Mobiles and Stabiles by Wayne Schiffelbein on Display July 5 through July 31
Anarray of mobiles suspended from the ceiling and stabiles displayed on tabletops are presented by Wayne Schiffelbein in his show, “Art In Motion,” at Reston Art Gallery and Studios (RAGS) from July 5 through July 31. The show offers at least twenty pieces of Schiffelbein’s latest ‘Calder-esque’ works that range in size from 1 ½ inches to 46 inches in width, each with its own distinctive character in combinations of colorful aluminum and glass balanced with stainless steel.
Schiffelbein became been fascinated with mobiles when he was a student, and through his profession as an architect, which eventually led to his creation of hundreds of these fine art objects. His visit to the Guggenheim Museum’s feature of Alexander Calder’s work in 1964 was an “unforgettable experience” that inspired his career in art. The caliber of Schiffelbein’s work caught the attention of Arts Fairfax, which commissions works from different artists each year to present to recipients of the annual Arts Awards. Schiffelbein was honored to create four of his stabile sculptures for the 2017 presentation. With the eclectic and contemporary appeal of mobiles that lift the eye toward soaring ceilings and sky with the delight of color and movement, gallery visitors could be inspired to acquire their own dynamic art installation for indoor or outdoor display.
Schiffelbein can be found often in his workspace on site at the gallery, where he is pleased to chat about his creations, each subtly inscribed with the completion date and his signature. Art In Motion is open every weekend through July 31 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. The show can also be viewed at other times by appointment – contact the gallery via RestonArtGallery.com – and can be seen 24/7 through the glass façade of RAGS. While viewing Art In Motion, gallery visitors can also enjoy works displayed by all seven artists of RAGS, as well as the scenery of the lakeside setting. Neighboring the gallery are local restaurants with outdoor seating, and it is just steps away from Lake Anne’s Saturday morning Farmers Market.
Following the Art In Motion show, RAGS will be preparing for “Art for Recovery,” another special exhibit with a particular focus, to be held at the end of August. (More information to come.) Furthering its nurture of art, RAGS offers free, themed Crafts for Kids every Saturday morning at the gallery, April through December, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Reston Art Gallery and Studios, 11400 Washington Plaza West, Reston, VA 20190, is located on the lakeside by the orange “ART” sign at historic Lake Anne Plaza. For GPS directions and parking, search “Lake Anne Plaza.” Follow @RAGSReston on Facebook, @RestonArtGallery on Instagram, and for more information visit RestonArtGallery.com.
Pictured at top: One of Wayne Schiffelbein’s mobiles from his show, Art In Motion.
About Reston Art Gallery and Studios (RAGS)
This artists’ collective is a source of beauty that inspires creativity in all who visit. New shows each month feature the latest works of the seven artists of RAGS – Dorothy Donahey, Sandra Dovberg, Rosemarie Forsythe, Pat Macintyre, Julia Tova Malakoff, Marthe McGrath, and Wayne Schiffelbein. The unique variety of works displayed at RAGS – paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil, mixed media collage, mobiles, photography, original prints, art objects, artist-made jewelry, and more – are available for purchase. On weekdays the artists are preparing commissions, new works, and their next special exhibits, and those working on site can be viewed through the gallery’s expansive glass façade. RAGS is open to the public every weekend afternoon. The orange “ART” sign at historic, scenic Lake Anne Plaza leads to the entrance of Reston Art Gallery and Studios, a Reston landmark established in 1987, located on the lakeside of 11400 Washington Plaza West, Reston, VA 20190. GPS: “Lake Anne Plaza” for directions to the parking area. Follow @RAGSReston on Facebook, @RestonArtGallery on Instagram, and get more information at RestonArtGallery.com.