Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9 from 1pm to 3pm
Be part of the art! In this interactive exhibit by Martha Spak and Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg visitors are invited leave their mark. There are two ways to participate. One is to submit a line drawing photo of yourself by using the “Sketch Me!” app (see attachment for sharable instructions). All images sent to the museum will be included in a giant community mural. Museum visitors can also participate by coloring a communal mural made up of black and white images of iconic locations in and around Sandy Spring. This visual dialogue invites visitors to explore the artist that resides in each of us and illustrate their unique place in the Sandy Spring community.
Through these activities and two galleries of paintings and sculptures, the artists explore the interwoven quality of the community in this multi-dimensional exhibit. Their works are intended to remind us of the complexity within each of us and the unity that is achieved as we knit ourselves into a larger organism – our surrounding community.
About the Artists
Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg
Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg is a Washington, DC area sculptor dedicated to using the visual language of art in this era when words go unheard. Her work gently demands to be heard and with each project, her work grows louder. One of her sculptures on display in this exhibit, will be a large-scale hand that is open in a gesture of letting go and releasing what was held. The hand will be covered with white plaster and layered over with images or articles that were copied from Sandy Spring Museum’s historical archive. These images or articles will reference the history of the Sandy Spring community, primarily focusing on the Quaker roots, manumitted slaves, and other aspects of early development of the area.
Martha Spak is a self-taught artist best known for her ethereal landscape paintings and abstract paintings. With her unique painting style and passion for art expanded, she was invited to teach landscape painting at Glen Echo Park where she taught painting for several years and also workshops along the east coast. Her work is in private and corporate collections including US Congress. Through distribution channels, Martha’s work has appeared in movie sets and television series’ including the Netflix series “House of Cards.”
The Sandy Spring Museum is located at 17901 Bentley Road Sandy Spring, MD. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-774-0022.