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Courtesy photo. "Glanum II" by Tinam Valk.

Courtesy photo. "Glanum II" by Tinam Valk.

Published on: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

By Wanda Jackson

Think of a TV series with an uncertain ending.

In “The Sopranos,” did Tony Soprano and his family really die? In the Starz drama “Boss,” did Mayor Tom Kaine, retain his political power? In the ABC drama, “Scandal,” how will “superwoman” Olivia Pope push the “scandalous” envelope for another season?

Such shows cater to viewers who love the anticipation and excitement of piecing puzzles together in what they think will happen next. It is open to interpretation. And, as viewers know it is human nature to try to find meaning within an exchange.

Art, too, can be ambiguous.

Take the new exhibit, “Passages Revisited - Paintings by Tinam Valk,” opening Aug. 19 and running through Oct. 11 at Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington.

“Ambiguity of shelter and nature is the main force in Valk’s architecture and landscape paintings,” states a Harmony Hall news release.

Valk uses modeling paste, charcoal, pencil, pastel and other mixed media to build and convey layers of age and history in the subject matter.

“I am interested in subjects with layers, either emotionally or actual layers through age or history, as seen in old structures, buildings and statues,” Valk said in her artist statement. “I am not interested in telling the viewer what to see, and prefer their own emotional response to each image.”

In her Berwyn Heights home studio, Valk works from sketches drawn in parks, estate gardens and old U.S. and European cities. 

Valk’s painting “Glanum II” is based on the Triumphal Arch monument at the ancient site of Glanum in the 7th century BC. The monument was built during the early Roman Empire, indicating the entry road to Glanum along the great way of the Alps. It influenced other arches and some of the 12th century doorways.

Valk was born in Berlin, Germany. She spent her childhood and early adulthood in the Netherlands, where she received her art education at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague.

After coming to the United States in 1976, she earned a post-baccalaureate degree in visual communications at the Maryland College of Art and Design. She worked as a freelance illustrator and part-time art educator in suburban Washington, D.C., until 1996. Since then she has concentrated exclusively on fine art.

Valk has traveled extensively, including to East Africa, South America, Eastern and Western Europe.

Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions, select group exhibitions and numerous juried shows on the East Coast. Her work is in collections in Europe, the U.S. and South America.

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Posted By: Kenneth Eugene Peters On: 8/30/2013

Title: Wonderful exhibition

I attended the opening reception for this marvelous exhibition. Tinam Valk's work is mesmerizing. Her sense of space, atmosphere, light and mood are captivating. I encourage all art lovers to check out this show before it closes!




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