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Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line

March 17 - August 19, 2018
Save the Date: Opening Reception, Friday, March 16, 6:30pm.  Through her painting, Inka Essenhigh provides an authentic voice. Since her emergence into the art world during the late 1990’s, she has created a path for herself that consistently questions and redefines her relationship with her media. She has moved from using enamel paint to traditional oils and back; creating hybrids of the two. Her substrates have included paper, canvas, and panels. Throughout each phase of experimentation, she created dialogues with her work, navigating how the media and brush interact, sometimes with genuine surprise at the result. It is through this approach that Essenhigh’s dazzling works are borne. …

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Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line
Inka Essenhigh, Fairy Procession, 2016. 78 x 80 inches. Oil and enamel on panel. Courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY

New Waves 2018

March 17 - August 19, 2018
Save the Date: Opening Reception, Friday, March 16, 6:30pm. Awards announced at 7:30pm Virginia MOCA proudly celebrates its 23rd juried exhibition, New Waves 2018. This annual tradition presents a small portion of the vast array of artistic talent found in our Commonwealth. MOCA would like to thank juror, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, and all the artists who submitted entries. 378 artists submitted work, our juror selected the following artists to exhibit: Jean Benvenuto Benjamin Boshart Caryl Burtner Christina Chow Alana Edwards Marlowe Emerson Marie Fornaro Peter Geiger M. Alexander Gray Matthew Grimes Meredith & James Hill Everett Hoffman Aimee Joyaux Jihee Kang Annie Layne Rachel Leman…

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New Waves 2018
Echard Wheeler. Oceanfront Series 5, 2017. Ilford fiber base photo paper. 9 x 6 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Community Gallery: Melissa Schappell: Environmental Factors

March 17 - August 19, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, March 16. 6:30-8:30pm Artist Melissa Schappell recognizes the power of art to spark conversation about a challenging subject, our mental health. She channels her personal struggles with an anxiety disorder into her art. Schappell breaks down societal stigmas surrounding mental health by encouraging dialogue around issues of common concern. EnvironMENTAL Factors focuses on the external influences that can affect our mental health. Schappell draws from firsthand experiences, extensive medical research, and the personal stories of others to explore the impact of PTSD, childhood trauma, and prenatal stress to name a few. She combines drawing, painting, and collage into…

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Community Gallery: Melissa Schappell: Environmental Factors
Melissa Schappell. Urban Pollution, 2017. Mixed media. 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan

September 22 - December 30, 2018
Save the Date: Opening Reception, Friday, September 21, 2018 Julie Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs, and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds, and reflect on the human condition—its feckless activity, violence, failure, and redemption. Heffernan tends these alternative environments to safeguard bounties we cannot live without. In other moments, she names names and points fingers to those people and activities impli…

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When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan
Julie Heffernan. Camp Bedlam, 2016. Oil on canvas. 68x104 inches. Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery