MFA offers our artist members the opportunity to exhibit at local restaurants around Annapolis. Currently, we work with Paul’s Homewood Café, a restaurant blending Chesapeake staples with traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
Now exhibiting at Paul’s Homewood Café through October:
Mike McSorley and Marisa Evangelista
Join us at Paul’s on September 15 from 4 – 6 PM for a reception celebrating this show.
Mike started 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.
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.
Marisa Evangelista (b. 1998) was born in Thailand, but for most of her life, she grew up in Maryland, USA. She received her A.A. in Studio/Visual Arts from Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) in Spring 2019. She received a Painting BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in December o2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She has shown her work in Anne Arundel Community College galleries in 2017, 2018, and recently in 2022. At the Maryland Institute College of Art, she has shown in the Lazarus Building in 2019 and the Fox Building in 2020. More recently, she has shown her work in juried exhibitions at Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery and has received a Juror’s Choice Award from Barry Nemett in the Strokes of Genius 2021 Exhibition. She was selected by Dawn Bond to exhibit in AACC’s Women in Art invitational exhibit during Women’s History Month. Marisa also had her piece, The Weight of Tomorrow, selected by jurors as one of five pieces to represent AACC in the 35th Annual League for Innovation Student Art Competition. Her artwork, along with her peer’s work, will be published in a magazine.
One of Marisa’s biggest accomplishments thus far was being selected to be in a two-person show, EntityIdentity, curated by Wilfredo Valladares, in the American Poetry Museum with the artist Wayson R. Jones.
Since I was young, I’ve always been interested in the nuances of human emotions. It fascinates me how furrowed eyebrows can express so much and how someone’s gaze can hint towards underlying tones. This body of work explores how different elements in the paintings can create implied narratives with such nuances. The figures in my work often appear still, almost existing in peace, but the viewer may sense that there is more going on. This feeling could be derived from different elements, such as the direction the figure is looking, how the color is used, how light and shadow are used, and even the title of the painting.
Most of my works are portrait paintings, usually consisting of acrylic or oil paint. I use myself as a model for most of my work because my concepts typically derive from moments that I experience. With that being said, instead of seeing my works as self-portraits, I see myself as a character existing in a painted reality that is evoking certain emotions.
My process starts with a concept. I then take several photos with strong consideration of lighting and composition. I add in props if I find them necessary to what I want to convey. The photos I use act as guides rather than the end goals of my paintings. I always start my paintings from loose to specific. First, I start by sketching a loose form with a brown, usually burnt sienna, and then I find the deeper values and add them in. Sometimes I continue this for a while so that I can focus on values, and other times I may dive straight in with color.
Mike and Marisa’s work is on display at Paul’s Homewood Café located at 919 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401. Open daily.
Now exhibiting at 49 West through September 28:
Angela and Emil Petruncio
Accomplished multimedia MFA artists Emil and Angela Petruncio will be showing their work at 49 West from Aug 4 – Sept 28. Angela earned a Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico and primarily works in mixed media assemblage and collage. She allows the found objects and images in her little poems to tell their own story, inviting viewers to make their own interpretations of the resulting narrative. Angela established and chairs the biennial found object exhibition at Circle Gallery, “Eye of the Beholder.” Emil is a self-taught digital artist and an oceanographer whose work is influenced by his childhood exposure to Ukrainian folk art and Byzantine icons, as well as the symmetry, colors, shapes, and lighting apparent in nature. His work ranges from nature photography to abstract cubist works and colorful mandalas created by manipulating digital photos. Emil is the chair of MFA’s annual all digital media show, “Digital Directions.”
Angela and Emil’s work is on display at 49 West located at 49 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401. Open daily.