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MFA Member Catherine Carney

Catherine’s artwork is now on display with the new Local by Design shop in Downtown Annapolis (109 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA). Check out Local by Designs Facebook here!

MFA Members Josephine Beebe, Desiree Scherini, Stacey Sass, Judy Wolgast, and Maureen Wheatley

A few MFA member joined the Kent Island Federations 53rd annual Awards and Artists Reception on May 7th. The event highlighted a number of works from artists who are members of KIFA, with work displayed in several mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, sculpture, and mixed media; MFA members received a mix of titles and prizes. Read more about the event here!

Congratulations to Josephine Beebe who won first place and overall best in show; Desiree Scherini, Stacey Sass, and Judy Wolgast who all received honorable mentions; and Maureen Wheatley who recieved a Spirit of Patriotism Honorable Mention.

MFA Member Alison Menken

Alison has a show up at Still Life Gallery (8173 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043) from. The plein air show she has will be open till September 17th.

MFA Member Mary Ellen Geissenhainer

Mary’s colored oencil piece “Making a Move on the Utz Girl” has been juried into the Colored Pencil Society of America 24th Annual International Exhibition at the American Art Company (1126 Broadway Plaza, Takoma, Washington). The show starts June 25th and runs through August 13th.

“Making a Move on the Utz Girl” by Mary Ellen Geissenhainer

MFA Member Clytie Whitson Taylor

Taylor is exhibiting three artists books in an invitational exhibit at the Washington Printmakers Gallery (1641 Wisconsin Ave, NW Washington DC) until May 28th.

“Tar Balls” by Clytie Whitson Taylor

MFA Member Carolyn Councell

Carolyn is the featured artist at Gallery 333 (Unitarian Church, 333 Dubois Rd, Annapolis MD). The show will be open from May 1st through June 30th.

She and several other MFA members are included in the FRIENDS show at LeHatchery (125 Kemp Lane, Easton MD). The show is up till June 1st. To learn more see LeHatchery’s website here!

Piece by Carolyn Councell

MFA Member Anne Sieling

Anne recently has been made a Signature Member of the Maryland Pastel Society. Congratulations, Anne!

MFA Member Ron Colbroth 

One of Ron’s pieces just won second place overall in the People’s Choice category in the prestigious Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. Congratulations, Ron!

Piece by Ron Colbroth

MFA Member Wil Scott

Wil’s piece “Jumbo” will hang in the Center For the Fine Arts Photography in Fort Collins, CO from June 17th through July 23rd.

“Jumbo” by Will Scott

Wil recently received a honorable mention for his piece Tendrils in an Open Member’s Show with the Art League of Alexandria. The show runs from May 4th through June 5th.

He has also been accepted into the show Construct: Art in Architecture at the Darkroom Gallery (Essexs Junction, VT) See his piece Desert Towers at Sunset form May 26th through June 19th.

Tendrils 2.jpg
Tendrils by Wil Scott

MFA Member Desiree Scherini

Desiree is now represented at Whitehall Gallery (57 West St., Annapolis MD 21401). She has several pieces up as well as note cards and prints.

She also has three paintings in the Anne Arundel Arts Councils juried exhibit Cities of the World at the BWI airport between concourses C and D by the Jet Blue check in counter.

Desiree is taking part in a plein air exhibition at Ken Karlic’s new gallery (102 Main Street, Bel Air MD, 21014). The show will be on display from May 6th through June 30th with a reception on May 6th from 5:00PM to 8:30PM.

MFA Member Richard Paul Weiblinger

He now has eleven of his photographs up in a solo exhibition called Unique Visions at the Weinberg Center for the Arts (Frederick, MD). The show runs from now till June 30th.

He had two photos selected for a National Juried Invitational Exhibition at the Delplaine Visual Arts Center (40 South Carroll St., Fredrick, MD). The show begins May 7th and runs through June 19th.

Richard had his photo “Pier with Fog” selected for the invitational exhibition Water at the A. Smith Gallery (103 N Nugent Ave, Johnson City, TX 78636). The show runs from May 6th through the 31st.

MFA Members c. l. bigelow and Kass McGowan

Kass and bigelow are joining up for a new exhibit called bale of straw, a carte blanche exhibition at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center (40 South Carroll St., Fredrick MD, 21701). The show wont go up till June so stay tuned for more!

MFA Member Joan Machnickick

Joan is participating in an invitational exhibit of artist’s  books at the Washington Printmakers Gallery (1641 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington DC 20007). The exhibition runs through May 28th.

MFA Member Teresa Jarzynski

Theresa’s first solo exhibit is coming up called HEAD IN THE CLOUDS: The Landscape of my Imagination. Stop by the The Artists and Makers Studio in Rockville, MD for an opening reception on August 5th or any time after through the 25th.

MFA Member Elaine Weiner-Reed

New: Elaine is happy to announce her painting “An Intimate Betrayal” has been selected by international artist and educator Stephen Quiller for the International Society of Acrylic Painter’s 7th Annual Open Online Exhibition. It will remain on the ISAP archives and published on their website. Congrats Elaine!

