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... On the Other Hand: Carol Brown Goldberg at Addison/Ripley Fine Art

April 5, 2021

Addison/Ripley Fine Art is pleased to present ... On the Other Hand, an exhibition of paintings by Carol Brown Goldberg on exhibit from April 10 through May 22, 2021.


A couple of years ago, Chris Addison visited Carol Brown Goldberg in her Maryland studio and was concerned to see her hand and forearm encased in an elaborate cast. As they chatted, he noted that Carol, despite the obvious discomfort from her accident and the initial awkwardness of using her non-dominant hand, was still using her other hand to make doodles, patterns and designs on the sheet of paper beside her. She seemed almost to be doing it unconsciously. William Butler Yeats and his new bride Georgie Hyde-Lees engaged in a similar exercise in 1917 as described in “A Vision”, calling their efforts “automatic script”. While the Yeats originally thought of their communiques as channeling specific spirits, they generally felt that it allowed a deep spiritual communication between the material and the immaterial worlds. As an avid reader, Carol pursues that same hungry search for answers to large questions in books and through her art. Nearly all of the works on display in this exhibition are the result of the artist channelling new artistic energy through the use of her other hand.


While they have included one, large but related canvas, “I Learn To Seek What I Need to See”, as a reference point to connect with the artist’s earlier work, most of the works in this exhibition are much smaller. Many of those small works, however, are as dense, complex and elaborate as Carol's previous, “Entanglements” series. These smaller pieces exude primal energy. Often the paint flows over the front surface, down the canvas sides and pools beside the work. Enigmatic patterns in fine black line fills many of the white spaces of these works. The artist further emphasizes the three dimensional qualities of her paintings by framing them in deep boxes. The result is a collection of works in primary colors, thickly applied paints and fully engaged edges.

A Happy Absurdist (Photo by: Carol Brown Goldberg) A Happy Absurdist

Carol's interest in and admiration of the artist in the CoBra School possibly informs some of her palette choices but the intricate black lines drawn into the white spaces in this work is more in keeping with M. C. Escher , fractal art and Cy Twombly painterly scrawls. Drawing into the white spaces, the artist both draws attention to the formerly empty spaces in the work and creates a mesmerizing but unifying element. By suspending the already dimensional works in glass covered box frames, the artist presents the viewer with a weightless work, exempt from the usual rules governing physical objects and very capably capturing our attention. By not taking what could have been a long break from art making due to her accident, the artist has pivoted in an entirely unforeseen direction, using her other hand.


Addison/Ripley Fine Art, located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, is open by appointment Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm. 


Please contact the gallery to schedule your visit: info@addisonripleyfineart.com or 202.338.5180


*Masks/face coverings will be required to enter the gallery, and for the entirety of your visit.

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Ladew Topiary Gardens

March 29, 2021

Ordinarily I write about places I’ve been to. But these are not ordinary times, and until last week I never heard of Harvey Ladew, much less his world-class topiary gardens. So this is about a day trip I intend to make very soon.

(Photo by: ladewgardens.com)

"He played piano with Cole Porter. He rode horseback in the Hollywood Hills with Clark Gable. He partied with Elsa Maxwell. He ate snails with the French writer Colette, in bed. It was all, he often said, "perfectly delightful." Few more colorful figures embellish American cultural history than the late Harvey S. Ladew, wealthy socialite, fox hunter, artist, traveler, and - at his country estate outside Baltimore - creator of the nation's most admired topiary garden.”

(Photo by: ladewgardens.com)

In 1929, when he was in his early 40s, Ladew purchased a 200-acre property in Monkton, Maryland called Pleasant Valley Farm to use as a fox hunting preserve. Ladew turned a ramshackle residence with a few lilac bushes into a comfortable home, adding wings to enlarge the interior and renovating the outbuildings before enlisting the help of local farmers to create the lavish gardens. 

(Photo by: ladewgardens.com)

Today, there’s a butterfly meadow, sculpture garden, freshwater marsh and polo field.

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Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont

March 27, 2021

So many reasons to visit the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown this spring!

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Topping the list is Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea in their new festively decorated Cherry Blossom Pop-up Lounge located on the hotel’s ninth floor. As you enter the bloom-filled suite, note the fabulous watercolors by the Fairmont's own, Diana Bulger, Area Director, Public Relations! 

Diana Bulger (Photo by: fairmont.com) Diana Bulger

You will be welcomed to tea service with a Sakura and Peach Blossom Gelée, made with pickled cherry blossoms and peach blossom sake.

Executive Jordi Gallardo and Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Executive Jordi Gallardo and Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat

Executive Jordi Gallardo and Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat have collaborated on an amazing menu of savory and sweet cherry delights, including hand-made confections with Aguara chocolate.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Saturdays and Sundays through, Sunday, April 25th. Seating is available at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.

(Photo by: fairmont.com)

Space is limited and social distancing protocol is in compliance with DC regulations.


Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea is priced at $53 per person or $72 - $85 per person including Champagne or Sparkling wine. Tax is not included.


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