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On Friday, February 22nd from 6 to 8 pm, Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court, NW presents the celebratory closing of our current exhibition’s Tools as Art Two: Selections from the Hechinger Collection, and Bill Schmidt’s Way, Shape, and Form with an “old-time” Appalachian Blue Grass jamboree. Current exhibiting artist and musician Bill Schmidt, International Arts & Artists Trustee and founding director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, Dr. Alan Jabbour, and IA&A Trustee Dr. Rick Hamrick will perform a number of songs on fiddle, guitar, upright bass and mandolin. Come and enjoy the art and down-home wizardry of our in-house bluegrass musicians! This event will be casual and is free to the public.


Closing Exhibitions:
Way, Shape, and Form: Small Abstract Paintings by Bill Schmidt features a selection of gouache paintings embellished with colored pencil and water-soluble crayon. The selected works display Schmidt’s signature miniature, geometric paintings ranging in size from 4×4″ to 7x 5″. By placing bold compositions on small scale works, Schmidt creates an environment in which the viewer and art intimately co-exist. The density, complexity, and intricacy of old time Appalachian music serve as his muse in the creation of this environ. For contemplating viewers the trance like captivation Bill experiences in the act of creation is meant to be shared, and the intimacy of the scale and the various formal and spatial illusions of his work are all meant to encourage such a parallel experience. This closing event will offer an even greater chance of actualizing this aforementioned “parallel experience” because you will have the music which inspired his work!

Tools As Art, Two: Selections from the Hechinger Collection , features works from IA&A’s permanent collection donated by hardware store magnate John Hechinger and his family. All the works within Tools as Art, Two depict or incorporate tools as their theme, subject, or media. Because tools are such a basic part of humanity, the Collection’s focus on objects and their metamorphosis into art appeals to the builder in all of us. By turns, humorous and serious, these remarkable works are sure to challenge expectation and stir the imagination. We invite you to enjoy the exuberant creativity.

About | Hillyer Art Space is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at other times by appointment. Admittance is free. Hillyer Art Space is a non-profit contemporary exhibition site and is a program of International Arts & Artists, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through traveling exhibitions, programs, and services to artists, arts institutions, and the public.


9 Hillyer Court NW | Washington, DC | 20008
T. 202.338.0680 | Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10am-5pm

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