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Branching Out

Saturday, April 13th, from 8-11pm

"Branching Out"
Three Person Exhibit Featuring
Erik Abel, Graham Franciose & Ursula Xanthe Young

Official 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival Artwork by Erik Abel

In conjunction with this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, Art Whino will be hosting an exhibit focusing on this Washington D.C. spring time tradition and will feature the work of the official Festival artist, Erik Abel, along with two other talented and reknown artists, Graham Franciose and Ursula Young . As the trees begin to bloom and bring life to the city, these works of art will depict this time of new life that signifies the end of winter and the return of color. With a diverse assortment of three artists, each work will be as unique as every blossom of these remarkable trees. Erik Abel’s graphic approach, Graham Franciose’s painterly illustrative style, and Ursula Xanthe Young’s surrealist perspective, will blend in subject matter and will contrast in treatment, bringing forth the individuality of each artist’s work and the beauty of nature in Spring. 

Saturday, April 13th, from 8-11pm


Art Whino Gallery
120 American Way
National Harbor, MD 20745

Show end date: May 13th

Complimentary Frost Beverages by PBR.

Partial Proceeds of the sales will go to the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The event is FREE and open to the public.




About the National Cherry Blossom Festival:


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration.  The 2013 Festival, March 20 – April 14, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  The 2013 Festival commemorates the 101st anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

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About the Artists:


Erik Abel

Bold colors, geometric patterns, and botanical profiles capture the eye in Erik Abel’s artwork. Inspired by his love of the ocean, surfing and travel, Abel’s work articulates the spirit of the water and awe of nature. His experiences with indigenous South Pacific and Central American cultures express themselves in Abel’s subjects and palettes. Upon a closer look, Abel’s graphic imagery unfolds to tell the story of his paintings. Accents peak through unexpectedly revealing the layers of color Abel cloaks in each piece while loose strokes of colored pencil and marker create an organic individuality and dimension. Abel lives and works a few blocks from the beach in Ventura, CA. His original pieces have been featured in galleries across the country while his commercial work has attracted clients including Patagonia, Reef, and Billabong. Currently Abel is focusing on giving back to environmental and humanitarian projects through nonprofit partnerships, exhibitions, and commercial projects.

Graham Franciose

After spending just a few moments with his work, it’s not shocking to learn that Graham Franciose was born and reared in the forests of rural Massachusetts. Though trained in photorealism at the Hartford Art School where he received his BFA in illustration, Graham’s style has developed into an evocative mixture of illustration and pop surrealism. On the surface, the subjects appear familiar and almost mundane. His work has been characterized as equally whimsical and melancholic - seeking to freeze an ordinary moment in time, often evoking unsettling, yet familiar, emotions.  It’s easy to picture his style as one you might find in a children’s storybook, but on further inspection, Graham appears to be addressing the deeper and sometimes darker recesses of the human experience. Graham lives and works as a freelance illustrator and fine artist in Austin, Texas. He is represented in galleries in Austin, Houston, New Orleans and Washington D.C.


Ursula Xanthe Young

Ursula finds inspiration in the organic yet urban landscape of San Francisco and its surrounds; the crossed wires, victorian buildings and fog-filled horizons, that are a backdrop to her brightly painted doe-eyed flower girls. She is also highly influenced by her frequent travels to the far-flung reaches of the globe and the variety of colorful characters that she encounters - both real and imagined - along the way.
Due to her love of electronic music since the early 90’s, and the culture that surrounds it, Ursula’s art can be seen on CD & record covers of dance music labels including Om records, Safe In Sound Music, Loveslap recordings, 2 Block Radius and Panhandle records. Along with murals, apparel and club flyers, her art can be spotted in magazines and ipod covers and in boutiques across the city of San Francisco and beyond. Her recent pursuits include the front cover illustration for the SF Bay Guardian and 2 large wall murals in Sacramento.


 Erik Abel






Graham Franciose 







Ursula Xanthe Young