Meet the Artist - Kay Layne


Kay Layne’s work is color field abstract expressionism in style with contrasting and harmonious colors with geometric shapes imposed over flat or textured surfaces.

Her textured paint surfaces are created with crumpled tissue paper, paste medium, and trowel marks. Frequently she uses charcoal over these painted textured backgrounds to provide further depth to the surface. She uses intense colors in either earth tones or sharp arresting colors in opposition to each other. Ms. Layne is a former member of “Arts in the Village” in Leesburg, VA; “Max_21” artist group in Reston, VA; and Art First Gallery in Fredericksburg, VA.

She has studied painting at the following

  • Rice University in Houston, Texas
  • Art League at the Torpedo
  • Factory in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Yellow Barn at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
  • Artworks in Reston, VA
  • Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD
  • Cheap Joe’s Art Studio, Boone, NC
Kay Layne, Abstract Painter

Ms. Layne grew up in the Texas Panhandle, where the flat plains have influenced her simple planar compositions. She received her architecture degree from Rice University and practiced in Washington, DC, on architectural projects as diverse as hospitals, prisons, educational facilities, research facilities, Metro stations, and sports and recreation areas with Metcalf Associates; Harry Weese & Associates; Gilbane Building Co.; Chapman, Miller, & Layne (principal); and DMJM (Associate Vice President). She is now retired from architecture and continues to live in Washington, D.C.

Artist’s Summary of Exhibits

Gallery Membership

  • “Arts in the Village,” in the 2012-2017
  • Max 21, Reston - 2007-2009
  • Art First, Fredericksburg VA - 2003-2006

Awards

  • 1st Place – “Coral Sea” – Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA- April 2016
  • Honorable Mention - "Ready Set Go" - Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA - May 2016
  • Honorable Mention – “Icy Morn” – Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA – Feb. 2015
  • Honorable Mention - "Lost Moons" - 24th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition - Patuxent Art League - Laurel, MD
  • Honorable Mention - "Wanderlust" - Light Space & Time, Abstracts- online gallery - Oct. 2014
  • 1st Place - "Do Not Enter" - Hot, Capitol Arts Network, Bethesda, MD - July 2011
  • 2nd Place - "Moonrise" - Young at Heart" - Durant Center, Alexandria, VA , Aug - Oct. 2009
  • 2nd Place – Oil/Acrylic – “Peek-A-Boo Violet” – Art Affair, Bon Air Art Association, Richmond, VA, Oct. 2007
  • Honorable Mention - "Bridge to the Future" - In Motion, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Jan. 2006
  • Honorable Mention – "Dawn" - Open Exhibition 2003, Arts Council of Fairfax County (VA), Nov. 2003.
  • 3rd Place – "Moonlight on Craggy Mountain", Leesburg (VA) Fall Into The Arts, Oct. 2003
  • Honorable Mention – "Prague Steeples" - Campagna Center, Alexandria, VA – July 2003

Commissioned Work

  • “Trouble Ahead” for Louise & Kenneth Marshall
  • "Flash Fire" for Kyungmi Lee & Johannes Hester.
  • "Rothko Three" for Yumi Ando & Keith Posley.
  • “Carbon Black Plant” & “Plains Dawn” for Sylvia Grider.

