Thursday, November 06, 2014

Walsh & Loyd at Blackrock

Husband and wife, Ron Loyd and Jodi Walsh, team up for an exhibition of their ceramic artworks exploring organic textural surfaces. His sculptural forms incorporate Korean Kohiki techniques, where iron-rich clay is coated with white slip then altered and manipulated to create unique rhythmic patterns. Hers capture colors and textures experienced while living in Asia, Africa and Europe in wall-hung panels layered and draped with masses of three-dimensional ceramic forms, often dangling in graceful clusters.
BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to present “His & Hers”: Ron Loyd & Jodi Walsh. The exhibition will be on view in the Main Gallery from Wednesday, November 12 through Friday, December 19, 2014. On Saturday, November 15, the center will host a Meet the Artist Reception from 5:30pm to 7:30pm with an informal Artist Talk by the two local artists. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public and it is always free to view gallery exhibitions at BlackRock.

Ron Loyd
Ron Loyd earned a BFA and MFA in Painting and Ceramics from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. He studied Animation at the School for Visual Arts, New York, NY and Film Studies at New York University, New York, NY, and Ceramics with world-renown artist Bill Van Glider. Loyd was selected as a 2004 Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Fellow and a Washington Post Fellow. Loyd has been teaching art at Rockville High School since 2001, where he is currently Head of the Fine Arts Department and is teaching AP Studio Art, IB Visual Art, Ceramics, Paintings, Studio Art and Digital Arts.

Jodi Walsh
Jodi Walsh left her native country of Canada in 1967 for the Far East and Europe, a move that would influence her life and work forever. She moved to the United States in 1978 and while art has always been a part of her life she first began to emerge as a serious artist in 1995. Although Walsh has received private training, she has never studied painting or ceramics at an academic institution. This has allowed her the independence and freedom to develop her unique style. Walsh has participated in international residencies, to include Raymond International, London, England. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally at venues which include Affordable Art Fair New York City and Artexpo New York, New York, NY; Longview Gallery, Washington, DC; Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC; Smithsonian Craft Show and Washington Craft Show, Washington, DC; Gallery 555 and Artists’ Museum. Washington, DC; Gallery 43, Atlanta, GA; and The Dessert Gallery, Houston, Texas.

EXHIBITION TITLE: “His & Hers”: Ron Loyd & Jodi Walsh
EXHIBITION ON VIEW:  Wednesday, November 12 – Friday, December 19, 2014
MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, November 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Main Gallery (first floor)
BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
GALLERY HOURS: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.*, Saturday 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.* (when classes are in session), Closed Sunday*. Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm open hours for specific dates. 
*Galleries are also open during evening and weekend hours when performances and classes are offered at the center.
INFORMATION: 301-528-2260 or

ABOUT BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS: BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes in the arts are offered for all ages.

PARKING IS FREE & RIDE ON OFFERS 15-MINUTE EXPRESS BUS SERVICE FROM SHADY GROVE METRO (RED LINE): BlackRock Center for the Arts is centrally located in the heart of Germantown, next to the Germantown Branch Montgomery County Public Library, at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to our building. Ride Metrorail to Shady Grove Station (Red Line) and transfer to Ride On Bus Route 100 (15-minute Express Bus Service from Metro Shady Grove Station to the Germantown Transit Center [GTC] on Aircraft Drive). From GTC, walk four blocks following Century Boulevard to our front door, or transfer to Ride On Bus Route 97 which stops in front of BlackRock. Check schedules by calling 240-777-7433 or visiting: and

SELECT 2015: WPA Art Auction Exhibition and Gala

SELECT 2015: WPA Art Auction Exhibition and Gala   

GALA: March 7, 2015, 7-11pm   
EXHIBITION: January 29 through March 6, 2015 
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 29, 7-9pm 
CURATOR TALKSThursday, February 12 and Thursday, February 19, 6:30-8pm
at Artisphere1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 
Free parking with validation on evenings (after 5pm) and all day on weekends 

Metro: Rosslyn 
Circulator: Georgetown - Dupont  

Exhibition, opening reception, and curator talks are free and open to the public.

For Auction ticket information, please CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE or contact
Nathalie von Veh at 202.234.7103 x5 or

WPA's Annual Art Auction Gala is the highlight of DC's contemporary art world season! DC's longest running and most-established contemporary art auction, SELECT is an annually anticipated event that supports WPA and the artist community.  

SELECT 2015 features works available for purchase chosen by 8 of the region's top and emerging curators as well as selections by WPA's Board of Directors. Featuring works by established and emerging artists from DC, Baltimore, Richmond, and beyond, WPA's selection of exquisite, engaging, and exciting art works offer something for collectors both seasoned and aspiring.  
Auction Co-Chairs: Jessica Naresh, Judy & Andrew Sherman, and Robert Shields
Auction Host Committee: Martha Blalock, Heather Davis, Ayanna Dunn, Eric Hilton, Dr. Giselle Huberman, Jessica Naresh, Jill Pearlman, Amanda Phillips, Judy Sherman, Robert Shields, Henri Siblesz, Jessica Stafford-Davis, Vikki Tobak, and Blair Wunderlich