The Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) announced three local Virginia artists will have their work displayed in the downtown studio’s March exhibition when it opens March 6:
Richard Levine of Arlington, VA is a painter and photographer whose work’s foundation is heavily influenced by his extensive travel throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has exhibited widely on the East Coast from New York to Massachusetts in both solo and group shows.
Agron Pire of Stone Ridge, VA, was born in Tirana, Albania and from an early age composed portrait and landscape works. He graduated from the School of Art in 1979. Since 1984, he has partaken in numerous exhibitions at the Tirana National Gallery of Art as well as foreign National galleries. One of his paintings is in permanent residence at Tirana’s National Gallery. In 2002 Agron immigrated to the United States where he continued to paint mostly in landscape form and in 2006 he opened a one-man show at Dulles International Airport. Eighteen original oil paintings were displayed and the works received much attention. Agron still continues to paint and his passion for landscape painting is fuelled by the beauty of Virginia’s scenery.
Mark Joseph Williams of Ashburn, VA, has been recognized by peers and industry organizations including the American Society of Marine Artists as a Signature Member. He is also a juried member of Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism. His work has evolved organically over more than a decade into a fluid and contemporary approach depicting nature through the many vivid colors and textures of land, skies and water. Although his work is still anchored in traditional design, he is passionately exploring “echoes” of natural texture, lighting, and color elements beyond just strict interpretations of nature.
The exhibition at Gallery B (7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E) will be open from March 6 to March 30, from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday. The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in conjuction with BUP’s Bethesda Art Walk.