Elaine’s painting “Joined at the Heart” was selected as a winner in ArtQuench Gallery’s Best International Creatives 2016 competition. Look for it at

"Joined at the Heart" by Elaine Weiner-Reed
“Joined at the Heart” acrylic, enamel, and mixed media on canvas.

Elaine will be holding a three in one event, Revealing Layers solo exhibition, gallery talk, and “Every Painting is a Song” competition launching in May 2016 at the Bernice Kish Gallery, Slayton House, Columbia.

MFA Member Carol Carpenter

Carol has a show coming up in NYC called Dynamic Visions, featuring her work in oil and acrylic. The show runs from July 8th through the 28th with a reception on the 14th, 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Agora Gallery (530 West 25th Street, New York, NY). Click here to see the gallery ahead of time or here to see Carol’s other work!

MFA Member Kellee Wynne Conrad

Kellee has a show up now called Unframed at West Annapolis Artworks (4 Annapolis St. Annapolis, MD 21409). The show runs till May 31st.

MFA Member Alex Tolstoy

Alex has a solo show called “Watermarks” at the Alexandria Art League/Torpedo Factory. The show opens June 8th and runs through July 3rd with a reception on June 9th from 6:30PM to 8:00PM.

MFA Member Patrice Drago

Patrice is pleased to announce the launch of her new fine art fashion line with VIDA, an online fine art apparel and accessory shop.  Visit her page here to see what’s on sale.  Starting with a few fan favorites, she is working on creating a whole new series exclusively for this exciting design line.  Purchasers get a $25 Gift Card when Patrice reaches the next level in her line development.

Patrice Drago, _Downtown_, acrylic, enamel & mixed media on canvas at Annapolis City Hall
“Downtown” by Patrice Drago. Acrylic, enamel, and mixed media on canvas.

MFA Member Gail Sims

Gail’s piece, the “San Juan River”, has been accepted into Water is Life- Clean Water and its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls Around the World, which opens in March at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. This show will travel next to the US Embassy in Rome, Italy in October, and then on to the New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts in Feb, 2017.

MFA Member Rebecca Myers

Rebecca has an exhibit now up at the Wiedner University Commonwealth Law School (3800 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110) sponsored by the Art Association of Harrisburg. The exhibit runs through May 31st.

"Translation" by Rebecca Myers
“Translation” by Rebecca Myers. Mixed media encaustic.

MFA Member Richard Niewerth

Richard recently did an interview with the Severna Park Voice about how art and humans interact and effect one another. Check out the article here!

In addition, Richard was juried into the Spring Colors exhibition sponsored by ACAAC. The show hangs in the Anne Arundel Medical Center through Jun 10th.


Studio Space with Office Space

There are a couple of studio spaces and an office space available in the Annapolis art district. Rent includes utilities, access to conference rooms and bathrooms, plus ample parking nearby. If interested contact Kailey Hubbard at or at her phone number 410-268-2701.

Maryland State Arts Council Offers Public Art Workshop

Art in Public Space, a workshop sponsored by MSAC, will be offered on June 10th from 1:00PM to 5:00PM at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore MD). This is a FREE workshop for artists who are interested in learning how to apply for public art commissions.

Art in Public Space will focus on how to find project opportunities, types of public art projects – temporary and permanent, Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP), the application process, developing a proposal, the artist selection process and fabrication. While the emphasis will be on percent-for-art programs, other models will be discussed.

The workshop is free, but registration is required.

For more information about MSAC Public Art Program, contact Liesel Fenner, program director at 410-767-6544 or Feel free to forward this information.

DC Artsist: Mixed Media Workshop with Nancy Barch

The purpose of this workshop is to expand your creative vocabulary. The techniques, materials, and methods that an artists has to decipher can feel overwhelming at times, leaving them in their comfort zones instead of experimenting. Join Nancy Barch in exploring new techniques with aqueous mediums. Play with the abstraction of known imagers, such as still life and figurines, or follow your paved artistic path and allow Nancy to enhance what you already do. Sign up here!

DC Artists: All on the Wall Exhibition

With the goal of displaying as many local artists as possible, All on the Wall has an open call for work with guaranteed acceptance into the show. This exhibition will not only highlight local artists but also serve as a fantastic networking opportunity to meet other artists and those who follow their work. While acceptance is guaranteed, there is a limited amount of space so sign up here quick!

Seeking Artists to Staff a Craft Table

The Cornell Club of MD, Alumni chapter, is seeking artists to run a children’s art activity for a craft table at their next event in June. Approximately 20-30 children in attendance will be ages 5-12. The event is the Mid-Atlantic Crab Feast and will be held June 26th in Centerville, MD from 1-4pm. Contact Molly Berger at if you are interested.

Figure Sculpture Co-op at MD Hall

Whether you are interested in traditional or abstract figurative sculpture, join the 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 sculptures medium of 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 Co-op 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

Are you an MFA artist member? Promote yourself! If you have exhibits or events you’d like to share with our members and blog readership, email the what, when, and where of your event, and an image to:


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