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Bontena, October 4, 2018
In 1976, the Touchstone Gallery was established by a group of artists to represent local artists in Washington, DC. And the gallery has been directing by Ksenia Grishkova since 2007. I contacted Ksenia Grishkova to learn more about her career and Touchstone Gallery. Click for more info!
Washington City Paper, April 2018
Touchstone Gallery was voted to be one of the top-three commercial art galleries in D.C. Click for more info!
The Washington Post, October 19, 2017
Touchstone Gallery was voted to be the best gallery in D.C., achieving “1st” place. Click for more info!
Michael Bergin, The Georgetown Voice, September 29, 2017
“The gallery is disarming at first look. It almost takes a moment to realize you are in an artistic space. Its green awnings blend in with the neighboring businesses[,] and the tall glass offices of K Street are only a few blocks away.” Click for more info!
Brendan L. Smith, The Washington Diplomat, May 30, 2017
“At the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, almost 100 artists from across the United States sharpened their social commentary in ‘Art as Politics,’ a group exhibition held last August before Trump’s surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton. Many pieces lampooned Trump, some depicting him as the anti-Christ or Humpty Dumpty. The exhibition had record-breaking attendance at the artist-owned gallery, said Touchstone Gallery Director Ksenia Grishkova. ‘This is the moment to do something political, and the response was absolutely overwhelming,’ she told The Diplomat. ‘It was much more than I ever anticipated and imagined.’” Click for more info!
Winyan Soo Hoo and Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, April 13, 2017
“Touchstone attracted some attention — not all of it favorable — with a pre-election show titled ‘Art as Politics.’ Usually, though, the venue divides its space between a members’ group exhibition and two solo showcases.” Click for more info!
WHUT DC Channel 32, September 28, 2016
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, August 13, 2016
“The numbers look good for Donald Trump in Touchstone Gallery’s powerful show ‘Art as Politics.’ The Republican presidential candidate is portrayed in roughly twice as many pieces as his Democratic rival. But while some of the renderings of Hillary Clinton are flattering — or at least not patently contemptuous — there’s not one positive depiction of Trump.” Click for more info!
Eric Hope, East City Art, August 11, 2016
“The front page headlines of The Washington Post have been splashed—artistically—across the walls of the Touchstone Gallery. Art as Politics brings together 126 works from artists across the country in a free-ranging, juried exhibition that seems to touch on every vexing social issue confronting society today.” Click for more info!
Teta Alim, NBC Washington, March 24, 2016
“The original location for the gallery was opened in 1976 in Dupont Circle by 30 artists. Now, in its 40th year and with a new location by CityCenterDC, 45 artists share ownership of the gallery.” Click for more info!
SOLO AND GUEST EXHIBITIONS PRESS COVERAGE
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, August 17, 2018
“Calligraphy meets — and sometimes overwhelms — expressionism in Yuki Hiyama’s abstract paintings. Whether the Japanese artist would agree with that formulation will remain a mystery, because she doesn’t speak. ” Click for more info!
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, July 27, 2018
“The paintings in Dee Levinson’s Touchstone Gallery show, “Religions of the World,” began with an epiphany, but it wasn’t a sectarian one. Visiting Rome in 1991, the Arlington artist was struck by the forms and lines of the abundant public sculpture. ” Click for more info!
Carol Ann Moore: Seeking Refuge and Susi Cora: Highwire: Precarious Balance (Touchstone Foundation for the Arts 2016–18 Emerging Artist Fellowship)
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, May 18, 2018
“To conclude two-year emerging-artist fellowships endowed by Touchstone Gallery’s foundation, Carol Ann Moore and Susi Cora are having dual solo shows at the venue.” Click for more info!
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, January 12, 2018
“Richardson’s taste for outdated photographic methods mirrors her penchant for focusing on lost times and places.” Click for more info!
Art Watch: The One House Project, a 220+ Artists Installation Supported by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, November 16, 2017
“A houselike wooden structure covered in local artists' tributes to their family histories may not be a full expression of the region's myriad ethnicities.” Click for more info!
Monica Cho, The Georgetown Voice, September 19, 2017
“At Touchstone Gallery in downtown D.C., three separate collections will be running until Oct. 1. The collections, “About Face: Reversals and Undoings,” “Physiognomy,” and “Ordered Complexities,” are all intricate explorations of the world around us, though they have little in common at the surface.” Click for more info!
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, July 13, 2017
“Birds sport many kinds of plumage in Claudia Samper’s pictures, which combine painting, drawing and collage. Some of the renderings in her Touchstone Gallery show are precise enough for a modern-day Audubon, but she mixes realistic creatures with cartoonish sketches and diagrams of origami avians.” Click for more info!
