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AROUND TOWN/Megan Coyle's Collage Obsession

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Jul 14,2011
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Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Blue Rhino by Megan Coyle.
Courtesy Photo
Blue Rhino by Megan Coyle.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Megan Coyle likes to tear pages out of magazines.
 
It is a habit that she acquired in high school, but it is not an idle habit.
 

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Downtown Café by Megan Coyle.
Courtesy Photo
Downtown Cafe by Megan Coyle.

Instead, it is part of a concentrated effort by this collage artist who takes common, everyday magazines and turns them into works of art. She depicts cityscapes, landscapes, animals, still life and portraits by combining sketches with layers of collage.

The result is an intriguing combination of color, texture and pattern that presents itself in her artwork. Several of these pieces are currently on display in the mezzanine section at Red Rocks Napoletana in Old Town.

Last week, Coyle and guests gathered at Red Rocks Napoletana for the opening reception for Collage: Painting with Paper, an Exhibition of Works by Megan Coyle.

This is the second in The Firebricks and Frames Exhibition Series, a collaboration between Gallery Thirteen and Red Rocks Napoletana. The brainchild of Kevin J. Bailey, he said, “This is an interest of mine – I like to do ‘out of the box’ ideas. We want to encourage people to visit the restaurant and view the works of local artists. The artists are very excited about it.”

Bailey introduced Coyle to the crowd, who explained how she uses a sketch as an outline and then starts cutting out pages from magazines based on colors and light. She starts gluing the pieces on top of the drawing, working in the foreground and background. When she is finished, she varnishes with a protective finish.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Cyclers preview the Tour de France Challenge program at CycleStudio.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Cyclers preview the Tour de France Challenge
program at CycleStudio.

Coyle started doing collage in high school, but it was the more traditional style. All of Coyle’s works to date are filled with color, except for one with a hippo that was done in black and white for a juried show. Coyle said that she may explore working more with black and white.

“My favorite piece is the hippo,” said Coyle. “It was inspired by a trip to the zoo. He stuck his tongue out and I liked the story line.”

Coyle said in her artist statement, “I was once told that when I draw or paint, I shouldn't draw objects or people as I see them in my mind. Instead, I should pay attention to every detail in front of me—focusing on the shapes of colors that make up different planes. Over the years, I've continued to follow this advice and it has become a central idea behind my work.

“Although I was trained in painting, over the years, I was consistently drawn to collage. I believe that my attachment to the medium is rooted in the way I approach every subject as an artist. I'm constantly breaking down what I see into smaller pieces, piecing together each area bit by bit, occasionally stepping back to see the work in its entirety.”

The series, featuring two-dimensional artwork, kicked off last month with works by Marsha Brown. Bailey said that they had about 70 people for that opening. The series will continue through the end of the year.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br />Cyclers preview the Tour de France Challenge program at CycleStudio.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Cyclers preview the Tour de France Challenge
program at CycleStudio.

The Firebricks & Frames Exhibition Series will feature seven artists whose work will span several mediums. Each month during the series, a different artist will be featured with his or her artwork hung in Red Rocks for display and purchase.

Complimentary wine will be served at the opening receptions and there will be additional food and drink specials at the opening receptions. It is a great way to support your local artists, as well as an opportunity to view the private dining space available at RedRocks for groups of 25 or less.

Firebricks & Frames Featured Artists
June – Marsha Brown: Lighthearted Moments
July – Megan Coyle: Collage: Painting with Paper
August – Bonnie Ferguson Butler: Breeze By
September – Camden Noir: camden noir
October – Tracy Wilkerson: Reclaimed Message
November – Jessica Hopkins: Mercurial 83
December – Vaughn Cottman: Wilderness Trails   

Red Rocks is located at 904 King Street in Old Town.For more information on the series and reception dates, please contact Stephen Bailey at sbailey@gallery13events.com.

Tour de France 2011 Challenge

 

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Sima Tamaddon leads the class through the routines.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Sima Tamaddon leads the class through
the routines.

Across town, at CycleStudio, it’s not too late to join the Tour de France 2011 Challenge. Spearheaded by Sima Tamaddon, owner and instructor, this three-week long program runs through Sunday, July 24, 2011. Students can use their monthly pass (Summer Special July and August unlimited for just $135) or pay for individual classes.

“Friends can team up and challenge themselves to make it to the studio to follow a portion of each day's ride led during one of the regularly scheduled classes,” said Tamaddon.

