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  • 12 Aug 2019 4:18 PM | Anonymous
    Our Paint the Town Labor Day Show not only provides an opportunity to see hundreds of original artworks by nearly 140 members of the Montgomery Art Association, but you can also watch some of our artists make art live. This year’s show includes seven such demonstrations, which are open to the public and free.

    The demos will take place inside the history Kensington Armory (aka Kensington Town Hall) at 3710 Mitchell Street. Can’t join in person? We hope to broadcast demos live on our Facebook page. Watch live, or see the recordings later
    .


    Saturday, August 31


    Lis Zadravec
    Colored Pencils

    12-1 pm

    An award-winning artist and instructor, Lis will demonstrate how she uses colored pencils to their maximum potential by creating a pet portrait inspired by a John Singer Sargent painting. 

    Originally from Chevy Chase, MD and educated at the Corcoran School of Art in DC, Lis demonstrates an uncanny ability as master of her medium, colored pencils. She believes there is nothing that this pigment, in its precise, pointed stick, can’t do or that oil paint could do better. She approaches her work like a painter; Not striving for photo-realism, she loves to see the artist’s hand in work.

    "I want to in
    spire," she says, "not with just what a media can do, but what a person can do. After all, a well-trained artist is a person who can do anything." Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines, and Lis is the winner of countless awards in DC-area and national art shows, earning signature status in the Colored Pencil Society of America and Colored Pencil Community of Australasia, Inc.

    RSVP via Facebook to Lis' demo


    Barrie Ripin
    Terracotta (Fired Clay) Sculpture
    2-3 pm


    Barrie will give a tutorial on a playful path to try out clay sculpture using a minimum amount of equipment and experience. There will be a demo and examples of sculptures are various stages of completion.

    Barrie initially came to clay sculpture years ago to get a better grasp of artistic anatomy for figurative and portrait drawings and paintings. It did that, but clay sculpture became addictive in its own right. He enjoys exploring new subjects and techniques and his award-winning works have been exhibited in many venues in the area. Barrie is a past president of MAA, exhibit curator of the Connie Morella Library in Bethesda, studio artist at the Glen Echo Sculpture studio/yurt, and a number of other venues.

    RSVP via Facebook to Barrie's demo



    Stefanie Stark
    Abstract Floral Painting

    4-5 pm

    Learn how painter Stefanie Stark of Bethesda creates abstract floral paintings, incorporating a signature drip technique and oil pastel marks into her art. Purposeful drips elevate Stefanie’s work beyond typical floral paintings and add dimension as well as emotion. “Something about the flow of each drip feels right and even necessary to me,” she says. “Each drip is like a release of feelings, similar to a tear, whether of joy or sorrow. Both stream down, forging a unique yet anticipated path."

    Stefanie is known for her abstract floral paintings as well as intuitive abstracts, and she also dabbles in collage. She takes inspiration from nature and in particular, the beauty and fragility of flowers. Stefanie grew up in Washington, and her work has been exhibited throughout the region. Her paintings have earned awards and are part of private collections in the United States and abroad. 

    RSVP via Facebook to Stefanie's demo

     
    Sunday, September 1


    Antonia Tiu
    Pen & Ink Cityscapes

    2-3 pm

    Yes, you can draw with confidence! Toni will demonstrate how to be bold in your drawing by using pen/ink in a loose sketch style, with a photo as a reference. What is drawn is what it is—no erasing possible! She’ll then finish the drawing with watercolor washes, to add bursts of color.

    Now retired, Toni received her architectural degree and license in The Philippines and came to the US to work for a corporate firm. Her childhood memories revolved around drawing and sketching. “I remember sketching on the dirt with a twig during play time and drawing on blank pages of my elementary books in school,” she says. “My pleasure from my drawings was worth the trouble I got into for messing up my books.” Today, Toni spends her time creating art with pen/ink, charcoal, oil and watercolor. Her subjects of interest are still life, cityscapes and landscapes.

    RSVP via Facebook to Antonia's demo


    Jing-Jy Chen
    Chinese Watercolor Painting

    4-5 pm

    Using a bamboo brush, ink and watercolor, Jing-Jy will show how she paints her favorite subjects: flora and birds. She will demonstrate the three basic techniques of Chinese watercolor painting: outline style (detail), spontaneous style (free & bold), and half outline/half spontaneous.

