Member News August 2

By August 2, 2015 Uncategorized

See what MFA Members are doing in other locations to make the world more creative. MFA is highlighting Members’ event and exhibitions on our Blog so the world can follow us. Subscribe to the blog by entering your email in the right sidebar. Check back on a weekly basis for new exciting art events

MFA Member Anne Sieling

Anne has a pastel piece on display at Quiet Waters Park’s “Pastel Viewpoints” exhibition.

MFA Member Wil Scott

Wil’s photo, “Capturing a Shadow”, is in the exhibition “Still” at the A. Smith Gallery in Johnson City, TX. The exhibiton runs from Augst 14-September 27. In addition, Wil’s piece “Trapped” is on exhibition from September 4-30 at the Southeast Center for Photography in Greenville SC in the exhibition titled “Black, White, and Everything In Between”.

MFA Member Desiree Scherini

Desiree’s piece “Norfolk Harbor” has been awarded 2nd place in the painting category in the Annapolis Arts Allience 4th annual Juried Show. The exhibition is on display now through August at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Scherini will also be participating in the 3rd Annual Summer Plein Air Show and Paint Out at Crystal Moll Gallery. The exhibition runs from August 5 to September 25 with a reception on August 8th from 4-7 pm.

MFA Member c.l. bigelow has a solo exhibition currently on display at Maryland Hall’s Martino Gallery. The show, titled “Reflection” is on display until August 31st. There will be a reception on Thursday, July 23rd from 5:30 – 7 pm during Open Studio Night when all Artists in Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will have their studios open to meet the public.

MFA Member Patrice Drago

Patrice  has work on display at Annapolis Collection Gallery, 55 West Street

MFA Member Kellee Wynne Conrad has a solo exhibition at Jordan Faye Contemporary and is the first of their Thrive artists  to participate in the Residency Program. There will be an opening reception Friday, July 31 from 7 – 10 pm. The show, titled “pen*ti*men*to” runs July 31st – September 5, 2015.


MFA Members at West Annapolis Artworks and Fine Framing

“Colors of Summer”: West Annapolis Artworks presents an exhibit of art curated by Patrice Drago. This show creates a vibrant array of summer-themed words by well-known local and regional artists such as MFA Members David Diaz, Wil Scott, Gail Higginbotham, Patrice Drago, Maureen Farrell, Kellee Conrad, Lynn Mehta, Janna Zuber, Jennifer Wilkinson Rynbrandt, Carolyn Councell, Nichole Leavy and a host of local artists. This exhibit opened June 1, and will remain on view through August 24.

MFA Members juried by National Gallery of Art Curator:

MFA Members Christopher Fowler, Wil Scott, Richard Weiblinger, and Richard Niewerth are pleased to announce that their pieces have been included in a juried exhibition at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC. The opening reception will be held on June 25th from 6:00PM-8:00PM and the exhibition will be on display through September 29th.

Update: out of all 100 works accepted, photos by Chris and Richard were hung next to each other!

MFA Member Ric Conn will be teaching two classes at Maryland Hall this fall: Painting Birds in Gouache (September 19-October 23, Fridays from 1-3pm) and Advanced Painting Birds in Gouache (September 19-October 23, Fridays from 10am-12pm). Contact or 410-263-5544 to register

MFA Member Steve Ember has a show at Quiet Waters Park entitled ‘Scapes by Steve Ember. The opening reception is Sunday, July 12th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and park admission is waved for those attending. Click here to read Steve’s blog post about ‘Scapes.


MFA Member Deborah Kommalan will be participating in Annapolis Art Walk. She has been selected to be the Featured Artist at McBride Gallery. August 20, from 5-9pm.

MFA Member Richard Niewerth has artwork in the BWI Reflections show on display July 17Oct. 30.


MFA Member April Rimpo’s solo exhibit, Modes of Transportation is opening at Glenview Mansion on August 2 with a reception from 1:30-3:30pm. The exhibit runs through August 21st. Glenview Mansion is at 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville MD 20851. Hours are MWF 9am-4:30pm, TuTh 9am-9pm.


Best of the Bay Photo Contest

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is hosting a photo contest in which three winners will be awarded and other entrees are considered for their 2016 calender. Submissions are through August 15th and winners are announced September 1st. For more info/rules for entry visit

Call for Artists: Gallery B

The Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announce the “Call for Artists” for visual artists interested in renting Gallery B in 2016.  Gallery B is located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, in downtown Bethesda

Artists and art curators interested in showing their work at Gallery B from January 2015 – December 2015 should visit for more information and the application for consideration.  The cost to rent the gallery is $1,200 for a month-long exhibition.  Deadline for application and image submission is Monday, August 3, 2015.  The gallery does not take a commission on any work that is sold.

