Focus on Community/Arts
Chesapeake College Sponsors Cultural Bus Trip to D.C.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

WYE MILLS - Chesapeake College is sponsoring a bus trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 28. Tickets are $13 per person and may be purchased from the Chesapeake College business office.

The buses will pick up passengers in the Super Fresh parking lot in Chestertown at 7:45 a.m., Chesapeake College at 8:15 a.m., and at the Bay Bridge Park and Ride on Kent Island at 8:45 a.m. The buses are scheduled to arrive at the National Gallery of Art on the mall at 10 a.m. and will depart from that location at 3 p.m., arriving back at the college by 5 p.m. There will be five special exhibits available for viewing at the time of the trip to the National Gallery.

In the Forest of Fontainebleau: More than 100 works by artists such as Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot, Theodore Rousseau, Jean-Francois Millet, Claude Monet, Gustave Le Gray and Eugene Cuvelier explore the French phenomenon of plein-air painting and photography in the Fontainebleau region, a pilgrimage site for aspiring landscape artists. Best known for the informal artists´ colony centered in the village of Barbizon, Fontainebleau became an important stop for both French and foreign artists, and served as an open-air laboratory.

Let the World In: Drawn from more than 400 prints by Robert Rauschenberg that are a key component of the National Gallery of Art´s collection of contemporary works on paper, the exhibition features approximately 60 examples from all periods of the artist´s work in print media. It chronologically reviews the development of Rauschenberg´s prints, from intimate, brushy lithographs studded with black and white media images to larger color impressions that combine sophisticated print processes. The artist has included new techniques such as digital imaging and experimented with unconventional papers, cardboard, fabric, and plastic.

Impressed by Light: The first exhibition to highlight British photographs made from paper negatives, this show features 120 works by leading artists such as Roger Fenton and Linneaus Tripe, and B.B. Turner, as well as many now unfamiliar practitioners. The exhibition follows the progress of the movement from the invention of the process by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839 to the Great Exhibition of 1851, where the aesthetic possibilities of the calotype were amply illustrated, to its flowering in the years immediately thereafter. It also features the work of British gentlemen-amateurs who traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

The Baroque Woodcut: Woodcut in its classic form achieved a final triumph in the Baroque era when painters of exceptional caliber chose it as a dramatic means for expressing the energy and refinement of their draftsmanship. The woodcut offered wide variation in scale and the advantage of printing in colors, and invested a bold element of abstraction into a painterly art of illusion. Most of these works result from close collaboration between a painter and a master block cutter. Titian, Albrecht, Durer, Giuseppe Scolari, Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Lievens, Chritoffel Jegher, and Bartolomeo Coriolano are represented among the 65 works.

Bronze and Boxwood: The exhibition presents bronze sculptures, more than a dozen of which are recent additions to the Robert H. Smith Collection, in context with outstanding boxwood and ivory carvings from his collection. Among the masterpieces on display are the newly acquired and superb early cast of Giovanni Bologna´s "Cesarini Venus" and the finest version of Bologna´s "The Birdwatcher." The last time the Robert H. Smith Collection of Renaissance bronze statuettes was exhibited at the National Gallery of Art was in 2002.

Chesapeake College students, their guests and the general public are welcome to participate in the trip. For ticket information, call 410- 822-5400, 758-1537 or 228-4360, ext. 400.

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