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MFA Member Elizabeth Burin

Elizabeth has a new show coming up called Near and Far at the Bismark/Wilson Gallery (1760 Bank Street | Baltimore, MD 21231), viewing hours by appointment. The show opens November 13th and runs though January 6th with a opening reception on Sunday November 13th from 1:00-4:00PM. There will also be a closing reception on January 8th from 1:00-4:00PM.

MFA Member Richard Paul Weiblinger

Richard had a few of his photos selected for Autumn Glory at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn (311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878). The show runs from Sep 9th through Oct 31st.

Richard has his photographs selected for the 28th Annual Juried exhibition Home Again at the Montpleier Arts Center (9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708) which runs through October 30th.

Richards piece “Coaster” was recently selected for the show Oh Joy at the Athenaeum Gallery (201 Prince St, Alexandria, VA 22314). The show runs through November 6th.

NEW: Richard has had a piece selected for the Art Maryland 2016 biennial juried exhibition at the HCAC Gallery (8510 High Ridge Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043). The show runs from now till December 9th.

MFA Member Jayne Shatz

Jayne was recently involved in an exciting project with the Union College creating historical pots from ancient clay. Check out her story!

“Recently I created some work for Union College, Schenectady, NY on a joint project with Professor Kurt Hollocher, Professor Emeritus Carl George, and myself. They had excavated clay that was credited to be over 10,000 years old, which they requested I create ceramic works that represented the type of work that would have been produced in New York during that glacial period.

I created four pieces of work. One piece was a sculpture representing the Venus Figurine from Dolni Vestonice, now the Czech Republic, which actually dated 27,000 years ago, produced in the first discovered kiln site known to humankind. I chose to start with this ceremonial piece as it represented artwork that could have been made in any prehistoric society. I then produced two small pinch pots, the first kind of bowls made by human hands, and then one coil pot, representing pottery that was made for storing foodstuffs and later on, cooking. Along with the artwork, I contributed historical documentation referring to these pieces of clay.

The project was exciting for me, drawing upon historical, artistic and scholarly research elements of my work. I don’t often get to present research documentation along with artistic work.  The exhibit is on permanent display on the third floor of the Olin Building, Union College, Union Street, Schenectady, NY, 12308-3107.


MFA Member Lynn Mehta

Lynn has a new show at the R.H. Ballard Gallery (307 Main St. Washington, VA). The show opens October 22nd and runs through November 13th. Check out the opening reception on Saturday, October 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00PM.

“Maine Rocks” by Lynn Mehta

MFA Member Joe Dickey

Joe is having a show of his new work at the Watergate Gallery (2552 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037) beginning on 22 October and running through November 26th. Join him at the opening reception from 5:00-8:00PM on the 22nd, and/or at a “meet the artist” gathering on November 2nd from 5:00-8:00PM.

“The Epistemology of Silence” by Joe Dickey

MFA Member Wil Scott

Wil’s photo, “TJ’s Lunch Counter at Night”, has been juried into Small Towns and Rural Places at the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles. The show runs from October 22nd through November 19th.

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“TJ’s Lunch Counter at Night” by Wil Scott

MFA Member Deborah Kommalan

MFA member Deborah Kommalan had a painting from her Kinetic Series selected by BWI Airport for display in one of the corridors.

There will be four consecutive shows of seven artists’ work; each show will hang for six months. The installation will be in place for a total of two years.

“Pens and Pencils” by Deborah Kommalan

MFA Member Joan Owings

Joan had several paintings juried into the latest Falls Church Arts show titled All About Me, accompanied by descriptive paragraphs.  The show will be up through November 13 at Falls Church ArtSpace Gallery (410 South Maple Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia).

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Piece by Joan Owings

MFA Member Stan Wenocur

Stan would like to invite you all to his upcoming exhibit at the Rouse Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College (10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044). The title of the exhibit is FABRICATIONS AND REALITIES. The  installation deals with the dehumanization of refugees.

“In almost all of my art work, I am interested in the physical sensation of touch through texture, as well as touching the viewer emotionally.  And touching is the core concept of the installation. So, with the installation and related art work, it seems to me that the dehumanization of refugees is a process that happens over time and goes through several stages.  Essentially it starts with ORDINARY PEOPLE who, through war, persecution,or natural disaster, become DISPLACED PERSONS, who are then forced to become REFUGEES. With time, and especially if the numbers are large, refugees become ALIENS or ‘THE OTHER’, and finally they become UNTOUCHABLE.”

For the most up to date information, look up the website of the United Nationms High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR),

Piece by Stan Wenocur

MFA Member Diane Tuckman

Diane Tuckman is pleased to inform the public that MGM casino at the National Harbor, MD commissioned and purchased four of her 45″x 45″ silk art pieces as part of their permanent art collection. They are in the process of being framed and will be on view at the casino when it has its grand opening on December 8, 2016.

