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Nina Isabelle at Falls Church Arts, 'Bold & Bright'

Nina Isabelle is showing work in the 'Bold & Bright' exhibit at Falls Church Arts
Nina Isabelle is showing work in the 'Bold & Bright' exhibit at Falls Church Arts
Nina Isabelle

Just beginning the process of developing Examiner profiles for Falls Church Arts artists, and Nina Isabelle came into vision for a few different reasons:

Nina Isabelle documenting 'Bold & Bright' at Falls Church Arts
James George
  1. Her painting in the Bold & Bright exhibit is modern abstract impressionism of high quality
  2. She was actively photographing the event with a nice camera (accompanied by her daughter and mother)
  3. She is visiting from out of state

I asked her to show to me her work, and I documented that instant with a photo. Later, I looked her up on the Internet to discover that her studio is in the The Shirt Factory in Kingston, New York. She has a gallery and studio in the renovated factory building.

So, points of interest include, how did she discover Falls Church Arts? The DC Metro market would surely seem attractive to artists located outside the area because it is home to some of the most prosperous people, many with large spaces to hang artwork and to display sculpture. However, the local community is also home to hundreds, if not thousands of artists trying to reach those same patrons.

Artists of all kinds learn from other artists. While there is much competition at the retail level, there are many reasons to collaborate and share ideas among the art professional community.

Nina Isabelle learned about the FCA Bold & Bright show from curator David Barr.

She explained, “He and I were involved in an art event in Mechanicsburgh, PA last year. We related to each other's work because we were both into working abstractly within the square format. It also happened that we had a mutual friend, artist Danielle Charette, who also has work in ‘The Bold and Bright’ show So it seems to me that the Falls Church Community is just a growing extension of a larger emerging art community, which I am excited to be a part of!”

That makes sense. The idea of artists moving from one community to another on the wings of curatorial and artists’ relationships makes for a lively and ever creative market for new work.

Nina added, “In my closer community I coordinate art events through Star House Gallery. Outside of that I am currently teaching an alternative process photography course at The Hudson Valley Sudbury School to 11-16 year olds. We are about to begin making pinhole cameras.”

In the FCA show, she has several works: Ham Hocks & Ribbon Candy, Pharmacy, and Braid Blood Magic. Just looking at Braid Blood Magic, one sees a well developed and complex abstract painting. But, when Nina introduced other work via her website, the greater context appeared. She has different themes, but one dramatic effect is from her painting multiple panels apparently in succession, and possibly from a single large canvas. When prepared for exhibition, they are sliced into three separate but complementary paintings.

She could sell them individually, and patrons could enjoy them one at a time. However, that would be considerably less than the effect from seeing the design and energy cut across multiple canvases.

It takes a large work space to produce work like this, and it also takes considerable gallery space to show it properly. Websites tell part of the story, yet is seeing work full size helps establish the scale for future placement.

She says that her space in the Shirt Factory is “nice and open with bright light” where she has a large window on one side.

“My studio is at Star House Gallery in Kingston, NY, which is in The Shirt Factory, a renovated factory that has been turned into artist live/work spaces in Kingston. I run the gallery which doubles as my painting studio. If you visit you can see an example of the artists I work with and information about some of the past events and artist's talks that have been hosted there.”

Star House Gallery, Kingston, NY Art Gallery

Her work is also listed on the Saatchi site as an emerging artist.


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