The more the art dominated my life and my house, the more the house became a home.” — Burt Reynolds in Architectural Digest, Sept. 1983.
Bringing home a new work of art feels like an accomplishment because the decision is an overt declaration of something that resonates within you. What you bring home and where you place it makes that space yours in a way that no other object can; you may be in love with your sofa but that new artwork hanging over it says “this is me!”
That little tiny sculpture you put on the table in the corner adds a unique energy and catches everyone’s eye. It is your artistry.
This is the month for new and seasoned art collectors to start or add to their collection with high quality, affordable art to be discovered during the most fun events of the year. Go out and meet the artists, and then you will bring home not just art, but an experience.
ArtFarm presents the work of local favorite, Margie Boynton during the month of October. Margie's new show, “Nature's Treasures” features still life paintings of plants and insects with a cozy palette that will have you ready to welcome Fall. Meet the artist at their opening reception during the First Sunday Arts Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
49 West Café’s October exhibit features twenty-four scenes of old cemeteries by photographer Steve Tart. Intrigued by cemeteries he came across during extensive photographic travels, he spent many hours in desolate places capturing scenes of forgotten plots, and discovering obscure cemeteries. “Every image I captured has a story and when I see them now each one is like an old friend.” See this beautiful exhibit through the month of October, and meet this fascinating artist at his reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Maryland Federation of Arts’ Circle Gallery presents two exhibitions as well as the exciting Collector’s Choice fundraiser:
Main Gallery: MFA’s “Fall Member Show” featuring a diverse selection of seasonal artworks runs through Oct. 20. Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. today.
Holley Gallery: “walking on eggshells” runs through Oct. 19 and features art from the Jeffrey Group collective. The pieces explore the feelings and insecurities that may exist within one’s own personal relationships. Viewers are invited to participate by writing down their own secrets and worries and placing them in eggshells at the exhibit. Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
At Volvo Cars Annapolis: MFA’s “Collector’s Choice” is the fun annual event that helps raise funds for the MFA and its programs. All attendees will have the opportunity to go home with one piece of donated art and the chance to win a myriad of prizes. This year is especially important as MFA reaches their 50-year anniversary at Circle Gallery.
Visit the mdfedart.com/collectorschoice/ or call Circle Gallery for tickets and details for the event that occurs from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at Volvo Cars on Busch’s Frontage Road.
Annapolis City Hall presents “Humanity”, an exhibition by 11 local artist members of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, opening tomorrow and running through Nov. 26. Meet the artists at their opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow.
The Annapolis Collection Gallery features select works by Philadelphia native H.M. Saffer who studied art in France and Japan and has built a stellar career in both the music and art industry. His style of painting is a melding of his Oriental and Western influences. While in Paris he leveraged his musical talent performing with notable French stars Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour. Saffer continued his music career in the United States at Warner Brothers Productions where he co-wrote the international hit song, ”Look What They Done To My Song, Ma.”
While at Warner he painted a 40-foot mural in their Madison Avenue headquarters and exhibited his works in the firm's lobby. Meet this distinguished artist and view a large selection of his available oil paintings at a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20.
Jo Fleming Contemporary Art presents “Habitat”, showcasing environmental artwork on paper by Annapolis collage artist Anna Fine Foer. Also on view are new pieces of artisan hardwood furnishings by Gary Stiewing, Oct. 17 through Dec.17. Join them for an artist reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 during the Maryland Avenue Fall Festival, which begins at 10 a.m.
The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College continues the exhibition “Albrecht DÜrer: Master Prints through Oct. 14. The collection of almost 40 works highlights Durer’s influence in design, composition and line, through his engravings and woodcuts.
Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a Sunday afternoon lecture the closing day of the exhibition at 3 p.m. Oct.14. Opening Oct. 24 and running through Dec. 16: “Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children’s Book Illustration” This private collection features over 140 works from 60 artists, including Caldecott winners such as Maurice Sendak, Floyd Cooper, Arnold Label, Garth Williams, Chris Van Allsburg, David Wisniewski, and others. Works are original illustrations in a wide variety of media, such as a crayon drawing of “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss, gouache cartoons of Yogi Bear and Bugs Bunny, and graphite drawings of Snow White and a Wild Thing. Classic tales of “Peter Rabbit,” “Frog and Toad,” "Charlotte’s Web,” "Stuart Little,” “Babar,” “Eloise,” and “Madeline,” and illustrations from a number of the “Little Golden Books,” are also part of the exhibition.
