Addison/Ripley Fine Art Gallery

Gallery
1/31 - 3/14

Natural Allusions: Carson Fox, Isabel Manalo, Jackie Battenfield, Judy Hoffman, Julia Bloom, Linda Cummings and Merle Temkin

Curated by Jackie Battenfield, this exhibition features the work of artists who explore specific aspects of nature through painting, photography, prints and sculpture.
3/20 - 5/2

Kay Jackson: Malthusian Paintings, Twenty-five Years and Counting

Jackson's series of Malthusian paintings that borrow from Thomas Malthus's (1766-1834) warnings of the consequences of overpopulation is displayed.
5/8 - 6/27

DREAMWORLDS: work by Amy Lin

Lin uses a hybrid of sculpture and drawing to portray the circles and other repeating marks as portals to other worlds.
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Editorial Review

If any art dealership deserves the term "venerable," it's this one. In business since 1981, the space - half frame shop, half gallery - takes its name from Christopher Addison and his wife, Sylvia Ripley, whose decisions about what to show, Addison says, are still guided primarily by "what engages us."

What engages them runs the gamut from the emerging to the established. In recent years, that includes everything from the work of longtime D.C. painter Manon Cleary, whose pictures range from sublime skyscapes to portraits of her pet rats, to the work of Amy Lin, a young artist known for abstractions of dots and swooping slashes in colored pencil. It's an approach that entails some risks: Photographer Frank Hallam Day's recent show of eerie nighttime photographs of RVs was a critical success but a commercial bust.

"When Sylvia and I started out," says Addison, "we were incredibly naive. We thought we knew something other people needed to know." They still feel a little that way, he adds, but their missionary zeal has been tempered by wisdom.

Good neighbor: Govinda Gallery. Photography, mostly, with an emphasis on rock-and-roll.

-- Michael O'Sullivan (Jan. 14, 2011)