Zenith Gallery to Present:
Betty White Unites! Exhibit Dates: January 14 – January 29, 2022
Opening Receptions: Friday January 14, 5-8 PM & Saturday January 15, 2-6 PM
At 1429 Iris St NW, Washington DC 20012
Featuring: Doba Afolabi, Amy Bandel, Holly Boruck, F. Lennox Campello, Diane Dompka, Bulsby Duncan, Cheryl Elmo, Ruth E. Green, Mirra Karra, Rebecca Klemm, Michelle Marchello, Carol Newmyer, Gavin Sewell, Helen Silberminz, Matt Slusher, Bradley Stevens, Paula Wachsstock, Jennifer Wagner, Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, and Curtis Woody…. more to be added
Betty White Unites! | In Celebration of her 100th Birthday
Since the passing of Betty White, it has become abundantly clear that she is the one person in America who everyone loves, no matter what your affiliations may be.
Zenith Gallery and our artists want to start the year off right with love and positivity by celebrating the life of Betty White. “She is loved by everyone, and I believe through the celebration of her life we can be united.” Said Margery Goldberg, Founder, Zenith Gallery. “We have created a website that will go live the day of the opening, www.BettyWhiteUnites.com, for this show and as a means to memorialize her.”
Throughout her 80-year career she has touched so many generations. Tributes continue pour in across the world for ‘cultural icon’ Betty White, as fans from President Biden to Ryan Reynolds to Jay-Z, pay homage.
“Live with it’: Betty White defied racist demands in 1954 when she featured Arthur Duncan on her television show when the network complained! She had creative control, which was rare for any actor at that time but especially for a woman. So, the network “lived with it” and it led to a long career for Mr. Duncan.
She broke barriers throughout her career – she was the first woman to win a Game Show Host Emmy Award and won the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. The awards and accolades are too numerous to mention. Look for the documentary that is coming out in her name on her birthday, January 17!
Please join us to celebrate this amazing woman!
Featured Artists: Doba Afolabi, was born in the mountains of southwest Nigeria and credits his mother, who was a versatile dancer, as the fundamental force behind his flair for expression. Monet, Van Gogh, Degas and Yoruba stylized carvings were later influences on Afolabi. Doba studied at the famous Zaria Art School. While still in school, he became known as one of the “Zaria Rebels,” an artist’ school known for their experimental style and bold color palette. Briefly, he worked for the United Nations as a graphic designer. He will be our featured artists in our Black History month show.
Amy Bandel, artist, Air Force veteran, and UM graduate says of her work “I draw and paint to stay calm and grounded. Beauty and peacefulness are threads throughout. I work with many different subjects, including landscapes, plants, nature, animals, and people. I find art is a way to connect with the people, places, and things that I love.
Holly Boruck lives and works in the Los Angeles area. She has an MFA in Painting from Cal State University Northridge and a BFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. A common thread in her art making practice is a deep interest in the human psyche and earthly experiences.
F. Lennox Campello “I usually draw with either charcoal or graphite, generally on paper and for the last few years on reclaimed, broken, unfired Bisque. The drawings are most likely part of an ongoing narrative series, some of which I’ve been doing for decades, where I tell and retell stories, or express ideas through the means of contemporary realism.”
Diane Dompka, native Washingtonian and photographer says that “Good fortune provided a beautiful landscape filled with many visual opportunities thru museums, galleries, and the people of the world. My joy is capturing the spirit and beauty of the subject and the emotional bond of preserving the image.”
Bulsby “Buzz” Duncan was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Washington, DC. A self-taught artist whose work can be described as abstract with deep emotion and energy, Buzz traces his artistic influence on the great abstract expressionists, and contemporary artists of the 20th Century.
Cheryl Elmo, a signature member of the Pennsylvania and Baltimore Watercolor Societies, has shown her artwork nationally and internationally. Cheryl’s watercolors give the medium a new visual quality focusing on human connection.
Ruth E. Green received a BFA in Illustration from Northern Illinois University. She is an award-winning toy inventor, illustrator, designer, and watercolor artist from Chicago.
Mihira Karra is a fabric collage artist who started sketching and using pastels as a child. She realized her passion for portraiture and figurative art as a twelve-year-old when she sketched her first portraits of her great aunt and grandmother.
Rebecca J. Klemm PhD, Dr. Klemm is a visual storyteller, concept designer and director of learning videos, inventor, and art collector. She holds a PhD in statistics and has won teaching awards due to her use of design and real projects to make math meaningful and relevant. She was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Michelle Marcello, Michele is a native-born Washingtonian. She has spent over 30 years working as an Artist, Makeup artist and Stylist. As a multifaceted Artist, she is trained in the Art of Photography, Painting, Pastels, jewelry collage and logo design. She graduated Corcoran school of art with a bachelor’s degree in design. Michelle believes we need a backbone a wishbone and funny bone.
Carol Newmyer “Since its inception, I have worked in and with the Zenith Gallery, growing and evolving along with the community of artists that have developed around it since 1978. I have always felt that the desire to communicate is one of the great universal reasons why artists create their work.”
Gavin Sewell, originally from Maine, is a mixed-media artist, painter, and printmaker based in Brooklyn and Montreal. His mysterious, novelistic collages and intuitive, expressionist paintings are in collections on four continents.
Helen Silberminz, When I retired, I told myself I would go back to all things art so I’ve been volunteering as a Studio Arts Rep at the Smithsonian and I completed the Smithsonian World Art History Certificate in 2018.
Matt Slusher is a traditional artist from Colorado who studied art at The Colorado Institute of Art and is self taught working in a wide variety of mediums. Now living in Frederick, MD he has work in collections in New York, DC, Texas and Germany. Showings include the Night Gallery in Leesburg, VA, the Slate Wine Bar in Georgetown, FOHA in Loudoun County.
Bradley Stevens, In his career of over twenty-five years, Stevens has forged a reputation as one of America’s leading realist painters. His style is contemporary realism––rooted in classical training, yet boldly expressing modernity through his use of paint and his penetrating eye. Stevens is unique among his contemporaries for his exceptional achievements in three domains of representational art: portraiture, landscapes, and figurative urban landscapes. He frequently works on commission, and many of the commissioned paintings are on a grand scale for public and private spaces.
Paula Wachsstock “I respond to an event in time, an object or nature…I treat myself to a visual story. Taking what I know to be true and enhancing that truth or stripping that Truth down to the essentials with color, shapes, line and texture. While immersed in my process, the painting speaks to me giving me cues as to how to move forward. A spontaneous reaction takes place, as I respond to my marks on my canvas.”
Jennifer Wagner is an award-winning mosaic artist and entrepreneur. “I work with directly with clients, including interior design companies to create one-of-a-kind mosaic installations for businesses, private residences and community centers.”
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard’s paintings have been exhibited widely on the East Coast. She has illustrated for magazines and books and worked as a courtroom artist. Marcie is an instructor at Glen Echo Park, Yellow Barn Studios, and The Smithsonian.
Curtis Woody refers to his artworks as “mixed media quilt paintings.’ Woody’s mixed media quilt paintings start with hand cut museum board blocks that are painted, embellished, scratched, and merged together to form extremely well-composed, thought provoking collages that are not terribly pre-planned, but rather, let the feelings and emotions of the overall design dictate how each block fits together.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, Noon – 6pm, Or by appointment
For more information or purchase: Margery Goldberg, Isabella Ionni, 202-783-2963
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Now celebrating 43 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media, style, and subject. The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012. Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20004.