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MFA Member William Peirce

William is one of the artists in the American Craft Council’s retail show at the Baltimore Convention Center, Feb 19th through the 21st. Click here for more info!

MFA Members Jonnie Friedman, Patrice Drago, c. l. bigelow, Kate Horray Osmund, GaIl Higginbotham, Carol Donahue, and Kelly Wynne Conrad

Congratulations to all the MFA members who were recently featured in Annapolis Home Magazine! Check out the issue online here or in your mailbox!

MFA Member Maureen Farrell

Maureen’s piece “Confident” has been accepted into the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts national exhibit For and About Women. The xhibition runs from Feb 27th through Mar 27th with a reception on Mar 4th from 6:00PM to 8:30PM.

"Confident" by Maureen Farrell
“Confident” by Maureen Farrell

MFA Member Janet Maher

Janet has her own exhibition up right now at Hamilton Gallery (5502 Harford Road, Baltimore, 21214) called Janet Maher: Collages, featuring all mixed media work of “anything that has made its way into her studio.” The show runs from now till Feb 28th. Click here for more information!

MFA Member April Rimpo

April had two paintings selected for the North Light’s best of acrylics book, AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating Textures. Her pieces “Moving Up” and “Struggles in the Southwest” are featured with a synopsis of Rimpo’s textural techniques used in these. The book will be release in April 2016 and available through North Light Books and Amazon.

"MovingUp" by April Rimpo
“MovingUp” by April Rimpo

MFA Member Maureen Farrell

Maureen Farrell’s painting “Moving Forward”  has been accepted in the 10th Biennial National Art Exhibition at the Punta Gorda Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. The exhibit dates are Jan 29th through Mar 12th.

"Moving Forward" by Maureen Farrel
“Moving Forward” by Maureen Farrel

MFA Members Mary Ellen Geissenhainer

Mary has 2 pieces entered into a invitational exhibit with Strathmore Visual Arts at the Strathmore Mansion (10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852). The show runs from Jan 9th through Feb 21st.

"First Field Trip" by Mary Ellen Geissenhainer
“First Field Trip” by Mary Ellen Geissenhainer

MFA Members Kass McGowan and c. l. bigelow

Kass and candy recently collaborated on a piece called “Simple Straw” as a part of a sculpture show at the BARN @ Maryland Agriculture Center in Cockeysville, MD. The pice is made of straw, woven and made of sisal, with chopped leaves and a straw “parquet” floor.

"Simple Straw Bale" by Kass McGowan and c. l. bigelow
Simple Straw Bale” by Kass McGowan and c. l. bigelow

MFA Member Richard Paul Weiblinger

Richard had fourteen of his photos selected for a two person photography exhibition at Marymount University’s Barry Gallery from now till March 4th.

Piece by Richard Paul Weiblinger
Piece by Richard Paul Weiblinger

He has also been selected for a juried exhibition called Maryland State of Mind at the Maryland House of Delegates Annapolis from Jan to April.

NEW: Richard has been selected for LAG’s 47th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Montpelier Arts Center from March 8th through 27th.

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 than Java Cafe (358 Main Street, Laurel MD).

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. There will also be a poetry reading and reception on Feb 7th, 2:00 to 4:00PM.

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

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7th Annual FOTA Art Scholarships 

Friends of the Arts is pleased to offer two scholarships of $2,500 each for the academic year 2016-2017 to art students permanently residing in Anne Arundel County. Qualified applicants must attend an accredited Maryland school.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the FOTA scholarship committee by e-mail or by mail:

FOTA Scholarship

P.O. Box 4635

Annapolis, MD 21403

Email the MFA at for full rules and application.

Figure Sculpture Co-op at MD Hall

Whether you are interested in traditional or abstract figurative sculpture, join the new Figure Sculpture Co-op.  The Co-op provides members with an opportunity to work in a relaxed and collegial environment with a professional figure model using the sculpture medium of their choice.

Models return to their pose for three to five weeks allowing artists to progress towards completion of a single piece or to work on several maquettes. Attendees work with their own materials and tools. No critique or instruction is provided. New to sculpture, returning after a long break, or a working artist, all levels are welcome.

A $10 model fee is collected at each three-hour session.  Sign up for the Coop through the Maryland Hall website or in the office on the second floor.  For more information, please contact Susan Jurow at
January 1 – June 30, 2016
Thursdays, 12:00 – 3:30
Room 116 Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Call to Artists: CHAL Appetite for Art, DEADLINE Feb 16th

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 art at the festival, email James Barthold here, or click for application instructions here!

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!


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