Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events

Friday, June 3, 8 pm
Louis Weeks

Louis WeeksLouis Weeks is an award-winning DC-based composer and performer. His music mixes acoustic performances with electronic soundscapes and production. Louis's two full-length albums, "shift/away" (2014) and "haha" (2015), have been featured on NPR, The Washington Post, and Washington City Paper.

When he's not performing or making records, Louis writes music for film and television. Currently, Louis is working on his next release, which will be out later in 2016.

Tickets $15. Available on the Parks and Recreation E-Store

Saturday, June 11, 5 pm
Opening Reception: Between the Real and the Imagined: New Work by Jackie Brown and Carol Barsha

Opening Reception: Between the Real and the Imagined: New Work by Jackie Brown and Carol BarshaBetween the Real and the Imagined explores the interpretation of nature in imaginary and fantastical forms. It uses imagination, observation, and invention to transport us to a place where things we recognize as nature blur seamlessly into places we know aren’t real.

Chevy Chase, MD-based artist Carol Barsha creates colorful paintings of garden scenes that are as enjoyable in their playful, painterly style as they are in their stylized depictions. Brunswick, ME-based Jackie Brown constructs sculptural biomorphic installations that evoke mutation, growth, and movement, and expansion with an ambiguity that hovers between playfulness and malignance.

Saturday, June 25, 2 pm
Artist Talk: Carol Barsha - Between the Real and the Imagined

Artist Talk: Carol Barsha - Between the Real and the ImaginedCarol Barsha’s work consists of closely observed studies from nature that, once distilled, undergo a transformation into larger-than-life versions of themselves. Her aim is to explore the exquisite beauty of simple and complex structures in the visual world, and to express her own wonder by capturing the essence of some detail — be it a bird’s nest or a flower — and to recreate it in a new way.

She has been pursuing this method since the 1970’s when she studied with mentor and teacher Philip Guston, who contributed always reminding her of the absolute necessity of being brutally honest with oneself. “I want to paint a world as if it has never been seen before, for the first time” he said, “that’s what I have to do to make painting worthwhile.”

Saturday, August 20, 2 pm
Artist Talk: Jackie Brown - Between the Real and the Imagined

Artist Talk: Jackie Brown - Between the Real and the ImaginedJackie Brown works to create imagined biological systems that suggest growth, movement, and expansion. It's often ambiguous as to whether her forms are benign or toxic, and she hope to suggest mutation, as if systems are melding into new and uncertain growths. While each work is imaginative, the ideas that are central to the work reference real phenomenon, and Brown is increasingly interested in experiments that involve the human manipulation of living systems.