Spring 2023 at Montpelier Arts Center

By East City Art Editorial Team on March 27, 2023

Sat, April 1 2023 — Sun, May 28 2023

Courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

Spring 2023 at Montpelier Arts Center is opening with three new exhibitions in April for all ages. Mid-Atlantic teen artists get to shine in the Main Gallery with Artist on the Rise. Maggie Gourlay gives illumination of the environment with Wallpapers for a Warming World in the Library Gallery. Julie Polt enlightens with the philosophical reminder of the fragility of life with Momento Mori in the Residential artist Gallery.

Eleventh Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition
April  4 – April 30, 2023
Public Reception: Saturday, April 15, 2023, 1–3 pm
Montpelier Arts Center strives to foster a positive, creative environment in which young and emerging artists realize their full potential as creative individuals. Every year, from the winning results of a juried competition, Montpelier spotlights the talents of teen visual artists, ages 13-18, from the Washington metropolitan area. Come see the artist of tomorrow, today… The Artist On The Rise!

Maggie Gourlay: Wallpapers For A Warming World
April 8-May 28, 2023
Public Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2-4 pm
At the intersection of the natural world and domestic space, Maggie Gourlay juxtaposes the built world against the natural environment. In her exhibition titled Wallpapers for a Warming World, the assumption that we are separate and immune from the events shaping our natural environment is questioned. Gourlay creates wallpaper patterns that take a nuanced look at our environmental complacency through the lenses of the beautification of domestic spaces versus decreasing biodiversity and the negative effects towards which we are marching.

Julie Polt: Momento Mori
April 1-May 14, 2023
Public Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2-4 pm
Memento mori is Latin for “remember that you have to die.” This concept has been studied by philosophers and artists throughout history. Polt seeks to explore this concept in her latest work from a perspective of remembering our mortality, allowing ourselves to focus on the preciousness and fragility of life, and seek out what is important each day.

Montpelier Arts Center is open daily to the public 10 am to 5 pm.

Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD. For more information about Montpelier, please call 301-377-7800 or find them on the web at arts.pgparks.com