Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

On The Edge

Monday, July 10 to Monday, October 3, 2011

About the Artists

Jorge Bernal

An interdisciplinary artist working in mixed-media painting and collage/assemblage, Jorge Bernal was born in Havana and raised in Jersey City. He received a BFA in ceramics and art history from Florida International University and an MFA in architecture from Virginia Tech. Recently, he has been focusing on encaustic monotypes. His work is inspired by a variety of interests: the exhilaration of color, texture and space, fragmenting architectural images influenced by his architectural training and interpreting human emotions, biblical texts and spirituality. Bernal’s work is greatly influenced by Gottlieb, Rothko and Kandinsky. He says that this artwork explores the realms and depths of his dreams, beliefs, spirituality and his daily life journey. These compositions represent personal archetypes communicated through historical, architectural and mythological symbolism. His goal is for a story to unfold through layered abstractions.

Joanne Kephart Bleichner

Joanne Kephart Bleichner graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Studio Art and Art History and was the recipient of the Colonel James P. Wharton Award for Excellence in Art. For the past 25 years, she has taught hundreds of Montgomery County students at her private studio, inspiring many to art-related studies and careers. She draws and photographs bare tree limbs and roots, acknowledging their anatomical resemblance and relationship to their surroundings of sky, ground and forest. As a painter, she focuses on leafless trees through which she explores composition, color and brushwork. The contour or edge of the lines of the branches creates friction with the surrounding space by their shape, texture and color. Bleichner is drawn to the inherent strength and dignity of trees as a subject to be contrasted with varied backgrounds that evoke diverse moods.

Florence Gang

Florence Gang has been active in the Washington area art scene for over 30 years and has exhibited at the Katzen Art Gallery, Rockville Art League, Glenview Mansion and Strathmore Mansion. She has a degree in Art History and Studio Art from American University and did graduate studies at the University of Maryland, the Corcoran Gallery and with William Christenberry, Mindy Weisel and Michaele Harrington. Her work is unplanned and intuitive. She interacts with the color and medium. Her work derives from personal experience, emotion, memory and a definite solution apart from conscious thought. Gang hopes the viewer shares some of the excitement she feels during its creation.


Diane Mesirow

Diane Mesirow has studied art for over forty years, including extensive study with Doris Haskel. Prior to that, she took watercolor classes and workshops with various artists until she realized that oil painting was her love. She has participated in many group and solo shows, and her work has been represented by agents and galleries. Mesirow is interested in showing the beauty in buildings, farms, and other architectural shapes. She loves color and order, happiness and, yes, humor in her paintings. Mesirow says that she wants to bring joy and a smile to those who view her work.

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