Solo Shows

  • Great Oak Gallery, Ashburn, VA - March 5 - May 6, 2020
  • Brambleton Library, Brambleton, VA - Nov. - Dec. 2019
  • Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick, MD - April - May 2018
  • Cardinal Gallery, Ashby Ponds, Ashburn, VA - Dec. 2017 -Jan. 2018
  • Featured, Arts Arts in The Village, Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA - Aug. 2016
  • Ashby Ponds Gallery, - Ashburn, VA - Dec. 2013 - Jan. 2014
  • Featured, Arts Arts in The Village, Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA - May 2013
  • Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, MD - May 6-8, 2011
  • WITF Public Media Center, 4801 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA - March 21 - April 31, 2011
  • Georgetown Hospital, Lombardi Center, Washington, DC September 2010
  • Haverstick Gallery, Carlsile, PA - June 2010
  • Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick, MD - March - April 2010
  • Penn National Insurance, Harrisburg, PA - Feb. 1 - April 30, 2010
  • Schlesinger Concert Hall & Art Center, Alexandria, VA - Nov. 25 - Dec. 22, 2009.
  • Arts Club of Washington (DC) - Nov. 2009
  • Krause Gallery, Providence, RI - July 2009
  • Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD - April 2009
  • Southern Building, 1500 K St. NW, Washington, DC - Nov. 6 - Feb. 4 2009
  • Art Association of Harrisburg, PA - Dec. 2008
  • Maplewood Park Place, Bethesda, MD - Dec. 2007 - Jan. 2008
  • Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, MD - April 2007
  • Southern Building, Washington, DC - April 2006
  • Art First Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA - August 2005
  • Gaithersburg (MD) City Hall Gallery, - Oct. - Nov. 2004