    In Chinese watercolor painting, it is very important not to mix the color beforehand. The brush is dipped into the color separately to double or triple load colors. The color will blend themselves on the paper as the brush stroke is applied.

    Jing-Jy was born in Taiwan.  She came to the United State in 1967 to attend graduate school at the University of Rochester in New York. She is a long-time Howard County resident, has been an artist in the Artist-in-Residency program and has taught at many schools in Maryland. Currently, she teaches at her home studio in Laurel. Her paintings are exhibited at Artists' Gallery in Ellicott City and Delaplaine Art Gallery in Frederick.

    RSVP via Facebook to Jing-Jy's demo


    Monday, September 2


    Elizabeth Elgin
    Glazing Acrylics over Grisaille

    11 am-12 pm

    Elizabeth will demonstrate glazing color over a black and white grisaille (underpainting) using acrylics. This is a method often taught in classical ateliers when painting in oils, but the method is also very useful with acrylics as they dry so quickly. It allows light to bounce between layers, versus painting opaquely.

    Elizabeth often says she's a member of the "It's Never Too Late" club, not getting serious about her art studies until her sixties. She started with acrylics, then learned oils, and is now exploring watercolor and gouache. She has been juried into membership of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society, Oil Painters of America, and the International Guild of Realism.  

    RSVP via Facebook to Elizabeth's demo


    Alan Rich
    Acrylic pour painting

    1-2 pm

    Alan is a master of a unique art technique:  fluid acrylic pour. Using hardwood panels and Plexiglas, he manipulates the color into organic flows and allows the paint to choose its own path. “The flow of color brings happiness to your mind and soul...calling it fluid acrylic happiness.” For added texture, he first applies a clear granular gel to the board, and once dry, applies color.  Alan says. “No matter how the paintings are viewed, there will always be a different story it tells.”

    Alan’s day job is running a business that custom prints labels, so ink and color is an all day, everyday theme. The use of water-based industrial pigment to create his own colors within an acrylic vehicle gives Alan the freedom to experiment and allows the art to speak the viewer.


    RSVP via Facebook to Alan's demo

  • 11 Aug 2019 12:10 AM | Anonymous

    The Montgomery Art Association and AMP by Strathmore are teaming up to host our second Sketch Night at the North Bethesda music venue. Join us for a live performance by Michela's Love Movement, socialize with fellow artists and sketch the show.

    About Michela’s Love Movement: This is not your ordinary band. The ensemble, led by tap dancing phenom Michela Marino Lerman, is a hybrid of the highest levels of musicianship and hoofing. An extraordinary percussionist and dancer all in one, Lerman’s feet are a blur of brilliance, tapping on electronic boards and wooden stages to accentuate the group’s uplifting repertoire. Dancing to original music, spirituals and jazz, Love Movement is a journey through the levels of love that will leave you feeling moved and empowered. Here's a sneak peek.

    Cost: AMP by Strathmore is generously offering MAA members, local artists and their guests reduced-priced, $18 tickets ($10 off the regular price for our seats).

    Buying tickets:
    Buy tickets here. Click the button below, then click the red "Buy” button. On the popup screen, enter promo code MAA10 and click on the words “apply code.” Then choose "Table Seating" and complete your purchase at the reduced rate. 

    What to bring: Sketching materials (such as small sketchbooks, pencils/pens, travel-sized watercolor kit). Keep your materials simple--there isn't a lot of space to spread out.

    What to expect: The venue opens at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. We suggest arriving early. Upon arrival, tell the host you're with MAA. We'll sit together at tables lit by tealights. MAA will provide a few shared appetizers. The venue has a full bar where you can purchase cocktails, beer, wine, soda, etc. You're welcomed to sketch or just enjoy the show.

    Address/parking: AMP by Strathmore is at 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda. Parking info
     
    About AMP by Strathmore: AMP by Strathmore is an intimate music venue in the Pike & Rose shopping area in North Besthesda. It is run by the Strathmore arts center, and profits support Strathmore’s mission to present and produce exemplary arts programs for diverse audiences, create dynamic arts education experiences, and nurture creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts.
  • 1 Aug 2019 6:28 PM | Anonymous

    Now available: The August 2019 edition of our monthly newsletter. Click here to read it.

