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Hollingsworth Art Gallery

Each month the Hollingsworth Art Gallery exhibits wildlife-themed art by local and by nationally-known artists. 

September 2016 - Artists of the Month
Southern Comforters Quilting Guild of Bowie  
We last saw their work at Patuxent in October of 2014 and are delighted to welcome back the amazing Southern Comforters Quilting Guild of Bowie. Since 1982 this enthusiastic and dedicated group has grown from a few to more than 80 women who meet two times a month – the second and fourth Wednesday at CCPC, the Presbyterian Church on Belair Drive in Bowie. 

The guild includes “pros” and novices and welcomes drop-ins and newbies. At meetings, members conduct business and participate in activities like “show and tell,” block exchanges, quilt challenges and periodically have guest speakers.  They participate in demonstrations, retreats, workshops and shows. The major one is held at Samuel Ogle Middle School in midMarch. They create and donate charity quilts to many organizations like the Chapel Forge Early Childhood Center and to George Washington Hospital’s pediatric oncology unit. 

If you’ve visited Belair Mansion recently, you may have seen hanging on a large frame, the Guild’s “Governors’ Quilt” – with squares signed by the governors of all 50 states! Guild member, Evelyn Kirby describes another ambitious project. Under the direction of the former mansion museum director, Samantha Dorsey, members are working on a “reproduction” inspired by quilts from 1820. It was adapted and designed and is being worked on by guild members. We got a look at this lovely work-in-progress earlier this year at a mansion “tavern night.” We are lucky to have a showcase for artists, photographers and craftspeople that allow them to exhibit and us to enjoy. Summer at the Gallery will be lovely.
October 2016 - Artist of the Month

Charles Lawrance

“Finart” of Fells Point has morphed into “Finnapolis” of West Street. Fish are the “signature icons” of Charles Lawrance’s work. After paddling a kayak along Annapolis’ shorelines, Lawrence employs the “ancient Japanese technique of recording one’s fish catch, ‘gyotaku’.” He inks the scales of his catch of the day and presses the fish onto mulberry paper and hand pulls a print onto wood and glazes the image.

 Snorkeling provides inspiration from otherworldly underwater landscapes that contribute to Lawrance’s surrealistic images which contain his commentaries on environmental hazards of our culture. Imaginative, humorous and provocative are some of the adjectives used to describe his “dreamscapes” that serve as “metaphors” for “navigating” contemporary society.

That Lawrance’s mother’s was in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art when her water broke was undoubtedly significant, but his website bio describes growing up in the outdoors – so that probably didn’t happen at Brooklyn’s Botanical Gardens. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art at MICA (Maryland Institute in Baltimore) and has an impressive list of accomplishments since then: set painting, album art and magazine illustration and cover art, murals (11 outdoors in Baltimore) and interiors of restaurants, homes and offices. His media are oil and acrylic.    See Charles Lawrance's website.

And Don't Miss...
Unique and lovely Peruvian carvings of birds from semi-precious stones will be featured in our display cases. Fellow-countryman, Giancarlo Readi, who worked closely with an artistic family near Lima, and who designed some of the pieces, is making them available for us to enjoy.
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2016
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