“If you come for a combination class cycle-yoga, cycle-abs, etc you will still follow the terrain of the course just not as long. You can drop in if you can't make the commitment but this event will be a fun way to get out of the hot sun and ride with friends.”

Tamaddon will lead riders through the terrains of Blaye-les-Mines, Cap Fréhel, Carhaix, Carmaux, Cugnaux, Galibier Serre-Chevalier, Limoux, Modane - Valfréjus, Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers, Mûr-de-Bretagne, Olonne-sur-Mer, Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts, Pinerolo (Italie), Redon, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux and  simulate flat stages, mountain stages and summit finishes.

Lauren Giordano, who has been a member since the studio opened in April, said, “This class is 10 times harder than any other class I have been to. I rush home from work to get to class and come two to three times a week.”

“This is the type of facility that is needed,” said Pamela Brown. “I love the mix of cycling and yoga.”

Jonathan Bentley, manager at Rustico Restaurant, was there for the first time, and said, “It’s intense. I am a pretty active guy and it was a challenge. I like the combination of spinning and yoga – you wind up and wind down.”

Jaime Dawson, indoor cycling instructor, said, “Cycle-Studio is offering something unique that you can't find at an average club. I think one of the things that makes the Cycle-Studio unique are the types of indoor cycles they use. These bikes are more challenging and force you to get the most out of your workout. Although it might take  a couple of classes to adjust to these bikes, the pay-off in strength and endurance is worth it.
 

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Alison takes advantage of the short rest period.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Alison takes advantage of the short
rest period.

“Additionally, the combination classes of cycling and yoga are a perfect match. You get the high intensity cardio, followed by strength and toning – a perfect workout,”

CycleStudio is located at 1561 Potomac Greens Drive Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information call 703-299-5102 or visit www.cycle-studio.com.

Down in Mount Vernon, the Mount Vernon Antique Center is holding its first Happy Hunting Hour. The site of the former Thieves Market, the Mount Vernon Antique Center is the oldest antique mall in the country.

It is located at 8101 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA and it features 27 dealers offering a broad variety of antique furniture, small collectibles, jewelry, Persian rugs and many other unusual items suited for the user, buyer of serious collector.

The first Happy Hunting Hour will be held this Wednesday, July 13, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition to food and beverages, there will be several door prizes.

The spacious 20,000 square foot building is easily accessible from Route One and there is plenty of parking.

The Mount Vernon Antique Center is located at 8101 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309. For more information, call 703-619-5100 or visit www.mtvernonantiquecenter.com. Starting July 6, the center is open Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on Tuesday.
 
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce continues to plan events throughout the summer months. A very successful Professional Networking Breakfast (PNB) was held earlier this month at Joe Theismann’s and the next Business After Hours (BAH) will be held on July 21, 2011, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, 2800 South Potomac Avenue, Arlington, VA 22202.

On August 9, 2011, the Professional Networking Breakfast (PNB) will be held at Red Rocks Napoletana in Old Town, Alexandria. Come and check out this new facility for special breakfast pizzas and other treats. Red Rocks is located at 904 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, http://www.redrocksdc.com/old_town.html.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Students wind down after cycling with yoga routines.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Students wind down after cycling
with yoga routines.

The next BAH will be held on August 18, 2011 at Doctors Express Mount Vernon. Come visit the latest and greatest in urgent care, located just a few miles outside of Old Town, Alexandria, on Richmond Highway. Event will be held at 5609-B Richmond Highway. For more information, visit www.doctorsexpress.com/mountvernon.

You can register for Chamber events at http://www.alexchamber.com/ or call them at 703-549-1000


Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />CycleStudio has state-of-the-art equipment.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
CycleStudio has state-of-the-art equipment.


Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Megan Coyle talks to guest at the opening reception of The Firebricks and Frames Exhibition Series, a collaboration between Gallery Thirteen and Red Rocks Napoletana.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Megan Coyle talks to guest at the opening
reception of The Firebricks and Frames
Exhibition Series, a collaboration between
Gallery Thirteen and Red Rocks Napoletana.


Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Guests listen to an introduction by Megan Coyle at the opening reception of The Firebricks and Frames Exhibition Series, a collaboration between Gallery Thirteen and Red Rocks Napoletana.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Guests listen to an introduction by Megan
Coyle at the opening reception of The
Firebricks and Frames Exhibition Series,
a collaboration between Gallery Thirteen
and Red Rocks Napoletana.





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