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October 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, October 6, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.

Exhibition Dates
October 6 – October 28, 2017

The Arts Club is proud to present our October 2017 exhibition featuring the works of Roberta Beasley, Michael Spears, and Betsy Stewart in the club’s historic Monroe and MacFeely Galleries. This exhibition is curated by Dr. Erich Keel.

The Club’s cooperative Spilsbury Gallery features the works of Lorna Aldrich.
About the Artists

Roberta Pruett Beasley, Leaves Will Turn, mixed media

Roberta Beasley

Roberta Pruett Beasley lives and works in Vienna and Great Falls, Virginia. Ms. Beasley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. She also studied at the University of South Florida, Maryland Institute of Art, and Northern Virginia Community College with Jay Orbeck and Lois McArdle. She was a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center for many years. Ms. Beasley now enjoys sharing studio space with 10 other artists at the Great Falls Artists’ Atelier.  She has been the Director of the Great Falls Atelier since 2011.Beasley’s art reflects the world around her:  recent travels, mountains, skies, distant horizons, and the majestic beauty of the sycamore and aspen tree.  Several of her works have been selected in recent shows; by juror J.W. Mahoney in the 2012 MPA show, “Activating the Void,” and by juror Jack Rasmussen in the 44th Annual Treasury of Art show for the Vienna Arts Society in 2013.  In May 2014, Roberta Beasley had an exhibition with artists Renee Lachman and Jill Poyard

at the Arts Club of Washington.  September 2014 brought an award from Juror, Walter Bartman.  October 2014, she participated in the Arlington Arts Center exhibition, “Reunion:  40 Years in the Making”.  Since then there have been many local shows and participation in the “100 Paintings for 100 Years,” held at the Arts Club of Washington in May 2016.  She was a featured artist in Elan Magazine in October 2016.  March 2017, Beasley received an award for work in an exhibit at the Herndon ArtSpace, juried by Tom and Linda Neel.


Michael Spears

Michael Spears, Opus #2, oil

Michael Spears was born in 1946 in Bristol, VA. His artistic training includes the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, 1965-1967; Washington Technical Institute, Washington, DC, AAS/Advertising Design, 1972; Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, 2006, AFA/Studio Fine Art, honors; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2009,  BFA, General Fine Art/Art History, Theory and Criticism, magna cum laude.

Michael’s images are abstract, constructed from listening to the interplay of rhythm and melody of a given piece of music, resulting in images he calls visual music. His approach is intuitive and under the influence of his theoretical dimension of parallel music. He continues to explore the endless possibilities of his music mantra.

Michael has received numerous awards and recognitions from juried shows and solo exhibitions.  Print pieces about his work have appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, The Washington Times and Black Enterprise Magazine, in addition to TV: PBS/WETA. He also had a piece licensed by Universal Pictures for the 2009 film: State of Play, starring Russell Crowe.  Spears lives and works in Laurel, MD.


Betsy Stewart, Natos No.5, mixed media

Betsy Stewart

Betsy Stewart’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her recent solo exhibitions include venues in Lake Placid, NY, Denver, CO, Vancouver, BC, Richmond, VA, New Orleans, LA, as well as group exhibitions in New York, NY, Palm Springs, CA, Washington, DC, Art Basel, Miami, FL, Toronto, CA, Istanbul, TR, Aix-en-Provence, FR, and Montevideo, UR.  As part of the US Department of State’s Art In Embassies Program, her works have been exhibited in worldwide American embassies.

Stewart’s paintings are represented in numerous private, corporate and museum collections such as Corcoran Gallery of Art, Kreeger Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Adirondack Museum, Bellagio Hotel, Embassy of Finland, Washington Convention Center, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’Art bank, World Bank Headquarters and Liberty Mutual Headquarters.

In addition to other awards, Stewart has been a recipient of four Award Grants from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.  Her upcoming exhibitions in 2017 -2018 include the Arts Club of Washington, and “Take Me to the River “projects at Tsing Hua Universities in Beijing and Shanghai as well as Vilnius, Lithuania.


Spilsbury Gallery

Lorna Aldrich, Woods in the Fog, oil on canvas

The Spilsbury is a cooperative gallery run by Arts Club members. Participating artists include; Nik Ajazi, Lorna Aldrich, Gloria Benedetto, Camilla Bozzoli, Vicki Doyle, Susanne Eisinger, Larry Jarvik, Martine Khadr-Van Schoote, Eleanor Lally, Peggy McNutt, Denise Phalan, C. Pamela Palco, Carol Porter, Lucretia Tanner, and Earl Tester.

Hours and Address
Club galleries are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays. Hours are subject to change.  The Arts Club of Washington is located at 2017 I Street NW, Washington DC, 20006. 

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