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 Sally Davis

Sally Davies’ woven watercolor painting, “Hidden Beach” was awarded First Prize at the Glenview Mansion Juried Show (Rockville Art League), and “Where’s the Art?” was given Honorable Mention.  The exhibit is currently on display and runs through January 24, 2020 at Glenview Mansion, Rockville.

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“Hidden Beach”, by Sally Davids
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“Where’s The Art”, by Sally Davis

MFA Mary Ellen Geissenhainer

Mary won third place at Life in Color – a Colored Pencil Society of America Metro-Washington member exhibition, this is an exhibition at the Gaithersburg, MD Arts Barn. Juror: Allen Bentley, Adjunct Professor of Art at Montgomery College. This show runs through November 22, 2019 through January 27, 2020.

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“Quacker Stack”, by MFA Mary Ellen Geissenhainer

MFA Richard Paul Weiblinger

Richard’s work has become part of a collection at a PNC Corporate office.

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Richard Paul Weiblinger

MFA Jayne Shatz

Artist, Jayne Shatz’s article, published in the Ceramic Art/Perception Magazine, January 2019 issue, entitled, “Urban Primitive Firing: My Turkey Roasting Pan Kiln’’. This article provides information for those of you that would like to do simple sawdust firings, but live in a neighborhood that does not allow pit firings, outdoor kilns or wood firings. All you need is a tin foil turkey roasting pan, a table, newspaper and small lighter. You can always graduate up to a larger pan. Enjoy the illustrated article.

Click here for more information.

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MFA Jeff Evans

“In going after “firsts”, in following dreams, I stand on the foundation of those before me, and particularly my dad.  Today is 14 years to the day of his passing.  While I didn’t get it at the time, he emphasized to me at a young age that we should all believe in something(s) and be passionate in the pursuit of our dreams.  Much like in “Rain, Cleveland Reign”, and on a day of firsts …life is so often like a rainy day keeping us grounded (especially November / December in Cleveland!), while at the same time we reach for the stars – much like Cleveland’s iconic Terminal Tower as it rises above it all.  Keep hope alive, follow your dreams!”

To view one of Jeff Evans may “firsts” click here!

On Friday, December 20th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm His work will be featured at Artful Living Boutique in Gordon Square on the west side of Cleveland.  For further information, please see the newsletter attached, or visit the “news and events” tab at his website.

for more information click here.

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“Rain, Cleveland Reign”, By Jeff Evans

MFA Richard Paul Weiblinger

Maryland Art Place “Under 500” Baltimore, MD. The MAP jury committee selected “Blue Opening 6955”; which is a blue textured abstract piece and “Glowing 7397” which is a piece depicting an abstract glowing rock formation. Maryland Art Place “Under 500” Baltimore, MD.

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“Glowing 7397”, By Richard Paul Weiblinger
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“Blue Opening 6955”, by Richard Paul Weiblinger

MFA Hillary Steel

 For years now, Steel has been dyeing threads and weaving yardage. Slowly the woven yardage has been cut, pieced and transformed into several large and medium sized pieces – some of which have been completed and are scheduled for 2020 exhibits in and out of town.

Also, new, warm winter scarves are on the loom and will be ready to view, try on and purchase, by December 7th at our Open Studio Event in Takoma Park, DC.
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MFA Angela Petruncio

This show features Jo Fleming Contemporary Art presents Art for Gifting it will run through, December 3- 30, 2019. This show features artwork of all mediums including: Painting, Photography, Prints, Mixed media, Collage, Assemblage and ceramics priced at $200.00 or less.

Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments during Midnight Madness, Thursdays, December 5th and 12th, 6-midnight and December 19, 6-11pm.

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“Plaything”, By Angela Petruncio

MFA Jim Mackey

Artist Jim Mackey is featured in the Washington County Annual Community Art Show, the Opening Reception is on Thursday, Dec 5, 2019, 5-7PM. This Show is from Dec 5, 2019, to Jan 7, 2020. The address is, 34 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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“Toy Store Time”, by Jim Mackey
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“Friday Night”, by Jim Mackey

MFA Patrice Drogo

Patrice Drago is an MFA member and Artist in Residence at Maryland Hall.  Her current solo exhibit is “Love Your Space”, an exhibit of over 20 paintings throughout the gorgeous new offices of Long & Foster, Christie’s International at 145 Main Street.  On display through January, the art is viewable during the office’s open hours – just head on in and say you want to see the art.
She will also participate in the Artist in Residence Open Studios from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, showing new small items for the holidays.
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“Undertow”, Patrice Drogo

MFA April M. Rimpo

ISEA Annual Fall Member Online Exhibition is a juried exhibition of art by members of the International Society of Experimental Artists. 61 were selected from 122 submissions for the online exhibition. This event started on Started November 4, 2019.

Learn more here.

