Unison and Chebeague Island
Avis Fleming has a studio near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Unison, Virginia, 50 miles west of Washington, on a small farm she owns with her husband Paul Hodge, a retired journalist and potter. He throws the ceramic pots and vases that she paints.
She also has a studio in the cottage they own on Chebeague Island, in Casco Bay, Maine.
Exhibitions and Awards
Exhibitions include "Banned in D.C.," 1970s and 1980s Color School Painters of Washington, Ventana 244 Gallery, organized by Mark Dagley, Williamsburg, N.Y.C., spring, 2013; "Three Fleming Sisters of Lafitte," Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA, spring 2013; "At the Water's Edge" at ArtSquare in Leesburg, Va., 2011; “Shoreland-Farmland” at Oerth Gallery, Alexandria, Va., 2010; “The Sunday Series” exhibition at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 2003; “Etchings, Monotypes and Watercolors By Avis Fleming,” Gallery 222, Leesburg, 2008; “Natural Observations,” four painters show at the American Horticulture Society, 2000; “Four Printmakers” show, West Island Gallery, Bath, Maine, 2001; “Encounters With Cows,” George Washington University Loudoun campus gallery, 1995; "The View from Unison", Bryn Mawr College, 1993; Paintings and Prints, Montana Gallery, 1991; "Gardens In and Out", Gallery 4, Alexandria, Va., 1987; "Field Drawings", Studio Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1985; Color Paintings and Drawings, Studio Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1979; "Color Paintings/Farm Drawings", The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Va., 1979.
Awards include: Honorable Mention in the 2013 national ceramics show, "Tabletop Exhibit," for "Louisiana Canton," Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, Linda Christianson, juror; Best in Show for “Mother and Daughter,” juried by Sarah Tanguy, The Art League “La Femme Exhibition,” 2008, Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria; Honorable Mention 2009 Art League Small Works show for "Safe Harbor;" Honorable Mention 2004 Arlington Ellipse Arts Center Mid-Atlantic show “Prints! Prints! Prints!,” juried by Warren Corrado, for lithograph “Sunday Silence;” and first place Mixed Media at 2008 Neighborhood Show in The Plains, Va., juried by Peter Winant of George Mason University and WETA’s Around Town, for "Hillside Cattle".
She also won the 2008 Van Landingham Award, Art League Patron’s Show; First Place Award, July, 2000, Art League Gallery All-Media Exhibition, juried by Jo Ann Lewis of The Washington Post; the Print Award, April, 2001, All Media Show at the Art League Gallery, juried by sculptor Joan Danzinger; First Place Graphics 2000 award, juried by Bill Dunlop of Around Town; and First Place Painting at the 1994 Neighborhood Show, The Plains, juror Johanna Karelis of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Avis Fleming, curriculum vitae
Bryn Mawr College, AB philosophy, cum laude, 1958.
Rhode Island School of Design, summer program, 1958.
Pratt Institute, graphic arts and illustration, 1958-1961.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, fellowship, Mt. San Angelo, Va., 1986.
GALLERY AFFILIATION: Printmakers Inc. WWW.tfpi.org
1987-2012, Art League School, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Va.
1991-2011, Art League School Gesture Drawing and Painting, workshops and classes in gesturing the figure, sketchbook drawing and "The Near West," drawing animals in landscpe.
1987-95, Art League School, drawing and painting for young people and teenagers.
1986, Maryland College of Art and Design, Silver Spring, Md., color pencil drawing.
TRAVEL ART WORKSHOPS:
2013, Western Ireland With Avis Fleming, Plein Air Sketching/Watercolor, Art League School.
2005, Czechsketch, Prague and the Czech countryside, Art League School.
2003, 2001, Ireland with Avis Fleming, Art League School.
1999, New Orleans with Avis Fleming, "Charms of Louisiana," Art League School.
l998-2003, Loudoun County with Avis Fleming, "The Near West," Art League School.
1984, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, self-portraiture.
1984, National Capital Children's Museum, Washington, D.C., printmaking.
1982, The Art Barn, Washington, D.C., art and poetry.
1986-87, The Washington Post, drawings for travel section.
1985-86, Channels 4, 5 and CNN, courtroom drawings.
1981, The Washington Post, drawing for "Ginseng" story.
The Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2003, Yawandale Birchette, “Artist Seeks To Put Faces On Feelings.”
Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Bulletin, Fall 2003, "Avis Fleming '58 Captures Sundays."
Kalliope, Journal of Women's Literature and Art, 1999, four drawings.
Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Bulletin, Summer 1996, "Cows in Their Pastures Create Complex Landscapes."
The Washington Post, Galleries, Mary McCoy, "Cattle Crossing," at Montana Gallery, Alexandria, Va., May 30, 1992.
Washington Review of the Arts, Val Lewton, "Avis Fleming, Field Drawings," June/July, 1985.
The Washington Post, Galleries, Jo Ann Lewis, "Drawings by Avis Fleming," May 11, 1985.
The Washington Post, Galleries, Benjamin Forgey, "Unknown Finds," June 8, 1985.
The Washington Post, Virginia Weekly, Arts, Ann Behrens, "Banks on Artists," Nov. 8, 1984.
The Washington Post, Galleries, Jo Ann Lewis, "Studio Redux," Nov. 25, 1982.
The Washington D.C. Art Review, Frank Getlein and Jo Ann Lewis, 1980, p. 108.
Up in Art, Tobie Lanou, "Avis Fleming's New Paintings," June, 1977.