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When artists produce a series theme: Gallery Underground

Amazing pottery sculpture by Katrina Trinka Roeckelein
James George

Sometimes, artists naturally get on a roll with a particular idea, subject, or technique. They produce what together may appear to be a series of similar work or work with common elements.

Doing that can be a natural happenstance, or it can be stimulated by a curatorial theme. For instance, if artists know that their gallery is going to have a show with a specific theme dedicated to a “series of work,” then some artists may aim to satisfy that requirement.

In the instance of work at Gallery Underground that is hung now and will be inaugurated tonight at an opening, some artists have been working “naturally” on what emerged as a series for years. Others just popped out some work for this exhibit.

In this list of art examples from “Bodies of Work: Art in Series” you can see some of the artists and their works. Observe that some work is very small, while other work is large. In reports like this that are published electronically, you can’t truly appreciate the art as well as you can in person. Therefore, this is just a guide to what is best seen in the gallery.

List of samples from “Art in Series”

These are just a few samples from the robust exhibit. For some, it doesn’t matter what you call the series as much as it is a collection of representative work. For this reviewer of art at this time of year, I would lead with the bunny by Trinka Roeckelein.

1. Deborah Conn: Combining Portrait and Pattern Series

2. Sybil Bedner-Ostrowski: Cafes and Waitresses Series

3. Harriet Westfall: Sumi-e Bamboo Series

4. Wen LePore: Bon Air Park Series

5. Katherine Sullivan: Beauty Beneath the Water Series

6. Mary Ryder: Dolly Line-ups Series

7. Mary Phelan: Dreamscape Series

8. Marian Di-Carlo, A Space In Between Series

9. Dennis Crayon: Windows Series

10. Elisabeth Hudgens: Leaf Impressions Series

11. Jane McElvany Coonce: Night Scenes Series

12. Katrina Trinka Roeckelein:

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1. Deborah Conn
1. Deborah Conn James George

1. Deborah Conn

Deborah Conn: Combining Portrait and Pattern Series

This artist is an exquisite painter who has been showing in area galleries. The work is representative of her natural style.

2. Sybil Bedner-Ostrowski: Cafes and Waitresses Series
2. Sybil Bedner-Ostrowski: Cafes and Waitresses Series James George

2. Sybil Bedner-Ostrowski: Cafes and Waitresses Series

Sybil works in a large studio that is filled with art of all kinds of subjects. If a curator asked her to produce a show around a specific theme, she would just select from the inventory and have it covered.

3. Harriet Westfall: Sumi-e Bamboo Series
3. Harriet Westfall: Sumi-e Bamboo Series James George

3. Harriet Westfall: Sumi-e Bamboo Series

Harriet Westfall explains that she devoted specific time to studying how to paint bamboo properly. It is an approach in Asian art to concentrate on mastering subject matter by immersing focus on it.

4. Wen LePore: Bon Air Park
4. Wen LePore: Bon Air Park James George

4. Wen LePore: Bon Air Park

Wen LePore is constantly painting, sometimes in her painting and pottery studio, and sometimes outdoors or in the Cyan studio gallery. She is a master oil painter.

5. Katherine Sullivan: Beauty Beneath the Water Series
5. Katherine Sullivan: Beauty Beneath the Water Series James George

5. Katherine Sullivan: Beauty Beneath the Water Series

Katherine Sullivan produced incredible small works, accompanied by larger works. Her's is an example of work that deserves as closer examination in a follow up story.

6. Mary Ryder: Dolly Line-ups Series
6. Mary Ryder: Dolly Line-ups Series James George

6. Mary Ryder: Dolly Line-ups Series

Mary Ryder is a regional pro whose distinctive style is collected by patrons and collector investors. Her exhibiting drawings and paintings together is a natural presentation of her work.

7. Mary Phelan: Dreamscape Series
7. Mary Phelan: Dreamscape Series James George

7. Mary Phelan: Dreamscape Series

Mary Phelan has the corner on her distinctive ribbon style paintings. No one paints like her with such continuity and consistency. It makes for exceptional interior design accompaniment.

8. Marina Di-Carlo, A Space In Between Series
8. Marina Di-Carlo, A Space In Between Series James George

8. Marina Di-Carlo, A Space In Between Series

Marina's work is inspired by her father's medical research practice and her access to an image library that inspires her bio-organic creations.

9. Dennis Crayon: Windows Series
9. Dennis Crayon: Windows Series James George

9. Dennis Crayon: Windows Series

At the top of regional painters, Dennis Crayon paints window scenes with his incredible touch for details. His work deserves follow up treatment.

10. Elisabeth Hudgens: Leaf Impressions Series
10. Elisabeth Hudgens: Leaf Impressions Series James George

10. Elisabeth Hudgens: Leaf Impressions Series

Elisabeth Hudgens, President of the Arlington Artists Alliance, exhibits a series of leaf impressions. Her styles and techniques are broad and varied. This series represents one of her many styles.

11. Jane McElvany Coonce: Night Scenes Series
11. Jane McElvany Coonce: Night Scenes Series James George

11. Jane McElvany Coonce: Night Scenes Series

Who turned out the lights. It is incredibly challenging to paint night scenes, and Jane McElvy Coonce is a master at doing that, among other things. Her work is highly collectable and best viewed in the light.

12. Katrina Trinka Roeckelein: Pottery Series
12. Katrina Trinka Roeckelein: Pottery Series James George

12. Katrina Trinka Roeckelein: Pottery Series

Katrina Trinka Roeckelein's pottery animals is the surprise of this fine show. She is a headliner for any gallery.

Katrina Roeckelein
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
Department of Art, American University