Selected works will be interactive through Augmented Reality (AR), a special app that allows viewers to catch links to interesting facts, film clips, interviews and related information through their cell phones or hand-held devices. The Collectors’ Talk will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7. The exhibition was curated and organized by Lee Cohen and Lois Sarkisian in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions.
McBride Gallery opens a premier event, hosting the 2018 “Oil Painters of America: Eastern Regional Exhibition.” One hundred nineteen (119) oil painters from the United States and Canada are juried into this major exhibition that will run through Nov. 25. This is the second time this national art membership organization brings their prestigious exhibition to Maryland. Cynthia McBride has long supported and featured the art of representational painters and is honored that McBride Gallery was invited to host the Eastern Regional OPA show again this year. OPA is known for high quality paintings by their members.
Special events are open to the public; see gallery website for details and registration:
- Oct. 26: “Plein Air Painting in Annapolis” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Critique at City Dock at 4 p.m. Local artists of all skill levels welcome.
- Oct. 27: Painting Demonstrations by Awards Juror, Kathy Anderson, OPAM, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then John Michael Carter, OPAM, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Oct. 28: Meet the Oil Painters of America artists, reception from 1 to 4 p.m., awards at 2 p.m.
Main St. Gallery will host a show featuring Becky Parrish’s new works that will open Nov. 1 and run through Nov. 25, with an opening reception to meet the artist from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. November 3.
Paul’s Homewood Café opens a new exhibition on Wednesday by MFA member Steve Ember, a true lover or both digital and film photography, on display through Nov. 30. Artist reception TBD.
The Galleries at Quiet Waters Park continues its exhibition of acrylic paintings by Raleigh Schein entitled “Capricious Light,” through Oct. 14. This collection focuses on how light falls over, across and through surfaces in a variety of environments, and the variable, oftentimes quirky, and always changeable aspects of light.
A founding member of WashingtonPost.com, Raleigh spent years involved in the creation and production of commercial art, managing and directing creation and production in ad agencies.
West Annapolis Artworks and Fine Framing presents “Oh the Places we Go!” featuring plein air works created in all kinds of weather – sun, rain, mist, snow, and even in the dark. Paintings from great sights such as Ireland, Scotland, Venice, Florence, Santa Fe and Sonoran Desert are on display by artists David Diaz, Carol Cowie, Jane Knighton, and Georgette Toews, through Nov. 17; artist reception Nov. 9.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts has three exhibitions this month:
Chaney Gallery: “A Way of Life: A Juried Exhibition by the Digital Photography Club of Annapolis” is showcased in the Chaney Gallery. Local photographer Jay Fleming juried the exhibition.
Martino Gallery: Additionally, Jay Fleming has a solo show in the Martino Gallery titled “Working the Water: Photography by Jay Fleming”. Fleming's exhibit includes photographs from his book “Working the Water” and from his forthcoming book “Island Life”, a documentation of life on Smith and Tangier Islands, the only two inhabited islands in the Chesapeake Bay. Both exhibitions are on display through Nov 3.
Openshaw Gallery: “The Soothsayers: 3D Works on Paper by Emily Lombardo” continues through Oct. 14.
“Pip” Moyer Recreation Center Art Gallery presents “Annapolis and Maryland”, a photographic exhibit by Wil Scott, on display through Nov. 30. After a 30-year career as the museum educator at the National Gallery of Art, Will returned to his initial love of photography and has traveled worldwide from Brazil to Japan, taking over 1,000 photographs a month, studied photography, and exhibited his work internationally from to Los Angeles to Budapest.
Patrice Drago is a painter, writer and artist in residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. This column is written in cooperation with the Annapolis Gallery Association. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.patricedrago.com.