September 2017 - Stone Tower Gallery

Ilya Gefter: The Architecture of Light

September 1 to 24, 2017

Saturdays & Sundays 11am to 6pm and by appointment

Labor Day Monday, 11am to 6pm

Art Walk Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, 6 to 9pm

Presenter: Friends of the Yellow Barn

Location: Stone Tower Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222



The Glen Echo Park Partnership and Friends of the Yellow Barn present Ilya Gefter: The Architecture of Light. This exhibition features ink washes by painter Ilya Gefter, a Visiting Artist at the Yellow Barn Studio. Each piece is a product of engagement with a place, be it an ancient ruin, a palazzo, or an anonymous residential structure. Gefter strives to distill the experience of both urban and natural forms to their essence: form and light. Light can both reveal and distort the forms, but in either case, it imposes a visual hierarchy and geometry. Gefter hopes to capture the ever-shifting geometry of light. The ink’s flow is hard to control; its contact with paper is irreversible. Within the limitations of this demanding medium, a sensitive application can open up its stunning potential to evoke the experience of form, light and space. These three principles are the central visual themes of my cityscapes.


Art Walk Opening Reception

Friday, September 1, 6 to 9pm


Artist's Lecture and Reception

Saturday, September 9, 6:30 to 9pm

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J. Jordan Bruns: Unveiling the Magician's Trick

September 30 to October 22, 2017

Saturdays & Sundays 12pm to 6pm and by appointment

Artist's Reception: Friday, October 13, 6 to 8pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture

Location: Stone Tower Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222



The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present J. Jordan Bruns: Unveiling the Magician's Trick. In this exhibition of assemblage still life works, Bruns – a Glen Echo Park Resident Artist – aims for absolute truth in painting, uniting still life objects, painting surfaces, and the painting palette. Still life paintings are sandwiched between the still life object above and the artist palette used to make the painting below. These assemblages are constructed in the artist’s studio and then painted in the gallery space. Bruns will paint the work throughout the duration of the exhibition in a form of performance art. Normally, viewers of art typically only see the “lie” of the final product. The means to complete the painting, what the subject matter looks like, the location the painting was conceived, and the lighting conditions the subject was viewed in are all part of the painter’s world. Observational painters often benefit from the subject matter never being seen by their audience, allowing the viewer to fill in the gaps with their imaginations when the painter didn’t provide all the information. Yet when the subject, location, and lighting are all exhibited alongside the painting, the expectations for the painting changes. The art becomes about the painter’s ability to interpret the subject rather than the actual completed painting. To some, the painting may be better than the original subject. To others, the painting may fall short of the original subject. To some, the object may have more meaning seen through the eyes of a painter. To others, the fascination with the painting process is enough to make the work extraordinary. The fact that the viewer can stand in front of the painting and see “truth,” exactly what the painter saw – and can see the color choices and mixtures used – may enhance or diminish the final product.


See Jordan at work in the gallery:

Wednesday, October 4, 12-4pm

Wednesday, October 11, 10am-2pm

Friday, October 13, Opening Reception

Saturday and Sunday, October 14 & 15, 10am-5pm

Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, 10am-5pm


Artist's Reception

Friday, October 13, 6 to 8pm