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MFA Lee Goodwin
Climate Change: Art and Action. Invitational multimedia group exhibit at the Urban Art & Culture Gallery, University of Rhode Island Providence, intended to educate the public about the dangers of climate change, September 3 – 26. Learn more here.
MFA Member Jim Mackey
September is National Suicide Awareness Month. “Out of The Dark” Exhibition is being held at 32 West Pomfret St., Carlisle, PA 17013. A portion of any sales will be donated to Prevent Suicide PA. The exhibition was juried by The Carlisle Learning Center and Prevent Suicide PA. Exhibition Dates: Sept. 6th-25th, 2019. Welcome Reception: Saturday, Sept. 7th, 11AM-1PM. Exhibit hours: Sunday, Sept. 8th, 11AM-3PM and Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM.
MFA Member Wil Scott
Scott is honored to be awarded “Best in Show” by the RiverArts Chestertown. “My winning entry was “Phantoms,” an image of two people on a street corner in West Baltimore on a rainy December evening. It is on view in the Juried Photography show at 315 High Street in Chestertown until Sept. 1.”
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.
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?”
MFA Member 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.
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 Richard Paul Weiblinger
Weiblinger’s photography has been selected to be represented by Art Design Consultants.
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.
The Athenaeum Gallery “Board Games” selected Weiblinger’s piece for inclusion into this invitational juried exhibition by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). The run of the exhibition will be September 12, 2019 through November 10, 2019 with a opening reception on September 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and West Virginia in the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, VA.
“I received notification of acceptance into the 2019 Second Tri-Annual Maryland State Artist juried show to be held at the Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, MD!” The exhibition dates are September 19 through November 10, 2019. For more information, click here.
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