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Au Premier Coup

Ann Wallace show - Au Premier Coup

April 11 - May 23, 2018
Featuring Artwork by Ann Wallace

About this Exhibit 

Ann Wallace holds a B.A.in Art from the University of Massachusetts, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and an L.L.M. from George Washington University School of Law.  After law school, she worked as a criminal appellate attorney for the United States Department of Justice.  At the same time, she continued to pursue art as a student at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Maryland.  In 2001, she became a Yellow Barn Instructor teaching drawing and painting with oils, acrylics, gouache, and pastels.  She continues to teach painting at Plaza Artists Materials in Rockville, Maryland. She is also a copyist at the National Gallery of Art.  Her copies include paintings by Degas, Sargent, and Turner.        

Ann paints immediately or directly—“au premier coup” (at first stroke) or “alla prima”(at first attempt).  With still life paintings, she believes that the arrangement of objects reveals the presence of the artist.  In her portraits, she goes beyond the likeness and focuses on the perceived character of the individual.  And, when out in nature, she tries to capture the essence of the place - the movement of the sky and water; the intensity of the colors; and the transience of the light.  Ann prefers to evoke rather than define. She believes that a painting should not serve simply to showcase the technical prowess of the painter, but instead should allow the viewer to be an integral participant in the realization of the artist’s vision.  


The Art Ministry

The Woods Art Ministry was created out of the conviction that the arts have an important role to play in the life of the church. Throughout history, the arts have been one of the significant ways that people express and understand religious truth. The Art Ministry is responsible for art exhibits in the Wood Gallery and, from time to time, offers programs and resources related to the visual arts. These have included workshops, field trips and tours to view significant art, as well as providing visual arts for use in worship (banners, projected images, etc.)