The Georgetown galleries on Book Hill are one of the few true gallery clusters in the city. Along a few blocks of Wisconsin Avenue, audiences are surrounded by art, free to walk into galleries that call to them from their vibrant window displays. This group of galleries offers us a great variety of works to explore, from renowned glasswork to classic landscapes and the contemporary and avant-garde.
This Friday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., each of the six galleries will launch a fine art exhibit and host an evening stroll, welcoming the breezy autumn art season with the Fall Season Art Kick-off. Here’s a look at what’s happening on Book Hill. For more information on the Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill visit www.GeorgetownGalleries.com
Heiner Contemporary will present “Rachel Farbiarz: Take Me With You,” an exhibition featuring new drawing, collage and installation by the DC-based artist. The exhibit, which will be on view through November 9, reflects Farbiarz’s interest in the personal, idiosyncratic resonances that course through shared public, historical and political events. Using various media, she explores subjects including formal apologies, migration, war and burial and investigates how the emotional reverberations of words, objects and ideas linger and mutate throughout generations. For more information visit www.HeinerContemporary.com
**Susan Calloway Fine Arts**
An outdoorsman who explored the wilderness in search of inspiration, Larry Chappelear (1945-2011) created paintings as a visual diary of his experiences. His landscape paintings contain intimate enclosures of nature and accomplish what many landscape painters before him have sought to do: achieve a compositional balance among form and open space, color and light. A collection of landscape and abstract works by Chappelear will be featured in the exhibition, “Dynamic Spaces,” through October 19. For more information visit www.CallowayArt.com
**Maurine Littleton Gallery**
Maurine Littleton Gallery will host “Glass Sculptures & Vitreographs,” an exhibition featuring three-dimensional glass works and prints by artists Dale Chihuly, Erwin Eisch, Richard Jolley, Harvey K. Littleton, and Therman Statom, through October 19. Vitreography is a printmaking process that uses glass plates instead of traditional materials such as metal, wood, or stone. Developed in the mid-1970s by Studio Glass Movement founder Harvey Littleton, vitreography has been opened up to a wide range of possibilities by artists working in sculpture, painting, and printmaking. Over one hundred artists, including those featured in this exhibition, have created more than seven hundred print editions at Littleton Studios. “Glass Sculptures & Vitreographs” offers a unique opportunity to view sculptures and prints by master glass artists side by side, giving insight into their individual creative processes. For more information visit www.LittletonGallery.com.
**Addison/Ripley Fine Arts**
Addison/Ripley Fine Arts will feature “John Borden Evans: Solitude,” an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper that explore the old farmhouses and surrounding rural area of North Garden, Virginia. Evans depicts rural landscapes and animals in his thickly painted works, creating texture through build up and scrape away techniques. Through October 26. For more information visit www.AddisonRipleyFineArt.com
**Neptune Fine Art**
Neptune Fine Art will host “Objects of Desire” through October 26, an exhibit that celebrates contemporary artists and the extraordinary work they create. Featuring ten established artists, the exhibit is a tantalizing glimpse into the work of these respected artisans: William Adair, Raya Bodnarchuk, Jeff Chyatte, Will Clift, Tazuko Ichikawa, Elaine Langerman, Laurel Lukaszewski, Jimmy Miracle, Wendy Ross and Foon Sham. The exhibited works delve into a wide variety of media, reflecting each artist’s finely honed talent, producing exquisite sculpture, editions and drawings. Sculptures in steel, bronze, aluminum, wood, and wax; porcelain wall reliefs, and intricate silver point drawings combine to fill the gallery. Come by for a chance to meet the artists. For more information visit www.NeptuneFineArt.com.
**Robert Brown Gallery**
Robert Brown Gallery will exhibit the photographs of Roger Ballen, an award winning photographer who has been shooting in black and white film for nearly fifty years. Part of the last generation that grew up with the media, Ballen sees black and white as a very minimalist art form and unique from color photography in that it “does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and white is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality.” For more information visit www.RobertBrownGallery.com.