MFA @ Hospice of the Chesapeake

MFA offers our artist members the opportunity to exhibit at Gallery 90, a unique partnership created in 2013 between Hospice of the Chesapeake and Maryland Federation of Art, which is designed to assist in creating a harmonious work environment for the staff and volunteers as they care for hospice patients and their families, and to demonstrate how artists are integral members of our communities.

This exhibition will be available to view online and the art on display will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Hospice of the Chesapeake and Maryland Federation of Art. Work may be purchased by calling MFA at 410-268-4566.

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Now exhibiting at Hospice of the Chesapeake through October 2023:

Gloria Tseng Fischer and Mike McSorley


Gloria Tseng Fischer

Artist Bio

Gloria Tseng Fischer is a local artist. Her earliest and fondest memory is of her mom’s hand sketching, demonstrating “How to Paint an Elephant” while explaining its physical attributes. During high school, she discovered a love for visual editing, when cutting mats for school exhibitions. Gloria studied architecture and during her studies, kept a sketch log of the built environment. In recording the IMMEDITATE impressions of her surroundings, she employed a technique of visual editing where portions of her subject matter is left to the viewer to complete. Gloria’s watercolors reflect this approach of leaving out the “paint” and challenging the viewer to fill in the blanks. The white of the paper is the background and the chiaroscuro of the painting. Gloria’s compositions reflect her desire to challenge the viewer.

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Mike McSorley

Artist Bio

Mike stared art making at a young age. He drew and sculpted people and animals from imagination. In high school he focused on art, taking a 2-period class for seniors. His main interest was sculpture. A college class led him to painting, where he concentrated on painting from life: Still-Lifes, Landscapes and Figures.
Mike’s work has been shown in regional and national shows, a handful of solo shows and has won some awards. He was awarded three Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program Grants by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (years 2020, 2021, 2022). In 2019 he was accepted as a Torpedo Factory Art Center Eligible Artist. His piece Eckington Korner was acquired for The Washingtonia Collection through the DC Creates! Public Art Program in 2016 and Along the Patuxent was acquired for the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies in 2022.
He has won 2 First Place awards at Plein-Air festivals in Berlin, MD (2016) and Falls Church, VA (2017).
Mike has had solo exhibits at The Arts Club of Washington DC (2022), the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, the Hill Center in Washington, DC (2019); The Art League Gallery in Alexandria (2018); the 43rd Street Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. (2014) and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA. (2014). Along with a group showing at the Brentwood Arts Exchange (2021). The piece Possessions was created for the Westmoreland Museum’s Peddling Personalities exhibit. Another piece, In the Kitchen was made for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Verse Envisioned: Poems from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the works of art they have inspired. A Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts occurred in 2015.

Mike recently moved to Milford, Delaware, with his wife.

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Artist Statement

My paintings reflect my childhood fascination with the visual world. At the age of 8, I was taking photos with an old film camera. My pictures of bicycle wheels, sewage pumps and other inane objects vexed my parents but predicted my future creative production. I developed a sensitivity for the mundane. Bored with school, I filled the margins of my notebooks, turning circles into spheres, creating 3 dimensional objects from any shape or printed word. Attributing personality and life to all subjects matured into an empathy for them which pervades my current work. Every subject has a spirit. There is a spark of the designer within it.
In the process of painting something, I am respecting that fire of creativity, while giving the painting
its own artistic force.
The subject is painted and repainted. Changes occur. Time lapses. I paint over the subject and make changes. Prior elements may remain as a memory or shadow. The painting becomes active. Through my process of scraping, wiping, and repainting the image, I find the life that the subject possesses. This creation, destruction, and evolution leads to the finished piece. The prior images may remain or be obscured, but the remnants are there. It is an analogy for life, scarred but surviving.
My process has been augmented with color theory, atmosphere, edge quality and experimentation.
Sometimes the image is drawn using graphite and brushed around with thinner. The background color is blocked in, pulling the graphite into the paint, and using it to darken and tone down the edges. This layer is thin, and the ground of the board can reflect through. This increases the intensity of the color and by brushing, scraping, and rubbing, the color can be accented.
I am constantly learning and experimenting.

Gloria and Mike’s work is on display at the Hospice of the Chesapeake Offices. The exhibition is not open to the public, but may be viewed online.