  • 30 Jul 2019 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    By Judith Levine


    This column is designed to provide you with art news and information about interesting shows at local art galleries and museums. If you are aware of an event, news or an exhibit 3 week or longer, large or small, that you think would be of interest, please email Judith Levine.

     

    Museums


     The Phillips Collection


    1600 21st St. NW, Washington, DC; 202-387-2151; $12 -adults, $10 students and those 62 and over, free for members and visitors 18 and under; closed Mondays


    ·  The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, June 22-September 22


    ·  Intersections: Ranjani Shettar- Earth Songs for a Night Sky, through August 25

     


    The National Gallery of Art


    4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC; 202-737-4215


        In the Library: Pageantry and Pyrotechnics in the European Fete Book, through Sept 26

        The Life of Animals in Japanese Art (East Wing), though August 18

        Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings (East Wing), through September 15

        By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs (West Wing) through January 5, 2020

        The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists (West Wing), through July 21


    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


    Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000


    ·         Robert Jan van Pelt: The Evidence Room, through September 8


    ·         Manifesto: Art x Agency, through January 5


    ·         Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release; through September 2


     ·         Rirkrit Tiravanija: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Green, through July 24


    ·         What Absence Is Made Of, through March 2020


    The Sackler & Freer Galleries


    1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000


    ·         For Love of Place: Japanese Screens (Freer), through November 11


    ·         Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Sackler)


    ·         A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (Sackler) - ongoing


    ·         The Way of the Kami (Freer), through November 11


    ·         Painting the Classics: Presence and Absence, November 11


    National Museum of the American Indian


    Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000


    ·         Section 14: The Other Palm Spring, California


    ·         Americans, though 2022

    ·         Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World, though late 2021


     


    National Museum of African Art


    950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000


    ·         Good As Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women, through Sept 29


    ·         Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths August 1 - ongoing


     


    National Museum of African American History and Culture


    1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-4751


     


    Renwick Gallery


    1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-7970


    ·         Best, through January 5, 2020


    ·         Michael Sherrill Retrospective, through January 5, 2020


    National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum


    8th and F streets NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000


    ·         75th anniversary of D-Day - ongoing


    ·         Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 (SAAM), through August 18


    ·         David Levinthal: American Myths & Memory, through October 14


    ·         Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue (SAAM), through September 2


    ·         Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits (NPG) through May 30, 2020


    ·         Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence (NPG), through January 5, 2020


    ·         Yun Suknam: Portraits of the World: Korea (NPG), through November 17


    ·         Recent Acquisitions (NPG), through November 3


    ·         One Life: Marian Anderson, (NPG), through May 17, 2020


     National Museum of Women in the Arts


    1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC; 202-783-5000


    ·         New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero, through September 2020


    Other Shows & Galleries


     


    Walters Art Museum


    600 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD; Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; annex: 1 West Mount Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD; 410-547-9000


    ·         The 14th Annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition, through August 11


    ·         Ceramics: Materials and Techniques - ongoing


    ·         Paintings for a Venetian Wedding: Dario di Giovanni -installation, ongoing


    ·         Transformation: Art of the Americas, through October 6


    ·          (Annex) - no show


    The Baltimore Museum of Art


    10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore MD; 443-573-1700


        ·         Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics, through November 17

        ·         Oletha DeVane: Traces of the Spirit, through October 20

        ·         Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Stars: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott, through December 1

        ·         Expressions of Nature: Early 20th-Century Landscapes, through September 22

        ·         PDPS 50th Anniversary, through October 6


     


    Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington


    6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD; Sunday 1-5 pm; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4-7:30 pm; 301-881-0100


    No show this month


    Blackrock Center for the Arts


    12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD; 301-528-2260


        ·         Frank Cole: Rebuilding the Sky

        ·         Craig Moran: Spaced Out

        ·         Michelle Dickson: Neither Mine Nor Yours, through September 14.

