Magical Illuminations by Rosemarie Forsythe

Magical Illuminations by Rosemarie Forsythe

Featured Exhibition at Reston Art Gallery and Studios, June 3 – June 25

Internationally recognized artist Rosemarie Forsythe’s new exhibition, Magical Illuminations, is on display from June 3 through June 25 in a featured show at Reston Art Gallery and Studios. 

Forsythe’s distinctive paintings portray the magic of nature, science, and learning. Stars illuminate deep blue night skies and dense jewel-toned forests. Colorful birds and animals wander through her imaginative compositions that are often inspired by 15th century illuminated manuscripts. Poetry, symbols, equations of math and science, algorithms, ornaments, or intellectual puzzles are embedded in the paintings. Reminiscent of Byzantine icons or centuries-old, illuminated manuscripts, she uses acrylic or flashe paint and 23k gold leaf to mix combinations of gem tones and soothing neutrals on canvas and board. The show also includes a few misty, mysterious woodlands with paths to soft light in the distance. Inspired by living and working around the world, Forsythe’s paintings celebrate the power of ideas that have influenced the course of history or changed the way we think about the world. 

“Racing through Moonlight” by Rosemarie Forsythe. 30”x40” acrylic on canvas. The ground below the female riders contains equations used to calculate the speed of a horse, symbols of strength and power, and a poem by William Henry Ogilvie, “The Hooves of the Horses.”

Before she became a full-time artist, Forsythe lived in seven countries and visited more than 60 countries in the course of her past careers as a U.S. diplomat, policymaker, and international business executive. Self-taught in art, she found a way to combine her intellectual and prior work interests with her artistic sense and cultural influences to create a unique style of painting. In 2020, 2021, and 2023, the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program selected several of Forsythe’s works to be displayed in U.S. Embassies in Austria, the Philippines, Jordan, and Bolivia. Numerous U.S. Ambassadors own many of her paintings. Her art was also chosen for the Brussels office of Rose Gottemoeller, then the Deputy Secretary General of NATO. Forsythe’s works are in private collections in Qatar, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Togo, the U.K., and the U.S.  Forsythe is a member of the Advisory Board and Director’s Circle of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is a juried member of Reston Art Gallery and Studios, where her work is always on display, in addition to dozens of solo and group shows around the world. Learn more about Forsythe and her art on Instagram, @rosemarieforsythefineart, or at her website,

Wildwood at Midnight – 30×40 canvas – Rosemarie Forsythe

Magical Illuminations can be viewed every weekend through June 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment by emailing or via Instagram @RestonArtGallery. Forsythe will be in the gallery on June 4, 18 and 24 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy the display of works by all seven artists at Reston Art Gallery and Studios, 11400 Washington Plaza West, Reston, VA 20190, located on the lakeside by the orange “ART” sign at historic Lake Anne Plaza. Neighboring the gallery are local restaurants with outdoor seating, and it is just steps away from Lake Anne’s Saturday morning Farmers Market. For GPS directions and parking, search “Lake Anne Plaza.” Follow @RestonArtGallery on Instagram, and find more information at

Rampant Horse in Deep Blue – 16×20 canvas – Rosemarie Forsythe

About Reston Art Gallery and Studios (RAGS) 

This artists’ collective is an inspiring source of beauty and creativity with new shows each month featuring the latest works created by the seven artists of RAGS – Pat Macintyre, Jennifer Duncan, Sandra Dovberg, Rosemarie Forsythe, Julia Tova Malakoff, Marthe McGrath, and Wayne Schiffelbein. 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. 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. 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. RAGS is open to the public every weekend afternoon from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. and also by appointment. 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 @RestonArtGallery on Instagram, and see more information at

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