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“Transitions: A Self Portrait”, by April Rimpo

Baltimore Watercolor Society Exhibition at Kentlands Mansion, This exhibit includes exciting paintings sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society by 50 Signature Artist members using watercolor, acrylics, gouache, egg tempera, casein, or ink with many varied subjects. View the art in the beautiful, timeless setting of this historic estate. This Exhibit runs through November 15, 2019 through January 14, 2020, Opening Reception and Awards Presentation on Wednesday, December 11, from 7 – 8:30 PM.

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“Fiddle Away”, by April Rimpo

MFA Richard Paul Weiblinger

“Captured Light” : Current Photographic Processes at the Blackrock Center for the Arts Germantown, MD, this is a juried exhibition where Weiblinger’s selected piece titled  “Sunrise Fence Crystal 7103” was created at the beach and includes a crystal which he placed on a wooden fence. Exhibition on view from November 16 through December 21, 2019. The meet the artist reception will be held on November 16, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at the Blackrock Center for the Arts 12901 Town Commons Drive Germantown, MD.

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“Sunrise Fence Crystal 7105”, by Richard Paul Weiblinger

MFA Ric Conn

Ric Conn’s paintings “I Never Forget,” “P.C. – political correctness is crushing us,” and “Odalisque” were juried into a Group show exhibition at the Jones Gallery in Kansas City, MO. This show runs from 12/24/19 to 12/26/19.

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“P.C. – political correctness is crushing us”, By Ric Conn

 

MFA Jim Mackey

Artist Jim Mackey is featured in the Hanover Area Arts Guild – 51st Annual Fall Show, this is a juried show that runs through November 3rd to November 10th. Jim Mackey received  honorable mention in the 3D category.

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“Carnival”, by Jim Mackey

Learn more here.

MFA Elaine Weiner-Reed

Artist In Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Visit her in her Studio 310B & check out her paintings and sculptures in: “Creative Space” – Seven Perspectives – The Seven Artists of Maryland Hall.  Martino Gallery – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (801 Chase St., Annapolis) – A non-profit; Art for All!

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Rise Up, by Elaine Weiner- Reed

She is also exhibiting at the international Society of Experimental Artists International Exhibition (ISEA’s) 28th Annual Juried Art Exhibit and Symposium in LowellArts, Lowell, MI. Joseph Becherer, director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame.

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Sanctuary, by Elaine Weiner-Reed

MFA Richard Paul Weiblinger

“Sunset 3448 Metal Glow” was juried into the 4th Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit University of Maryland University College Gallery. Juror: Gretchen Schermerhorn, Artistic Director, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and Philip Hutinet, Publisher, East City Art, Baltimore, MD. The exhibit runs from Dec 1, 2019 – Mar 15, 2020 and the Artist Reception is on Thursday, December 12.

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Sunrise 3448 Metal Glow, By Richard Paul Weiblinger

My archival digital print, “Blue Opening 5686” was juried into the 31st Annual PG Juried Exhibit Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery, Laurel, MD Juror: John Coppola. (Nov 2 – Dec 31, 2019) . The Artist Reception is on November 9, 3-5 pm.

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Blue opening 5686, By Richard Paul Weiblinger

MFA Sally Davies

Sally Davis was also Selected for International Utopia Film Festival.  Three of her short time-lapse painting films, “Parenting”, “Almost 21”, & “Air”  will be screened on Saturday, November 16, at 6 pm at the Old Greenbelt Theater, Greenbelt, Maryland.

Schedule  here.

Learn more here.

“Parenting” was juried into the 4th Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit University of Maryland University College Gallery, Adelphi, MD Juror: Gretchen Schermerhorn, Artistic Director, Pyramid Atlantic, Hyattsville, and Philip Hutinet, Publisher, East City Art, Baltimore, MD.   The exhibit runs from Dec 1, 2019 – Mar 15, 2020 and the Artist Reception is on Thursday, December 12.

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Parenting, By Sally Davies

Acrylic Mosaic Painting, “My Reflection in a Digital Age”  was juried into the 31st Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibit Montpellier Arts Center Main Gallery, Laurel, MD (Nov 2 – Dec 31, 2019) Juror: John Coppola, “My Reflection in a Digital Age” (Paper Mosaic, Fluid Acrylic)  The Artist Reception is on November 9, 3-5 pm.

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My Reflection in a Digital Age, By Sally Davies

MFA Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler will have a solo show in the downstairs Stewart Room of the Philadelphia Sketch Club during the month of November.  The reception will be on Sunday, November 10th, from 2:00-4:00 PM.  The address is 235 S. Camac Street in Philadelphia (two blocks east of Broad Street).

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Icebound, by Chris Fowler

MFA Deborah Kommalan

Deborah Kommalan’s latest “kinetic” still life has been juried into the “Enigma” show at Lovett’s Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The show opens October 19.

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Which Came First? , Deborah Kommalan

MFA Jim Mackey

“Hope, memory, and pride”, A juried LBGTQ Exhibit to remember the Stonewall riots. Exhibit runs Oct18 to Nov21,2019. Reception Oct 18th, 5PM-8PM, Art Association of Harrisburg 21 N Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

Learn more here.

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Hidden Away, by Jim Mackay

 

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 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”

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