Lee Arts Center Exhibitions
The Mini Gallery is a small exhibition space within the Lee Arts Center which provides an opportunity for local and national artists to show their work in approximately 12 solo and group shows per year.
NATURE'S GRASP: A Printmaking Portfolio
April 13 - May 30, 2017
Opening Reception: April 15, 2017, 1 - 3 PM
Featuring works inspired by man’s eternal struggle with the natural world and his place within it, Nature’s Grasp is an international invitational portfolio print exchange consisting of 18 high caliber artists from across the United States and Canada. The exhibit runs from April 13 through May 31, 2017, at the Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22207. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 15 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.
Co-Organized by Steven Munoz, Director of Lee Arts Center and Jun Lee, LAC Artist in Residence, this project centers on themes of man against nature, man against man and man against self as they are all interrelated and ultimately within ‘Nature’s Grasp’. Mankind has an incredible ability to create, destroy, and interrupt, which sometimes conflicts with nature’s greater ability to achieve the same objectives. Conversely, both forces also have the capacity to exhibit creativity, calm and tranquility. We hope to strengthen the bond between people and nature by finding new ways to connect nature with people’s lives.
Survival of the Fittest
Jun Lee, Artist-in-Residence
Oct 1 - 30, 2015
Opening Reception: October 1, 2015 6:30 - 8:30 PM
In the woodcut, linocut, and screen print works in her exhibit Survival of the Fittest
artist-in-residence Jun Lee evokes the different moments along the
spectrum of our competitive lives – from hiding away to preparing for a
fight. We often try to ignore it but competition impacts every aspect of
contemporary life. Competition for resources, competition for jobs,
competition for space. We even vie against one another to buy tickets to
see competitive sporting events. We love to find ways to hide from
these realities: to shade ourselves from the harshness of its glaring
bright light. So we put on disguises that fool us into believing there
can be even a momentary respite from the battle.
September 3 - 28, 2015
For many years Malcolm was a resident- and visiting-artist here at the Lee Arts Center. We will miss his gregarious ways, his humor, his bent for storytelling and his beautiful pottery.
Malcolm Davis had been a full-time studio potter since 1984 when he left his previous life as campus minister. He took his first ceramics class in 1974 and since 1985 maintained his mountaintop studio in Upshur County, WV. He was internationally recognized for his work with Shino-type glazes, specifically for the creation of a unique ultra-Carbon trap Shino-type formula with a high concentration of soluble soda ash, which encourages the trapping of carbon in the early stages of the firing.
Our friends at Baltimore Clayworks are honoring the life and work of ceramic artist Malcolm Davis and we at Lee Arts Center are doing the same by presenting an All Shino Show at Lee Arts Center. What is “Shino” anyway?
We speak of shino as just one more glaze in our arsenal of glazes. But shino is not so much a particular formula as it is an appearance, offering a deep warm, friendly and non-pretentious appeal to our tactile and visual senses. What you see in a piece of shino pottery depends on your perception. In that way it becomes much more personal to the owner. For some potters it is a way of life. Tomio Suzuki, a contemporary Japanese potter speaks of shino as a technique, rather than a glaze:
“Making shino requires the same deductive reasoning that detectives use to solve a mystery. They eliminate variables one-by-one until they find the answer. For me, it’s the same. I’ll try a new method, fail, and try another until I’ve found one that works. There are so many complex variables that can change the outcome. Even one small change, say, in the humidity on a certain day, can change the color of the work completely.”
Kato Kozo says, “It is not I who create the results. Once I put the pot in the kiln, I give it all up to the fire. My ego has been tossed away. It is like a prayer of surrender, to be a part of a wonderful process, but not in control of it.”
Bunnies, Hares and Rabbits
July 15, 2015 - August 29, 2015
Lee Arts Center members in Ceramics and Printmaking were challenged to create new works based on the theme of rabbits.
Flights of Fancy II: Art Inspired by the Bee and Butterfly Garden
June 2 - July 6, 2015
Reception & Program Date: June 17, 2015 from 6.30 pm to 9 pm.
The 2nd Annual “Flights of Fancy” exhibit will present works that were inspired by the textures, colors, and literal impressions from the Lee Center’s Butterfly Garden. The exhibit also coincides with National Pollinator Week, which runs from June 15th through the 21st.
This exhibit will also include a reception featuring the butterfly garden and a presentation on pollinators.
Bisque Ware from the Bone Yard IV
February 3 – 28, 2015
During the month of February 2015, Lee Arts Center will display select bisque ware from its visual reference library, or as we call it, “The Bone Yard”. It is called the Bone Yard, because the bisque ware left behind by visiting artists will never be glazed fired; in this sense they are “dead” pieces. They do however; provide visual reference points for our artist members.