        All Receptions: August 3, 2-4 pm


    Art at Penn Place Gallery


    4600 Waverly Ave, Garrett, Park, MD; 240-669-8549

        ·         Ann Gordon, July 22 through August 17

        ·         Vicky Surles, August 19 through Sept 14, Reception: July 27, 3-5 pm


    Artists and Makers 1 & 2

    Gallery 1: 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD; Gallery 2 & Gallery 209: 12276, Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD. 240-437-9573


    ·         A&M 1 Seasonal Visions/ Montgomery Art Association

    ·         A&M 2 Verses and Artist’s Choice: Montgomery County Camera Club of Maryland

    ·         Gallery 209: August Show

    All shows through August 31; Receptions: August 2, 6-9 pm

    TAG of Frederick

    216 North Market St., Frederick, MD; 301-696-8187; Friday-Saturday, noon–8 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm, and by appointment

    ·          Le Salon Show, through August 30.  Reception: August 3, 5-9 pm


    VisArts at Rockville


    155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD; 301-315-8200

    ·         NONUMENT 01: McKeldin Fountain, (Concourse Gallery) through Oct 20

    ·          Jonathan Monaghan: A Trace Left by the Future, (Gibbs Street Gallery), through August 11

    ·         Natasa Galecic: Wherever I go I take my clutter with me (Common Ground Gallery), through August 11

    ·         Cy Keener and Justine Holzman: Sea Ice 71.348778º N, 156.690918º W

         (355 POD), through September 22


    Gallery Underground


    2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA; 571-483-0652; Monday–Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-2 pm


        ·         Fire. Earth.  Water.  Air. (Focus Gallery), through August 30

        ·         Anya Getter, (Main Gallery), through August 30


    Kentlands Mansion Gallery


    320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday, by appointment; 301-258-6425


    ·         New Perspectives - The Maryland Pastel Society, through September 9

    MAA’s Frankie Lydon is in this show.


    Bohrer Park Gallery/Activities Center


    506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6394; Monday–Saturday 8 am-8 pm, Sunday 8 am-5 pm


    ·         Big, Bold & Beautiful, through September 2. MAA’s own Irina Koren is in this show.

    Brookside Gardens Visitors Center


    1800 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring, MD; ; 301-962-1400; daily 9 am-5 pm, closed holidays


    ·         Montgomery Art Association, July 20 through August 18


    ·         Washington Metropolitan Arts Society, through September 16

  • 25 Jul 2019 4:41 PM | Anonymous

    Do you want to share your talents at the Paint the Town Labor Day Show next month? Perhaps you have a special technique that would be fascinating for show goers to see, or you'd like to get practice doing a live demo.

    Instead of bringing in outside artists for our Paint the Town demos, this we are turning to our large and talented membership for the show's demonstrations. And we have added more demo time slots throughout the three-day show--eight spots in total.

    One-hour demos are scheduled for

    • Saturday, August 31 -- 12-1 pm, 2-3 pm and 4-5 pm
    • Sunday, September 1 -- 12-1 pm, 2-3 pm and 4-5 pm
    • Monday, September 2 -- 11 am-noon and 1-2 pm



    How to Apply

    Reply to this email with the following info by August 1:

    • Name
    • Medium
    • A short description of what you plan to demonstrate (i.e. plein air, a still life, painting from a photo, a specific technique) 
    • 1-2 photos of your artwork work


    Additional Details

    • This opportunity is open to MAA members only. You do not have to be a participant in this year's Paint the Town art show, but you must renew your membership for 2019-20.
    • To ensure a variety of media, subjects and techniques in our program, we won't be able to select everyone who applies.

    • We will notify those who have been selected by August 10.

    • It will be up to you to decide whether you sell your demo piece at the show. In past year's many of the demo pieces have sold on the spot.


    Questions

    Email MAAartists@gmail.com

  • 25 Jul 2019 12:25 AM | Anonymous

    The following artists are participating in MAA's first show at Artist & Makers Studios. The show runs July 30-August 28 at the gallery at 11810 Parklawn Avenue in Rockville.

