MFA Members are making the world more creative! MFA highlights members’ art events and exhibitions weekly on our Blog so the world can follow us.

MFA Member Deborah Kommalan

“Artists’ Choice Show” a Juried show, July 31 – September 1, 2019. Opening reception, Saturday, August 3, 2019. Located at 2128 th St NW, in Washington DC. “This is a new venue for me. I am very excited to be showing work in Washington.” For more information click here.

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Wasted by Deborah Kommalan

MFA Member Laurie Kriss Hewitt

“Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association Small Works Show” Hewitt had two paintings juried into the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association Small Works Show at the Artist Emporium in Havre de Grace Maryland. The show took place from June 1 through July 23.

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Birdwatcher at Anastasia State Park by Laurie Kriss Hewitt

Benfield Gallery presented their 6th annual influence show celebrating David Lawton. He has been and continues to be a very influential art instructor in the Anne Arundel Community. His teaching has inspired students across multiple genres. The Gallery had a record number of entries.The show ran from June 8th through July 20.

Hewitt won second place! Congrats!

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The Real McCoy by Laurie Kriss Hewitt

MFA Member Lee Goodwin

“Photo Exhibit: Two Weeks in Africa” Solo photography exhibit in the North Gallery in the Clinical Building (building 10) at NIH in Bethesda MD. July 13 to September 7, 2019. Click here for more information.

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Chobe Park Elephant by Lee Goodwin 

MFA Member Ric Conn

Art Tour International Top 60 Masters for 2020, Conn was one of the top 60 Masters for 2020. There will be a ceremony in Florence Italy in May.


Top 60 Masters Press Conference: Thursday, May 21st, 2020

ATIM’s Top 60 Masters Exhibition Friday, May 22nd to Monday, May 25th.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 23rd 8:00 pm

ATIM’s Masters Award Ceremony: Saturday, April 23rd, 2020 – 6:30 PM

ATIM’s Top 60 Masters Of Contemporary Art publication date at stores: May 30th, 2020

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Used-ta Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by Ric Conn

MFA Member Karen Cohen

Cohen’s current solo exhibit is called IT’S A SHE THING, women-centric photo artwork with inspirational messages.   June -Sept. 8. Open daily.  HILL CENTER 900 Penn Ave SE, Washington DC. Find more information here.


MFA Member Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler’s photograph “Dam Number 5” was selected by The Art Center-Highland Park in Highland Park, IL, for its “Impact: Black and White” show running from August 9th to October 2nd.

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Dam Number 5 by Chris Fowler

MFA Member Gil Ugiansky

Washington Sculptors Group supports area sculptors by collaborating with other arts organizations, helping develop careers and exhibiting artwork. Celebrating Washington Sculptors Group’s thirty-fifth year, artwork for Fabricating Culture was selected by a jury comprised of Sandy Bellamy who runs the Percent for Art Commission at the DC Department of General Services. Ms. Bellamy curates and
manages competitive art commissions and acquisitions for DC public buildings including schools, recreation centers, shelters and other buildings. The Commission sponsors about 40-50 large scale works and 200 smaller works per year representing all media, interior and exterior, two and three dimensional. Prior to DGS, Ms. Bellamy served as executive director of the Historical Society of Washington DC and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Margery Goldberg, Zenith Gallery Owner/Director, Founder of the Zenith Community Arts Foundation and Sculptor. Nancy Nesvet, curator, artist, and art critic who writes for Artscope and Something We Africans Got magazines.
Fabricating Culture recognizes the following six Washington Sculptors Group members and their creations:
Luc Fiedler, Allen Linder, Mitra Lore, Vienne Rea, Gil Ugiansky, and Wilfredo Valladares.

Gil Ugiansky creating non-representational artwork in mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, iron, bronze and found objects, Gil Ugiansky’s geometric shapes and shiny objects capture the interest and curiosity of the viewer eliciting the question: “how is that possible?” or “how did he do that?”

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MFA Member Patrice Drago

“Endless Summer:  Abstract works by Patrice Drago”
is on display at the Anne Arundel County Government Center,
Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St, Annapolis
from July 1 through September 30.  Open to the public during the Center’s business hours.
Invited to exhibit by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, her exhibit includes a selection of her large,  energetic, acrylic and mixed media abstract paintings in vibrant coastal colors, that conjures up the best of summer by the water.
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It’s About Time, (Acrylic and marker on canvas), 36″ x 36″, Patrice Drago

MFA Member Jayne Shatz

“In the summer of 2018, I had a difficult back incident, one of several over the past few years. I had scheduled trips to Florence Italy, then China, both of which I had to cancel. Realizing that this was finally the time to make major changes in my life, I pondered over my 46-year career of being a production potter and sculptor.

I decided to retire from being a potter. This has been the guiding force of my adult life since I was 22 years old but I have been thinking over the past few years about what I would do when I was forced to make this decision. I have been involved with many aspects of the ceramic field and have made many friends along the journey; I did not take this decision lightly. With both excitement and trepidation, I began developing my new art form.

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I pursued several aspects of papermaking and casting and finally settled on paper mache. I wanted a permanent product and found that fortifying paper with a polymer mortar creates such a substance. I find this process to be a very similar tactile activity to soft clay, in that it’s a mushy kind of thing. I can work with paper in sculpture as well as vessel making; my vessels have never been functional, they are stand-alone objects. I also continue to work in clay, but removed all glazes from my palette, which removed much of the weight in my studio. I anticipated a learning curve of about 1-2 years, but within six months I was there. My work with guilds, museums, conferences, and writing continues in this newly transformed state.
I spent this year redesigning my studio from a clay/mud space to one of paper, clay, canvas, and paint. As I retired from one medium, I shifted towards another, yet never retiring from art. I have found my Voice again!

Life is good, Jayne”

MFA Member Lori Niland Rounds

Solo show at the Washington County Arts Council Main Gallery featuring her latest encaustic monotypes and paintings created in Santa Fe July 2019. The show is through Aug 1 – Aug 27, 2019, with an artist reception 5:00-7:00 pm on Aug 1. Artist talk 2:00-4:00 pm on Aug 10. Washington County Arts Council is located at 34 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740 Phone: 301-791-3132, for more information visit here.

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Simply Sante Fe I by Lori Niland Rounds

MFA Member John Hanou

“I’ve been selected by Outdoor Photographer’s panel of judges as the Third Prize Winner of 2019 The American Landscape Photo Contest! The shot of wave action on the purple sands of Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California was taken last March when I attended Don Smith’s Big Sur photo workshop. The magazine will be featuring my photo in the October issue of Outdoor Photographer. The full list of prizes can be found here under “Third Prize”. “

You can find more information here.

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The Purple Sands at Pfeiffer Beach by John Hanou

MFA Member Richard Paul Weiblinger

Weiblinger’s photography has been selected to be represented by Art Design Consultants.

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The event is “Big, Bold, and Beautiful” at the Arts Barn Gallery sponsored by the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee of the city of Gaithersburg, MD. The art curator viewed over 300 pieces of art from over 60 artists to make the final selections, and Weiblinger got in! The exhibition will run from June 28 to Sept 2, 2019, with an artist reception on July 11 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

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Blue Study 660 by Richard Paul Weiblinger



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