“Why Dance” by Rik Freeman and Gabriel Schmitz

10/11/19 -11/15/19

Opening Reception: 10/11/19 6-9:30pm

This exhibition will be a collaboration between Rik Freeman, an East of the River Artist and Gabriel Schmitz, a Barcelona-based artist. Rik and Gabriel met in 2018 at the invitation of ARCH’s Honfleur Gallery. They immediately saw a common thread in their work, although both paint in different styles. The question, “Why Dance?”  They both paint dance? for the same reasons. Dance has always intrigued them and attracted them, so painting and drawings offered a means to approach it in an indirect way. For painters whose main and almost exclusive interest lies in the human figure, dance represents a challenge, because the language of a body in movement is complex, it is coded yet communicates in a universal way, no prior understanding or literal “reading” is needed to empathize with the emotion expressed by a dancing body.

Exhibition from October 11, 2019 thru November 15, 2019. Opening Reception on October 11, 2019 from 6:30 to 9PM

“Why Dance” by Rik Freeman and Gabriel Schmitz, opens October 11, 2019 and runs through November 15, 2019 in Honfleur Gallery 1241 Good Hope Road SE Washington DC 20020. The opening reception is free and open to the public.