Montpelier/South Laurel: Myriad of mixed media works await at arts center

There are currently three excellent exhibits at the Montpelier Arts Center. Cedric Williams, whose works are shown in the Library Gallery, has created mixed media abstractions using photographs and natural materials to depict changes in abandoned buildings and structures as they decay and the natural environment once again predominates. Of particular interest in this exhibit are photos and materials from World War II structures along the Delaware coast.

In the Main Gallery, works by the fine arts faculty of Bowie State University are on display. Phaedra Byrd, Clayton Lang, Gina Lewis, Clark Mester, Yanique Moore, Natalie Thomas-Wade, Doreen Vernon and Robert Ward present a wonderful mix of photography, mixed media, painting and printmaking, sculpture, fashion design, graphic design and illustration.

Artist Steven Williams shows a collection of surrealist art in the Resident Artist Gallery. Williams uses found objects and acrylics and certainly causes the viewer to stop and ponder the "meaning" of what he has created.

On Wednesday, Nov 14, Montpelier Mansion will be the site of a lecture by Gloria Allen, author of "A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery, 1738-1860." Her topic will be 18th- and 19th-century samplers. She will also discuss her new book, "Columbia's Daughters: Girlhood Embroidery from the District of Columbia," and will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the mansion. Admission is free for this event, which is targeted for ages 12 and up. Call 301-377-7817 for more information.

It is not too early to think about purchasing tickets for the candlelight tours at Montpelier Mansion, which will take place Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 between 6 and 9 p.m. The mansion will be decorated in a traditional holiday manner by local garden clubs. Festive music and candlelight will add to the holiday atmosphere. Tickets for the tours are $3 for adults, $1 for those ages 6 to 18, and free for ages 5 and under. Call 301-377-7817 to purchase.

Our community thankfully escaped the full fury of Superstorm Sandy, yet the effects of the storm were certainly felt. In the midst of the wind and rain, the funeral of longtime (40 years) Bedford resident, retired Army Lt. Col. Ed Ford, was held on Oct. 30 at St. Nicholas Church. Ed's funeral had been scheduled for this time, two months after his passing, to coordinate with his military burial in Arlington Cemetery. Ed's relatives came from as far away as New Zealand to honor him. Although the funeral Mass was held and provided a wonderful opportunity for his neighbors to gather with his relatives, the burial could not take place as scheduled as the cemetery was closed because of the storm. Such was the way Sandy affected those from half a world away. But no storm could stop the outpouring of love and respect for our dear friend and relative.

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