The Mount Airy Arts Alliance is looking for submissions for its latest exhibit, "It's a Colorful World We Live In," dedicated to the colors and feelings of autumn. The group is looking for all forms of art, including photographs, acrylics, oils, pastels, prints and quilts, for a juried event to take place next mont. The Mount Airy Arts Alliance was formed in February 2013 by Terri King, who serves as president and director. The Times caught up with King to discuss the gallery, her artwork and the true meaning of fall.
Q: How did the event come about?
A: We try to hold four exhibits a year. Not every year is juried, but we thought we'd do a lightly juried event this year. Fall's coming up, and we thought we could work around it. The pitch is loosely worded for a reason — so we can see a variety of work. Some people are very literal, and some people are not. We try to wrap it in the season if we can. We've done summer exhibits in the past and gotten a great selection of work out of it.
Q: What's the importance of holding these kinds of exhibitions here in Carroll?
A: We are trying to bring art into Mount Airy. We want to help people appreciate art and learn about the value of art. We want them, instead of going to a retail store, to realize that it's so much nicer to have an original piece made by somebody in the community.
Q: Where are your pieces coming from?
A: The pieces are created largely by people in the immediate community, but we have had people coming from as far as Urbana, New Market and, I think, even Damascus. It goes all around the area, and we can teach everyone about the importance of art.
Q: What kind of work do you expect to see in the fall exhibition?
A: With this group of artists, it's all a matter of having them take the theme and run with it and see what we get. They can get really interesting and really wild.
Q: Are there any restrictions for the artists?
A: In the past, we've limited the artists to submitting three pieces, but we've got a place in downtown for the next three months, until January. And we can also utilize the original gallery space at Mount Airy Town Hall, so we can have people bring in more than three if they want, because we can have the artwork overflow into the additional space.
Q: To answer the question personally, what is fall to you?
A: To me, fall is food and the feel of fresh air and crunchy leaves and football. I've taken some photos that I think really capture the feeling of fall that I'm going to be entering. I myself have been challenged by running this organization. I've been teaching myself to do acrylic painting. I'm pushing myself outside of my box to do more abstract work instead of literal, so I've got one or two pieces of abstract paintings that I'll be entering.
Q: Are there any artists that particularly capture the season in your mind?
A: Not particularly. I love trees. One of my favorites, Ansel Adams, did a lot of work with black-and-white photos of trees. I really admire his work and so I really enjoy taking photos of trees. In fact, I started painting pieces of trees. My abstract works include that kind of theme and flavor. I'm actually working on my very first watercolor painting for this project. I really like to enjoy the work of all artists and seeing the things they all bring to the table.
The gallery will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 6 to 27, at 102 S. Main St., Mount Airy, and the Mount Airy Town Hall, 110 S. Main St., Mount Airy, with overflow pieces. Artists must submit their work by Aug. 28, and present the pieces by Sept. 3. Artists also must be available for the gallery opening Sept. 6; they will also be required to volunteer for at least two hours in September during a Saturday exhibition. Submissions are free for alliance members and $5 for nonmembers. The Mount Airy Arts Alliance will collect 10 percent from the sale of any art during the exhibition. For more information, contact Terri King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-305-0191; Millie Reagle at email@example.com; or visit http://www.mountairyartsalliance.org. The Arts Alliance meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Mount Airy Town Hall.
Reach staff writer Jacob deNobel at 410-857-7890 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.