Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Gallery Openings and Events

September Gallery Events at BlackRock Center for the Arts

Images, clockwise from top left: Brenda Kidera, Matilda, oil; Michael Cohen Holdahl, Vase, porcelain; Penny McCrea, Confluence, Potomac and Monocacy Rivers, pastel; Eun Ju Lee, Screen Door Series pendant, sterling silver, colored beads; David Therriault, Ripple in Time limestone; Claire Howard, Sunday Morning on the Potomac, oil’ Art of Fire, silver leaf vases; Jennifer Hamilton, Pitcher, stoneware; Cynthia Jennings, Sugarloaf Spring Mist, pastel; Dalis Davidson, Shawl, wool and silk fiber with mixed media.

Currently on view through October 28, 2017.

Farm to Gallery: The Countryside Artisans
A group exhibition by the Countryside Artisans collective celebrates the Farming Heritage and Rural Landscape of the Agricultural Reserve near their studios, workshops and farms.

Community Art Day: From the Countryside: Saturday, September 23 from 11am to 2pm | FREE
Drop-in for artist demonstrations, hands-on art making activities, and tours of the exhibit

Celebrating the agricultural heritage and rural landscape of our region, the Farm to Gallery exhibit highlights the work of the Countryside Artisans, a collective of visual artists, fine craft artisans, and makers whose studios, workshops, and farms are located in or near Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. The exhibit features works of fiber art, ceramics, hand blown glass, metalwork, sculpture, drawings, paintings, and photography by members of the Countryside Artisans. Exhibiting artists include Lori Baker, Tina Thieme Brown, Dalis Davidson, Bruce Ferguson, Susana Garten, Vernon Griffin, Jennifer Hamilton, Todd Hansen, Foster Holcombe, Michael Cohen Holdahl, Claire Howard, Cynthia Jennings, Patricia Kessler, Brenda Kidera, Eun Ju Lee, Bonny Lundy, Penny McCrea, Orlando Morales, Kristen Morrison, Laurie Niswander, Susan Due Pearcy, Linda Phillips, Josh Ries, David Therriault, Bev Thoms, and Robin Ziek.

BlackRock will host a free Community Art Day: From the Countryside event for all ages on Saturday, September 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. offering drop-in activities including demonstrations by professional artists who are members of the Countryside Artisans, hands-on art making activities, and tours of the exhibit. Unique to this exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to visit exhibiting artists and tour their studios, workshops, and farms during the Countryside Artisans Fall Tour on October 13, 14, and 15 when designated studios will be open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. For more information about the tour and the Countryside Artisans, visit: www.countrysideartisans.com

Images, clockwise from top left: Andrea Uravitch, Gliding Lizard detail, Green Spotted Frog and Leaf detail, Edge of the Garden detail, Wall Walker, and Grayling detail, mixed media.

Andrea Uravitch: Land, Sea, and Air
A solo show by artist Andrea Uravitch explores the natural world in mixed media sculptures. Companion exhibit of fiber works in response to a challenge to focus on climate change.

Exploring themes from the natural world, Andrea Uravitch creates mixed media sculptures of mammals, insects, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians often integrating vegetation and other elements from their habitat. Through careful research, the artist studies her subjects before translating the forms, patterns, colors and textures she observes to construct exquisitely crafted animals using clay, steel, fiber, paper and other materials. In her solo exhibition Land, Sea, and Air, Uravitch combines individual sculptural works in tableaus and installations intended to immerse the viewer and encourage contemplation of our relationship to and responsibility for preserving the environment. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Uravitch earned a BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art where she majored in fiber with minors in textile design and ceramics. The award-winning artist has exhibited her work regionally, nationally and internationally in galleries and museums which include the Textile Museum and Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC. A long-time resident of Virginia, Uravitch maintains her studio practice in Falls Church, Virginia. To learn more about the artist, visit: www.andreauravitch.net

Featured in a companion exhibit is a series by members of the New Image Artists group who were challenged by Andrea Uravitch to create fiber works emphasizing awareness of how land, sea and air are impacted by climate change. Participating artists include B.J. Adams, Mary Beth Bellah, Jeanne Benson, Linda Colsh, Joan Dreyer, Candace Edgerley, Catherine Kleeman, Dominie Nash, and Saaraliisa Ylitalo with selections made by curator Trudi Van Dyke. To learn more about the New Image Artists, a juried group of contemporary fiber artists, visit: www.newimageartists.com

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm

BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.


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