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Quiet time at Falls Church Arts

Carolyn Jackson Sahni has a “Maple Tree”
Carolyn Jackson Sahni has a “Maple Tree”
James George

Stopping by Falls Church Arts on a sunny day in February, I wanted to see some art more closely than could be accomplished on a busy opening night. The lights were on in the front gallery, and the ticket seller was staffing the window.

“The Spectrum of a Semaphore” by Brian Joseph Legan
James George

One of the paintings that I wanted to see was “The Spectrum of a Semaphore” by Brian Joseph Legan. That painting is a standout, even when some patron is sitting on the bench in front of it all night preventing a closer look.

Abstract impressionism is a wide girth in which Legan’s painting fits. Is this a flash in the pan, or is there a body of work to back it up. Let’s explore.

Well, we know that he is a teacher and curator too. There is evidence that he is an active artist, but missing are statements and bios and such.

What else is happening here?

Carolyn Jackson Sahni has a “Maple Tree” adjacent the Legan painting. Are they fighting for attention, or just two powerful but different paintings side by side?

This tree is alive with imagery and color. It is therapeutic. Do you suppose that the artist is a psychologist? There is so much that we just don’t know for certain about these artists.

There is a raven next door that is recognizable by shape, but look at the color and texture. Unfortunately, when you take pictures in a gallery there is often glare on framed artwork, so you must forgive reflections and discoloration.

The “Raven” is a painting by Deborah Conn.

“Deborah Conn is primarily a watercolorist, but she works in acrylics, collage, and various forms of drawing media as well. Her favorite subjects are people.

Deborah’s paintings have been shown at the Torpedo Factory and Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Strathmore Hall in Rockville, the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, and many other venues in the Washington metropolitan area. She is an exhibiting artist at Gallery Underground in Crystal City and exhibits at Stifel & Capra in Falls Church and in local and regional art shows.”

Well, this Raven is splendid for overall creativity.

David Barr treats patrons with “Give her an offer she cannot refuse”. It is Liechtenstein like and is a social commentary. Very funny.

"I’m inspired by the pop culture I grew up with. However, the non-stop flood of information we’re confronted with today also influences me. This constant influx of multimedia and visual noise is an effect I try to recreate in my compositions with the use of juxtaposition between texture, color and content. The end result is a dichotomy between the nostalgic feel and the overall modern pop aesthetic."

FCA GALLERY at ArtSpace Falls Church
410 S. Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046

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