Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Exhibitions

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

November 5 – December 31, 2016 Public Reception: Friday, November 18, 7-9 pm
"Urban Color" by Susan Stregack and Rollin Fraser

"Urban Color" by Susan Stregack and Rollin FraserLibrary Gallery

When the colors of light combine, a strong white light emerges. Yet, that light cannot exist without its component parts. Susan Stregack and Rollin Fraser have chosen to isolate these parts, sometimes as very small pieces of the whole as they are found in an urban setting. For this photographic duo, Arthur Miller sums it up best in his brilliant play, Death of a Salesman: “…attention must be paid.”

November 6 – December 31, 2016 Public Reception: Friday, November 18, 7-9 pm
Single Lens Reflex-tions Exhibition

Single Lens Reflex-tions ExhibitionThis exhibition features the work of documentary photographers turning the “lens” towards a personal project of their family, surroundings, or themselves. Bill Crandall’s “Fairy Tales from the Fault Lines” project is a dream-like vision of DC neighborhoods through the lens of a native Washingtonian. Away from the monuments, Crandall takes an unexpectedly poetic, personal view of life in the changing urban landscape, especially along the shifting central “fault lines” of a long-divided city. As an immigrant to the United States, Gabriela Bulisova has a complicated relationship with her native Czechoslovakia, returning at least once a year to visit her family in her mother’s hometown; a small village of 800 people in southern Slovakia called Chl’aba. Along the way, she began a very personal project in collaboration with fellow photographer, Mark Isaac, which documents her family’s life and the village around them.

December 3-31, 2016 Public Reception: December 4, 1-3 pm
Annual Holiday Group Show

From sculpture, painting, and printmaking to rug hooking, jewelry, and mixed media, Montpelier Arts Center’s resident artists showcase their work in this group holiday exhibition. Join us December 4th for the reception and our Annual Holiday Open House, then visit the artists in their studios to see where and how they create!

January 23 – February 28, 2017 Public Reception: Sunday, January 29, 2-4 pm
“Shout For Joy”: African American Sacred Music Traditions

Black History Month Exhibition

Main, Library, and Resident Artist Galleries

The 2017 Black History Month exhibition examines the development of sacred music within the African American community. Through the stories behind the creation of spirituals, hymns, and gospel music, this exhibit uncovers the tremendous importance of sacred music in the black community beginning in West Africa and extending to the 21st century. Simultaneously, the exhibit highlights the important contributions made by Prince Georgians in the realm of black sacred music as vocalists, instrumentalists, composers, and more.


March 10-31, 2017 Public Reception & Awards Ceremony: Saturday, March 11, 1-3 pm
Fifth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition

Fifth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen ExhibitionLibrary & Resident Artist Galleries

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.

Image: "Trashy" by Jessica Lee, First Place Winner of the Fourth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition, 2015

March 10 – April 2, 2017 Public Reception: Sunday, March 12, 2-4 pm
48th 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.

April 2 – May 28, 2017 Public Reception: Saturday, April 8, 2-4 pm
Substrates

SubstratesMain Gallery

Artists explore drawing and painting on non-traditional surfaces such as cardboard, fabric, ceramic, and other unique supports.

Image: Sasha Baskin

April 8-30, 2017 Public Reception: Sunday, April 8, 2-4 pm
Barbara Talbott

Barbara TalbottResident Artist Gallery

After 30 years as an advertising photographer, graphic designer and computer illustrator, Talbott brings this experience into her work. While at MICA, she studied the textural works of Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, and Frank Stella. The way these artists handled materials and created work so tactile made a distinct impression. It is the need to replicate the texture and surface of life that propels her to discover new ways to use materials and processes in everything she makes.

