Member News: May 14, 2017

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MFA Members in The Mitchell Art Gallery “Image and Imagination”: Andree Tullier, Chris Kelsey, Kathleen Ryan Gardiner, Patrice Drago, Carole Falk, Mary Ellen Geissenhainer, Cynthia Shumaker, Wil Scott

The Mitchell Art Gallery’s Community show features artists only from Anne Arundel County; the exhibit runs from May 23rd through June 11, during the Annapolis Arts and Wine Festival, with a reception on May 23rd.

"Mt. Desert Island, Maine" by Cynthia Shumaker
“Mt. Desert Island, Maine” by Cynthia Shumaker

MFA Member Lesa Cook

While reading Greek and Roman mythology, artist Lesa Cook was struck by how well the ancient themes and characters can inform and illuminate our current times and predicaments. After being inspired by these ageless stories, Cook assembled an exhibit, “Gods, Heroes & Fools” featuring sculptures and drawings, that will be on display at The Art League gallery, May 10–June 4, 2017.

“These stories and struggles are ageless and enduringly instructive on the human condition. The thought of commenting on contemporary issues through the lens of ancient myths became a fun project and the more I learned about these stories, the more I came to appreciate their universality to modern characters and circumstances.”

Through the exhibit, she also addresses issues ranging from man’s resilience and reliance on hope to gender issues and universal individual equality to mankind’s enduring compulsions toward greed and hubris. More lighthearted pieces imagine Bacchus, the Greek god of wine and fertility, as a central figure in contemporary situations: What if the wine-loving Bacchus found himself stranded in a dry county deep within the Bible Belt? What might it be like to have him as a revealing houseguest or roommate? The exhibit runs from May 10 through June 4 with an opening reception on May 11 from 6–8PM.

"Bacchus in a Dry County" by Lesa Cook
“Bacchus in a Dry County” by Lesa Cook

MFA Member Terry Sitz

Terry has a solo show called The Color of BOOM up at the Artists and Makers Studios (11810 Parklawn Dr, Rockville, MD). There will be an opening reception on June 2 from 6-9PM.

"I am the Master of my Sea" by Terry Sitz
“I am the Master of my Sea” by Terry Sitz

MFA Member Kathy Gardiner

Kathy has three watercolor paintings in a Show at KIFA ( Kent Island Federation Of the Arts). One Piece, Cox Creek, was awarded second place. Congrats, Kathy! The show runs through May 27th.
Piece by Kathy Gardiner
“Cox Creek” by Kathy Gardiner

MFA Member Sally Davies

Sally had her woven watercolor painting, “Hidden Beach, Cinque Terra, Italy”, accepted into the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Juried Exhibition. The exhibit runs from June 17 through July 15 at the Black Rock Center for the Arts (12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874).

"Hidden Beach, Cinque Terra, Italy" by Sally Davies
“Hidden Beach, Cinque Terra, Italy” by Sally Davies

MFA Member Joan Owings

Joan has five paintings on exhibit at the Community Living Center, DC Veterans Administration Medical Center. The work will be up through June 16, 2017.

"Lost World" by Joan Owings
“Lost World” by Joan Owings

MFA Member Lee Goodwin

Lee has a show called Chesapeake Bay – Endangered Landscapes at the Garden Gallery in Quiet Waters park, Annapolis.  The exhibit will run from April 5 to May 21.

Piece by Lee Goodwin

MFA Member Patrice Drago

Patrice has a solo show hosted by Annapolis City Hall Art Gallery, “Skylines and Sidewalks.” The exhibit is a collection of 24 paintings in acrylic and mixed media that represent the energetic feel of the large, vibrant cities and urban life. On display now through May 30. Annapolis City Hall is located at 160 Duke of Gloucester Street. Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Patrice Drago, Europe II copy.jpeg
“Europe” by Patrice Drago

MFA Member April M Rimpo

During May “Fresh Fruit to Go” is in The Louisiana Watercolor Society‘s 47th International Exhibition. In addition, April’s painting “Movement” is included in the 8th Annual ISAP Online International Open Show 2017.

“Fresh Fruit to Go” by April M Rimpo

MFA Member Andree Tullier

Andree’s still life painting in oil, “Pottery with Peppers”, was accepted into Crystal Moll Gallery’s exhibit, Still & Life. Exhibit dates: May 3-June 23.

MFA Member Anne Sieling

Anne Sieling’s art was featured as part of a show of Hai Ou Hou’s students at the Crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore. She will be included in the next Crystal Moll show entitled Still and Life, running from May 3 to June 23. The Gallery is located at 1030 South Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

MFA Member and former president Clarence Carvell

Clarence has a show up at the Quiet Waters Gallery (600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403) along with William Collins. Their show is called Cuba… A New Beginning featuring 60+ images of people, places, performers, and politics in Cuba. The show opens April 5th and runs through May 21st.


Art Farm Spring/Summer Classes

It’s time to sign up for your spring/summer Art Farm classes! This year, they’re offering everything from painting for kids to photography for adults. Everything you need to learn as a beginner or the classes you need to hone your skills as an expert. Click here to go to the Art Farm website and see for yourself all the opportunities you have to learn this s/s season!

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