Featuring artwork by Lisa Hill and Francie Hester (Hester Hill Studio)

May 8 through June 22, 2014
Opening Reception:
Sunday, May 11, 4 to 6 p.m.

Words and Letters

Francie Hester and Lisa Hill’s new installation Wordfall is part of the Words and Letters exhibition at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia. The exhibition represents regional artists’ fascination and explorations of text as a component of visual art. The exhibition runs fromMay 8 through June 22, 2014.

About Wordfall

Diane Granat Yalowitz had a gift for words. As a journalist and senior editor of the Washingtonian magazine, Diane’s words gave advice, comfort, and guidance. Brendan Ogg was an aspiring writer with a love of poetry from bygone eras; John Keats and TS Eliot among them. Brendan was a beloved friend of Diane’s son, Adam. It was a heartbreaking coincidence when Diane succumbed to brain cancer and six years later, Brendan did as well. Their deaths left a community of friends, family and colleagues devastated.

In separate efforts, Diane articles and Brendan’s poetry from his book Summer Becomes Absurd were woven together as a tribute to their life and spirit. Friends, family, and even some who did not know Diane or Brendan, wrapped more than 60,000 paper clips with their words. A new community emerged as those who wrapped connected through shared stories of sorrow and of hopes. The wrapped paperclips transformed the written work, so easily lost, into a living memorial — linkages of words, random at times, but with inherent messages.

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 11, 4 to 6 p.m.

Athenaeum | Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association
201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va 22314
703.548.0035 | nvfaa.org

Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm
and on Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm.

Admission is free.

Thank you to all of our wrappers for Brendan’s Summer Becomes Absurd poetry:

Fran Bernstein, Kerry Bowen, Chris Bragg, Hilary Bragg, Taylor Bragg, Wendy Brown, Pat Burda, Maya Calabrese, Betsy Devlin-Foltz, Cathy Ellis, Kristin Faust, Cindy Frank, Ellen Garshick, Barbara Geiger-Green, Francie Hester, Lisa Hill, Lizzie Horne, Peggy Jackson, Andrea Levere, Adam Lewis, Mary Beth Mullen, Kevin O’Brien, Claire Onley, Anna Ogg, Jackie Ogg, Lynne Perri, Joan Phalen, Margaret Plank, Kate Raulin, Dori Reinhalter, Ellen Sands, Bobby Shaffer, Cheryl Silver, Susan Stamm, Adam Szwed, Suzanna Vaughan, and Ellen Weiss.