Juried Shows

  • Western Loudoun Artists's Studio Tour - Franklin Park Arts Center - June 7-8, 2020
  • Artists in Middleburg - Middleburg, VA - March 7-April 5, 2020
  • Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA - Aug 31 - Sept. 27, 2019
  • Glen Echo Park - Glen Echo, Md - Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
  • District Arts - Frederick MD - June 10-July 21, 2019
  • The Art League, Torpedo Factory - Alexandria, VA - Aug. 6- /Sept, 8m 2018
  • Hill Center Art - Washington, DC - June 27 - Sept. 22, 2018
  • Chaos - Artists in Middleburg - Middleburg, VA - March 3 - April 1, 2018
  • Unique Viewpoint - Fredericksburg, VA - Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts - March 2018
  • Washington County Museum of Fine Arts - Hagerstown, MD - Feb. 4 - April 7, 2018
  • Pulp Fiction - Tryst Gallery - Leesburg, VA -Oct. 6 - Nov. 30, 2017
  • Textures & Patterns - Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA - May 2017
  • Different Strokes - Artists in Middleburg - Middleburg, VA - March 2017
  • Stormy Weather – Annapolis Maritime Museum – Annapolis, MD – Feb. 23-April 9 2017
  • Chaos Gallery, Artists in Middleburg – Middleburg, VA – Feb. 3-March 5 2017
  • 2016 Regional Juried Exhibition – Hill Center Galleries - Washington, DC- June 29-Oct. 2, 2016
  • 2016 Regional Juried Exhibition - Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA - July 30-Aug 26 2016
  • 2016 Piedmont Regional Art Show – The Plains, VA – May 20-22, 2016
  • 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition -Hylton Center – Manassas, VA – May 15 – July 10, 2016
  • 2015 National Juried Show - Delaplaine Center - Frederick, MD - May 16
  • A Fine Line – Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts – Fredericksburg, VA – May 16
  • FCCA Regional – Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts – Fredericksburg, VA – April 16
  • Superstition & Belief – The Art League – Alexandria, VA Oct. 6 – Nov. 9, 2015
  • Art at the Mill – Millwood, VA – Oct. 3 – 18, 2015
  • Don't Fence Me In - The Anthenaeum Invitational - The Anthenaeum Gallery - Alexandria, VA Sept. 10 - Oct. 25, 2015
  • 2nd Annual Hylton Gallery Exhibition - Hylton Performing Arts Center - Manassas, VA - May 27 - June 28, 2015
  • Members Show - Delaplaine Center for the Arts - Frederick, MD - Feb 7-28, 2015
  • TAG (The Art Gallery) - Frederick, MD - Feb. 6 - 28, 2015
  • 45th Annual Open Juried Exhibition - Laurel Art Guild - Laurel, MD - March 7 - 29, 2015
  • Touch of Red - Fredericksburg Center for the Arts - Fredericksburg, VA - March, 2015
  • FCCA Regional - Fredericksburg Center for the Arts - Fredericksburg, VA - Jan. 31- Feb. 27, 2015
  • 24th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition - Patuxent Art League - Montpelier Arts Center - Laurel, MD - Dec. 7-31, 2014
  • WPA Art Night – Hickok Cole – Georgetown, DC – Oct. 30- Nov. 8, 2014
  • Chaos Revisited – Artists in Middleburg – Middleburg, VA – Oct. 1-Nov. 20, 2014
  • 5th Annual “Abstracts” online competition – www.lightspacetime.com – Oct 1-31, 2014
  • 1st Annual Juried Exhibit - Hylton Performing Arts Center - Manassas, VA - May 25 - July 18, 2014
  • Founder's Day Exhibit at Lake Anne - Reston, VA - March 31 - April 28. 2014
  • 19th Annual Juried Exhibit – Fine Arts League of Cary – Raleigh, NC – March 26 – April 20, 2014
  • Color Field Art - Art League - Torpedo Factory - Alexandria, VA - March 11 - April 7, 2014
  • Space & Form - Fredericksburg Creative Arts Center - March 1 - March 28, 2014
  • Cabin Fever - The Byrne Gallery - Middleburg, VA - Feb. 8 - March 2 2014
  • Artful August - The Village at Leesburg - Leesburg, VA - Aug. 14 -18, 2014
  • Color & Form - Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA - June 29 - July 28, 2013
  • Art at the Mill – Clarke Couty Historical Association - Berryville, VA – April 27 – May 12, 2013.
  • 44th Annual Juried Exhibition – Laurel Art Guild – Montpelier Arts Center – Laurel, MD – March 4 – 31, 2013
  • Treasury of Art – Vienna Arts Society – Vienna, VA – Nov. 16-18, 2012
  • Landscapes – Art League – Torpedo Factory – Alexandria, VA – Aug. 7 – Sept. 3, 2012.
  • 4th Annual Open Online Exhibition of the International Society of Acrylic Painters 2012 – Jan. 2 – March 15, 2013
  • "All Media Show" - Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA - August 2012
  • 15th International Open Exhibition, International Society of Acrylic Painters , Paso Robies, CA - July 12 - Aug 13,2012.
  • International Juried Exhibition – Art Association of Harrisburg – Harrisburg, PA – May 18 – June 21, 2012.
  • “Transformers” – Fredericksburg Creative Arts Center – April 20 – May 25, 2012
  • 43rd Annual Juried Exhibition – Laurel Art Guild – Montpelier Arts Center – Laurel, MD – March 4 – April 1, 2012
  • All Media Show - Art League - Torpedo Factory - Alexandria, VA - Jan 3 - Feb. 6, 2012
  • 13th Annual Abstraction Juried Online – www.UpstreamPeopleGallery.com - Oct. 1, 2011 – Sept. 30, 2012
  • The Power of Color III - Gallery West - Alexandria, VA - Aug. 3 - Sept. 4, 2011
  • 79th Annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibit - Washington Cty. Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD – J 4 – S 4, 2011
  • “Hot” - Capitol Arts Network, Bethesda, MD – July 8 – Aug 8, 2011
  • “Dreams & Visions” - Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA – June 26 – July 29, 2011
  • “National Juried Exhibition” – Lancaster County Art Association – Strasburg, PA – June 12-21, 2011
