Art Exhibition: GA Gardner’s “Interconnections”

ARC Magazine announces a new solo exhibition by GA Gardner: Interconnections, curated by Jarvis DuBois. The exhibition, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Fine Art Association, will be on view at The Athenaeum Gallery from January 26 through March 11, 2012. The artist’s reception will take place on Sunday, January 29, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00pm. The Athenaeum is located at 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia.

Description: Gardner uses the vibrant colors and energy of his native Trinidad and Tobago in his paintings and mixed media works to address our often-complicated relationship with mass communication. Gardner’s works provide keen insight into how the proliferation of media in contemporary society results in a cacophony of mixed messages. Intricate layers of painted printed strips cover some canvases to interpret today’s advanced, digital modes of communication and their relationship to an intended thought or message. His uniquely vivid palette recalls the sky, sunsets, sea, and terrain of his Caribbean roots — yet his subject matter, style, and content speak more to our fast-paced urban environment.

GA Gardner moved to the United States in 1988 to study art, earning his BA and MA degrees at San Francisco State University and a PhD in Arts Education at the Ohio State University. [. . .] Gardner has been greatly influenced by not only his upbringing in the Caribbean but also his overlapping careers as an animator, researcher, author of 14 books on Art Education, and a professor at George Mason University in Virginia. These experiences, complemented by his world travels, influence the strongly textural and multilayered canvases of his artistic production.

Jarvis DuBois is an independent curator and arts consultant based in Washington, DC.

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. As the primary site for these activities, the NVFAA owns and maintains the historic building called the Athenaeum. For additional information on the organization, please visit

For more information please contact Twig Murray at or (703) 683-5058.

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Image: GA Gardner’s Freedom (2011)

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