    Laura Aikman
    Violeta Barcenas
    Jennifer Beaudet
    Roy Comiskey
    Mari Craig
    Shirley Crawley
    Jamie Downs
    Elizabeth Elgin
    Iris Grundler
    Trisha Gupta
    Carrie Horton
    Jonathan Jaeger
    Lily Kak
    Perry Kapsch
    Cecile Kirkpatrick
    James Klumpner
    Richard Lawless
    Max Leason
    Robert LeMar
    Judith Levine
    Maiya M Lonesome
    Paola Luther
    Frankie Lydon
    Heather Lynn
    Gordon Lyon
    John MacArthur
    Gillian McCaney
    Karen Merkin
    Debbie Miller
    Gloria Miotto
    Miguel Mitchell
    Mary Morris
    Guy Munsch
    Gail Neal
    Sandra Perez-Ramos
    Sarah Renzi Sanders
    Alan Rich
    Roxana Rojas
    Ann Rossilli
    Maria-Elena Sayan
    Ann Schaefer
    Alden Schofield
    Martina Sestakova
    David Sommers
    Elizabeth Stecher
    Jeanne Sullivan
    Vicky Surles
    Elaine Burch Taylor
    Patricia Tice
    Anastasia Walsh
    Kathy Wilson
    Jenny Wilson
    Lis Zadravec
    Michelle Zugrav


  • 21 Jul 2019 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    Forty-three MAA members are displaying nature-themed works at our annual summer exhibition at the Brookside Gardens Visitors Center in Wheaton. The Nature of Art runs through August 18. All of the work, plus a selection of prints, are available for purchase.


    The participating artists:

    • Laura Aikman
    • Jennifer Beaudet
    • Blandine Broomfield
    • Sandy Cepaitis
    • Shirley Crawley
    • Jennifer Eidson
    • Elizabeth Elgin
    • Gloria Tseng Fischer
    • Susan Sinclair Galego
    • Carrie Horton
    • Jennifer Howard
    • Lily Kak
    • Perry Kapsch
    • Cecile Kirkpatrick
    • Paola Luther
    • Frankie Lydon
    • Heather Lynn
    • John MacArthur
    • Barbara Mandel
    • Debbie Miller
    • Simin Parvaz
    • Dora Patin
    • Terry Pellmar
    • Sandra Perez-Ramos
    • Albert Perry
    • Elissa Poma
    • Jeanne Powell
    • Roxana Rojas
    • Ayda Sanver
    • Maria Elena Sayan
    • Ann Schaefer
    • Ruja Shemer
    • Diane Shipley
    • Pritha Srinivasan
    • Stefanie Stark
    • Elizabeth Stecher
    • Elizabeth Steel
    • Nar Steel
    • Kathy Tynan
    • Anastasia Walsh
    • Jenny Wilson
    • Helen Wood
    • Lis Zadravec

    Thank you to Maria Elena Sayan and Carrie Horton for serving as show managers.

  • 8 Jul 2019 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    Twenty-two MAA artists are showing works at La Galleria at Ranazul, a restaurant in Fulton, Maryland. 

    Join us for the opening reception of this summer-themed show on July 14 from 4-5 pm. The restaurant's owners will provide complimentary appetizers. The show runs from Sunday, July 7 to Saturday, August 3La Galleria at Ranazul is at 8171 Maple Lawn Boulevard, Suite 170, Fulton, MD 20759.  

    Participating artists and their works:

    Laura Aikman Front Porch Oil
    Blandine Broomfield Lightning Bugs Oil
    Heather Brugger aquaholic Acrylic
    Sandra Cane Paddlers Oil
    Sandy Cepaitis Winged Fantasy Watercolor
    Mari Craig Melange Acrylic
    Jennifer Eidson Going to the Beach Oil
    Lawrence Greenfield Brookside Gardens Roses Watercolor
    Perry Kapsch Cupcakes Acrylic
    Carol Leo Big Red Watercolor
    Frankie Lydon Beach Day Pastel
    Debbie Miller Sitting Pretty Oil
    Gail Neal Mandarin Duck Acrylic
    Maria-Elena Sayan Red Pears Oil
    Ruja Shemer Fishalation Watercolor
    Diane Shipley Another Day in Paradise Multi-Media
    Mary Ellen Simon Shipping Creek Pastel
    Elizabeth Stecher Rainier Cherries Watercolor
    Nar Steel Fresh Fruit and Flowers Oil
    Judy Stenger Serendipity Acrylic
    Anastasia Walsh Haiku Other
    Jenny Wilson Bouquet Acrylic



  • 30 Jun 2019 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    By Glen Kessler

    If you’re an emerging artist, you likely have participated in any number of juried exhibitions. In this type of art show, a professional in your field is chosen to either accept/reject artwork for inclusion in a show and/or select prize-winners. While juried shows are common, there is still much mystery among artists about how jurors make their decisions and how an artist can increase their chances of success. There is also much discussion about the ability of jurors to stay impartial in the face of art or artists they know. In this article, I will shine a light on these topics offering a first-hand account of the process and my own strategy for removing some, if not all, of the mystery.

