Coincidence or not, the final show at Fraser Gallery is fitting. The Bethesda gallery, which specializes in photography and painting, is closing 15 years after its now-shuttered Georgetown branch first opened. The last show features the work of Lee Goodwin—-a D.C.-based landscape photographer who’s not a household name but whose images are precise and technically expert. Goodwin’s images pay homage to the natural and built environment of the Washington area—-Great Falls, the Tidal Basin, the C&O Canal, the Washington Monument. The juxtaposition of color and black-and-white images is sometimes a bit jarring, but a number of the images are well-crafted—-the Roosevelt Memorial covered by icy blue snow under a pale pink sky; dizzying reflections of trees and leaves floating in the water; sycamore branches against a canopy of blotchy clouds and an impenetrable forest. Goodwin’s finest images, though, aren’t of a marquee location, but rather of an anonymous riverbank, seen in April (with bare trees), May (bright green leaves), and October (a blaze of autumn).
Through April 2 at the Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda, Md. (301) 718-9651. Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30 am – 6 pm.