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Pamela Soldwedel sculpture, Richard Barrett photographs at Gallery Underground

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Gallery Underground is holding a reception for sculptress Pamela Soldwedel and her husband, photographer Richard D. Barrett on Friday, January 10, 2014, 5 - 8 p.m. at their home in Crystal City.

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Pamela is an extraordinary sculptress who works in stone and metal. Reviewing her inventory at, one can see what you might expect and desire from sculpture and that is objects that ignite emotional responses. Some are soothing. Some seem to be telling a story or explaining something. You will learn the actual intent through various indications:

  • sculpture name
  • artist’s explanation and description
  • contrasts in shapes and material design

Often, however, sculpture speaks to you in ways that appeal uniquely to you and your context and values. You may have a preference for materials, colors, shapes, and finishes.

For example, Pamela has a piece titled, “Birth II, I miss the weight within me,” Steatite. Contrast that with “Ocean Born Neptune's daughter,” Marble/Glass. Neptune’s daughter surely feels seaworthy, and sparkles make it feminine. Birth II indicates a load has been lifted or removed. It surely appears weighty and solid. (See the slideshow)

A photo of Pamela makes her appear as if she is seamless with her work. (See the photo)

Richard D. Barrett is a photographer, among other things.

“Richard D. Barrett has been taking photos since the age of ten with his first Kodak Baby Brownie. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University and graduate studies at New York University and George Washington University. He credits his love of photography to his father's admiration for a well-composed photograph and to the encouragement of his sculptor spouse, Pamela Soldwedel. Barrett's work encompasses a variety of themes ranging, from realism to abstraction.”

“Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 2014, 5-8 p.m.

This month, Gallery Underground features the works of husband and wife team sculptor Pamela Soldwedel and photographer Richard D. Barrett in our Special Exhibition Space. In stone, bronze and mixed media, Soldwedel expresses the passion, mystery and ambiguity central to the human experience in an astonishing new manner. Many works display undulating swirling organic forms, while others display breaks, symbolizing growth and emotional or physical trauma.

Initially inspired by his father’s admiration for a well-composed photograph, Richard Barrett has been taking photographs all his life. In many of his photos he selects part of a scene and focuses on the patterns he sees, or the angles or light and shadows, which re-focuses the eye. Whether his photos appear realistic or abstract, they all focus on specific features of light, rhythm or pattern to capture their essence.”

Via Linda Maldonado, GU PR Director

Gallery Underground
2120-A Crystal Plaza Arcade
Arlington, VA 22202
Gallery Hours:
M-F 10:00 a.m .– 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Metro accessible. Parking is available in metered spots on nearby streets and in public garages which are free all day Saturdays and after 4:00 on weekdays


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