The OUTLOUD Artists are having a group show at the Foundry Gallery in Washington, D.C. from April 3 to April 28, 2013. Artists Speak spoke with Donna McGee, who is both an Outloud member and a member of the Foundry Gallery, about the nature of the group's work and the current show.
(This interview has been paraphrased from its original version.)
1. The OUTLOUD Artists have exhibited widely in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. How did you end up at the Foundry Gallery?
The OUTLOUD Artists have 12 members. Two of us, Amy Barker-Wilson and myself, are also members of the Foundry Gallery in Washington, D.C. Amy was supposed to have a solo show this month. When she found out she could not due to unforeseen circumstances, the Foundry asked the OUTLOUD Artists to put on a group show.
2. How many artists are in the show? What is the title of the show? What media are represented?
There are 11 artists in this show titled "Outloud! Abstract Artists." The show, which includes abstract works in acrylic, runs from April 3 to April 28, 2013.
3. Is there a theme that ties your work together in this group show?
The interesting part about this is that everyone has their own style -- some more meditative, while others use collage and mixed-media, some bright, while others stay more subdued. Art is always in the eye of the beholder. Each of us has found her own voice as an abstract artist, but each one is different.
It is interesting that all of us have the same mentor, the late Helen Corning, but none of us paint like she did.
When we start painting, most of us don't have an idea of how it's going to end up. I choose my palette, but then I start working with the paint and the colors on the canvas until I feel that it's done. I don't have a message that I want to convey. People get their own message.