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April-May Exhibitions at Montpelier Arts Center

Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

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Main Gallery: Cianne Fragione and Seth Adelsberger
Dates: April 9 – May 29, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 9, 1-3 pm
Cianne Fragione and Seth Adelsberger push the limits of their respective media to reveal the immediacy and spontaneity involved in the creative process. Both artists’ work will be on view in the Main Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center April 9 – May 29, 2016, with a special opening reception on April 9, 1 – 3 pm.

Fragione uses large brushes, strong color, and an array of mark-making tools on paper to create images of movement and atmospheric depth. Her works evoke impressions of remembered experience and landscapes from her roots as an Italian, as well as reference to religious iconography, using poetic ways of combining found and fine art materials — a practice that comes in part from years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she encountered a number of beat-era artists there, and from her previous career in dance.

“… Fragione’s art pours over with the physical material of paint and mark-making as an act of exploration. Her complex use of color and her layered covering-up of forms create images that reveal themselves slowly and with great reward. An inheritor of the San Francisco Bay Area School of abstract expressionism, her paintings…are at once of this time and also firmly rooted in the uniquely American abstract expressionist tradition.” —Phil Davis, Director, Brentwood Arts Exchange

Baltimore-based artist Seth Adelsberger questions traditional notions of painting and printmaking through the use of unusual materials and rearrangement of the standard steps in artmaking.

“[Adelsberger’s] work is very strong visually and aesthetically. His paintings really grab your eye. But they’re also very interesting conceptually and historically. They relate back to artworks done in the late 1950s and 1960s by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Frank Stella, and that gives what Seth is doing a lot of heft.” —Kristen Hileman, Curator of Contemporary Art, Baltimore Museum of Art.

 

Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

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Resident Artist Gallery: Irene Sylvester
Dates: April 3-24, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 9, 1-3 pm
Irene Sylvester has been a resident artist at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD since its opening in 1979. A graduate of the Traphagen School of Fashion Design and the Art Students Leagues in New York City, her affinity for textiles and pattern is evident in her artwork. Inspired by the history of various cultures, Irene combines her love of color and texture in her experimental collages and fluid, yet detailed, watercolors.

For her exhibition in the Resident Artist Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center, Irene continues her exploration of another personal interest: multimedia abstracted planets in Deep Space. Join her at her public reception on Saturday, April 9, 1-3 pm and visit her studio to see decades of work. Also, throughout the months of April and May, she will be teaching the methods and materials of collage through hands-on workshops and classes. For more information or to register, call Montpelier Arts Center at 301-377-7800.

Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

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Library Gallery: Dominie Nash
Dates: April 9 – May 29, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 9, 1-3 pm
Working in a collage-like manner, Dominie Nash builds up layers of fabric to create a sense of mystery and depth. Paying special attention to the coloring and patterning of fabrics, the uneven and serendipitous results contribute to the spontaneity and expressiveness of the work, even though the composition may be planned in advance. After receiving a Creative Project Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Nash has been experimenting with making collagraph prints on fabric using an etching press. After making these and other prints using both abstract and representational forms, she then cuts, collages, and stitches these pieces of fabric into small layered compositions.

Meet the artist and see her intricate, textural works at a special opening reception on Sunday, April 9, 1-3 in Montpelier Arts Center’s Library Gallery. Nash invites the viewer to return to her exhibition throughout April and May to see different things at each viewing.

Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

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Resident Artist Gallery: LESS IS MORE by Judith Kornett
Dates: April 30 – May 22, 2016
Reception: Sunday, May 15, 2-4 pm
The title of this exhibition, LESS IS MORE, is reflective of Judith Kornett’s intention to create sculptures that are fewer in number but deeper in content. Thematically the pieces in this show express the belief that less violence will create a more peaceful world. Kornett has invited others to create small works of art to be included in an installation that will be the exhibition’s titular piece. Proceeds from the sale of this installation, or parts thereof, will be donated directly to organizations or services that offer aid to victims of violence, including Tewa Women United (a Native American Women’s Organization that deals with domestic violence on the San Ildephonso Pueblo in New Mexico), Wounded Warriors, and Black Lives Matter. Join Kornett and her artistic collaborators for a special reception on Sunday, May 15, 2-4 pm. LESS IS MORE will be on view in the Resident Artist Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center April 30 – May 22, 2016.

Gallery Hours:

  • Sunday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD.

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