Gallery Openings and Events

Montpelier Arts Center Presents Abdi Darai, Richard Paul Weiblinger and Linda Bernard & Roslyn Logsdon

Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

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Reception: Friday, September 11 from 7pm to 9pm

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Meet the artists this Friday evening at Montpelier Arts Center’s free public reception. Be amazed at the mathematical artistry of Abdi Darai, the dream-like photography of Richard Paul Weiblinger, and textured creations in clay and fiber from long-time friends, resident artists, and instructors, Linda Bernard and Roslyn Logsdon.

Main Gallery
Chaotic Attractors: Fractal Art of Abdi Darai
On view: September 11 – November 1, 2015
Abdi Darai combines worlds of geometric constructions, art, and multi-layered structures of nature. By exploring non-linear transformations of iterated function systems (IFS), Darai renders beautiful and mysterious images that emerge from dark spaces. These hidden chaotic worlds are revealed through fractional dimensions that exist alongside us unseen, but real, nevertheless.

Designing fractals both as a passion and a scientific pursuit, Darai has been working on them continuously for over twenty years. In designing these images, he develops a coded script which includes variations of transcendental mathematical functions that he inputs into fractal software to generate triangles and their displacements. These triangles are then transformed repeatedly using rotations, translations, and contractions to create multiple layers resulting in IFS fractal images. At this point, Darai selects compositions that have some personal meaning to him and begins injecting them with colors from his own photographs of nature. Using varying gradients of natural hues, he creates a palette that produces a symmetry of color in the final composition. More recently he’s used the palette from famous paintings, preferring the bold tones of Picasso (his Rose Period), Gauguin, and especially Kandinsky. Lastly, the rendered images are printed in acrylic or aluminum infusion medium—as he favors the shiny surface—at 24″ x 20″ and larger dimensions. An associate professor of mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia, Darai maintains that he is a scientist, and not an artist. However, his keen eye for color, texture, and rhythm in the creation of these worlds, may just prove otherwise.

Library Gallery
Unique Visions by Richard Paul Weiblinger
September 11 – November 1, 2015
Richard Paul Weiblinger is an accomplished award winning self-taught photographer. His photographs capture the ever changing moments of our world with a strong emphasis on color. Residing in suburban Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., Weiblinger was one of the winners of the Library Gallery Competition for the 2015-2016 season at Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD.

Through his photographs, Weiblinger reveals a passion for exploring our world by transforming everyday views and objects into art. Preferring subjects that lead to images with chromatic strength, he uses creative and natural lighting to not only illuminate his subjects but also to give them a dream-like, surreal quality that speaks of their subtle elegance. Favorite subjects include vibrant flowers, still lifes, maritime images, and landscapes. His close-up images are created using a shallow and selective depth of field. Recently, he has begun using a relatively new post processing technique called HDR (High Dynamic Range) to further explore this interaction. His hope is that each person will view his photographs a little differently and find a new appreciation of the world around them.

Resident Artist Gallery
Come Together by Linda Bernard & Roslyn Logsdon
September 4 – 27, 2015
For many years, Linda Bernard and Roslyn Logsdon have come together as artists and friends. They have exhibited together at the Montpelier Arts Center where they both have studios and teach. In previous exhibits-Windows, Structures, Surfaces-they have picked themes that were explored in their different mediums-clay and fiber.

Linda’s explorations for this exhibition are spherical forms and visual textures of under glazes applied onto her sculptural pieces. Her love of fabric is translated onto other pieces with impressions and under glazes that are reminiscent of patchwork quilts.

Roslyn has continued her interest in Gothic arches-forming towering structures in various color studies. In other hooked wall hangings, her people are gathered in groups having lunch, tea, or wine. Another path her work has taken is an abstract study of trees.

Stop by the Resident Artist Gallery throughout the month of September to view their work and then visit them in their studios.

Gallery Hours:

  • Sunday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm

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

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