DCA show­cas­ing ‘Our Col­or­ful World’ ex­hibit in June

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Editor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter@Dustin_S­tarDem.

— Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts wel­comes ur­ban land­scape painter Crys­tal Moll and pho­tog­ra­pher Richard Weib­linger for an ex­hibit en­ti­tled “Our Col­or­ful World.”

The ex­hibit opened Fri­day, June 2, and runs through Sun­day, June 25. The Sec­ond Satur­day Artists’ Re­cep­tion will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 10 with live mu­sic by Cyn­thia Miles and light re­fresh­ments. Both of these award­win­ning artists have been fea­tured in nu­mer­ous publi­ca­tions, and ap­peared in pres­ti­gious juried ex­hibits through­out the east coast and be­yond.

Orig­i­nally from Vir­ginia Beach, Va., Moll earned her BFA in paint­ing from Moore Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Philadel­phia. She has made Bal­ti­more her home since the late 1980’s, and has been a full time artist since that time. She paints mostly cityscapes and works di­rectly from life.

The paint­ings usu­ally fall into two cat­e­gories: straight-on van­tage points that show­case a build­ing’s doors and win­dows, or views down a street with build­ings re­ced­ing in per­spec­tive. As an artist she is drawn to color es­pe­cially as it is bathed in sun­light… in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­ac­tion of the color as it is warmed in sun­light or cooled in shadow. The re­sult is a blend of im­pres­sion­ism and re­al­ism, giv­ing her work the pleas­ing painterly qual­ity of tra­di­tional oils com­bined with an in­trigu­ing color sense that is all her own.

Moll is both artist mem­ber and board mem­ber of MAPAPA (Mid At­lantic Plein Air Painters As­so­ci­a­tion) and mem­ber of OPA (Oil Painters of America). Since 2009, she as been the owner of the Crys­tal Moll Gallery in the Bal­ti­more neigh­bor­hood of Fed­eral Hill, where she presents her work and that of other plein air artists as well.

Weib­linger was born in Pitts­burgh, and cur­rently lives in sub­ur­ban Mary­land, just out­side of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. An ac­com­plished, self-taught pho­tog­ra­pher, his pho­to­graphs capture the ever chang­ing mo­ments of the world with a strong em­pha­sis on color.

Weib­linger uses a va­ri­ety of light­ing tech­niques in his work as well as the ma­nip­u­la­tion of nat­u­ral light; go­ing be­yond sim­ple il­lu­mi­na­tion to cre­ate truly unique pho­to­graphs. He be­lieves his pho­to­graphs are most suc­cess­ful when they re­veal ei­ther the sub­jects vi­brant col­ors or sub­tle el­e­gance. Im­ages have ranged from the unique still life, to vi­brant flow­ers, to col­or­ful mar­itime im­ages and land­scapes.

What­ever the sub­ject, he con­sciously em­ploys tra­di­tional as well as in­no­va­tive light­ing tech­niques to cre­ate his fi­nal im­ages. Weib­linger’s body of work in­cludes macro im­ages-close-ups cre­ated us­ing a shal­low and se­lec­tive depth of field. In­creas­ingly in­trigued by the in­ter­ac­tion of color and light, Richard has also be­gun us­ing a rel­a­tively new post pro­cess­ing tech­nique; HDR (High Dy­namic Range) to fur­ther ex­plore this in­ter­ac­tion.

“When peo­ple see my work,” Weib­linger said. “I would like them to find a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the world around them.”

DCA hosted award-win­ning vo­cal­ists from Sal­is­bur y Univer­sity

The Ge­orge B. Todd Per­for­mance Hall at DCA was filled with song on Sun­day May 21, for the sec­ond con­cert in the 2017 Pauline F. and W. David Rob­bins Foun­da­tion Trust Mu­sic Se­ries.

Award-win­ning vo­cal­ists of Sal­is­bur y Univer­sity, un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr. John Wes­ley Wright, per­formed a pro­gram from Baroque to Broad­way, in­clud­ing pieces from Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del, Giuseppe Verdi, Jac­ques Of­fen­bach, Ge­orges Bizet and Fer­nando J. Obradors.

They sang in French, in Ital­ian, and in Span­ish dur­ing this re­mark­able per­for­mance, which closed with a se­ries of Broad­way fa­vorites. Fol­low­ing a visit to neigh­bor­ing gallery Liv Again, the stu­dents en­joyed a catered sup­per in the DCA gallery gen­er­ously spon­sored by the South Street Art Gallery. DCA is proud to sup­port such mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence by stu­dents of the East­ern Shore.

PHOTO BY RICHARD WEIB­LINGER

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Ge­orge B. Todd Per­for­mance Hall at DCA was filled with song on Sun­day May 21, for the sec­ond con­cert in the 2017 Pauline F. and W. David Rob­bins Foun­da­tion Trust Mu­sic Se­ries.

RICHARD WEIB­LINGER

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