- The Washington Times - Friday, September 17, 2004

Lou Stovall, one of the city’s most admired senior artists, is showing at the Mansion in North Bethesda’s Strathmore Hall — and what an extraordinary show it is.

In “The Art of Lou Stovall,” the artist, 67, silk-screens and draws nature in its many manifestations. Though he’s better-known as a silk-screen artist, Mr. Stovall points out, “Drawing is my passion.”

Mr. Stovall works in series very different from one another, and the appeal of the 77 prints and drawings in this exhibit is varied.

There are two series in the current show, which is on Strathmore’s second floor. In the first, the silk-screened “Actus Artist” (“The Action of Art”), he makes monoprints of fruits and flowers, favorite landscape views and “colour regit” or “color rules” prints, in which the artist fuses color for color combinations almost impossible in the silk-screen medium.

“Hearts,” a group that mixes brilliantly colored screen prints with related drawings, is a fanciful and lyrical interpretation of what Mr. Stovall calls “a little love story of the bird and his heart.”

The exhibit ends with “The Drawings,” a tribute to nature in pencil, pen and ink. Mr. Stovall’s color pen-and-ink images peg him as one of the great draftsmen in the District.

Mr. Stovall originally concentrated on establishing his Workshop Inc. on Newark Street NW (where he lives with his artist wife, Di Stovall) to print his own and other artists’ images. He says he’s now concentrating on his own work, especially the drawings.

“I’m challenged by reaching 67, and I want to be remembered for my own work, not as a master printer for others,” he says.

WHAT: “The Art of Lou Stovall”

WHERE: Mansion, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike (Maryland Route 355), North Bethesda

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays except Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Through Nov. 6.

TICKETS: Free

CONTACT: 301/581-5100 or www.strathmore.org

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