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 April Rimpo

“Color Columbia”, Plein Air Event sponsored by the Columbia Art Center, invites artists to participate in this event on October 26 (Rain Date October 27) followed by an exhibition of the art at the art center. Artists paint at either Wilde Lake or Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia, MD. Awards Presentation at the Gala and Reception on November 2 from 2-4pm. Exhibit Nov 2 – Nov 17.

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Lakeside by, April M. Rimpo

Juried exhibition in the association with the ISEA’s Annual Symposium. This year the events are hosted in Lowell, Michigan. This is the third time Rimpo was selected for this annual exhibit and received her Signature Artist Status with this acceptance. The exhibition runs from September 7 through October 26.

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Wondering, by, April M. Rimpo

MFA William Peirce

“Timber Exhibit at Strathmore Mansion”, a juried show for wood artists which features Peirce. Sept. 3 – Oct. 20. Reception Sept. 12, 7 pm. For more information click here.

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Multi-Species Vessel by, William Peirce

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.


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James River, June Evening by Lee Goodwin

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.


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A Tough Time by Jim Mackey


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 Richard Paul Weiblinger

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.

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Game of Checkerboard 2524 by Richard Paul Weiblinger

“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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