Maria-Lana Queen a participating artist in the
Alchemical Vessels - April 4 - May 16, 2014-
Opening Reception - Friday, April 4, 7- 9pm
- Special Benefit
Event - Friday, May 2 (benefit link –www.smithcenter.org/benefit)
- Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery - 1632 U Street, NW | Washington, DC | 20009
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
is proud to announce the return of Alchemical Vessels Smith Center's 2nd Annual Benefit and Exhibition.
Alchemical Vessels brings together over 100 local artists and 20 invited curators for a community dialogue on healing and transformation through the arts. Each artist will transform a simple ceramic bowl by means of his or her own personal aesthetic and medium, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a place of holding, open community, a circle of care, sacred space, nourishment, and even the alchemical vessel.
The ceramic bowl was selected as the fundamental element of the exhibition to symbolize creating a space where healing can take place—an idea at the heart of Smith Center's work and mission. Metaphorically speaking, Smith Center—the space and the work we do within our walls—resembles an alchemical vessel. People bring their everyday burdens, fears, and pains to us, and in this place of holding, we help transform those toxic elements into hope, light, wisdom and strength. The Alchemical Vessels Exhibition will be open at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery from April 4th through May 16th, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 4th from 7-9pm.
“Heavenly Reunion”, 41” x 57”
Maria-Lana Queen's “Break-through - Painted Diary III” solo show was November 16, 2012 - December 4, 2012 at the Parish Art Gallery - Georgetown 1054 31st Street, NW. Washington, DC.
“Still Standing”, Acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 30 x 30
was proud to have the painting, Still Standing
included as part of the exhibition and exhibition catalogue, Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art.
This exhibition was featured at the Georgia Museum of Art from January 30-March 27, 2011.
For more information, visit www.georgiamuseum.org
The work Still Standing
was part of Maria-Lana’s 2007 solo exhibition, Painted Diary II,
shown at the Parish Gallery –
Georgetown, Washington, DC www.parishgallery.com
. In Still Standing
the oblique arrangement and bright orange shout out Maria-Lana’s mantra – “my faith is the source of my strength to persevere”.
The Larry and Brenda Thompson’s
extensive and diverse collection of both celebrated artist and work by artist who have been considered emerging was also featured in 2010 at the
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA),
Jacksonville, FL; www.mocajacksonville.org
; and, in 2009 at the University of Maryland, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, www.driskellcenter.umd.edu