Sandy Spring Museum and the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters Present Face to Face: The Evolving Story of Sandy Spring

By Editorial Team on October 16, 2017

Wed, 04 October 2017 - Sat, 18 November 2017

Generations, Joanna Barnum, 2017. Courtesy of Sandy Spring Museum and Maryland Society of Portrait Painters.
Currently on view through Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Sandy Spring Museum partnered with the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters to create Face to Face: The Evolving Story of Sandy Spring, an exhibit that features contemporary and historic portraits and landscapes of the Sandy Spring community. The exhibit will be on display from October 4 – November 18, 2017.

In order to incorporate local history into the exhibit, the members of the Society of Portrait Painters were given the opportunity to draw inspiration from the museum’s photo archives for their paintings and drawings. The museum’s artifact and archival collection illuminates the rich 18th, 19th, and 20th century history of Sandy Spring and environs. The artists used these images to bring history to life and to connect these images to contemporary life.

Artists of the society also sought out local volunteers as portrait models in order to document the present-day history of the community, sometimes painting several generations of the same family. Paintings of local landscapes are also part of the exhibit, for example, those painted en plein air at one of the few remaining sheep farms in the area. Exhibit viewers will experience a visual history of the people, places, and activities of Sandy Spring as portrayed in a variety of styles and media including oil, watercolor, clay, and pastel.


  • Wednesday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Sundays: 10am to 2pm

The Sandy Spring Museum at 17901 Bentley Road Sandy Spring, MD. For more information or to RSVP, email or call 301-774-0022.