The City of Gaithersburg presents an exhibit featuring the photography of Howard Clark, Phil Fabrizio and Richard Weiblinger, and watercolors by Vian Shamounki Borchert and her students at the Arts Barn Gallery, November 21, 2012 through January 21, 2013. The gallery is located at 311 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg, with viewing hours Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to a free Artists’ Reception on Tuesday, December 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Howard Clark was a travel photographer for a ten-year period ending in early 2011, with a digital archive covering no fewer than 15 cities in Asia, 30 cities in Europe, and countless locations across the United States and Canada. Nearer to home, he favors landscapes and architecture, animals and flowers, monuments and night scenes. He especially enjoys producing broad panoramas that may include up to 100 individual exposures stitched together by computer software.. Moody photos involving fog or outdoor lighting are another hallmark of Clark’s collection. He believes that these conditions simplify the scene and strengthen its composition by eliminating unnecessary details. Clark’s photos appear in the permanent collection of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and an eight-foot version of his Great Falls Panorama hangs in the pedestrian tunnel at Bethesda Metro Station. He has been a member of the Gaithersburg Camera Club since its beginnings in 1973. In 2006, he was designated the Club’s first Grand Master Photographer in the Slide category and became an Honorary Member for Life. He is also a member of the Friends of the National Zoo Photo Club, as well as clubs in Frederick and Montgomery Village. To view many of his prize-winning photos, visit www.HClarkPhotos.com.
Phil Fabrizio is a freelance event and sports portrait photographer who lives in North Potomac and has operated Sugarloaf Photography since 1985. His photography is in homes throughout North Potomac, Gaithersburg, Germantown and the greater D.C. metro area, where he has photographed hundreds of weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs. He began concentrating on news event photography in 2003. Fabrizio is on staff at The Town Courier in Gaithersburg and Urbana, Montgomery Magazine in Germantown, and works on assignment for LifeTouch Photographic Studio in Baltimore. He is a U.S. Senate Press Photographer and member of the Senate and House of Representatives News Gallery. Fabrizio’s exhibit at the Arts Barn departs from news and press coverage, focusing on cityscapes and street portraiture from his travels around the country, though not straying from his roots in “action portrait” sports photography. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds of work sold at the Arts Barn will go to Operation Second Chance Inc., a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization supporting wounded, injured and ill combat veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals. In 2010, Fabrizio was a featured artist for Rockville’s 150th Anniversary, with his photos exhibited at Glenview Mansion. Follow him on Twitter at @Photoloaf or visit www.photoloaf.com.
Richard Paul Weiblinger is an accomplished and completely self-taught creative artist. He is an avid photographer who transforms everyday objects into images that progress from "everyday" to art, revealing nature’s subtle elegance. His favorite themes include vibrant flowers, unique still lifes, colorful maritime images, scenery, and wildlife. Weiblinger uses creative lighting in many of his images, not simply illuminating his subjects but giving them a dream-like, surreal quality. Some of his images utilize the relatively new post-processing technique of "HDR" (High Dynamic Range). Many of his macro photographs are created using a shallow and selective depth of field. His resume includes solo and juried gallery exhibitions in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as a diverse portfolio of national and international publications. To view his work visit www.weiblingerphotography.com.
Vian Shamounki Borchert is an award-winning contemporary artist who has shown both internationally and nationally. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Art in Amman, Jordan and The Jerusalem Fund Gallery in Washington, D.C. Borchert has been selected to participate in numerous DC Art Events including “Paint The Music” at Atlas Performing Arts Center, “Art Metamorphosis” and “Midsummer Night's Dream” in Georgetown, and RAW DC’s “Activate.” She received a BFA from The Corcoran College of Art and Design and holds a Master of Web Design degree. Her expressionistic and abstracted art illustrates a poetic mood and a thoughtful journey into the world of painting. She has dedicated and loyal students who have taken many of her adult classes in Watercolor and Acrylic Painting and Drawing at the Arts Barn. This exhibit showcases the work of Borchert and five of her Watercolor students. She believes that art education is essential to a thriving community.
Please note that most artwork is for sale, and all images are copyrighted by the artist. For more information please contact Andi Rosati at 301-258-6394, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Arts Barn online at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn.
Howard Clark, WWII Memorial
Phil Fabrizio, 222
Richard Paul Weiblinger, Lighthouse
Vian Shamounki Borchert, J Lennon Soft Simple