Hello to everyone! My next showing will be at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria Virginia in early summer. That is the same arts center that I’m thrilled to sharing a studio in August and September! I’m very excited to have this opportunity. The Torpedo Factory is a renowned arts center and I’m thrilled to have juried in. My home studio, at The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., is currently closed due to the Corona virus outbreak. Until we re-open, please send any sales inquiries to Britt@brittconley.com. I’m working away, making new individual art and beginning work for new thematic shows.
Recently, I was accepted into the 34th edition and 2020 Summer issue of The Northern Virginia Review Magazine and even more honored to be on the cover. The cover mixed media work, “Musica,” is in the collection of Jill of Joe Biden.
Manhattan Lullaby is a graphite work representing the title track of Chris Ziemba’s jazz album Manhattan Lullaby. My September solo at The Workhouse Arts Center, which featured nearly 90 works representing the many of the songs from his album. Chris is an amazing composer and pianist. He is currently the pianist for The Airmen of Note, who are literally “the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force.” It was a real pleasure to work with him. You can see more on the show below.
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B minor, The Pathetique measures 221-229” was recently awarded The Award of Excellence from The Arts Club of Washington and sold the first day of the exhibition. It’s in a great home : )
I am going to be the first 2020 featured artist in The Spilsbury Gallery at the Arts Club of Washington. The opening reception is Friday, January 10th, 2020 from 6:30-8:30. Join me!
I’ll be showing many works from the past couple of years and new works, such as Debussy’s La Mer. This work is from the 2nd movement – play of the sea.
Also showcasing, “Wandering,” a personification of Composer, Chris Ziemba’s work which represents the visualization of his wandering around New York and seeing the juxtapositions between nature, it’s flowers amidst Manhattan’s concrete. Wandering is a beautiful jazz composition!
The show includes 15 works including Impromptu which represents the music in my head.
Thank you to everyone who came out for my latest solo show, Jazz Envisioned: Manhattan Lullaby. For months I listened to Chris Ziemba’s album, Manhattan Lullaby and attempted to visualize much of it. I used the main two walls to showcase the first song on the album, “Josie.” The art is a nearly entirely note for note translation of this piece into motivic cells. It seemed a wonderful way to emulate the main and subset structures of his writing style.
Overall this has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Visually personifying Chris’s music into numerous thematic work runs has allowed me to chew through a bit of his writing style and decision making process. It’s a really rewarding experience to work so intensively and learn a lot along the way. The show featured 84 separate artworks. Nine of the works represent, “The Road Less Traveled,” which features the saxophone was emulated by illustrating the sound articulation and melodic shape of his performance.
Although Chris was unable to attend the opening, he was able to perform at the closing reception. His memorizing performance of the many of the works from the album was an incredible experience for all! Chris performs all over and is additionally the pianist for The Airmen of Note. It was an honor to work with him.
The sculpture “Interval Sea” is heading overseas. I really enjoyed creating it and will miss having it around the studio. It’s going to a very loving home in Norway.
It’s an honor enough to be showing at The Arts Club of Washington again from now until June 27th. I was lucky enough to win the Award of Excellence for Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “The Pathetique” measures 221-229. The day after the opening, I was asked it was available and he said wanted it : )
Also on view is the commission, “My Guitar, My Muse” that I’ve spent the past few years on. It’s about the sound of guitar strings being plucked and all things music. The Lovely couple who commissioned it came to The Arts Club for the official unveiling and seemed ecstatic about the outcome : )
I used the guitar strings that the guitarist had performed with. I really loved being able to add that personal touch and he really liked the idea.
I’m also, currently the curator for a show titled “Artists in Their Own Right” at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. The show features just some of our over 50 community at Northern Virginia Community College.
The Opening reception will be July 13th, 2019 from 6-8pm.
After the reception, please come by my studio in building 10 for small 2nd get together/new studio warming and birthday get together. They’ll be cake!
I also be giving a sneak peak at the new show I’m working on! I’m working on 50 works while listening to one jazz album: Manhattan Lullaby by Chris Ziemba. I’ll be personifying the music throughout the album in color. I’m still working on the black & white under-layer structures for the next couple of weeks before adding those color layers. I’m really excited about the show and watching all of this music come to life visually. The exhibit is titled Jazz Envisioned: Manhattan Lullaby and will be on view at The Workhouse Arts Center in Building 10 from September 14th-October 6th. Here is a sneak peak of the early stage inks I working on now…
Recently I was also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to show my work at the Women Helping Women’s Conference and to have the lead work from my last solo show, purchased by Jill Biden. I am thrilled it’s going to their lovely home. ‘
Musica’ represents what many may call, the Mozart moment, when a composer stops percolating with ideas and sees and hears exactly what the music will be and suddenly can hear, see and act as one. The piece illustrates the energy and the beauty of the bowings, notes and sounds the composer if feverishly putting down into the staff. I find that focused moment to be one of the quintessential abilities of our humanity and the essence of creation.
I was also thrilled to have sold Hummel’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A minor. Op. 25 thru the Arts Club of Washington in March. It’s a recent work and one of my favorites.
The Arts Club of Washington has been absolutely wonderful and I can’t recommend them enough. In 2018 I was fortunate enough to win two awards of excellence for the first of my Chopin series and for Noturno Phantasm, a nocturn of the night.
The work also showed at The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.
It was also shown at various other locations including The Arts Club of Washington and Northern Virginia Community College.
One of the other really wonderful events this past year was having my first group showing at the Huntington Museum of Art. Feldeinsamkeit was entered. It is a Brahms lead for paino and male voice. It’s inspired from a poem Brahms read about a man lying in the field in tall grass, listening to the incencent sound of crickets, while the clouds move rhythmically overhead. Feldeinsamkeit sold this summer to a wonderful couple.
It was a wonderful experience, the museum staff are incredible and the evening reception was phenomenally done. I really loved being in the space and it has inspired a couple of potential museum shows that are in the making…
I’m currently working on several call for entries, my solo show for September, a show at the Arts Club of Washington which will hopefully have my jazz guitar commission completed for the unveiling. It’s been slow going but I think I can get it done… The image below is a detail of the guitar strings being plucked.
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