MFA Member Janna Zuber

Janna currently has a solo show on display in the lobby of the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts (15200 Annapolis Rd  Bowie, Md. 20715 ) for the month of October.  The gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM. They do advise you call ahead to make sure that it’s open 301-805-6880.

“Emerging Seedling” by JannaZuber

MFA Member Mary Ellen Geissenhainer

Mary has had two pieces accepted into The Artist’s Eye – 6th Annual Fall Juried Show at Benfield Gallery (485 Jumpers Hole Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146). The exhibition runs from October 8th through the 29th

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“Jane’s Pantry” by Mary Ellen Geissenhainer

Her painting, Making a Move on the Utz Girl, received an Award of Merit from juror David Lawton at Benfield Gallery’s Artist Eye exhibition. Congratulations Mary!

MFA Member Diane Blackwell

Diane Blackwell has been accepted into the Photo ’16 national exhibition at Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. The juror, Sam Abell, National Geographic documentary photographer, selected 33 works for Photo ’16. These works will be on display from October 18 – November 17, 2016. The Awards and Opening Reception is Saturday, October 292 – 4 PM.

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“My Shining Light” by Diane Blackwell

MFA Member April M Rimpo

April has a solo exhibit called Contemporary Landscapes at the Columbia Art Center (6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 21045 ) from November 10th through December 4th. Come see her bold acrylics and watercolors as she explores places near and far.

Also, April will be teaching her one-day workshop “Art of Business for Artists” on  November 13th, 10:00AM at the Columbia Art Center – Call to Register 410-730-0075.

MFA Members Alex Tolstoy and Ron Colbroth

Alex and Ron have joined up for a show 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.

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).

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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


Baker Artist Portfolios 2016/2017 Info Sessions

The Baker Artist Portfolios ( were created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community. The online portfolios are open to artists working in all disciplines who live and work in Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties. The portfolios expose area artists’ work to regional, national and international audiences. The site has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of art lovers, critics, gallery owners, academics, and leaders in creative business in nearly every country around the globe. The program serves artists of all disciplines. Artists who create a Baker Artist Portfolio are automatically eligible for one of six Baker Artist Awards, which include significant monetary prizes, an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art as well as a feature on Maryland Public Televisions Artworks. These prizes will be awarded to an artists who exemplify a mastery of craft, commitment to excellence, and a unique and compelling vision.The portfolios and associated awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund ( and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (

Join us for an upcoming info session to learn about our BRAND NEW WEBSITE (, and learn how past Baker Artist Awardees approached creating their portfolio!

Capital Hill Art League Call for Entree

Capitol Hill Art League presents it’s 6th Annual Metro DC Open Juried Call with Vessels. The juror this year is Chris Cooley. The deadline to apply for the show is December 18th. More information on our website

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Junior League of Annapolis Masquerade Ball

Dear Family and Friends of Junior League of Annapolis: We have less than three weeks until the 2016 Masquerade Ball, our annual fundraising event that provides an integral source of funding to help further our community outreach and volunteer initiatives.
At JLA, we believe in making positive changes in our  community by enriching the lives of women and children and providing support with our trained volunteers. Your participation can help us sustain this important effort. Join us for an evening filled with live entertainment and delicious food from the area’s finest chefs!
Several MFA Members, including David Diaz and Patrice Drago, will be participating in a live painting event!
The party starts at 7:00 on November 4th. Purchase tickets here!

Homeport Arts Group Fall Open House Party & Art Show

Homeports annual fall open house is coming up on Sunday, November 13th from 2:30-6:30PM (409 Washington St, Annapolis MD 21403). For more information, email Deb Schwab at

Image & Imagination: Anne Arundel County Juried Exhibition 2017

The Mitchell Gallery is pleased to present this juried, multi-media biennial exhibition of artists who live or work in Anne Arundel County. Works created in diverse media within the last two years will be on display and features both two-and three-dimensional artwork. Christopher With, educator (retired) National Gallery of Art and current president of The Washington Print Club, is the exhibition juror. Cash prizes for Best in Show, Best Two-Dimensional and Best Three-Dimensional. For information, go to

March 15 Artist Entry Deadline.

May 23 Artists Reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Homeport Arts Group Fall Open House and Art Show

Save the date for the Homeport Arts Groups fall open house. Join them on November 13th from 2:30 t0 6:30 for a party (409 Washington St., Annapolis MD).

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:


One thought on “Member News: October 29th, 2016

  1. If it’s not impossible, could you please add that my painting “Pens and Pencils” will be enlarged to 8′ x 12′ before it is hung in a corridor at BWI? It’s one of the most important details and was left out of the original posting. This small painting by will be billboard sized! Thank you. Deb Kommalan


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