Down the August Path
oil on canvas on wood panel
30 x 40"
Established in 1993
1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20007
tel 202 965 4601
fax 202 338 1660
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm, or by appointment
Susan Calloway, Owner/Director
Kerin Backhaus, Assistant Director/Gallery Manager
William Adams, Art Conservator/Framer
Caroline Adams, Gallerist, Framing Consultant
Contemporary and antique fine art
Susan Calloway Fine Arts specializes in contemporary art by local, regional, and international artists, antique American and European oil paintings, and a carefully chosen selection of 17th-19th century prints. The gallery also specializes in conservation framing using archival-quality materials and techniques, and in traditional French mat decoration. The gallery provides extensive art consulting services for business and residential clients and collaborates with architecture and design trades.
Current Exhibition: New Landscapes: Scenes from the Shenandoah to the Chesapeake, Ed Cooper, January 17 – February 15, 2014. Opening Reception: January 17, 6 - 8 pm
Ed Cooper reflects the subtleties of early morning and late afternoon light and color in his plein air landscapes, capturing the interplay of sun and shade on trees, water, and grass. A wanderer, Cooper constantly searches for scenes and objects that evoke an emotional response. He carries as constant companions a pochade box for quick oil sketches and an easel for more elaborate paintings. Cooper holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has received awards from the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, American Artist, the National Parks Academy of the Arts, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, and the Easton Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival.
Upcoming: Ink, Joint exhibition: Brian Petro and Christian Platt, February 21 – March 22, 2014, Opening Reception: February 21, 6 - 8 pm
While DC artists Christian Platt and Brian Petro each work in a variety of media, they share an affinity for the medium of ink on paper. Petro’s large, expressive brush strokes serve as exclamation points to Platt’s meticulously developed relief prints. Platt’s method of drilling through his plate to create the light space he will later print is, in effect, drilling the “light” into his work, which is inspired by light. Petro’s brush strokes and shapes reflect both an influence and meaning as he lays down the emotional “paths” of paint.
Upcoming: Interactions, March 28 – April 26, 2014, Opening Reception: March 28, 6 - 8 pm
In showing of his recent work, Rodgers Naylor explores the capacity of painting to express or imply a human story, while keeping his strong focus on the abstract arrangement of light and dark shapes in a composition. Most of these paintings contain human figures, always within the context of their environment and often with several figures, perhaps enjoying lunch together at a French café, or browsing at an outdoor market, or pondering great artwork at a museum. The viewer is invited to consider the interactions among the characters in the paintings and between the characters and their surroundings. In this way the viewer completes the story that is begun by the painting. Many of the paintings are inspired by Naylor’s recent travels in France, though the work is less evoking a specific place than about observing and living life. His decisive and expressive style reflects his long training as a plein-air and alla-prima painter, though he has recently worked successfully on large numbers of paintings together over a period of many weeks.