ArtSee: What are you most looking forward to at Art17?
Regina Miele: I was over there hanging the show with Brian [Petro] and Marie Ringwald the other day. One of the things I look forward to the most, is seeing every one. It sounds so simple. I also really like getting a hometown response to my work.
ArtSee: Can you tell us more about your painting in Art17, Mid-City Blue?
Miele: Over the entire time I’ve been in the [Mid City] neighborhood, I’ve been painting views of the rooftops and things I’ve been walking past everyday and the enormous change that has occurred in that area. That painting is of an actual house on T Street between 13th and 14th. I’ve always found it really beautiful and interesting.
There is something particular in the decay, especially now that everything on every side of it is completely redone and gentrified. One aspect I’ve always been exploring in my work, is what is the idea of beauty. I like taking something that someone would just drive by and then render it beautifully with a traditional medium like oil painting.
ArtSee: How has being a Mid City Artist impacted your art career?
Miele: The biggest thing it has done for me over the years, it has made me a lot more open to having my work seen kind of in a half-finished, un-finished, in-the-middle-of-thinking-it-out state. And the open studios are very valuable in having people who are not critics. It’s a much more laid back venue than the opening of a gallery show. I think the feedback is more honest than it would be in a gallery situation. The opportunities to talk about my work and process helps with hashing out my own ideas. What people may not realize about artists, I’ll do a lot of writing before a body of work. It can take a year to 18 months and there is something very important to getting feedback, even if its feedback you’re not thrilled to hear.
- What: Mid City at Art17 opening reception
- When: Thursday, May 2 at 6 pm
- Where: Art 17, Coldwell Banker, 1606 17th Street NW
Bringing the Art in DC to You – Roxanne Goldberg
14th Street regulars know Regina Miele. A longtime DC resident, she inhabited Raven Arts as a studio space and framing shop. This Tuesday, she showed off her new gallery, framing, and studio space just across the street at 1830 14th Street NW.
The space at [email protected] is clean and spare, white from floor to ceiling. A moving wall at the back of the gallery space can push forward towards the front, to allow for more framing space, or backwards towards the studio, for a bigger gallery.
And currently on display? Regina’s own work, many pieces of which are studies of the very corridor where the gallery is situated. But her favorites in the show are her newer pieces, charcoal drawings of views from the train between DC and New York City.
The gallery will have regular shows, about eight weeks running; the next one opens in January, featuring Al Wildey. Miele has great plans for the space, including a preview of emerging artists in Summer 2012. Meander in and see her new digs, and check out paintings of our neighborhood.
From Cecile Oreste at danceDC
Local artist Regina Miele knows about turning passion into a paycheck. For more than 16 years, she has made a living from selling her paintings and exhibiting her work. Although creating work on demand has its challenges, she finds the experience extremely rewarding.
Miele is one of 12 Mid City Artists currently exhibiting her work at DC Loft Gallery on 14th Street NW. According to Miele, she wanted to participate in the exhibition, Social Network in the Neighborhood, as it was a great opportunity to show with other local artists. Although she is part of Mid City Artists, she often exhibits outside the DC area. Most recently, her work has been displayed in Miami as part of Art Basel.
In addition to exhibiting her work nationally in Miami, New York and Chicago, Miele has had an impressive showing internationally. She was invited to be part of the 2009 Florence Biennale in Italy and next year she will display her work at The International Art Biennial at the Izmir International Fair Center in Turkey.
Studied in Florence
Miele took classes in fine arts, art theory and art history while studying abroad at the Scoulo Lorenzo Di Medici Istituto Di Studi Italiani in Florence.
The technicality of painting and drawing is still what she enjoys today.
Her course work in Italy has had a dramatic influence on her painting style. While studying in Florence, she took a curriculum based on traditional painting. Many of the classes focused on the technical aspects of both painting and drawing, providing a full tool box of skills for Miele to use.