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, May 18, 2017
“Executed primarily in black and gray, the paintings in Jeanne Garant’s ‘275 Stripes’ are almost austere. Yet there are glimmers of sensuousness in the Touchstone Gallery show, whether in the infrequent bright colors — a gold bar, a red line — or the textures within the muted, monochromatic blocks.” Click for more info!
Allison Reagan, The Georgetown Voice, February 27, 2017
“In a little corner of the Touchstone Gallery, next to a window looking out onto busy New York Avenue, is the latest collection of paintings from local artist Steve Alderton. Ordered swaths of muted blues and purples hang in silent contrast to the hustle of the streets on the other side of the glass and invite viewers to attempt to piece together the colorful rectangles on canvas that comprise the artwork of ‘Memoryscapes: Blurry Lines III.’” Click for more info!
Mary Mei, The Georgetown Voice, February 24, 2017
“At first glance, Mary D. Ott’s metallic paintings seem to be characterized by their lack of complexity; her aptly titled piece ‘Gold on Black’ refers to a dark canvas interrupted by thin, golden strokes, while ‘Copper’ is a copper backdrop interspersed with flashes of silver. However, upon further inspection, Ott’s allusion to natural elements becomes noticeable, and one is able to appreciate the elegance of her pieces.” Click for more info!
Dee Levinson: Looking Back: Across Time and Cultures
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, January 19, 2017
“Levinson’s color schemes, dominated by earth and metallic tones set off by intense blues, evoke the land of the pharaohs. Her use of shadows and modeling, however, draws from the European medieval and Renaissance masters whose styles the pre-Raphaelites endeavored to revive.” Click for more info!
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, April 22, 2016
“Although her subject is nature, Rosemary Luckett’s collages are constructed mostly of manmade stuff. ‘Earth House,’ the Virginia artist’s show at Touchstone Gallery, combines sheet music, gift wrap, postage stamps, ransom-note text and more, all neatly assembled inside old battered frames. The cut-and-paste mini-ecosystems are inspired by American Indian religious and folk art, and accompanied by Luckett’s poems. Every being, she writes, ‘is but a mask of the Great Face Behind.’” Click for more info!
Editorial Team, East City Art, March 2, 2016
“Eight Touchstone Gallery 2D-artists plus one sculptor combine their works to flesh out the human form through photography, sculpture, and paintings ranging from the abstracted to representational.” Click for more info!
Samantha Smith, The Georgetown Voice, February 10, 2016
“Levinson said most of her pieces are based off of statues she photographed while abroad. This explains why it is difficult to nail down the period that Levinson’s collection is based on; her paintings are based on statues from various eras and cultures, the subjects of which range from the Virgin Mary to Buddha and from Greek gods to Victorian women.” Click for more info!
Leila Lebreton, The Georgetown Voice, January 21, 2016
“As someone who is not a frequent advocate of abstract art, I, surprisingly, thoroughly enjoyed Leslie Johnston’s work. She is first and foremost an environmental scientist by profession, so it comes as no surprise that her art reflects her passion for preserving natural habitats and species.” Click for more info!
Elizabeth Malatesta, The Georgetown Voice, October 8, 2015
“After only a few minutes of conversation with photographer Pete McCutchen at the opening of his newest show, ‘The Quality of Light,’ it is wildly apparent that he is no typical photographer. ‘The world is a chaotic mess, and art is making order out of it,’ he says, gesturing behind himself to a photo of Lake Yellowstone, the soft pre-dawn blues of the lake juxtaposed against an arrangement of dark scraggly trees with a scattering of tiny yellow flowers.” Click for more info!
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, July 25, 2015
“It’s a selection of landscapes, but Steve Alderton’s show at Touchstone Gallery is hardly in the French en plein air tradition. The show’s title, ‘Memoryscapes — Blurry Lines II,’ specifies that the D.C. painter’s trees, fields and skies are recollected, not observed.” Click for more info!
Michael Bergin, The Georgetown Voice, January 22, 2015
“Joy, whimsical wit, and aesthetic beauty are exactly what Williams provides in Hidden Things Revealed, her latest exhibit. Located at the Touchstone Gallery through the end of January, the collection demonstrates an impressive variety of abstract natural scenes done in watercolor, shedding light on the beautiful nature of common things around us.” Click for more info!
Dana Brotman, Michelle Frazier, Janathel Shaw, Rosemary Luckett and Janet Wheeler: Form Transformed: Five Sculptors
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, January 24, 2014
“The traditional idea of sculpture is of shapes chiseled out of — or, more poetically, discovered within — blocks of stone. There are a few modernist examples of that approach in ‘Form Transformed: Five Sculptors,’ at Touchstone Gallery.” Click for more info!