Exhibit At Art-Law
Features Four Artists
First Fridays is always full of surprises, and this month’s Art Walk was no exception. The greatest thrill on that mild September evening, with a hint of fall in the air after a long hot August, was at the Art-Law Building (formerly Art 6). They served up a series of surprises—more like shocks (pleasant ones)—that entered the eye and sent ripples through the brain.
Featured this month at Art-Law are works by Sabrina Cabada, Beth Horsley, Helena Magnusson, and Rebecca D’Angelo.
Rebecca’s exhibit, “Celebrations: Inside the Beltway”, includes images of iconic figures she had shot while working the society beat for The Washington Post. She is a career photojournalist, and her work has appeared in countless publications including National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, and Ebony. Her post-Katrina images are in the permanent collection of The Library of Congress, and in the National Museum of Women in the Arts archival collection. Among those featured in this exhibit are Mohammad Ali, Hilary Clinton and Bono. But these are not portrait studies. Each photograph is a lively narrative, and Rebecca, captures, in the blink of an eye, a single moment that defines each subject, almost eerily so.
“Muses”, by Sabrina Cabada, is a collection of ﬁgurative and decorative portraits. Sabrina paints with a rawness and a dedication to the way color expresses emotions. She is the daughter of artists, and has been painting and showing her work nationally for twenty-ﬁve years. Her work is represented in many collections, nationally and internationally.
Beth Horsley’s series of surreally manipulated images is called “Marineland”. They call to mind the work of Magritte, and they tell the sad, sad, existential tale of the captivity of marine mammals. They are poignant, but not heavy-handed. For over thirty years Beth has worked as a commercial and ﬁne art photographer. She pays close attention to all aspects of the process of creating, which is intuitive for her. Beth’s work has captivated audiences nationally, and many of her pieces have found permanent homes in private collections.
Helena Magnusson Ogburn is a self-taught, abstract painter from Sweden. Like Sabrina, she grew up in an artist’s home. Helena paints her feelings, and the paintings, which have been described as “breathtaking”, give her the raw courage to be utterly vulnerable.