September is the start of art season. However, for most artists, the season never ends. The theme at Falls Church Arts is “Loving Life”. You can’t go wrong with that. This show lasts until October 26th, so there are plenty of opportunities to see it. Since the gallery is located in the Creative Cauldron, there is theater happening there too with “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” coming up October 3, 2014. If you have never seen that, you will be in for a lively treat.
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“Loving Life” is a broad theme that invites artists to share whatever inspires their love for life. As is customary, there was a large turnout for meeting the artists on opening night.
Some works pop out for their excellence be they large or small. Navigating a crowd, it is challenging to capture individual works, so the slideshow just shows a glimpse.
Brian Legan’s “The Dresden Codex Look to Cassiopeia” commands attention. A patron must decipher the title and look to a description.
“The Dresden Codex, also known as the Codex Dresdensis, is a pre-Columbian Maya book of the eleventh or twelfth century of the Yucatecan Maya in Chichén Itzá.”
“Cassiopeia is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the vain queen Cassiopeia in Greek mythology, who boasted about her unrivaled beauty.”
Terri Rea’s “People Patterns” is hanging adjacent to Logan. It is a sharp contrast in bright colors.
Brian Legan treats patrons with “Pixelated Organic Amber Warmth and Azures Cool.” The painting has a wonderful feel from contrasting colors that someone who is colorblind would blend together because they are of close reflective value and would be seen as solid gray. There is red-orange in the painting too of similar value. Texture is created by a combination of black lines, the paint thickness, and white highlights. All combine into a feeling of pixels.
The show’s curator, Nick Gatz has nine entries and they are of his pop style with one bearing the word, “Smile.” Another of his is titled “4 Lovers” and it is hot. He should be pleased because many pieces in this show were sold on opening evening.
My own “Loving Memories” made it into the show, and that is a kind gesture.
Joan Owings showed to me her paintings including “Ghost Ranch” and “Dream Mesa”. They are for landscape lovers, and they just leap from the walls.
Another Brian Legan painting helps balance the gallery as this one is subtle, titled, “Leaves and Linens Flicker.” If it appears that a favorite is emerging from this show, well, it is.
FCA GALLERY at ArtSpace Falls Church
410 S. Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046