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January 2014

Opening Reception
Friday, January 10, 2014
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Exhibition Dates
January 10, 2014 – February 1, 2014

The Arts Club of Washington invites you to see our January Exhibit featuring the works of Rita Elsner, Lynn Goldstein, and Cassie Taggart in our Monroe and MacFeely Galleries.

About the Artists

Rita Elsner

Rita Elsner is a Washington, D.C. based artist.  She graduated from Shepherd University with a B.F.A. in painting, studied with National Geographic illustrator Robert Hynes, and chief NIH medical illustrator Howard Bartner.  Her career as an artist has spanned the fields of editorial illustration, scenic artistry, and mural painting, including work for CityArts founder Byron Peck.  In 2004, Rita moved from commercial art to the dual career of fine art and massage therapy.  Recent exhibitions and awards include:  First Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition (Juror Recognition award), and Touchstone Gallery’s 8th Annual All Media Exhibition (1st Place).


Lynn Goldstein

Lynn Goldstein developed her interest in art at a young age. While growing up in the mountains of West Virginia, Lynn’s love of the landscape took root.  She experienced an extensive career as a graphic designer and illustrator before following her passion for painting. She weaves her love of nature, color and design into her expressive landscapes.

Lynn has exhibited widely in nationally juried exhibitions and galleries, and her work is enjoyed in private and public collections throughout the United States and in Europe. Notably, one of her paintings was selected for the permanent collection in the Jean-Haffen Museum, in Dinan, France, upon her completion of an artist residency there in 2011. Her work is represented at the Washington Street Gallery in Lewisburg. WV, Jane Cowley Fine Art in South Haven, Michigan, and has been exhibited at Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines, Ill, Eleven Pleasant Street Gallery in Kennebunk, ME, and at the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, IL, among other locations. Additionally, her work was profiled in the August 2009 issue of Pastel Journal.

A fine art graduate from West Virginia University, Lynn has studied with some of the finest contemporary artists in the United States. She has earned signature membership in the Maryland Pastel Society and membership in the Pastel Society of America. She is also a juried studio artist at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. Lynn is a teacher as well. Her popular classes have brought her awards as an outstanding instructor from Fairfax County, VA, particularly her classes in drawing and pastel. Very much the teacher, Lynn wrote a feature article published in Pastel Journal encouraging artists to look at their work from a different perspective.

Lynn has taught many workshops in the mid-Atlantic region, and most recently, Lynn taught a workshop in Southern France. Additionally, Lynn has taught workshop classes at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, where she also has volunteered her time as a docent for 16 years. This experience has allowed Lynn to study, understand, and pass on the best of America’s art masterpieces.


Cassie Taggart

Cassie Taggart grew up in the house of Aaron Burr’s many mistresses, an old brownstone that told of the past. It was possessed of a temperamental broiler that constantly broke down forcing the family on many mornings to heat their bath water on the stove. It created in Taggart a sense of existing in multiple places, times and realities at the same moment.

When she was eight or so, the streets surrounding her house were closed off and covered with crisp white paper and smeared with bloody animal parts. It was a hallucinatory sight, an indelible image of the quirks of reality. It was like a dream, too strange to be real. Taggart is fascinated by the idea of multiple truths and wants them to thrive in her paintings as they do in life. There is a line we straddle between dream and reality, between one truth and another.

Raised in New York City, with a BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Her work has been on the cover of The Capitol Hill Rag, featured in 100 Artists of the Mid Atlantic, and reviewed in the Washington City Paper, the Cape Gazette, and by Murray White, art critic for the Washington Times.

Curator: Dr. Christopher With


Spilsbury Gallery
The Arts Club of Washington proudly features the works of  V. “Ito” Briones in our Spilsbury Gallery. This cooperative gallery features works by Arts Club members in a variety of media.

Participating artists include Carlyn Anderson, Cherry Baumbusch, Jenna Beebe, Ito Briones, Vicki Doyle, Susanne Eisinger, Jack Hannula, Teri Hiley, Larry Jarvik, Martine Khadr-Van Schoote, Peggy McNutt, Ruth Meixner-Bird, Mahy Polymeropoulos, Enza Quargnali, Leslie Sorg Ramsay and Jeanne Sullivan.


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