Dreamy Days of Summer

Zenith Gallery Presents


Dreamy Days of Summer

Featuring Artists: Mona Dworkin, Cassandra Gillens & Christopher Wagner
Show dates: June 21 – July 27, 2024

Opening Receptions to Meet the Artist: Fri June 21st, 4-8 PM & Sat June 22nd, 2-6 PM
At 1429 Iris Street NW, Washington DC, 20012

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Images l-r: “Astronaut Flowers” by Christopher Wagner, “Resilient” by Mona Dworkin, and “Girls Weekend” by Cassandra Gillens

Mona Dworkin emphatically states without uttering a single word, that we all yearn for and deserve our dreams and truths. Dworkin’s deeply contemplative works show us that there’s only one race – the human race. Through early childhood friendships she learned about wealth disparity and the racial divide, which has shaped her beliefs then and now. Dworkin aspires through her work to give voice to those oppressed by systemic racism, sexism and to awaken sensitivities in those who overlook it.

Cassandra M. Gillens is a self-taught artist, residing in Beaufort, South Carolina. Cassandra’s fondest memories of her visits to South Carolina moved her to paint these visions of The Low country’s comforting southern culture. Cassandra Gillens dreamt of one day returning to the place that won her heart and spirit, and upon her return, became closely connected with her people and culture she so loved. Cassandra’s paintings show that love with vivid colors of the southern seasons and images of good old southern living.

Christopher Wagner uses recycled and reclaimed material as his medium, utilizing traditional carving skills in the creation of contemporary sculpture. The reclaimed lumber he predominantly sculpts provides a sense of history that influences what he creates. His work deals with recontextualized people and animals along with combinations of both. His figurative sculptures are allegorical, referencing several mythological traditions while still maintaining a personal dialogue for the artist. Christopher has an M.F.A. in sculpture from Edinboro University and a B.A. in Art from Georgetown College. His work has been exhibited all over the country including the Smithsonian Craft Show. Currently he lives in Spokane, WA where he teaches at Gonzaga University.

Now celebrating 46 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.