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Opening Reception: "Chosen Family," and "The Genesis Project: Volume 3"

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Saturday, January 27, 5-8 pm, 2024

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Opening Reception: “Taking Center Stage”

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Black Artists of DC Presents: Back.Forward Public Reception

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Curated by Jarvis DuBois

Reception: Saturday, February 10, 2-4 pm

Artist Talks: Saturday, February 24, 3-5 pm

How it all started and where they are now in their artistic practice prompts this exhibition of Black Artists of DC (BADC) at Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. Focusing on the influences, challenges, and discoveries experienced by the artists and the trajectory of their creative journeys, they will present earlier and current works in conversation in the gallery. During the exhibition, an in-person discussion will allow the artists to shed more light on the preparation and process involved in their art-making.

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Brian Michael Dunn Public Reception

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Working in both 2D and 3D, Brian Michael Dunn creates
work that is informed by translating everyday objects and
experiences into new visual languages. These translations
form within interwoven patterns and geometric forms in
acrylic paintings while, simultaneously, Mr. Dunn works with
metal where the intimate and ephemeral is juxtaposed with
the industrial hardness of painted steel. These seemingly
disparate but complimentary series will be shown together for
the first time in this intriguing and interconnected exhibition.

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Patricia Phillips Bowden Public Reception

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Patricia Phillips Bowden explores various ideas and media with works on paper and canvas, using the book form, scrolls, panels, and small paintings in hadnmade boxes. While making the artwork, she will also be paying homage to the Asian side of her cultural heritage using Western art forms while barrowing ideas from contemporary and ancient Asian art.

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Artist and Curator Talk: "Chosen Family," and "The Genesis Project: Volume 3"

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February 17, 2024, 2 pm

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Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition Public Reception

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Montpelier Arts Center strives to foster a positive, creative
environment in which young and emerging artists realize their
full potential as creative individuals. Every year Montpelier
spotlights the talents of teen visual artists (ages 13-18) from
the Washington metropolitan area. Beginning in winter 2023,
interested teens may submit work for consideration online at
montpelierartscenter.submittable.com.

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Montpelier Instructors' Exhibition Public Reception

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For over 40 years, Montpelier Arts Center has provided the residents of Prince George’s County and surrounding areas with opportunities to learn from some of the leading artists in the field.

Join us in celebrating our instructors’ works of art that have inspired so many.

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Opening Reception: Anna U Davis: Road to Recovery & The Genesis Project: Volume 4

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Marcel Taylor: Unapologetic Public Reception

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Artist Talk: Anna U Davis: Road to Recovery & The Genesis Project: Volume 4

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Cynthia Rivarde Public Reception

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Through painting, Cynthia Rivarde explores connections, as
well as the disruptions, in nature, people, and time. Drawing
from her experiences of living in Florida, California, and then
back to Maryland, she has made connections that illustrate
the pathways in her collective experiences. Using planes of
color, similar to Cezanne or Fairfield Porter, Rivarde paints in
layers and linear work that emphasizes gesture and color.

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Sheron Sefton: The Simple News that Nature Told Public Reception

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Working in varied mediums, printmaking allows Sharon Hart. Sefton to utilize both her love of drawing and painting. She creates nature portraits of landscapes, plants, and animals
for which she has a deep appreciation. Some artworks in the show are inspired by the Victorian poetry of Emily Dickinson. You will see Dickinson’s appreciation of botany and love of gardening reflected in the exhibition.

 

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The 43rd Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition Public Reception

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For over 40 years the Montpelier Arts Center has been
showcasing sculptors throughout the region. Join us as
we celebrate women artists in an often male-dominated
medium.

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Sookkyung Park Public Rececption

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Using paper that was invented in China and introduced into
Korea around the 3rd Century, Sookkyung Park utilizes this
material to explore the connections between people. Through
the repetitive process of folding and threading paper, the artist
expresses harmony and community through structure and
form. Paper has a rich cultural significance as she grew up in
Korea where the windows and walls were made of paper. In
her exhibit, she intends to define the flexible characteristics of
paper, its indispensability along with its strong natural power
of being made from wood.

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Melissa Burley: Portrait of a Dream Public Reception

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Melissa Burley combines reclaimed objects and symbols
from the past and creates illuminated sculptures that may
include glass, test tubes, furniture parts, clocks, bicycle
components, and resin. In a surrealistic manner, Burley dives
into the dreams of our unconsciousness to explore symbolism,
theories, and mysteries of what we dream and why.

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Kelsey Joyce: Imji: Creatures of Imagination Public Reception

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Chris Kirages: Today, I Get To...

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While originally a painter, Chris Kirages also works in
sculpture. Kirages will show us his affinity for ceramic work
with new pottery from the wheel. Working in two divergent
mediums allows him to explore a multitude of possibilities.

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Chris Kirages: Today, I Get To... - Public Reception

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While originally a painter, Chris Kirages also works in
sculpture. Kirages will show us his affinity for ceramic work
with new pottery from the wheel. Working in two divergent
mediums allows him to explore a multitude of possibilities.

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The 55th Annual Laurel Art Guild Juried Exhibition Public Reception

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Organized by the Laurel Art Guild, this annual exhibit is juried
by a regional professional and showcases works by artists
ages 18 and older who live in the Washington metropolitan
area and surrounding states. The exhibit includes paintings,
drawings, photographs, wall-hung sculptures, collages, and
more. This year will be the 55th anniversary exhibit. Cash
prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places, and
three merit awards. Get involved in your local arts activities
and enjoy the support and camaraderie of your fellow artists.
Find more information at laurelartguild.org.

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