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Drawing From Within To Reconcile a Divided Self

Pyramid Atlantic

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center founder Helen Frederick has stepped down as executive director after 27 years. Frederick will take on an emeritus role at the Silver Spring center, which is devoted to print, paper and book arts.

This week, Jos┬┐ Dominguez started in Frederick's old job at the center, housed in the bright red warehouse on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ripley Street. Frederick says Dominguez is "the perfect person to take on the responsibility of our mission." Dominguez worked as a manager at the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities until last year. In addition to his new job at Pyramid, he will remain the chair of the Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission.

Dominguez says he was drawn to the job for a chance to work with Frederick and because of the art itself.

"It's very emotional work, very visceral work," he says. "I like that printmaking is a real hands-on activity. It's for folks who like to . . . get the art under their fingers, which is really exciting."

The exhibition "Continuum" is on view through the end of the month and features work from more than 20 artists, including Frederick. Frederick will continue creating art, curating shows and working as the head of the printmaking department at George Mason University.

Reconciling Worlds: The Work of Soviet Artist Yefim Ladyzhensky, through Dec. 30 at the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW, Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 202-777-3208.

Continuum is up through Dec. 31 at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 301-608-9101.


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