Art League Hosts Local Artist’s Nature-Inspired Exhibition, Opening Sept. 10

“Visitor’s Wake” by Tess Olson (Photo courtesy The Art League)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – There will soon be a new exhibition at The Art League Gallery. One full of color and wonderment.

On September 10, Northern Virginia resident and oil painter Tess Olson’s work will be featured. The collection, “Cultivating Imperfection,” will allow viewers to look at nature in a new and fresh way. The abstract work takes inspiration from what a press release calls “the subtle vibrations of the natural world. Waves of water, light, energy, and sound emerge in mysterious patterns on richly layered canvases and suggest secret shapes that hide and hum beneath the surface.”

Olson uses earth tones in her paintings and chooses her colors carefully, making them attractive to the eye. Viewers may even sense movement from within the paintings.

Olson has said her paintings are “full of scars and defects, built-up over a long time.”  Her technique focuses on the importance of lines, shapes, and colors.

An exhibition that celebrates evolution, “Cultivating Imperfection” demonstrates that everything experiences growth, even though the changes are not always instantly noticeable.

The Art League Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12-4 p.m. For the safety of visitors, masks and temperature checks are required and a limit of 10 people may be in the gallery at a time. The exhibition is on display through October 4.

The Art League Gallery is housed in the Torpedo Factory Art Center at 105 North Union Street.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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