“Big Ideas” Opens at the GAC@B

Saturday, May 7, 5:00-8:00 pm

Opening Reception for:

"Big Ideas" at the Brentwood Arts Exchange

Big Ideas celebrates the beginning of the Brentwood Arts Exchange and Gateway Arts Center’s second year of operation with an exhibition by Sondra N. Arkin, Susan Finsen and Ellyn Weiss.  Featuring a collaborative site-specific installation, Big Ideas engages as it aims to survey and embody a collective mindset within the Gateway Arts District.

"Big Ideas" at the Brentwood Arts ExchangeThree sides of the gallery feature new, large-scale paintings created specifically for the exhibition by Arkin and Finsen.  On the fourth side Weiss has created a mural-sized mixed media drawing.  All of these artists’ works are designed to visually interact and complement the group’s collaborative installation Community Spirit, a site-specific work that commands the gallery in a way never before seen at the Brentwood Arts Exchange.

Community Spirit has been assembled on-site from dozens of hand-made elements – evocative of industrial detritus and recycled machinery – taking form in response to the gallery space as well as the art works that surround it.  The installation incorporates an interactive element where gallery visitors can add their thoughts and ideas about their own futures.  As its form develops through that participation, Community Spirit will slowly evolve into a snapshot of our shared experience.

Exhibition continues April 26 – June 11, 2011

Free and open to the public.

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722


Upcoming events associated with the Big Ideas exhibit:

Saturday, May 14, 12:00-5:00 pm

During the Gateway Open Studio Tour

2:00 pm – Artist Talk: Sondra N. Arkin, Susan Finsen, & Ellyn Weiss will talk about their art work and walk guests through their exhibition.

4:00 pm – Join the Community Spirit:  A dialogue with the three artists about their installation, Community Spirit, where you are invited to leave your mark.

Wednesday, June 1, 7:00-9:00 pm

Panel Discussion – Walking Off the Artistic Cliff – with Welmoed Laanstra, Jack Rasmussen, and Claudia Rousseau.  Moderated by Ellyn Weiss.

Making good art requires taking risks.  Join us as we explore what it means to commit to the new and unknown.


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