The words voyage, journey, and travel come to mind when one contemplates the work of Kimberley Bursic. Many of Bursic’s paintings were created while traveling in Italy and the United States. Sometimes the work is about the beauty of the place and sometimes about escaping. In every case we are invited, as viewers, to consider our own journeys. The ultimate journey, of course, being our own lives.
Much of the criticism directed at the Occupy Movement has focused on protesters’ lack of clear objectives. However, for many people of faith in the Washington, D.C. area, these goals are as bright as day: social and economic justice, and equal support for all human beings, regardless of circumstance.
Rick Ruggles takes our typical ways of expressing love in new directions, creating a language that shares and explores its many unique and ever changing forms. He shows it like it is, never manipulating or adjusting what he photographs. His work is beautiful and tender, unusual, and at times bizarre and even tough.
Local artist Laurie Breen’s work features acrylic and mixed media paintings and large charcoal drawings. “This work sneaks up on you,” says gallery director Barbara Johnson, “at first glance it appears to be lighthearted. But there’s so much more to it. Breen’s use of layers of writing, pattern, and imagery brings to mind memories, dreams and metaphors.”
Scotlund Haisley has devoted his life to protecting animals. He began his journey as a humane officer in the District of Columbia, and has since traveled the globe coming to the aid of animals in need.