Member News: August 26th, 2016

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MFA Member Sheryl Southwick

Sheryl Southwick has two collages in the juried exhibition “Putting it Together” at Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO. The show runs from August 12th to September 23rd.

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Piece by Sheryl Southwick

Update: Sheryl Southwick has won a Juror’s Choice Award at Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, MO. Congrats Sheryl! Click here to see all the winning pieces.



MFA Members Alex Tolstoy and Ron Colbroth

Alex and Ron have joined together for two two-maned shows.

The first show is at Kristina’s Cafe (4418 MacArthur Blvd DC) which runs from August 26th through October 15th.

The second show is called Double Take at Crossroads Gallery in the Goodwin House (3440 S Jefferson St, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041) which runs from September 1st through October 31st with a reception on September 18th from 2:00 to 4:00PM featuring an artists’ talk with both artists. Open to all.

MFA Member Carolyn Councell

Carolyn is apart of the West River Artists featured in an exhibit at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church (611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146). The show runs from August 7th through Sept 12th.

MFA Members Gail Higginbotham, Carol Donahue, and Carol Cowie

Carol, Gail, and Carol have joined together for a cleverly named show called Two Carol’s and a Gail at the Quite Waters Garden Gallery (4 Annapolis Street). The show runs from August 31st through October 9th with a reception on September 11th from 2:00 to 4:00PM. There is no entry fee to the park for visitors on the day of the reception!

MFA Member Ric Conn

Ric has a show coming up at the Annapolis City Hall (160 Duke of Gloucester Street). The show will run from September 5ht through October 25th with an opening reception on September 12th from 5:00 to 6:30PM.

MFA Members Sheryl Southwick and Cindy Winnick

Sheryl and Cindy have prints in an exhibition with the Maryland Printmakers at A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels, MD.  The show runs from August 5 to September 25.

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“Musical Samurai” by Cindy Winnick

MFA Member Richard Paul Weiblinger

Richard has three photos in an exhibition with the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware. The show runs from June 3rd through Sep 25th.

“Convoy” by Richard Paul Weiblinger

Richard had a photo selected for an exhibit at Hill Center Gallery in DC. The show started June 29th and runs through Oct 2nd.

He has also been selected for an exhibition at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware which started June 3rd and ends on Sep 25th.

MFA Member Desiree Scherini

Desiree’s oil paintings “Red Onion and Green” and “Lemon Yellow and Blue” are apart of the Art Alliances current exhibit at 49 West Coffeehouse and Wine Bar/Gallery for an art exhibit from August 7th through the 31st.

MFA Member Richard Hall

Richard recently had his piece “Taos Ally Abstract” juried into the 2016 Gala Show and Auction at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. The juror is Michael Grauer, curator of Art for the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum. The show will run from later July through August and will culminate in a gala reception and auction on August 27.

The image was taken in July 2014 while wandering around Taos backstreets and alleys….
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“Taos Alley Abstract” by Richard Hall

MFA Member Wil Scott

Wil has been juried into  ARTifact at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction Vermont, which runs till Aug 14th.

Wil has also been apart of the 2016 Hill Center Regional Juried Exhibition at the Hill Center in DC. That show started June 29th and runs till Oct 2nd. Check out his pieces “New England Geometry” (2015) and “After the Storm” (2016).

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“Desert Towers at Sunset” by Wil Scott

MFA Member Jan Kirsh

Jan’s solo exhibit Ripe! Fruit and Vegetable Perspectives will feature a hand-picked sculpture selection that captures the breadth of Krish’s work and the freedom afforded by digital technology in the creation of scalable art in various shapes, sizes and materials. The show runs from Sept 10th through Oct 29th at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (801 Chase St, Annapolis, MD 21401) with a public opening reception on Sept 15th from 5:30 to 7:00PM.

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“Pomegranate Halves” by Jan Kirsh

Several of her fruit and vegetable sculptures have been chosen for a yearlong public display for the Howard CountyArt Council’s ARTsites exhibition. From Aug 1st 2016 through July 31st 2017, her “Pear” will sit in the Howard County gov’s George Howard Building (3430 Court House Dr #100, Ellicott City, MD 21043) and “Patricias Carrots” will be displayed in front of the Howard County Tourism’s Welcome Center (8267 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043).

“Onion” by Jan Kirsh

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.



Hillyer accepts proposals for solo exhibitions once a year, usually in September. Hillyer presents monthly exhibitions and each accepted artist is given a room in the three room gallery space to present their work. The deadline for all proposals is September 19th. To learn more, or to apply, click here!

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Montpelier Mansion Fiber Show

Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site invites contemporary and traditional fiber artists to submit an application for the Beyond the Needleart exhibition. Exhibitors will have the chance to display as well as sell their pieces to the public. For more information, and to submit, click here!

Sculpture Class at SJC

D.H. Banker is teaching a figure sculpture class in clay at St. John’s College.

Clay is one of the most versatile and enjoyable sculptural mediums available today. There is a primal satisfaction in creating a unique mark in mud and firing it for permanence. Having worked in many media, this sculptor returns repeatedly to the immediacy of clay. Whether for use as a model, or a finished work of art, the possibilities in clay are infinite and limited only by our imagination. In this class, we will work from a live figure model. There will be several warm up exercises before we settle into a longer, several-week pose. The instructor will discuss and demonstrate the use of abstraction as well as different principles of sculpture in relation to rendering the model in clay. Participants may also join this class and work independently in clay on a different subject under the instructor’s guidance.

Interested? Click here for more information and to sign up!

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Public Art at University of MD Baltimore

The Maryland State Arts Council and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are now accepting applications for the Health Sciences Facility III public art project. Artists residing in the United States are eligible to apply. The artwork will be a three-dimensional sculpture sited on the exterior public plaza of the Health Sciences Facility III on the downtown UMB campus, located adjacent to the schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy. Project completion date: September 2017. Up to four semi-finalist artists or artist teams will be selected for proposal development and receive a $2000 honorarium. One artist or artist team will be selected.
Total project budget: $400,000. Request for Qualifications deadline: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, NOON EDT. For project guidelines and application instructions click here. To apply online: CaFÉ,
For project questions: Liesel Fenner, Public Art Program Director, Maryland State Arts Council, Technical questions related to CaFÉ: or

Residency Program Digital Approaches: Sculpture, Fiber Art, Painting & New Media

Digital Fabrication Residency program residents learn and gain hands-on experience with laser cutting, CNC routing, FDM 3D printing, digital embroidery, 2D plotting and 3D scanning. Applications for the 3 Day Onsite Residency Program must include a project proposal that outlines what the resident plans to work on while onsite. Residents are responsible for arranging their own accommodations, travel expenses, meals and if projects require materials outside of those provided.

Twoonline planning meetings prior to residency for file preparation and project ideation. This is a highly individualized opportunity to develop and work through ideas on the machines and utilizing a private studio. There are basic materials supplied and residents can send materials ahead of onsite visit. See website for residency participation details. No application fee.

Currently Accepting Applications for Late Summer, Fall & Winter 2016

Deadline: September 1, 2016


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