The Marine Corps Marathoners ran all over the Gallery Underground crowd today as Crystal City was pretty much roped off for the runners. Still, there were people with open studios in the “Underground”. There was also a host of artists working in their home studios.
Today, we visited two studios, Wen LePore and Sybil-Bedner Ostrowski. Sometimes I paint en plein air with them as we visited Great Falls and Potomac Overlook Park where the opportunity is incredible. Now, the fall colors are here and there are other places in the neighborhood to capture the changing seasons. In a few weeks, there will be a show at the historic Hendry House located at Fort C. F. Smith, so it is time to produce some fresh work, as if we need encouragement.
When you visit Wen LePore’s studio, there is often a theme. It could be inspired by her Chinese heritage, or it may just as likely be inspired by art history.
Today, along with Chinese appetizers and fresh fruit, she offered a glass of absinthe. She was inspired by Picasso. Of course, look around and see its manifestation.
“Picasso cast six bronze copies of Glass of Absinthe from a plaster original and decorated each of them uniquely. In this version he broke new ground by incorporating an existing object into his sculpture: a real absinthe spoon nestles between the modeled bronze sugar cube and glass. (Absinthe is prepared by pouring the brilliant green liquid through a sugar cube resting on a slotted spoon like the one seen here.) Picasso spoke of his desire to explore different modes of representation: "I was interested in the relation between the real spoon and the modeled glass. In the way they clashed with each other."”
Wen LePore is prolific having produced pottery shown in three rooms, and all with walls filled with her work (and some other artists too).
Then, we traveled to another Arlington neighborhood to Sybil-Bedner Ostrowski’s studio nestled on a cozy street. Her studio was an eye opener because it was like a gallery of eclectic paintings. Animals, people, landscapes, scenery of all sorts fill the space. Like her friend, Wen, she is a high producer of quality paintings.
I saw the en plein air work there from our outdoor experience as well as some very exciting paintings, including one amazing rooster.
See the slideshow and the next time the studios are open, make note to be there.
You can always see their work at Gallery Underground in Crystal City and among various venues hosted by the Arlington Artists Alliance.