Saturday, April 8, 2 pm
Ellen Cornett

Ellen CornettLibrary Gallery

Ellen Cornett’s charcoal and graphite drawings reveal the humorous and serious, often tragic undertones of fairy and folk tales. By using well-recognized sources, she manipulates characters into odd vignettes of conflict, misunderstanding, and relationships gone awry. In addition to these finished pieces, Cornett will create a large charcoal drawing on paper along the gallery wall aligning with other pieces in the show—a little whimsical, a little challenging, and a little dark. Visit her in the gallery to discuss and see the work in progress. She will also be documenting her process with daily reports on her blog and social media.

May 6-28, 2017 Public Reception: Saturday, May 6, 2-4 pm
David Brosch

David BroschDavid Brosch received his BFA from the University of Maryland College Park, where he concentrated in printmaking. Upon graduation, he continued painting and drawing but lacked a facility to enable him to do printmaking. Enrolling in a class at Montpelier Arts Center in the early 90s, he applied for an open space in the printmaking studio. Brosch juried in and has been a resident artist ever since, as well as printmaking teacher at the Arts Center. Several of his students have also continued the tradition, becoming resident artists themselves. Brosch’s preferred methods of printmaking are intaglio and linocut, where the image created on the plate or block is the negative or reverse of the final printed artwork. Brosch enjoys this challenge of “thinking backwards” as well as the experimental process of printmaking. In a world that is becoming increasingly noisy and conflict-filled, Brosch seeks quiet and beauty in the people around him, in his community, and in the places he has visited.

June 3-25, 2017 Public Reception: Friday, June 9, 7-9 pm
Lori Ulmer-Hanson

Lori Ulmer-HansonResident Artist Gallery

Lori Ulmer-Hanson’s exquisite forms exemplify her artistic expression, which evokes strong emotions in art lovers of all genres. Working in a diverse array of media including hand-sculpted raku clay, wood, stone, and metal sculptures, she recently added acrylic paintings and welding to her portfolio. Collectors around the world appreciate her raku and bronze sculptures. The female form is a dominant theme in her work, capturing its beauty and elegance in unique and compelling representations. Ulmer-Hanson's formal training began at Sam Houston State University, where she received her BFA specializing in sculpture. She continues her studies in ceramics and graphic arts/film editing. Primarily working out of her home studio in the DC area, she continues to exhibit in juried, invitational, and one-woman shows and galleries. A former member of the Houston Art League and Rockport Center for the Arts, she has been involved with the Waco Center for the Arts' Open Door Show.

June 9 – July 29, 2017 Public Reception: Friday, June 9, 7-9 pm
36th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition

Main Gallery

The 36th annual Montpelier Invitational Sculpture Exhibition will take place in the Main Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center.

June 9 – July 29, 2017 Public Reception: Friday, June 9, 7-9 pm
Fran Abrams

Fran AbramsLibrary Gallery

At first look, Abrams’s pieces suggest the fluidity of fabric, but in fact, are actually polymer clay. As a man-made substance, polymer clay begins as blocks of solid-colored clay-like material that does not require water to become soft. Unlike clay from the earth, polymer clay can be blended like paint. Math and geometry also play a large role in his work because each piece consists of baked clay shapes that, when complete, must fit together on the canvas. His training in architecture and urban planning inspires his use of geometric forms and, Abrams revels in the math required to create this art combining both left- and right-brain experiences.

July 1-30, 2017 Public Reception: Sunday, July 9, 1-3 pm
Barry Goldstein

Barry GoldsteinResident Artist Gallery

After a career running a premier accounting recruitment agency in Washington, DC, Barry Goldstein sold his business to pursue art. He enrolled in a traditional fine arts program at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, MD and juried into the Copyist Program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Painting on the museum gallery floor, he learned directly from the Masters by copying the works of Raphael, Rembrandt, Bellows, and Twachtman. Continuing his studies in figure drawing, painting, and sculpting with distinguished artists, Goldstein developed skills with materials and techniques, explored new creative processes, and began to see our physical and non-physical world in new ways. In his capacity on the Board of Directors of The Washington Sculptors Group, he collaborates with nationally and internationally renowned art institutions and artists to develop programs for members, art students, and the public.