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Artist LAUREL HAUSLER and MFA collector KAREN CONWELL SMITH score a 2 page feature in DC Magazine’s “Art and Power” issue

15 Jan

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Karen Conwell Smith & Laurel Hausler
by Tiffany Jow, December 2012 issue
photos by Greg Powers
“It’s not an exaggeration to say that in certain circumstances, art saves you,” says collector Karen Conwell Smith. While in the midst of a heart-breaking divorce, the Federation of American Hospitals lobbyist attended an opening at Morton Fine Art and was captivated by a painting of an injured WWII-era nurse. “She’s a woman of texture on canvas: a caregiver in her depleted feminine state, gorgeous in her emptiness- I saw her and I wasn’t alone” says Smith. When she confided in the artist, Laurel Hausler, the two discovered a shared understanding of the emotions captured in the aptly titled piece, “First Aid,” which now hangs in Smith’s bedroom. Every piece Smith owns evokes a memory from her past, a theme echoed by Charlottesville-based Hausler’s work. Filled with ghostly characters rendered more sad than scary, her paintings are permeated by everyday emotions in a conscious effort to better understand things broken and unknown. “I try to see the beuty in torment,” says 34-year-old Hausler, a Virginia native who began pursuing art after a stint in New Orleans, where she cultivated a love of folk art. “It was liberating to realize I didn’t have to have a fine-art degree to make beautiful things,” she explains. The layers of paint on her canvases feature lines, scratches, and rips – a symbol of the intense process that goes into each piece. Hausler credits Smith’s patronage with validating her work. “It’s a blessing to feel like your work is appreciated, loved and getting a good home.”


5 Sep


Group Exhibition of New Work by Nathaniel Donnett, Victor Ekpuk, Rosemary Feit Covey, GA Gardner, Laurel Hausler, Choichun Leung, Mario Andres Robinson and Vonn Sumner

September 14- October 9th, 2012



Friday, September 14th 6 – 8 pm


Morton Fine Art (MFA) is pleased to present Works with Paper, a group exhibition of new work by artists Nathaniel Donnett, Victor Ekpuk, Rosemary Feit Covey, GA Gardner, Laurel Hausler, Choichun Leung, Mario Andres Robinson and Vonn Sumner. The exhibition will be on display from September 14th through October 9th, 2012. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 14th from 6 to 8 pm.

Works with Paper explores traditional and non-traditional use of paper in fine artwork.  Traditional mediums include watercolor, pastel and acyrlic work on paper. Non-traditional mediums include paper bags, layered wood engravings, coffee stained paper with sewing, and collage with paper.  Highlights of the exhibition include new cityscapes by Vonn Sumner, first view work on paper by Choichun Leung, new works from Mario Andres Robinson’s ongoing series of his muse “Plum”, cut out collage weaves by GA Gardner, innovative exploration of surface by Laurel Hausler and Rosemary Feit Covey, and artwork by artists Nathaniel Donnett and Victor Ekpuk which will also be on display at Morton Fine Art’s Fahrenheit Booth F7 at the Houston Fine Art Fair.



28 Aug

Visit Art in Embassies online to view the latest featured artwork for Kingston, Jamaica. http://art.state.gov/

Featured artists include:

Maya Freelon Asante, GA Gardner, Sam Gilliam, Jo Ann Jones, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson, Ruben Ubiera, Kehinde Wiley