    The 800-pound gorilla in the room is the accepted belief that art appreciation is subjective. While I agree with this statement in principle, I think that jurors can and should be held to a different standard. Many of you have been to a juror talk where the juror says something along the lines of “… and I like rabbits so that’s why I gave this rabbit painting a prize.” As an artist, there’s nothing more frustrating than hearing that a quirk like this was part of the decision-making process. Let that be their criteria for deciding whether they want a work to hang in their home, but we all want to believe that time, effort, thought, and execution are the most important qualities to a juror.

    As an artist myself and a teacher of artists as well, THAT is why I chose years ago to codify five points that I’m looking for when jurying artwork. It is my hope that this rubric may provide guidance and confidence for other jurors to judge work with a minimum of subjectivity and a greater abundance of objective standards. I’ve lectured on this topic and been written up in Professional Artist Magazine as well (June/July 2016 issue). In order of value, the qualities I look for in judging artwork are the following:

    1. Technique – how well-executed the piece is.

    Whether realistic, abstracted, or completely non-objective there is an observable level of craftsmanship in the execution of the art that is evident. Sophisticated color, confident brushwork, and varied mark-making are just a few of the attributes of technically adept artwork.


    2. Concept – the idea that gives purpose to the work of art.

    Every work of art has a concept, from the everyday to the sublime—capturing the beauty of a sunset, revealing a sitter’s character, expressing one’s emotional state. The level of profundity of the concept is how I judge this category. Deeper meaning or multiple meanings will always garner higher praise than a simple or singular meaning.


    3. Personal relevance – how the art may embody the essence of the artist.

    The choice of which Concept and which Technique an artist uses can and should be informed by an artist’s personal life story. We are all products of our era, culture, and experiences. Being open and honest about letting those influences into the creative process makes for a more authentic and in-depth work of art. As a juror, knowing an artist and their work can often assist in understanding their personal story.


    4. Innovation – the newness or uniqueness of the work.

    Jurors have seen a lot of artwork. And while there is always something to be said for executing work well within a set of established tropes, work that steps outside the box to succeed will often get bonus points. Using a new method, an atypical composition, a unique concept can help to distinguish the work from its company, as long as it is still well-conceived and -executed. 


    5. Presentation – how well is the work presented.

    This includes framing, matting, glass, wet works, proper hanging materials, and even dings and scratches on the artwork’s surface. At the end of the jurying process, a juror has tied his/her name to the show. The professional presentation of the work does in some way reflect back on that juror. Dirty or dinged frames, poor mat color choice, improper hanging wire length, and smudged glass are a few areas that jurors may be sensitive to when making their final judgments. In addition to making the work look less impressive, they serve as warning signs to the juror that the artist did not care enough about their work to care for it properly.


    Not only does following this set of criteria help unify exhibitions, but it gives the juror a defense against those who would say their choices might be arbitrary or nepotistic. I have in fact suffered many times the wrath of students and friends when they have not been awarded entry or prizes to exhibitions I’ve juried. It goes with the territory. But it is my sincere hope that all jurors abide by this or some other similar set of criteria spelled out before, during, and after the show so as to engender a level of trust between artist and judge.

    Something artists may not realize is that the judge is also being judged. The better the exhibition and the more universal the agreement with the judge’s choices, the more trusted that juror will be. Consequently, they may be hired back by that organization or spoken highly of to other organizations. No juror I am aware of would choose the penny-smart-but-dollar-stupid tack of selecting artists only from their pool of friends, students, or clients.

    I hope this may offer a reasoned insight into the juror’s mind and perhaps even assist some emerging jurors out there. No artist likes rejection, but no one who’s achieved anything in the arts has gone without their fair share of it. Understanding though, that amidst all of the other variables present in the success of a work of art, that nepotism or arbitrariness do not have to be additional barriers is hopefully something that can give all artists just a little bit more sleep at night.

