39th Street Gallery and Project Space at The Gateway Arts Center  
39th Street Gallery and Project Space Entrance
39th Street Gallery
(39th Street Entrance)
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Brentwood MD 20722

A Project of the Gateway Community Development Corporation.
John Paradiso – Program and Facility Manager
Gateway Arts Center/CDC

by writer and photographer Timothy Gerken

September 12 – October 22, 2015

Saturday,   September 12   5:00-8:00 pm

The Gallery is open 7:00-9:00 pm Thurs & Fri,
12:00-3:00 pm Saturday, and by appointment
[ For appointment contact Gateway CDC: 301−864−3860 ext. 3 ]
Current Show – 39th Street Gallery
{ Opening Saturday, September 12 }

by writer and photographer Timothy Gerken

“I accumulate images and then edit; creating a narrative from ideas I see in the photographs.  On the wall, the narrative develops as fiction as the photographs build off each other and through the cultural lens of the viewer, who transfers meaning into the relatively straightforward photographs.”  —  T. Gerken

Timothy Gerken is a writer and photographer who lives in the Leatherstocking region of Central New York.  He teaches writing and runs the gallery space at SUNY Morrisville.  Recent work include curating “Changing Landscape” at the Earlville Opera House and creating “Floating” a video installation on the Hamilton Green.

Timothy has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow and Edward Albee Foundation Fellow.  His education includes a PhD from Fordham University, an MFA from Brooklyn College, an MS from Southern CT State College, and a BS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

"Contradictions and that Line about Self-Destruction" by writer and photographer Timothy Gerken

Showing in the 39th Street Corridor
{ Opening Saturday, September 12 }

Watercolors by Rosebud Archer, Diana Brown, and Rachel Payne

Rachel Payne – "Bayside", 2013

Current Artist-in-Residence

Paul Shortt

Paul Shortt is a visual artist, writer, educator and arts administrator.  He received his MFA in New Media Art from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute.  He is currently the Registry Coordinator and Program Assistant at Maryland Art Place and lives in Washington DC.

Paul Shortt - Artist-in-Residence

Saturday,  Sept.  12  –  5:00-8:00 pm


by writer and photographer Timothy Gerken

Please join the 39th Street Gallery for this opening reception.

Also, on the 1st floor, same night & time,
at the Brentwood Arts Exchange:
“The Art of the Tale” by Ellen Cornett

Recently at the
39th Street Gallery

Featuring artists from the ezStorage Studios:
Chidinma Dureke, Melissa Ezelle, Melissa Glasser, Tom Hill, Wayson Jones, Imani Russell, Gilbert Trent, Denise Wamaling, and Mark Wamaling

Summer Show 2015 - ezStorage Studios Artists

Mixed media paintings by Kyujin Lee


“In the spirit of Surrealist automatism, I begin by creating spontaneous marks on paper or canvas; I often just brush over, splatter, and/or spill water-based pigments on it.  Deliberations follow such accidents as I wait to observe and refine images, with which I compose visual narratives. ...”  —  Kyujin Lee

Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1972, Kyujin Lee received her MFA from the City College of the City University of New York in 1997 and her MA from the Teacher College, Columbia University in 2000.  Since Fall 2001, she has been living, working, and teaching art in Washington, DC.

Kyujin Lee - "I Will Fix You" (2007) - Ink, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, tissue paper on paper, 30" x 22 1/2"

Stephen Honicki

“Whether it be a classic Hitchcock mystery or a contemporary daytime soap opera, the dramatic interplay between characters in a make-believe world has strongly influenced my work as an artist.  As a photographer, my intent is for viewers to see my images as a series of dramatic vignettes unfolding before their eyes.  Through these photographs, the viewer is able to get a glimpse into various ‘scenes’ of my life – sometimes semi-autobiographical – sometimes ‘dislocated’ stories from those in my life at the time.  I see myself as a ‘visual storyteller’ dealing with the underlying themes of love, relationships, loss, and hope.”  —  Stephen Honicki

Stephen Honicki - "Out of Control" (2007), archival pigment print, 5" x 7"

Andrew Burans, Eric Gabriel, Maya Harrison, Lauren Jeyoon Lee, Peter Sibrin, Rrezart Beqa, Siena Roccograndi

Please join the 39th Street Gallery for an exhibit of 7 young artists from the University of Maryland's Art Honors Program.

