WCAC November 2015 Exhibit Opening on Friday, on October 30

Hagerstown, MD—The Washington County Arts Council presents two exhibits in November 2015: “Donna Ward Lehman: Re-Imagined Items” and “Carl Wright:  From Ephemeral to Solid.” The exhibits open at Washington County Arts Council Gallery with a reception on Friday, on October 30, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm.  The exhibit will run through December 1, 2015.

Donna Ward Lehman is an art instructor at Middletown High School in Middletown, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Shepherd University in 1996 and her Master of Liberal Arts Degree from McDaniel College in 2004. In 2013 Lehman participated in Artomatic Frederick and a solo exhibition, “Collected Items,” at Co-Work Frederick in Frederick, Maryland. In addition she was selected for The Bridge Gallery’s “Eco-Art” Exhibition in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In 2014 Lehman was selected for the 82nd Annual Cumberland Valley Artist Exhibition at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland. In June of this year she was selected for the Delaplaine’s Nationally Juried Annual Exhibition in Frederick, Maryland. Lehman grew up in Brunswick, Maryland and now resides in Hagerstown, Maryland with her husband and two children. Her current work consists of mixed media found object paintings, sculptures and digital collages.

Donna Ward Lehman Artist Statement: “Ever since I was a kid I enjoyed collecting small found items, from rocks to coins. My creative process involves collecting and re-imaging items. I like to explore a variety of mediums but one common thread in my work is re-imaging collected items. The body of my work brings together this collecting and re-imagining into relief paintings, sculptures and digital collages.

According to his website (http://www.wsggallery.com/Carl-About-the-Artist.htm), “Carl Wright is a full-time abstract sculptor who works in stone to create sculptures that embody quiet beauty. His sculptural themes are shown in the Motion Series, the Striving Series, the Music Series,  the Tranquil Series and the Exuberant Series. His sculptures are a respite from the hurly-burly of modern life. His themes are meant to be an expression of tranquil, purposeful living.”

Triptych - side viewiWright works in abstract sculpture since his themes are universal and do not need to be figural to express themselves. Figural sculpture would be too restrictive to express the sculptures’ message. Many of his sculptures have Japanese names since Carl’s sculptures are said to be perfect for a Japanese Rock (Meditation) Garden. Many of them also are visual representations of intangible things, like Syncopation, Aria, Embrace and Secure.
Comments on Sculpture from Mr. White’s website say, “Stone is a natural choice for Carl’s work because of its ambiguity….His sculpture is characterized by the contrast of the cold hardness of the stone and the warm sensuality of the form….Carl’s sculpture is a delight to the eye and an uplift to the soul….It is meant to be a soothing balm to the eye after a day in the working world….The sculptures do not shout their presence, but have an authority and stillness all their own…The intent of the sculpture is to infuse viewers with calmness or bring a smile of recognition when viewing the sculpture.”

The sensual lines and forms of his sculpture surge, separate and then rejoin in a continuous dance of design and shape. Most of his sculptures have openings in them—some long and narrow and some circular. The piercing in the stone serves two purposes: First is to highlight the design by releasing the color and form to the daylight. The second is far more devious. The piercing points up the implied weightlessness, because of the light pouring through the sculpture.  The weightlessness is contrasted to the viewer’s knowledge that stone is a heavy medium thereby setting up a level of ambiguity. These openings encourage the sculptures to meld into their surroundings, by showing fleeting images of people passing by and vignettes of the surrounding environment.…The sculptures are about fluidity and implied—rather than stated—motion. Many of his sculptures appear to be caught, as in a photograph, between the movement they had just performed and the next movement they are about to begin.”

Mr. Wright’s public art can be found in Florida, Virginia, Illinois and Maryland. He has participated in group exhibits in Washington DC; Doylestown, PA; Richmond, VA; Beckley, WV; Martinsburg, WV; and Hagerstown, MD. The artist’s work can be seen in private collections in Washington, DC; Zug, Switzerland; Arlington, VA; Chapel Hill, NC and other cities.

The Washington County Arts Council Gallery is located at 34 South Potomac Street, off Artist Alley in the heart of the Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District.

For additional information contact Gallery Manager Chris Brewer at 301-791-3132 or gallerymanager@washingtoncountyarts.com.