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BlackRock Presents an Exhibition Mapping Rivers and Their “Confluences”

Addressing themes of place and identity, Alexandria, Va.-based Kate Fitzpatrick’s multi-layered, mixed media paintings echo the currents and flows of rivers, tributaries, and their confluences.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is presenting a series of mixed media paintings by Northern Virginia artist Kate Fitzpatrick in her solo exhibition “Confluence” in the Terrace Gallery from Saturday, April 21 through Saturday, June 2.

Repurposing maps as a collage material, she translates the information they contain into newly imagined places. In a process that mimics the push and pull of water currents, the artist builds complex textures from layers of paper, paint, ink, and thread. The resulting abstracted forms are dominated by movement and reflect current and historical geographies that have emerged along our waterways.

The series on display in her solo exhibition “Confluence” also draws upon waterbodies as they relate to the environment and the people who inhabit the land. Fitzpatrick, who grew up on four continents, is also keenly aware of how world cultures have evolved along the banks of important rivers and developed a confluence of multi-cultural civilizations.

Fitzpatrick will be at BlackRock to guide activities at a Free Community Day: Collage event on Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm where drop-in activities will include art making with collage, artist demonstrations, and interactive tours of the exhibit. Both events are free and open to the public. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock is always free.

Fitzpatrick is an artist and art educator who received a BFA in painting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her MA in art education from the University of New Mexico. She was born in Virginia, but grew up in a number of places around the world, including Germany, Uruguay, and South Africa, and those places and experiences shape the themes within her art. In 2015, Fitzpatrick was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study art education topics in India.

Recent exhibits of her work include Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton, VA), The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center (Frederick, MD), Stone Tower Gallery, Glen Echo Park (Glen Echo, MD), Crossroads Gallery, Goodwin House (Fairfax, VA), Hill Center Galleries (Washington, DC), Del Ray Artisans Gallery (Alexandria, VA), among others.

Fitzpatrick maintains her studio in Alexandria and is currently pursuing an MFA in painting at George Mason University. To learn more about the artist visit her website.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is centrally located in the heart of Germantown, next to the Germantown Public Library, at 12901 Town Commons Drive. Free parking is available in the lot at the rear of our building and along the street.


Top: “Yenisei River” mixed media by Kate Fitzpatrick, 18 x 24 inches.

Next: “Adyar 1” mixed media, by Kate Fitzpatrick, 14 x 16 inches.

Next: “Ohio and Mississippi Confluence” mixed media, by Kate Fitzpatrick, 40 x 30 inches.

Next: “Three Rivers” mixed media, by Kate Fitzpatrick, 30 x 40 inches.

Photos courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.

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