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VISUAL ARTS; Lavish Digs Showcase Local Work
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Ingrid Groller Lane
Date: Jul 8, 1993
Start Page: J.08
Section: WEEKLY - DISTRICT

Initially, said Quadrangle President Robert Gladstone, the biggest worry was about how readily the gallery would find takers. "We were concerned about being able to find enough artists to display," he said, "since the commitment to ourselves and the art community was that we would specialize in work from Washington {area} artists."

Accordingly, the current show features large paintings with strong colors and shapes on the most expansive walls. Two landscapes by Kate Curry, of Arlington, meanwhile, hang on a shorter wall created by a second-floor balcony. Paintings also are displayed around a bank of elevators and on internal columns. And in this show, a kimono, rich in reds and purples and titled "Celebration of Color, Celebration of Life" by Marilyn McMillen, of Capitol Hill, hangs above the entrance, bracketed by the floor-to-ceiling windows facing Ninth Street NW.

Housing a gallery in the soul of an office building, Gladstone also was concerned initially about his tenants' reaction to a rotating exhibit of lesser-known artists. Tenants so far include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Treasury Employees Union and Pitney Bowes Inc.

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