MPA Winter Exhibitions

December 2, 2021 – February 19, 2022*
Opening Exhibition Receptions Thursday, December 2 from 4-6pm and 6:30-8:30pm


 

The Opening Exhibition Receptions are free and open to the public, but each session is limited to 30 attendees. Reservations are required. Proof of vaccination or a same-day negative COVID-19 test is required of all attendees to these two December 2 opening receptions, along with a government-issued ID for visitors 16 and older. Masks are required to be worn at all times inside the galleries and building.

*Please note: MPA’s galleries will be closed Friday, Dec 3 and Saturday, Dec 4 due to the MCC Holiday Art & Crafts Festival.



Give and Take: Building Form (Emerson Gallery)
Featuring abstract wood sculpture by Emilie Benes Brzezinski, Rachel Rotenberg, Foon Sham and Norma Schwartz

Featuring dynamic abstract sculptural works by four artists who work primarily in wood, this exhibit will explore each artist’s personal vision along with their methodology of making. By employing varying degrees of adding and subtracting material–laminating or carving, sawing and sanding–these artists build form by either giving or taking away. With this mind, process is highlighted, understood and demonstrated with an eye towards clarifying the genesis and emergence of form.

Intersectional Painting: Works by Sheila Crider (Atrium Gallery)
Artist Sheila Crider will exhibit works from an on-going series that combines painting, drawing, braiding, stitching and weaving to create three-dimensional abstract forms. Through these works, which are both beautiful and evocative, Crider has found an inventive and original process that enables her to visually explore multiple intersections between material, place, tradition, race, gender, history, culture, narrative, art, painting, object and picture.

Both exhibitions were underwritten by Pamela and David Danner.

Visiting our Galleries

Beginning December 2, 2021, the Atrium Gallery Exhibition (Intersectional Painting) will be available for viewing during McLean Community Center operating hours. The Emerson Gallery exhibit (Give and Take: Building Form) will be open for visitors Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-4pm and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. Online exhibitions will also be available for viewing in mid-December.

Viewing will be limited to six visitors at a time to provide social distancing. Due to new guidance on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Fairfax County Health Department, McLean Community Center (MCC) is requiring all patrons to wear masks that cover their mouths and noses while they attend programs in its facilities. In addition, patrons are requested to do their best to observe six feet of social distance from other patrons as often as possible and to wash their hands often. Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout MCC facilities for its patrons’ convenience.

The safety of our visitors, staff, and community is at the forefront of our minds as we redesign our in-gallery experience in this environment.

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