    Glen Kessler is a local artist and teacher. He has an MFA from New York Academy of Art & BFA from MICA. His work is internationally collected and has garnered top prizes such as a Maryland State Arts Council Grant, two Elizabeth Greenshields Grants, a Prince of Wales Fellowship, and winner of ‘The Artist’s Magazine’ annual international competition. You can find out more about Glen’s art and teaching at his and his school’s website GlenKessler.com & TheCompassAtelier.com.

  • 27 Jun 2019 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    by Judith Levine

    This column is designed to provide you with art news and information about interesting shows at local art galleries and museums. If you are aware of an event, news or an exhibit 3 week or longer, large or small, that you think would be of interest, please email Judith Levine.

    Museums

    The Phillips Collection

    1600 21st St. NW, Washington, DC; 202-387-2151; $12 -adults, $10 students and those 62 and over, free for members and visitors 18 and under; closed Mondays

    ·         The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, through September 22

    ·         Intersections: Ranjani Shettar- Earth Songs for a Night Sky, through August 25

    Intersections is a series of projects that explores links between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and the spaces within the museum and its display of new artistic interventions.

    The National Gallery of Art

    4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC; 202-737-4215

    ·         The Life of Animals in Japanese Art (East Wing), though August 18

    ·         Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings (East Wing), through September 15

    ·         The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists (West Wing), through July 21

    ·         Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice, through July 7

    ·         In the Library: Pageantry and Pyrotechnics in the European Fete Book, thought Sept 26

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 

    Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000

    ·         Robert Jan van Pelt: The Evidence Room, through September 8

    ·         Manifesto: Art x Agency, though January 5, 2020

    ·         Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release; through September 2

    • This is the largest exhibit of this contemporary sculptor’s work to date. The Italian artist uses the human experience and human form in amazing circular forms. Being placed in the circular corridors of the Hirshhorn just enhances these elements.

    ·         Rirkrit Tiravanija: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Green, through July 24

    • Hungry for Thai food?  Then this exhibit is for you. In each of the Hirshhorn galleries a dining room made of objects by this contemporary Thai artist will serve visitors a dish of curry. Eat up and enjoy a visual treat at the same time.

    ·         What Absence Is Made Of, through August 30. “What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, What Absence Is Made Of answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world.” (Hirshhorn catalog)

    The Sackler & Freer Galleries

    1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000

    ·         Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Sackler)

    ·         A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (Sackler), ongoing

    ·         The Way of the Kami (Freer), through November 11

    ·         Painting the Classics: Japanese Screens, November 11

    National Museum of the American Indian

    Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000

    • Section 14: The Other Palm Spring, California, through Jan 2020. Section 14 forms the heart of the reservation belonging to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. This exhibit is about the fight to maintain their land as the city grows around it.

    ·   Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World, through late 2021

    ·         Americans, through 2022. Native American symbols and pictures have been used to represent a wide variety of products in the past. In some cases, such as the Indian Motorcycle, they were considered the epitome of the field. Others were demeaning, picturing Native Americans as picturesque savages. The visitor to this exhibit will experience the range and leave understanding how the people felt about these objects.

    National Museum of African Art

    950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000

    ·         Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women, through Sept 29

    National Museum of African American History and Culture

    1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-4751

    ·         Ella's Books; Visual Art and the American Experience, through June 30

    Renwick Gallery

    1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-7970

    ·         Best, the designer of at least 8 of Burning Man’s temples since 2000, brings his gift to the Renwick’s Main Salon, though January 5, 2020

    National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

    8th and F streets NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000

    ·         75th anniversary of D-Day, ongoing

    ·         Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 (SAAM), through August 18

    • ·         David Levinthal: American Myths & Memory, through Oct 14

    ·         Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits (NPG), through May 30, 2020

    ·         Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue (SAAM), through September 2

    ·         Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence (NPG), through Jan 5, 2020

    ·         Yun Suknam: Portraits of the World: Korea (NPG), through November 17

    ·         Recent Acquisitions (NPG), through November 3

    ·         Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (NPG), though August 1

    ·         One Life: Marian Anderson (NPG), through May 17, 2020

    National Museum of Women in the Arts

    1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC; 202-783-5000

    ·         More is More, through July 28

    ·         New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero, through Sept, 2020

