Best of D.C. 2016, Best Small Gallery, Washington Post, 2016
Best of D.C. 2016, One of top 3 Commercial Art Galleries, Washington City Paper, 2016


February 3 – 26
Join us for coffee and cake Saturday, February 18, 1 - 3 PM
Meet the Artists: Steve Alderton and Mary D. Ott


“UNITY” Touchstone artists focus on harmony in their work. Working with constancy of purpose they sculpt, paint, photograph, make collage, form clay, or hand pull their prints into harmonious creations. Look for accord and wholeness within each composition whether the focus is color, human relationships, social issues, mathematical oneness, linear qualities, or repetition of design elements. What often eludes society, artists do capture their work.


"Memoryscapes - Blurry Lines III" by Steve Alderton

This exhibit is the third and final in a series of increasingly abstracted landscape paintings. The geometric shapes -- created by using sponge rollers and large brushes -- hit up against and often overlap so as to create a completely blurred sense of nature. This exhibit explores how landscapes are “felt” rather than how they appear in reality.  press release


“METALLICS: Paintings and Prints” by Mary D. Ott

New series of paintings and of etchings that feature copper, silver and gold elements. press release

Touchstone Gallery is available for special events rental for cocktail parties, fundraisers, meet-and-greets, happenings and life celebrations. Featuring a bright, sleek space, with rotating art exhibits by member artists. Convenient to public transportation and parking. MORE

Touchstone Foundation for the Arts

The Foundation creates opportunities for young and emerging artists in our area
to develop professionally and to exhibit at an established gallery
and offers programs to engage the wider community.


Founded in 1976 by 30 artists, Touchstone Gallery opened its doors on P Street, NW, in Washington DC's DuPont Circle area. Over the years circumstances lead the Gallery to relocate to 7th St. NW Penn Quarter neighborhood and finally near the CityCenter DC. Touchstone celebrated the opening of its newest custom built space at 901 New York Avenue NW in 2010. Located between CityCenter DC retail development, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, this street level venue is both easily accessible and is the most elegant space in its history.

Artist-owned Touchstone Gallery has maintained a reputation for exhibiting contemporary work of high quality, vision and innovation. Its dedicated membership has demonstrated the gallery’s steadfast commitment to this standard. Since the beginning, Touchstone’s mission remains unaltered: to enrich the lives of the community through exhibits of diverse contemporary collections of visual art; to promote a rich variety of artistic talent in the DC region;  to connect collectors with its 45 member artists; and to foster continuing artistic and career growth of participating artist through encouragement and support.  As a member owned and managed gallery, Touchstone artists enjoy the right to guide gallery policies and control their solo exhibitions. The support and camaraderie of the membership is an important benefit. Touchstone welcomes new artist applications at any time. 

From the start, Touchstone has been involved with the DC community and with philanthropic outreach in and beyond DC. The Gallery participates at local, national and international levels, balancing its members’ shows with ongoing art outreach to its neighbors. The Gallery has taken part in various art auctions, benefits, and charitable activities throughout the years.  In 2012 Touchstone formed the nonprofit Touchstone Foundation for the Arts to continue a long standing commitment to community involvement.