November 2019 Exhibitions at the Artists’ Gallery

By Editorial Team on October 29, 2019

Fri, 01 November 2019 - Sat, 30 November 2019

Leave the Bottle by Don Coomes. Courtesy of the artist.
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2 from 5pm to 9pm

This is the second exhibition of paintings by Don Coomes since his joining The Artists Gallery (TAG) in 2017. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Louisville School of Art in 1974 and subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1982.

His work is non-objective and relies heavily on obtaining a final image through a process involving the use of color as well as texture that results from brush strokes or marks that are applied by hand to the painting surface. Texture is achieved largely through the brush marks, which distribute the paint applied unevenly. The colors used in the paintings are normally not predetermined; instead the artist bases his color choices in response to the color(s) that already sit on the painting surface.

Don has used this process for a number of years and credits painters such as Mark Tobey, Milton Resnick, and Agnes Martin (to name a very few) in enabling his manner of creating art.

“Outside & In” is the title of Tom Ritchie’s November exhibition at TAG. Primarily a plein air painter, he completes most of his quick, painterly sketches in less than 2 hours. The results are bold, decisive small works that are painted on location and show the impact of light on the subject matter. Ritchie also slows down his painting process with the occasional studio meditation, hence the title: “Outside & In.”

TAG will also have a show of new work by other members of the gallery.

Gallery Hours:

  • Friday-Saturday: noon to 9pm
  • Sunday: noon to 5pm

TAG is located at 216 North Market St., Frederick, MD. Learn more at or call 301-696-8187.