Friday, December 2 2022

“There are many things in life that will grab your attention, but only a few will hold your heart…pursue them.” – Unknown

A golden guiding principle. Our mind takes facts and perceptions into account, assembles them, and stores them for future reference, so that we can make reasonably informed decisions. Our heart speaks a different language, and if we follow its voice, we shape or reshape our attitude, our surroundings, and even our lives in a way that honors who we truly are. Pursuing the slightest whisper can bring us joy.

People often ask, “How can I collect original works of art?” Collectors investing tens of thousands of dollars or more are in a class of their own. But if that’s not you, then the value of art collecting is in your heart. Conclusion: If you like it, buy it. If it speaks to you, it is likely to bring you or your recipient joy. In terms of quality and price, the galleries have chosen the artist’s works because they have recognized know-how, and the prices are fair according to the artist’s style and the current market value of his work.

We live in the age of contemporary art; the mids are wide, diverse and exciting. Creativity is celebrated along with content. Everything is fine.

Among the many opportunities listed below, you will inevitably find the songs that sing to you. May you move forward with an open heart and add another bit of joy to your life.

Get your tickets now for an exciting evening of great food, music, and art at “Collector’s Choice,” the Maryland Federation of Art’s biggest and most exciting fundraiser, taking place October 23. at Volvo Cars Annapolis and online.

Collector’s Choice is your exclusive chance to drink and dine with MFA’s impressive artist membership and meet fellow collectors, all while treating yourself to a new work of art. One ticket allows two people to enjoy an unforgettable event with the best regional food and drink, and to take home an amazing work of art that you have selected through an exhilarating lottery hosted by the master of ceremonies, Alex Cortright of radio station WTMD-89.7FM.

Or, stay in your pajamas and enjoy the fun of home while getting a fabulous piece of art. VIP admission is at 5 p.m. and general admission is at 6 p.m. on October 23. Visit mdfedart.com/collectors-choice/ to purchase tickets, preview art, and learn how to participate.

McBride Gallery presents a solo exhibition featuring oil paintings by marine artist Eric Forsberg from Sunday through October 30. Forsberg is a marine painter in the traditions of Montague Dawson, Frederic Waugh and Charles Vickery. He loved to draw and paint and pursued it with vigor. However, it was his time at sea, under the encouragement of Charles Vickery, that taught him a most important lesson: to paint the power and beauty of the sea, he had to see it and experience it. Meet the artist at a reception from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday.

MFA at 49 West features an exhibit by Wil Scott, photographer, art historian and host of the MFA’s “Wil Talk” YouTube video series. Open now and until November 30. Scott has exhibited in Europe and across the United States. His work is inspired by his frequent travels and our beautiful Maryland. This exhibit features recent photographs from Hawaii, California, and Maine, as well as images from Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and other familiar parts of our region. Join him and the MFA for an opening reception in the back room of 49 West from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday.

MFA Circle Gallery continues its annual “Fall Member Show” until October 15th. Step into the season and see what the talented members have been working on recently in this all-media exhibit. Sixty-five works by 58 different artists selected by juror Susan Badder are on display in the gallery until October 15. Join them for a Zoom Awards Ceremony, 4-5 p.m. Sunday, and an in-person Closing Reception, 4-6 p.m. October 15.

The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College continues the online exhibition, “Being Human: Portraits from Syracuse University Art Museum” through October 16. The exhibition explores expectations and assumptions about the form a portrait can take through the works of Elizabeth Catlett, Kalyani Devi, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Max Weber and others. There’s a free online lunchtime tour with Lucinda Edinberg at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, and an in-person discussion of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” with assistant dean and university tutor Robert Abbott at 2:30 p.m. in October. 13. Following this exhibition, on October 23, the online exhibition “North & South: Berenice Abbott’s US Route 1” opens, featuring images taken by the legendary photographer during a 1954 road trip from New York. to Florida and back to Maine. Accompanying programs will be listed on the gallery’s website.

