December 2021 Exhibitions at Strathmore Mansion

By Editorial Team on December 6, 2021

Sat, 20 November 2021 - Sat, 08 January 2022

Begoña Morton, Tangerines in Lion Claw Bowl, oil on linen panel, 20″h x 24″w, from the Classic Series.
On view through January 8, 2022.

See three new unique exhibitions featuring miniatures, tablescapes influenced by Spanish and Dutch masters, and watercolor illustrations at Strathmore’s historic Mansion now through January 8, 2022.

“The annual Miniatures exhibition is a Strathmore tradition, and we once again look forward to sharing some of our areas most compelling works of art,” said Lesley Morris, Director of Exhibitions at Strathmore. “Our other two artists on view will take our visitors on a tour around the world with a few familiar pieces that prompt us to slow down and enjoy our everyday lives.”

88TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF FINE ART IN MINIATURE

Active for over 87 years, The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society (MPSGS) of Washington, DC was created by renowned miniaturist Alyn Williams. He first established the Royal Miniature Society in England in 1895 and came to Washington to teach at the Corcoran School of Art. Today more than 700 mini masterpieces in stone, oil, pastel, and print come from countries around the world for MPSGS’ prodigious juried exhibition. From the size of a postcard down to a postage stamp, portraits, still lifes, sculptures, and collages capture the world in miniature. These tiny marvels showcase the ability of the miniaturist to create art that invites viewers to move in for the closest possible look.

PERSPECTIVE: BEGOÑA MORTON

Begoña Morton’s work is informed by a classic art education in her native Barcelona. Inspired by the giants of Spanish painters such as Sorolla, Velazquez, and Picasso, Morton’s still life and tablescape paintings are a mix of angular and cubist forms alongside realistic depictions of fruits, decanters, and goblets. Whether she is exploring shadow, reflection, or surface, Morton creates a composition sensitively balanced between two distinct styles, centuries apart.

Cassically trained as an artist in Spain, Morton’s works reveal a mastery of light, shadow, contrast, color and perspective.  Her signature oil paintings, inspired by still lifes from Spanish and Dutch Masters, are detailed and dramatic.  Morton’s MODERN Series integrates her classic oil paintings, juxtaposing them against acrylic, semi-abstract silhouettes, muted colors and rough drawings, all in the same composition.  Bridging the past with contemporary style, the MODERN Series transitions centuries of art history on one canvas to create a new genre of painting, sophisticated yet understated, classic but modern.

SKETCHBOOK: ELIZABETH GRAEBER (Invitational Gallery)
Elizabeth Graeber’s clients include Warby Parker, Whole Foods, and more. Graeber’s watercolor and gouache illustrations connect viewers to everyday delights and rituals, infusing scenes with warmth and objects with personalities. As she documents familiar shops, books, and encounters, the viewer is allowed time to focus on tiny details that their busy lives do not often allow.

Admission is free.

For full details about each exhibition, visit www.strathmore.org/exhibitions.

About Strathmore

Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts.

All of Strathmore’s facilities are Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited.

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, and facemasks are required to attend any performance or event inside any of its buildings.

Mansion at Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD. For further information or tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.