LONGTIME FRIENDS and guests gathered at Parish Gallery in Georgetown in Washington Friday evening, June 21, for the opening of an exhibition of Norman Parish’s works titled “Norman Parish: The Artist,” and for what was billed as a closing reception for the gallery. The gallery opened 22 years ago, and since then has featured more than 170 artists, showcasing primarily, but not exclusively, artists from Africa and the African diaspora. While there are plans to eventually close the gallery, no date has been set. Mr. Parish is ill, and his wife Gwen Parish is carrying on.
NORMAN PARISH, who spent his early childhood in New Orleans, is a fine artist graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied under Briggs Dyer, John Fabian, Paul Wiegart and Leroy Neiman. For nearly three decades he exhibited his paintings in the Chicago area as well as internationally. Mr. Parish came to Washington in 1988.
THERE HAVE BEEN few exhibits with work by the Mr. Parish – only when celebrating the gallery’s 5th, 10th and 15th anniversaries – and after many years visitors are now able to admire his recent work. Working primarily in oil on canvas, Mr. Parish paints recognizable subjects that he terms “Stylized Realism.”
Parish Gallery is located at 1954 31st Street, N.W. in Georgetown.