February 9 – April 30, 2020
Exhibit Title: Roadside Last Gasps: Paintings by Joel Floyd
Exhibit: Feb 9 – April 30, 2020
RECEPTION – Sunday, Feb 9, 2020
Joel Floyd is a freelance scientific illustrator with an interest in natural history and roadside architecture. He is retired from the US Department of Agriculture where he worked on invasive plant pest issues. Joel has had many illustrations published in books, scientific journals, and for museum exhibits, but also explores artistic expression in watercolor, oil painting, and mosaics. He resides in University Park, Maryland with his wife Karen Sondak.
I began photographing dilapidated historic buildings along the Route 1 corridor in College Park, Maryland and beyond shortly after moving here from Arizona 18 years ago. Many locations remained in their abandoned state for a long time, but within the past decade began to go through a cycle of deterioration, demolishment, and development primarily for high rise university student housing. Using these photo references, I try to capture in paint the essence of their previous state of decay and succumbing to nature before obliteration or transformation into something else. Some of these buildings’’ past “glories” may show through in their last gasps.
May 15 – July 31, 2020
Ric Garcia (Hyattsville Artist)
August 15 – October 31, 2020