  • “Annual Juried Exhibit 2011” - The Delaplaine Visual Arts and Education Center – Frederick, MD – June 6 – July 24, 2011
  • Laurel Art Guild – Montpelier Art Center – Laurel, MD – March 5 – 27, 2011
  • “Patuxent Art League – Montpelier Art Center - Laurel, MD – Dec. 4 – Jan. 4 2011
  • “Juried Members Show” – International Arts & Artists – Washington, DC – Nov. 2010
  • “Forms in Motion” - Fredericksburg Center for the Arts – Fredericksburg, VA – Oct. 31 – Nov. 26, 2010
  • “Young At Heart” – Durant Center, - Alexandria, VA – Aug – Oct. 2010
  • “Breast Cancer Art” – artdc gallery – Hyattsville, MD Oct. 2- Nov. 6, 2010
  • "Small Works" - Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA - Dec - Jan. 2010
  • Juried Members Show - Yellow Barn Gallery - Glen Echo, MD - Dec. 2009
  • “Layers” – FCCA – Fredericksburg, VA – Sept. 2009
  • “Timeless” – ArtPerk – Bethesda, MD – Sept. 2009
  • “Young At Heart” – Durant Center, - Alexandria, VA – Aug – Oct. 2009
  • "Introspective Images II" - Capitol Arts Network - Bethesda, MD - June 2009
  • "International Juried Exhibition" - Art Association of Harrisburg (PA) - May - June 2009
  • "A Fine Line" - Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts (VA) - May 2009
  • "All Media Show" - Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA - March 2009
  • "Powerful & Fragile Earth" - FCCA - Fredericksburg, VA - March 2009
  • 12th Annual National Juried Competition – Gallery West, Alexandria, VA – Feb. 2009
  • “Fragments” – Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA; March 2008
  • 11th Annual National Juried Competition – Gallery West, Alexandria, VA – Feb. 2008
  • "Patterns", Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA, Sept. 2007.
  • Gallery 222, Leesburg, VA - July - Aug. 2007
  • Starbucks, Reston VA Feb. 2007
  • Studio School Urban Arts Complex, Washington, DC - Dec. 2006 - Jan. 2007
  • "All Media Show", Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA – Dec. 2006.
  • MAX_21 Group Show, ARTworks, Reston, VA, Dec. 2006
  • Studio School’s Urban Arts Complex; Washington, DC; Dec. 2 2006 – Jan. 20 2007
  • U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, DC; October 7-9, 2006,
  • everyman theatre, Baltimore, MD; March 14- April 23, 2006
  • Southern Building, 15th & K Sts. NW, Washington, DC - Feb. - April 2006
  • "In Motion"; Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA: Jan-Feb. 2006
  • “Dialogue: Romance & Nature”; Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA; Nov. – Dec. 2005.
  • Visions Gallery, Georgetown, DC; July 2005
  • “Rittenhouse Square Art Show”; Philadelphia, PA; June 2005
  • “All-Media Juried Exhibition”; Apex Gallery; Washington, DC; August 2004.
  • “Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Series”; Schlesinger Concert Hall; Alexandria, VA; April 2004.
  • “Laurel (MD) Art Guild’s 35th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition” – March 2004.
  • “Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Series”; Schlesinger Concert Hall; Alexandria, VA; Feb. 2004.
  • "7th National Juried Competition"; Gallery West, Alexandria, VA – Feb. 2004.
  • "All Media Show", Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA – Jan. 2004.
  • “Juried Exhibition”, T. Rowe Price, Baltimore, MD – Jan. 2004.
  • "A Movable Feast"; Maryland Federation of Arts, Annapolis, MD – Dec. 2003
  • “Strange Abstractions”; Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA; Nov. - Dec. 2003.
  • Open Exhibition 2003, Verizon Gallery, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Nov. 2003.
  • “Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Series”; Schlesinger Concert Hall; Alexandria, VA; Sept. 2003
  • “Adams Morgan Festival Show”; Meridian International Center; Washington, DC – Sept. 2003.
  • “Kaleidoscope of Color”; Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA; Sept.– Oct. 2003.
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD – Aug.– Sept. 2003
  • “Something Hot”; Gallery 222, Loudoun Academy of the Arts, Leesburg, VA - Aug. 2003
  • "Young At Art", Campagna Center, Alexandria, VA – July 2003
  • "Aldie Mill Art Show", Aldie, VA – June 2003
  • "75th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA – May 2003.
  • "All Media Show", Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA – April 2003
  • “ARTery", A. Salon, Washington, DC, March 2003
  • "Cycles, Patterns, Intervals", Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA; March 2003.
  • "6th National Juried Show", Gallery West, Alexandria, VA – Feb. 2003
  • "All Media Show", Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria VA – Jan. 2003
  • "Art by Architects", Third Thursday at HNTB, Washington, DC – Jan. 2003
  • "A Movable Feast", Maryland Federation of Arts, Annapolis, MD – Nov. - Dec. 2002
  • "Eye of the Beholder", Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA; Nov.– Dec. 2002
  • "City of Fairfax Fall Festival", Fairfax, VA – Oct. 2002
  • "Something Hot", Gallery 222, Loudoun Academy of the Arts, Leesburg, VA - Aug. 2002
  • "Young At Art", Campagna Center, Alexandria, VA – July 2002
  • "WPA/C", Twist Restaurant, Georgetown, DC – June – July 2002
  • "Fine Arts Show 2002", Bethlehem, PA – May 2002
  • "All Media Show", Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria VA – Dec. 2001
  • "Young At Art", Campagna Center, Alexandria, VA – July 2001
  • "Aldie Mill Art Show", Aldie, VA – June 2001

