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MFA Member April Rimpo

During March, April Rimpo is exhibiting her contemporary figurative paintings as part of Figure Eight Plus One at Touchstone Gallery  (901 New York Ave NW, Washington DC).  Eight Touchstone Gallery 2D-artists plus one sculptor combine their works to flesh out the human form through photography, paintings ranging from the abstracted to representational, and sculpture.

MFA Member Erin Cassell

Erin is opening his first solo show! The exhibition is made entirely of his tie dye art and runs till Feb 24th at the More that Java Cafe (358 Main Street, Laurel MD). There will be an artists reception on Jan 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 and a tie dye workshop schedule will be posted on the Laurel Arts – LADC Facebook page.

MFA Member Gail Sims

Gail has a show coming up with four other artists called The Elements in Fiber & Poetry at The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (520 So. First Street, San Jose, CA) from Jan 8th through Feb 28th with an opening reception on Jan 10th, 1:00 to 3:00PM. There will also be a poetry reading and second reception on Feb 7th, 2:00 to 4:00PM.

Water Frog Clan by Gail Sims
“Water Frog Clan” by Gail Sims

MFA Member Wil Scott

Will has a bundle of shows coming up that he wants to share with you!

Light and Shadow, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, Dec. 17, 2015 – Jan. 12, 2016, “Trapped,” 2014

Skyward: The World Above Us, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 12, 2015 – Jan. 15, 2016, “Storm on the Plains,” 2015

Gathering, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX,  Jan. 8 – Feb. 14, 2016, “5 Lamps, 5 Windows,” 2015

5 Lamps, 5 Windows by Wil Scott
“5 Lamps, 5 Windows” by Wil Scott

MFA Member Jim Jones

Jim has a show with Teresa Caravagno coming up called Concerning the Messenger at the Engine Room Art Space (36 N Potomac Street Hagerstown, MD). The exhibition runs from Jan 7th through Feb 3rd with a opening reception on Jan 7th from 5:00PM – 8:00PM.

MFA Member Maurice Margulies

Maurice is exhibiting in a Rockville Art League multimember exhibit at the U.S. District Courthouse in Greenbelt, Md (6500 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt, MD 20770). The exhibit runs from Nov 16th through Jan 25th.

Maurice Marseiles's "Bridge at Point of Rocks"
Maurice Margulies’s “Bridge at Point of Rocks”

NEW: Maurice has two pieces in the current Rockville Art League Member Exhibition and one received a honorable mention. Congratulations Maurice! The exhibit runs from Dec 6th through the 31st at the Glenview Mansion (603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville).

MFA Member Chris Kelsey

Chris has a painting called “Moon over Cambridge” in ACAAC exhibit Bright as Day Dark as Night at Anne Arundel Medical Center Clatanoff Pavilion. See it from Oct 10th through Feb 5th.

Chris Kelsey's "Moon over Cambridge"
Chris Kelsey’s “Moon over Cambridge”

MFA Member Richard Paul Weiblinger

Piece by Richard Paul Weiblinger
Piece by Richard Paul Weiblinger

Richard has been selected for a juried exhabition called Sacred Places at Kentlands Mansion Gallery from Nov 6th through Jan 3rd.

MFA Member Michael Hower

Michael has a show coming up called Legend at the Fitton Center (101 5 Monument Ave, Hamilton OH, 43011). The show runs from Nov 14th through Jan 8th.

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Call to Artists: CHAL Appetite for Art

This March CHAL hosts its annual DC-metro area Open Call juried art exhibit based on the theme Appetite for Art. They are challenging all metro artists to interpret  art and food in both 2-D and 3-D works.

This year’s jurors are Deidre Ehlen MC Williams, Public Art Project Manager and Stephen Cheung, owner of Fusion Grill and Lavagna.  They will select 30 pieces of artwork and select five for cash prizes. All artists, 18 years of age or older residing in the Washington, DC metropolitan area are eligible to enter.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Click here for more information!

Call to Artists: Annapolis Arts, Crafts, and Wine Festival 

June 4th and 5th sees the return of the Annual Arts and Crafts Festival but this time featuring what really draws out consumers of art: wine! The Fair takes place in the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and can host up to 200 booths.

If you want to sell some art at the festival, email James Barthold here, or click for application instructions here!

Annapolis Arts Alliance Needs You for a Mentoring Program

Who: Novice Artists and Experienced Artists. Open to all of the arts, music, poetry, painting, photography, etc. Novice artists should have rudimentary experience and be willing to publically display and sell their art. Experienced artists should be willing to volunteer their knowledge.

What: This year-long program pairs novice artists with experienced artists for six sessions of art enrichment. The program culminates in a public showing and/or performance. The art created will be available for sale.

When: The 2016 program will take place during three different seasons. There will be two sessions each season when each artist pair works together, each creating their own piece.

Where: All sessions and the public show will take place at Quiet Waters Park. All Artists will find inspiration from a common, seasonal spot within the park. Rain date will be the following week.

Winter: Ice Rink, March 5: 9 am – noon, March 12: 10 am – 11 am

Spring: Music Pavilion Meadow, June 4: 10 am – noon, June 18: 10 am – 11 am

Summer: Harness Creek, August 27: 10 am – noon, Sept.10: 10 am – 11 am

Public Show: October 19 – November 13, 2016, Reception Oct. 23 afternoon

Cost: Artists are expected to prepare their art for public viewing/performance and bring food and/or supplies to the opening reception. There may be a small fee to cover the costs of the final show.

Artists are expected to use their own art supplies. Any park entrance fees will apply. How: If interested, please email for a reservation form.

AAA membership is required.

Bethesda Painting Awards: DEADLINE Feb 19th

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites eligible artists to enter theBethesda Painting Awards. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. The selected artwork will be on exhibit in June 2016 at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda, MD.

Apply online here or learn more here!

Bethesda Film Fest: DEADLINE Jan 8th

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting submissions for the fourth annual Bethesda Film Fest, scheduled for Mar 18th -19th, 2016.

Selected filmmakers will be invited to show their documentary at the formal screening and receive a $500 honorarium. Filmmakers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are eligible to submit a short documentary film, 5-30 minutes in length. All topics are eligible and films must have been completed in the last two years. Young filmmakers, under 18 years of age, are also eligible to apply.

Fore more information or to enter, click here!

Looking to brush up on your acrylics or watercolors?

Christine O’Neill will be hosting a workshop and a series of classes at the Chesapeake Fine Arts Studio. MFA Members will be given a 10% discount!

Acrylics Workshop

In this workshop, both traditional (thick, tube acrylics) and newer types of acrylics will be addressed (Golden fluid Acrylics). We will work on both canvas and watercolor paper.

This workshop will be 3 hrs. in the morning(9-12) devoted to demonstration and hands on work with tube acrylics and canvas. (lunch 12-1)

Afternoon 3 hrs. (1-4) working with both tube acrylics and Golden fluid acrylics on watercolor paper.

The use of acrylics as a water base medium will be discussed – how it can be used like oils and like watercolors. It’s a very forgiving medium to work with and can be combined with watercolors.

Come – enjoy a change of mediums – a cross over between watercolors and oils! 6 hrs, $90.00.

Friday, January 15th.

Also – A four week Watercolor course, where we will continue to pursue pure watercolors, watercolors and acrylics together, and acrylics alone. Both mediums can be used in this class if you like! 3 hrs. classes, $160 for 4 weeks from 1-4pm. Dates – Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3 & 10

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