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January 2015

January 2015 Art Exhibition

Opening Reception
Friday, January 9, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.

Exhibition Dates
January 9 – January 31, 2015

Monroe and MacFeely Galleries

V. Ito Briones
Beatriz Slotkoff
Helen Smith

Curator: Dr. Christopher With, PhD, Coordinator of Art Information, National Gallery of Art (emeritus)

About the Artists

Ito Briones, Marina, Moldova, oil on linen

Ito Briones
Aside from being a portrait artist, Ito Briones is also a physician, a biomedical scientist focusing on stem cells and cancer, and a short story writer. A self-taught artist, he is an accredited member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters (MSPP) and has won awards in several juried exhibitions in the area. Recently, one of his portraits was accepted and is currently hanging in the Foundry Gallery, Washington, DC. He lives in Maryland and comes from the Philippines.

His current body of work  entitled “Portraits of New Americans” focuses on 18 individuals from around the globe.


Beatriz Slotkoff, Abstract IV, silk painting

Beatriz Slotkoff
A native of Mexico City, Beatriz spent her youth pursuing a childhood dream of becoming a ballerina. She achieved this goal, becoming a prima ballerina at the Fine Arts Center of Mexico City. She worked there for 15 years, performing in China, Russia, and Latin America. It was during that time that she met her late husband, Dr. Lawrence Slotkoff, an American cardiologist.  They eventually settled in Washington, DC where they raised their three children.  She enrolled in art classes, studying the elements of design, painting in oil, watercolor and pastel.  She was particularly intrigued by silk painting. Using mixed media she continues to follow her passion for that art form to this day.



Helen Smith, Looking Back, photograph

Helen Smith
Thirty-five years ago Helen Harwell Smith picked-up a camera and fell in love.  Quickly, she realized that the camera focused her eye and attention on details and light.  Her efforts to capture such moments of light is now a fixed fascination.  In her pursuit of light, she has worked in film, digital, color, black and white and experimented with photogravure.

Ms Smith’s created a solo exhibit, “Stone Circles by the Sea,” at the Society of Woman Geographer 2012-2013.  During that period, her exhibit photographs were featured and credited as part of an interview by Jeffery Brown for The NewsHour.  In addition, Ms Smith has exhibited at the Arts Club of Washington.  On several occasions her work was recognized with juror awards.  Her works are in a number of private collections.


Spilsbury Gallery

Larry Jarvik and Leslie Sorg Ramsay are the featured artists in the Arts Club’s Spilsbury Gallery, a cooperative gallery for club members. Other participating artists include Lorna Aldrich, Cherry Baumbusch, Buzz Covington, Vicki Doyle, Susanne Eisinger, Martine Khadr-Van Schoote, Peggy McNutt, Ruth Meixner-Bird and Edward Purcell III.

Images (L-R)
Larry Jarvik, Portrait of Jerome Schwarz, oil on canvas (detail)
Leslie Sorg Ramsay, Shady Retreat, oil on canvas (detail)

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