    ·         Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling, through July 28

    Other Shows & Galleries

    Walters Art Museum

    600 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD; Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; annex: 1 West Mount Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD; 410-547-9000

    ·         The 14th Annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition, through August 11

    ·         Animal Tales, through August 11

    ·         Transformation: Art of the Americas, through October 6

    ·         Roberto Lugo at 1 West (Annex), through July 15

    The Baltimore Museum of Art

    10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore MD; 443-573-1700

    • PDPS 50th Anniversary, through October 6
    • Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics, though Nov 17
    • Oletha DeVane: Traces of the Spirit, though Oct 20
    • Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Starts: Joyce J. Scott Elizabeth Talford Scott, through December 1
    • Expressions of Nature: Early 20th Century Landscapes, though Sept 22

    Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

    6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD; Sunday 1-5 pm; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4-7:30 pm; 301-881-0100

    No show this month

    Blackrock Center for the Arts

    12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD; 301-528-2260

    • Susan Avis Murphy: Contemplation, through July 13
    • 2019 Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition, through July 13

    The Mansion at Strathmore

    10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD; Wednesday 10 am-9 pm; Sunday noon-4 pm; all other days 10 am-4 pm; 301-581-5146.

    ·  32nd Biennial Exhibition of the Creative Crafts Council, through July 31

    Art at Penn Place Gallery

    4600 Waverly Ave, Garrett, Park, MD; 240-669-8549

    • Tammy Trocki - June 24-July 20
    • Ann Gordon - July 22 - August 17; Reception July 27, 3-5pm
    • MAA’s own Ann Gordon’s work will grace the wall of this gallery in the small town of Garrett Park. Please drop in and visit.

    Artists and Makers 1 & 2

    Gallery 1: 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD; Gallery 2 & Gallery 209: 12276, Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD. 240-437-9573

    ·  A&M 1:  Black Artists of DC: Grass Roots; Reception July 5, 6- 9pm.  BADC Artist Talk, Saturday, July 20, 1-3PM

    ·   A&M 2:  National League of American Pen Women – Chevy Chase Branch; Reception-July 5, 6- 9pm

    ·  Gallery 209: Through July 30; Reception-July 5, 6- 9pm

    Adah Rose Gallery

    3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD, 301-922-0162; Tuesday 1-6 pm, Thursday–Sunday noon-6 pm, and by appointment

    Gallery will remain dark until September

    TAG of Frederick

    216 North Market St., Frederick, MD; 301-696-8187; Friday-Saturday, noon–8 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm, and by appointment

    ·         Studio Scrub: TAG members show, through July 28

    VisArts at Rockville

    155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD; 301-315-8200

    ·       NONUMENT 01: McKeldin Fountain (Concourse Gallery), through Oct 20
    ·         NextGen 6.0 (Kaplan Gallery), through July 21
    ·         Jonathan Monaghan: A Trace Left by the Future (Gibbs Street Gallery), through August 11
    ·         Natasa Galecic: Wherever I go I take my clutter with me (Common Ground Gallery), through August 11
    ·         Cy Keener and Justine Holzman: Sea Ice 71.348778º N, 156.690918º W (355 POD), through September 22

    Gallery Underground

    2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA; 571-483-0652; Monday–Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-2 pm

    ·         Members Work, through July 30

    Kentlands Mansion Gallery

    320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday, by appointment; 301-258-6425

    ·         Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association, through July 7

    Bohrer Park Gallery/Activities Center

    506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6394; Monday–Saturday 8 am-8 pm, Sunday 8 am-5 pm

    No show

    Arts Barn Gallery

    311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6394; Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 1:30 -5:30 pm;

    ·         Water, through July 14

    Brookside Gardens Visitors Center

    1800 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring, MD; ; 301-962-1400; daily 9 am-5 pm, closed holidays

    ·         Brookside Gardens School – “Botanica” Exhibits, through July 20

    ·         Montgomery Art Association, July 20 through August 18

    IONA Gallery

    4125 Albemarle St, NW Washington, DC 20016-2105; 202-895-9448

    Oasis Gallery

    Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store, second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD; 10 am-4 pm, Monday -Friday; 301-469-6800, press 1 and x211

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