts can then be given to recipients of the artist’ […]


Basket Weaving: Market Basket


This basket has a color pattern that is easy enough for a beginning weaver or as a follow-up to our Basics of Basket Weaving. This is a great class for a fun and low-pressure outing.     

February 28, 2018


Hands-On Gallery Experience: Esteban del Valle-inspired Collages


Workshop participants will tour Esteban del Valle’s exhibition, Unsettling, to see his large-scale paintings and murals. Participants then learn how to use a projector to create large – scale self portraits from collages. Participants should bring five-to-ten photos to cut up and make a self-portrait collage. All ages welcome. Tickets are $15 (Children under the […]

March 2, 2017


Kayla Plosz Antiel: Sunlit


March 24 – April 23, 2017 Common Ground Gallery, VisArts   Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 7 – 9 PM   Kayla Plosz Antiel paints to play with color and form. She says, “I love the weirdness of color; how there’s a limitless number of possibilities.”  Individual colors evoke highly particular emotional responses, which are […]

March 1, 2017


Diane Szczepaniak: Color and Light


March 31 – April 30, 2017 Gibbs Street Gallery   Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, March 31, 7 – 9 PM Workshop: Painting: Color and the Senses Thursday, April 6, 7 – 9 PM Sunday, April 23, 2 – 4 PM   Inspired by wind moving across water, Diane Szczepaniak presents a suite of […]


Kevin Labadie: Breaking Circles


March 31 – April 30, 2017 Kaplan Gallery, VisArts Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 7 – 9 PM   This series of paintings examines the circle as both focal point and moving vehicle. The paintings are often arranged in “sets”. As a lens or porthole, each painting offers entry into the space beneath its solitary […]


Ink Dance on Paper


Join renowned Chinese calligrapher and VisArts Studio Artist Bertrand Mao in this introduction to calligraphy brush and ink on rice paper. VisArts will provide everyone the materials needed for a hands-on experience!  

January 23, 2017


Amanda Burnham: Civic Body


May 5 – June 4, 2017 Gibbs Street Gallery Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, May 12, 7 – 9 PM     Amanda Burnham makes outsized wall drawings of cities culled (usually) from piles of paper scraps. Cities interest her as teeming containers for everything. She admires the adaptive sensibility of tinkerers, patchers, foragers, […]

March 1, 2017


Frame & Frequency 3, Vol. II


Frame & Frequency  is an ongoing International Video Art Exchange Program curated by Frank McCauley. This edition highlights the work of 8 international artists from Brazil to Greece to Belgium and from across North America, whose new media, experimental film and video works explore contemporary visual culture, and presents an intimate panorama of the variety […]

April 17, 2017


José Ruiz – 2017 VisArts Mentoring Curator


May 5 – June 11, 2017 Kaplan Gallery These Dreams, FREE workshop with artist Katie Macyshyn, Saturday, May 27, 6 – 9 PM RSVP T.V. John and his Legendary Band, Wednesday, May 31, 7 – 9 PM, Admission is FREE! – Special performance by Katie Macyshyn with a surprise guest Indie/Rock band with Rockville roots   ARTISTS […]

March 1, 2017


Ink Dance on Paper


Join renowned Chinese calligrapher and VisArts Studio Artist Bertrand Mao in this introduction to calligraphy brush and ink on rice paper. VisArts will provide everyone the materials needed for a hands-on experience!

January 23, 2017


Katie Macyshyn: These Dreams – Free Workshop


“These Dreams” is an experiential workshop where participants use dream imagery to interpret, reinterpret, and produce creative content from dreams. Participants will be invited to share a dream with the group. The dream content will be translated into drawings, collages, short stories, poems, performances, and videos that build bridges to unconscious parts of ourselves. Selected […]

May 8, 2017


Cynthia Brinich-Langlois: Oryza


June 2 – July 2, 2017 Common Ground Gallery   Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, June 16, 7 – 9 PM   The prints in this exhibition grew from a collaborative partnership with a plant geneticist at Marquette University, Dr. Michael Shläppi, who is developing a variety of early-flowering / cold-tolerant rice to be […]

March 1, 2017


Ink Dance on Paper


Join renowned Chinese calligrapher and VisArts Studio Artist Bertrand Mao in this introduction to calligraphy brush and ink on rice paper. VisArts will provide everyone the materials needed for a hands-on experience!

January 23, 2017


Artist-Led Workshop: Miniature Floats


Artist Maria Lux leads this one-day workshop where participants design and build miniature parade floats that address ecological concerns via imagined, fantastical, or futuristic technologies. A stop-motion animation of the floats in parade formation will then be filmed and exhibited alongside Ms. Lux’s work in VisArts’ Gibbs Street Gallery.   For ages 14 and up.

January 6, 2017


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