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Art and Frame’s Dedication of The Eileen Levy & Andrzej Żmudzki

Art and Frame of Falls Church’s new location features a gallery dedicated to two local artists who were instrumental in owner Tom Gittins’ career. The Eileen Levy & Andrzej Żmudzki Art Gallery will feature works from various Falls Church artists. 

The dedication ceremony, which took place on Sunday, June 25, featured music from the Andrew Acosta Trio and appearances from most of the artists who have studio space in Art and Frame. 

 “The gallery is something that’s brand new [and] will add another dimension,” Gittins said.

Eileen Levy was the first artist to rent space at Art and Frame’s original location on Broad Street. 

“[Levy] painted and taught with joy and inspired her students to explore their creative nature,” Gittins said. 

Andrzej Żmudzki, who also celebrated his 92nd birthday on the day of the dedication, is a print artist who had his first show at Art and Frame in 2016 and is a friend and mentor to Gittins. 

“[Żmudzki] stubbornly creates visual representations of something invisible: words, meanings, phrases that characterize us, human beings,” Gittins said.

In a letter to the News-Press, Żmudzki had similarly fond words for Gittins. 

“In Falls Church City, Tom Gittins created and operates one of the vital centers of activity of our local artistic community, where your artwork, and you, matter,” Żmudzki wrote. “All four consecutive iterations of Gittins center worked, and still work, in rented buildings. He rents a building, but the foundation — integrity — is always his own.

Photos from the event are shown below:

The dedication of the Eileen Levy & Andrzej Żmudziki Gallery was held on Sunday, June 25 at Art and Frame. Pictured above (from l. to r.) are artists Andrea Uravitch, Meaghan DeCelle, Julia Bezgacheva, Kelsea Hubel, Casey Wait, Stuart Hindle, Mara Flynn, Irene Gutierrez, Maureen Minard, John Ballou, Saaraliisa Ylitalo and honoree Andrzej Żmudzki (Courtesy Photo: Art and Frame Falls Church)
Tom Gittins, proprietor of Art and Frame of Falls Church, welcomed everyone to the event and gave heartfelt remarks about the artists. (Courtesy Photo: Art and Frame Falls Church)
Artwork by Andrzej Żmudziki and Eileen Levy (Courtesy Photo: Art and Frame Falls Church)
Gallery plaque and information about honored artists Eileen Levy and Andrzej Żmudziki and their artwork. (Courtesy Photo: Art and Frame Falls Church)
Photo Credit: Catherine Kane
Photo Credit: Catherine Kane
Photo Credit: Catherine Kane