If you have any questions, please let me know. The application can be found online here. Please pass it along to those who might be interested in exhibiting.

Seeking Visual Artists for After-School Classes

The Performing and Visual Arts Magnet of Anne Arundel County Public Schools is seeking visual artists to teach extended day/after school classes this fall. Contact for more information.

Call for Artists: Arc Gallery

An upcoming exhibition titled “Secret” at the Arc Gallery in San Francisco, CA is looking for artists to submit work by September 13, 2015. For information on the juror, venue, and exhibition, click here.

Call for Artists: Gallery 333 Gallery 333 has openings for 2 month shows Nov/Dec 2015 and most slots of 2016. They are seeking 30-40 2d works, any media, wired for walker hanging systems. Send images representative of work to Deb Boudra at The gallery takes 20% commission for UUCA and its supported programs (Lighthouse Shelter & Habitat). Also seeking 3D work of all types. The glass case is counter height, lit, and 5 ft wide with adjustable shelves.

Call for Artists: The Artist’s Gallery of Columbia

Their show “Local Color” is coming up and they are looking for submissions by July 30. A prospectus is shown below. Gallery 3976 is located in the Annapolis Design District has 11 studio spaces available. Each space is 250sf with walls, open ceilings and locking doors. You can learn more about Gallery 3976 at or

Call for Artists: Gallery Unicorn

Fist annual juried art exhibit at the Gallery Unicorn, located at the Towson UU Church. Visual artists asked to submit 2 JPEG (4′ x 4′) pieces with water related themes by August 15th, 2015. Forward images to For more information call 410-825-6045.

Call for Artists: RiverArts Plien Air Artists and Photographers

Chestertown RiverArts is hosting RiverFest Saturday, September 26 and is looking for artists to participate for prizes. More info can be found on their website.

Call for Artists: 2015 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association would like to announce the 2016 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Cover Art Competition, featuring a grand prize of $1000 and up to four $100 honorary mention awards. The deadline for submissions is November 1st, 2015. For rules and more information check out their website at

Call for Artists: RiverArts August Exhibition

RiverArts invites you to submit your work for a multimedia show. Artists or groups are asked to submit up to two works which may be displayed in the RiverArts Gallery. All artwork must be for sale. Because of the unusual formats being sought for the show, RiverArts is asking artists to communicate interest early so that requirements for displays can be arranged. August 7th-29th, 2015 in the main RiverArts gallery in Chestertown. The opening reception will be Friday August 7th, from 5-8 pm. Drop off for submissions is Sunday, August 2 from 1-3 p.m. and Monday, August 3 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Email if you have questions or concerns and click here to register.

Call for Artists: RiverArts September Juried Fine Craft Show

RiverArts’ first juried fine arts and craft show will be on display September 4-25. The curators are seeking the best of American craft in quality and design, including ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts, glass and wood, etc. Interested artists must submit photos and complete the entry form by July 31. For more information and to apply click here.

Call for Artists: Collection Beaux-Arts Realist

The Collection Beaux-Arts Realist launches its second watercolor contest. The contest is open from July 1 to September 15 2015. For more information and to register click here (Top right for the English translation).

Call for Artists: Lets Help Kids “Auction for Happiness

Paintings, ceramics, sculptures, photography, and glass is all being called for an Auction for Happiness, where 100% of the proceeds go to spreading happiness among children in need. Contact for more information. Submissions are due by August 1st with the auction/reception on Saturday, August 29th.

Call for Artists: Creating Connections (Women only)As an extension of MAP’s annual IMPRINT Project, MAP is working with CyberPoint to offer a unique opportunity to female visual artists of the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Collectively, MAP and CyberPoint wish to commission and license the image of a new work of art which will be reproduced in a limited edition and presented to the guests of CyberPoint’s Women in Cyber Security reception on November 19, 2015.
The selected artist will receive a $750 Cash Award, increased visibility of artist’s name and artwork through press announcements and be highlighted on MAP and Cyberpoint’s websites.
Download the full application and guidelines here.

Maryland Hall: Art Alive Gala Fundraiser and Silent Auction

Maryland Hall’s biggest fundraising event is coming up! September 11th is their annual Gala and silent auction and they need you to contribute. If you wish to donate your pieces please fill out the Arts Alive Silent Auction Donation Form and return at your earliest convenience with gift certificates, promotional brochures and any other materials to Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD  21401. Tangible donations are due by Friday, September 4th.

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