Jo Fleming Contemporary Art presents “Coastal Abstractions” with complementary expressions from four local and regional artists. Isabelle Robinson’s collection of three-dimensional works of art offers elegant observational studies using an assemblage of paint and found objects. Fleming’s acrylic paintings capture the essence of our coastal environment; Sally Rhudy’s mixed media paintings feature depth, layers and intrigue. Carey Crane’s large oil paintings exude energy and excitement through form, movement and color. The show is now open and will run until November 30. Join them for the opening reception and discussion with the artists from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Gallery 57 West will feature art talks by two Annapolis Arts Alliance members, Linda Donahue and Kenneth Graham, at 5:30 p.m. on October 11. In its constant quest for new designs, Donahue’s jewelry spans a wide variety of styles and techniques. Two of her favorite pendant designs are her “paintings” made of sterling silver and one-of-a-kind resin-encased objects, and her handcrafted creations in precious metal clay. Graham will talk about drone photography and finding contrast in landscape photography.

Benfield Gallery opens the “Painting with Patterns” exhibition on October 10, featuring many new works by local artist Kathy Daywalt. Daywalt’s heavy use of pattern creates intriguing layers that bring his subjects to life. His new works are in watercolour, acrylic and acrylic collage. The gallery is also exhibiting a diverse selection of new works by fellow watercolor and acrylic artists Janice Hendra, Stacy Lund Levy, Carolyn Councell and Cynthia Schmacher, new oil paintings by Nancy McCarra, Andrée Tullier and Sarah Wardell, and new pottery by Ken Reinhard. The show will run until November 19. Join them for an open house on October 15.

As the featured artist of the fall at West Annapolis Artworks, I am delighted that my exhibition has opened and is on display until the end of the month. This exhibition includes recent non-objective abstract works created in acrylic and mixed media with multiple layers of texture to create depth beneath a cool surface, reminiscent of coastal regions and aerial views. The exhibition includes large statement pieces, small intimate works and large unframed works on paper. Please join me for an opening reception where we can discuss the work, abstract art in general, and just have a fun evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m., October 19th.

The Galleries of the Tranquil Waters Park presents the work of two watercolorists from October 19 to November 22. ‘SeasonScapes’, exhibited at the Willow Gallery, features recent watercolors by Annapolis artist Joan Machinchick. The inspiration for his art is the ever-changing beauty and diversity of the natural world. His interest is in depicting the many moods and moments of nature in their most inspiring and uplifting form. “Water and Light”, featuring current work by watercolourist Pamela Chase, is on display at the Garden Gallery. Chase paints outdoors and enjoys immersing himself in his surroundings while seeking inspiration. A landscape painter above all, she likes to paint with an impressionist bent. Opening receptions for both exhibits will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on October 23 at the Visitor Center.

The Annapolis Marine Art Gallery welcomes this upcoming season with two watercolors of Annapolis fall scenes by local artists. The first, “Spa Creek in November” is new to the gallery by William R. Sutton, the 2022 Hospice Cup Artist of the Year. The second, “Autumn Chapel” by Daven Anderson, a USNA graduate, nuclear engineer and submariner turned watercolourist and teacher.

In the ACAAC at BWI Expo, artists were encouraged to let their creativity take over and complete the phrase “Imagine…” with their artwork. This exhibit will be on display until November 14 and is located between Concourse C&D in Departures (pre-security) near Departure Gate 10 and the UPS store. You can view the online artwork gallery at https://www.acaac.org/bwi-exhibit-34-imagine/

MFA at Paul’s Homewood Cafe continues the joint exhibition of works by accomplished painters and MFA members Mike McSorley and Marisa Evangelista. McSorley brings the spirit of an object to life through an active painting process. The paint is applied, scraped and wiped over and over again. The paint that is or is not left on the surface is “an analogy to life, scarred but surviving”. Various elements of Evangelista’s portraits contribute to the narratives created by hidden nuances and are used intentionally to evoke specific emotions. She starts from a concept derived from her own experiences and deliberately composes a photograph (often of herself) to use as a guide, but considers her image “like a character in a painted reality”. Their exhibit is on display at Paul’s Homewood Café until the end of October.

Patrice Drago is a painter and writer in Annapolis, MD. Website: www.patricedrago.com. This column is written in collaboration with the Annapolis Gallery Association. Contact Patrick at [email protected].

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