Focal Point Photography & Woodturners Opening Reception a Smashing Success

By March 10, 2015 Circle Gallery

Below are thoughts on this weekend’s reception from John Coder – Chair of the Focal Point Exhibition….. photographs by Bob Peterson Focal Point: Fine Art and Photography and Chesapeake Woodturners Reception

John Coder

Focal Point Exhibit Chair John Coder

The reception on Sunday, March 8th, was a knockout success. The MFA staff and volunteers did an amazing job from beginning to end; from advertising the event to managing the receipt of the artwork, to arranging the artwork in the gallery, to setting up the reception and finally to cleaning up the gallery after the last visitor had gone. Yes it was big job. And then thanks to Diane Bolz, the Focal Point juror, for her hard work in selecting those images included in the show. She selected 74 entries out of a total of 605. Joining these with the pieces from the Chesapeake Wood Turners’ work created a magical mix.


Crowds flocked to the opening reception of Focal Point.

It was such a special event. If you were there I think you know what I mean. If not please don’t miss the next one. In spite of the lasting effects of the snow and the St. Patrick’s Day parade traffic the gallery was slammed. I have never seen a crowd quite that large; gregarious, enjoying the broad spectrum of art in these shows and the appetizers and beverages provided by the artists and MFA. At times there was a line literally “out the door.” And on cue, the weather cooperated.


Artist Cam Miller and Focal Point Juror Diane Bolz

This experience made me realize, more than ever, how unique MFA is to the artists and “art lovers“ in Annapolis and beyond. It also reminds me that it takes a very dedicated group of volunteers to make events like this possible. Thanks to all. If you have not yet become a member of MFA please consider joining us. John CoderFocal Point Chair  All MFA’s exhibitions are chaired by volunteers. This was John’s sixth year chairing Focal Point and he had built this into a major photograph exhibition. MFA is very grateful to the many volunteers who keep this organization current and vital. If you are interesting in volunteering at MFA, email us  MFA Circle Gallery is open 11 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week. View or purchase work from Focal Point Exhibition or view the Chesapeake Woodturners’s catalog.

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