The works in this exhibit were created by visiting artists who have taught through the Center’s nearly thirty year old Master Workshop Program, a program that invites well known and respected national and international artists to teach and share their methods and knowledge with local potters.
Flights of Fancy: Art Inspired by the Bee and Butterfly Garden
June 3 - July 5, 2014
Reception & Program Date: June 18, 2014 from 6.30 pm to 9 pm.
This exhibit will present works that were inspired either by texture, color, and/or literal impressions from the Lee Center’s Butterfly Garden.
Thanks to the generosity of a neighbor and friend to the Lee Center, there will be a $250 award presented to the artist who creates the most inspiring butterfly/bee garden work. The award will be selected by a panel of impartial judges.
The Flights of Fancy reception on June 18th will feature the butterfly garden and a presentation on pollinators. The exhibit coincides with National Pollinator Week which runs from June 16 through the 22nd. Domesticated honey bees are the best known pollinators in the world, but they are not solely responsible for the pollination of all flowering plants. One in three bites of food are reliant on honey bee pollination and threats to pollinator populations affect the entire food system. Native pollinators play an essential role in plant reproduction and food production, in our gardens, on our farms and in wild settings. We hope you can join us on June 18th to learn more about our local pollinators.
May 6 - June 1, 2013
Lee Arts Center presents in the Mini-Gallery, a member exhibition on “Botanicals.” Once again, ceramic and printmaking members were challenged to create works with the theme of “botanicals.” A description follows below. This exhibition will run from May 6 through June 1.
In botany, flora (plural: floras or florae) has two meanings. The first meaning, or flora of an area or of time period, refers to all plant life occurring in an area or time period, especially the naturally occurring or indigenous plant life. The second meaning refers to a book or other work which describes the plant species occurring in an area or time period, with the aim of allowing identification.
The term flora comes from Latin language Flora, the goddess of flowers in Roman mythology. The corresponding term for animal life is fauna. Flora, fauna and other forms of life such as fungi are collectively referred to as biota. In relation to all the flora and fauna of a region, it is collectively referred to as biota.
April 3 – 27, 2012
With this exhibition our intent is to present the wide range of American Shino forms and surfaces made today by our member ceramic artists. We also would also like to dedicate this show to Malcolm Davis, a long-time friend and visiting artist of the Lee Arts Center. Malcolm passed away suddenly in December 2011. Shino is more than just a glaze with a particular formula, in fact there are more than 400 different recipes, most are similar but some are radically unique. Malcolm would say, that [shino] “is an appearance, offering a deep, warm, friendly and non pretentious appeal to our tactile and visual senses. What you see in a piece of shino pottery depends on your perception. In that way, it becomes much more personal to the owner.”
The Way of the Bee - LAC Members Exhibtion
May 4 - 27, 2011
The Lee Arts Center has again challenged its members with a themed show for the month of May. Members in the Ceramics and Printmaking studios were challenged to create works that showcased "bees". Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are the major type of pollinator in ecosystems that contain flowering plants. Depending on demand bees, especially social species, focus on either gathering nectar or on gathering pollen. Bees gathering nectar may accomplish pollination, but bees that are deliberately gathering pollen are more efficient pollinators. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees. This exhibition will run through May 27th. Please stop by.
Bradley Birkhimer - Pouring and Lidded Forms Exposed
June 2 - 28, 2011 June 11, 12, 2011 : Two Day Workshop
Bradley Birkhimer is a studio potter based out of The Plains, Virginia. He graduated from West Virginia University with an MFA in Ceramics after completing a semester of study at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute International Ceramic Studio in Jiangxi Province, P.R. of China. He has conducted many classes and workshops in the Mid Atlantic area for various institutions like Hood College, Workhouse Arts Center, Touchstone Center for crafts, etc. He has received numerous grants and has participated in both invitational and juried shows. To see more work by the artist please visit his website at www.bradleybirkhimer.com
Bradley will also be providing a two day workshop in conjunction with this exhibition at the Lee Arts Center on June 11 and 12th. Please see our Workshops page for more information on how to register.
Creative Space Multiplied - Jennifer Brewer Stone, Bud Hensgen & Bryan Jernigan
July 2 - August 27, 2011
Artists' Reception: July 12, 2011 | 6.30 - 8.30 PM
Image: Edge by Bud Hensgen (left) | Enter the Orchids by Jennifer Brewer Stone (right)
September 6 - 30, 2011