The Honors Program provides a special experience for a select group of qualified Studio Art majors during their senior year.  This highly competitive program is designed for students who have demonstrated excellence in studio courses and achieved a high level of academic success.

University of Maryland's Art Honors Program

Elisabeth Jacobsen

“In my art, I combine the sometimes-contradictory elements of my religious upbringing and my sexuality, exploring religion and spirituality in the context of feminist and gay issues.  I transform these deeply personal experiences as universal themes that address identity, human consciousness, loss of life, health, and relationships.

“My formal training has been extensive and diverse, including professional merchandise display, photography, and sculpture.  The combination of these disciplines has informed my approach to art making, the way that I assemble materials and found objects, and the types of compositions and tableaus that I create.”  — Elisabeth Jacobsen

Elisabeth Jacobsen, "SHIELDED MADONNA" (2012) - wood cigar box, plaster, rosary, and silver leaf

Christopher Romer

“Although the Charmers are affixed to the wall, and therefore seemingly mysteriously held in suspension in the world, their rhythmic, self-conscious orientation and systematic worn paint effects very clearly keep us aware of their classic sculptural concerns of material, form, weight, and gravity.”  — Christopher Romer

THE CHARMERS - Christopher Romer

Laurie Breen, Pete Duvall, John Grunwell, Joe Hicks, Katie Kaufman, Charles Reiher, Tina Silverman, Ann Stoddard, Linda Uphoff, Valerie Watson

These artists have studios at the Gateway Art Center

Summer Show - Laurie Breen, Pete Duvall, John Grunwell, Joe Hicks, Katie Kaufman, Charles Reiher, Tina Silverman, 
Ann Stoddard, Linda Uphoff, and Valerie Watson

Shaunté Gates & Njena Surae Jarvis
Curated by Martha Jackson Jarvis

“The works of Shaunté Gates and Njena Surae Jarvis explores the body as metaphor, challenging the torpid qualities of painting and sculpture with a sense of didactic theater and enigmatic forms.  Their works command and redefine space with mysterious pairings of disparate forms and malign compositions.  There is a non-static reconfiguration, reconstruction and reinvention that occurs simultaneously that both disturbs and stimulates.  Viewers are made a part of this ever changing matrix that remains haunting, unknowable and in a state of flux.” — Martha Jackson Jarvis

"Night Tanning" - 2014, detail - Njena Surae Jarvis
Njena Surae Jarvis

“The two exhibits, NATURAL WORLD and ECOLOGY: Home and the Anacostia, share an intimacy between mankind and nature, with a personal exploration of life, death, loss and renewal.”  — John Paradiso, curator.

Eric Rhein

Rhein’s body of work includes photography, mixed media sculptural constructions, and works on paper.  His HIV status has significantly influenced his work, whose focus includes the expression of sexuality, vulnerability and resilience, mortality and transcendence, and gives a heightened image of the human experience.

"NATURAL WORLD" - Eric Rhein

ECOLOGY: Home and the Anacostia
Krista Schlyer

The exhibit pieces are meant to evoke consciousness of time and place as it is felt in the watershed: the seasons of life, from summer, winter, spring and fall, to the seasons of vitality, abuse, neglect, and recovery.

"ECOLOGY: Home and the Anacostia" -  Krista Schlyer

featuring Kyle Bauer

“I compose my sculptures by the means of arranging, stacking, and piling – trusting the instincts of building.  In many cases, I let the objects dictate their own forms.  I recognize that this methodology more closely correlates to the formalist qualities within my sculptures, allowing me the ability to investigate a broader expression of ideas.  I derive pleasure from this act of construction and enjoy how this process provides multiple layers of meaning as well as investigation through the use of color, surface, pattern and form.” — Kyle Bauer

"LATITUDE" - featuring Kyle Bauer

Gateway Arts Center @ Brentwood
a project of the Gateway Community Development Corporation
39th Street Studios 39th Street Gallery and Project Space
Gallery 110
Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

About Gateway CDC:

Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy.  Gateway CDC works within the communities of Brentwood, North Brentwood, and Mount Rainier, Maryland, and in collaboration with multiple partners to ensure the success of the entire Gateway Arts District.  Gateway CDC is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in North Brentwood, Prince George's County, Maryland.

The Gateway Community Development Corporation owns and operates the Gateway Arts Center and the 39th Street Gallery.