Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Exhibitions

Gallery Hours: 10 am-5 pm, seven days a week.

January 9 – February 28, 2016 Reception: Saturday, February 6, 1-3 pm
Black History Month Exhibition | Narratives in Black Identity: Antonio McAfee, Stephen Towns, and Tiffany Jones

Main & Resident Artist Galleries

Montpelier Arts Center is proud to honor Black History Month through this exhibition celebrating African American heritage and identity. Antonio McAfee, Tiffany Jones, and Stephen Towns share their insights about identity through the media of painting and photography. Using historic photos, personal journeys, and portraits, these Baltimore-based artists help the viewer understand the importance of history and identity in contemporary times.

January 9 – February 28, 2016 Reception: Saturday, February 6, 1-3 pm
"Re-Invention" by Winston Harris

Library Gallery

By combining printmaking techniques, digital manipulation, hand-colored processes, and recycled past artwork, Winston Harris seeks to produce images that provoke and promote self-awareness and spiritual enlightenment.

He invites the viewer to consider a variety of themes: how American Jazz might look as visual sound; the unification of different ethnicities; celebrations of commemorative events in American history, especially significant to African American history and culture; and the harmony between nature and spirituality.

In Re-Invention, Harris hopes to promote, motivate, inspire, and educate participants with unique opportunities from both an academic and professional direction.

March 6-28, 2016 Reception: Sunday, March 6, 2-4 pm
47th Annual Laurel Art Guild Juried Exhibition

Main Gallery

Organized by the Laurel Art Guild, this annual exhibit is juried by a regional professional and showcases works by artists ages 18 & older who live in the Washington metropolitan area, and includes paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, collages, and more.

March 10-28, 2016, 10 am-5 pm Reception & Award Ceremony: Saturday, March 12, 1-3 pm
Fourth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition

Fourth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen ExhibitionLibrary & Resident Artist Gallery

Montpelier Arts Center strives to foster a positive, creative environment in which young and emerging artists realize their full potential as creative individuals.

In honor of National Youth Art Month, Montpelier spotlights teens (ages 13-18) in the Washington metropolitan area and their talents in the visual arts. To apply, go to montpelierartscenter.submittable.com.

Deadline for online submissions: Friday, January 15, 2016, 11:59 pm. For more information, contact staff at montpelier.arts@pgparks.com or (301) 377-7800 for a prospectus.

Image: "Emidee" by Emily Dobbs, First Place Winner of the Third Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition, 2015

April 3 – 24, 2016 Reception: Saturday, April 9, 1-3 pm
Irene Sylvester

Irene SylvesterResident Artist Gallery

Irene Sylvester continues her exploration of the planets with multimedia abstractions of Deep Space.

April 9 – May 29, 2016 Reception: Saturday, April 9, 1-3 pm
Cianne Fragione and Seth Adelsberger

Cianne Fragione and Seth AdelsbergerMain Gallery

Cianne Fragione and Seth Adelsberger push the limits of their respective media to reveal the immediacy and spontaneity involved in the creative process.

Using paint, textiles, paper, and assemblage, Fragione creates work that combines three narrative elements: her childhood growing up in an Italian immigrant neighborhood in Connecticut, her previous dance career in ballet and jazz, and her visual art training in the San Francisco Bay Area during the beat and funk movement.

Baltimore-based artist Seth Adelsberger questions traditional notions of painting and printmaking through the use of unusual materials and rearrangement of the standard steps in artmaking.

"[Adelsberger’s] work is very strong visually and aesthetically. His paintings really grab your eye. But they're also very interesting conceptually and historically. They relate back to artworks done in the late 1950s and 1960s by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Frank Stella, and that gives what Seth is doing a lot of heft." ---Kristen Hileman, Curator of Contemporary Art, Baltimore Museum of Art

Images by Seth Adelsberger (left) and Cianne Fragione (right)


April 9 – May 29, 2016 Reception: Saturday, April 9, 1-3 pm
Dominie Nash

Dominie NashLibrary Gallery

Working in a collage-like manner, Dominie Nash builds up layers of fabric to create a sense of mystery and depth.

Paying special attention to the coloring and patterning of fabrics, the uneven and serendipitous results contribute to the spontaneity and expressiveness of the work, even though the composition may be planned in advance.

Using both abstract and representational forms, Nash invites the viewer to return and see different things at each viewing.

April 30 – May 22, 2016 Reception: Sunday, May 15, 2-4 pm
"LESS IS MORE" by Judith Kornett

"LESS IS MORE" by Judith KornettResident Artist Gallery

The title of this exhibition, "LESS IS MORE," is reflective of Judith Kornett’s intention to create sculptures that are fewer in number but deeper in content.

Thematically the pieces in this show express the belief that less violence will create a more peaceful world. Kornett has invited others to create small works of art to be included in an installation that will be the exhibition’s titular piece.

Proceeds from the sale of this installation, or parts thereof will be donated directly to organizations or services that offer aid to victims of violence.

May 29 – June 26, 2016 Reception: Friday, June 10, 7-9 pm
Melissa Burley

Melissa BurleyMelissa Burley combines recycled items that may include metal, glass blocks containing colored water, test tubes, furniture parts, lab glass and bottles, automobile and bicycle components and then illuminates them with halogen or LED lighting.

The ultimate goal of her work is to elevate both man-made and recycled materials to a level that suggests that there is beauty in life after death and open the eyes of others to consider his or her role in the preservation of our earth.

June 10 – July 31, 2016 Reception: Friday, June 10, 7-9 pm
Kevin Rohde

Kevin RohdeLibrary Gallery

In this body of work composed of ceramic figurative sculptures, Kevin Rohde examines our relationship with clothing, and its use as a symbol to question ideas of consumerism, classicism, and societal development.

The similarities between the fiber of fabric and the fiber of muscle blur and become interchangeable, questioning our relationship to the natural world. Darkness, humor, and hope all play their part to express a truth of our culture.

June 10 – July 31, 2016 Reception: Friday, June 10, 7-9 pm
35th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition: Spatial Interpretation

Main Gallery

Various artists are invited to create site specific installation work in response to the gallery space.