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

SELECTED PRESS COVERAGE

Bastion Of The Arts: The Artist-Owned Touchstone Gallery Highlights DMV Talent, September 2017

By 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 ...” more...

From Refugees to Russia, Local Artists Wade into Politically Charged Debates

By 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." With the many crises stemming from the Trump administration, Grishkova is excited to see what artists are working on now, so Touchstone Gallery is planning a new exhibition of political art titled “Art of Engagement.” more...

10 unexpected places to find great art in Washington 

By Winyan Soo Hoo and Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, April 13, 2017  "Where should art lovers go for something quiet or off the beaten path?" 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. more...

National Juried Show "Art as Politics", Touchstone Gallery, August 2016

By #ARTICO, Art in your Community Episode 102 WHUT-TV August, 2016 Watch it here, segment about Touchstone starts at 10th minute.

In the galleries: Lines are clearly drawn in ‘Art as Politics'

By Mark Jenkins, 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." more ..."

East City Artnotes: Art as Politics at Touchstone Gallery

By 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." more...

'Just Art, Not Credentials': Artist-Owned Touchstone Gallery Turns 40 This Year

By Teta Alim, NBCWashington.com, March 24, 2016 "The New York Ave. art gallery has a lot to offer on local art." more ...

SOLO AND GUEST EXHIBITIONS PRESS COVERAGE

"Good Things Come In Threes At Touchstone Gallery" September 2017

By 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, ..." more ...

"Connecting the Dots" by Claudia Samper, July 2017

By Mark Jenkins, 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, ..." more ...

"275 Stripes" by Jeanne Garrant

By Mark Jenkins, 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. " more ...

"Natural Simplicity: Metallics" by Mary Ott

By 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." more ...

Recollections Of The Past In “Memoryscapes: Blurry Lines III” - Steve Alderton

By Allison Reagon, 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.” more ...

"Looking Back: Across Time and Cultures" by Dee Levinson

By Mark Jenkins, 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." more...

"Earth House" by Rosemary Luckett

By Mark Jenkins, 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.” more...

Touchstone Gallery Presents Figure 8 Plus 1

Steve Alderton, Dana Brotman, Timothy Johnson, Michael Lang, Paula Lantz, Shelley Lowenstein, April Rimpo, Janathel Shaw, Gail Vogels
By Editorial Team, East City Arts, 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." more...

Colors, Contrasts, And Complements at the Touchstone Gallery - Dee Levinson

By Samantha Smith, The Georgetown Voice, February 10, 2016  "Striking, captivating, and distinctive. These are the words that come to mind when viewing the latest exhibit at the Touchstone Gallery by two visiting guest artists," more ...

“Before They Are Gone” By Leslie Johnston, Touchstone Gallery - Leslie Johnston

By 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,"  more ...

“The Quality Of Light” By Pete McCutchen, Touchstone Gallery

By 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..." more...

Steve Alderton

By Mark Jenkins, 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."  more ...

Touchstone Gallery Makes Waves With Watercolors Exhibition - Patricia Williams

By Michael Bergin, The Georgetown Voice, The Georgetown Voice, January 22, 2015  "On the page of her personal website labeled “Artist’s Statement,” Patricia Williams cites a quote from French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir: “To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life..." more...

Form Transformed: Five Sculptors - Janathel Shaw, Dana Brotman, Rosemary Luckett, Janet Wheeler, and Michelle Frazier

By Mark Jenkins, 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." more...