Shows

  • Artomatic at Frederick, MD Sept.28 - Nov. 6, 2011
  • TICH Artists 2011, Washington, DC - February 20011
  • TICH Artists 2010, Washington, DC - February 20010
  • Art-O-Matic 2009, Washington, DC - May - July 2009
  • TICH Artists 2009, Washington, DC - February 2009
  • Glen Echo Park Labor Day Art Show, MD - Sept. 2008
  • Art-O-Matic 2007, Washington, DC - April - May - June 2008
  • Fredericksburg Fine Arts Exhibit 2008, Fredericksburg, VA - March 2008
  • TICH Artists 2008, Washington, DC - February 2008
  • "Masks & Marks", MAX 21, Artworks, Reston, VA - Sept. 2007
  • Glen Echo Park Labor Day Art Show, MD - Sept. 2007
  • My Space on 7th, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC - July 2007
  • MAX 21, Artworks, Reston VA June 2007
  • Art-O-Matic 2007, Arlington, VA - April - May 2007
  • MAX 21, Artworks, Reston, VA April 2007
  • TICH Artists 2007, Washington, DC - Feb. 2007
  • Starbucks, Reston VA Feb. 2007
  • Glen Echo Park Labor Day Art Show, MD - Sept. 2006
  • TICH Artists 2006 Washington, DC – Feb. 2006
  • Kalorama Artist Show, Washington, DC – May 2005
  • TICH Artists 2005, Washington, DC – Feb. 2005
  • Art League Patron's Show, Alexandria, VA – Feb. 2005
  • Art-O-Matic, Washington, DC – Nov.-Dec. 2004
  • United States Geological Survey, Reston, VA – August 2004
  • Atelier, Baltimore, MD – Feb. – March 2004
  • Bandaloops, Baltimore, MD – Jan. – Feb. 2004
  • 28 Light Street, Baltimore, MD – Jan. – Feb. 2004
  • Legg Mason, Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2003 – Jan. 2004
  • Hunt Valley Park, Baltimore, MD – July – Aug. 2003
  • Munsey Building; Baltimore, MD – June –July 2003
  • Women’s Club of Chevy Chase, MD – March 2003
  • Kalorama Emerging Artist Show, Washington, DC – Feb. 2003
  • Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD – Jan. 2003
  • Art-O-Matic, Washington, DC – Nov. 2002
  • Freddie Mac Holiday Craft Show, Tysons, VA – Nov. 2002
  • Washington Project for the Arts / Corcoran – Artist Fair on the Lawn, Washington, DC – Sept. 2002
  • Arts On Foot, Washington, DC – Sept. 2002
  • Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD – July – Aug. 2002
  • The Barns at Franklin Park, Purceville, VA – May 2002
  • Kalorama Emerging Artist Show, Washington, DC – March 2002
  • Art League Patron's Show, Alexandria, VA – Feb. 2002
  • Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria VA – Feb. 2002
  • Salisbury Art Institute, Salisbury, MD – Dec. 2001
  • Arts on Foot Washington, DC – Sept. 2001
  • Art In The Park, Washington, DC – July 2001
  • Millennium Arts Center, Washington, DC – April 2001
  • Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria VA – Feb. 2001ppp
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