BlackRock Congratulates Winner of the “People’s Choice Award” in the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition: Matthew Bird for “Puddle Jumping”
The annual juried exhibit was sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society and presented at BlackRock Center for the Arts. The exhibit was on view at BlackRock: June 16 – July 15, 2017
People’s Choice Award was determined out of 468 total votes by gallery visitors during the time the exhibit was on view. “Puddle Jumping” earned more than twice the number of votes received for any artist in the exhibit.
About the Artist:
Matthew Bird is an American painter. Born in Baltimore, MD, he graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY, in 2000. He is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, and his award-winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited in juried shows across the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Greece, Hong Kong and Italy. For 15 years he worked as a designer and art director in advertising agencies, specializing in non-profit fundraising. As an illustrator, he has five children’s books published and his paintings have been used as greeting cards for The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation, among others. Matthew maintains a studio outside Baltimore, with his wife and children. Learn more about the artist by visiting: matthewbird.com
Join us on Saturday, July 22nd for the opening reception of these two new gallery exhibitions:
EVAN REED: NEW AND RECENT SCULPTURES
Solo exhibition of works crafted from discarded furniture and found elements
EXHIBIT ON VIEW: JULY 22 – AUGUST 26
Transforming found materials, Evan Reed crafts sculptures that are at once contemplative, playful, mysterious, and powerful. Recently, the local artist has been plucking his sculptural mediums from the curbside, rather than purchasing them at the art store or hardware center. Stumbling upon old, discarded furniture and household objects set out on collection day engages Reed’s curiosity. His process of discovery begins with a recognition that these items hold memories and associations derived from their original purpose. Transferring that familiarity, Reed combines the artifacts with other sculpted elements to create expressive forms that transcend routine experiences. While social commentary, current events, and personal narratives inform his work, he also celebrates ambiguity in the visual puzzles he presents for us to mull over and decipher. Reed, who received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art, has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. He is a professor of Art at Georgetown University and maintains his studio practice in Falls Church, VA. Learn more at: evanreed.com
Images: left, Evan Reed, “Breaking Camp,” recycled wood tables, 71.5 x 96 x 40 inches; right, Evan Reed, “Dutch Mastering,” wood shoes and branches, 32 x 57 x 56 inches.
LORI ANNE BOOCKS: THE SHAPE OF MEMORIES
Solo exhibition of mixed-media abstract works that incorporate text
EXHIBIT ON VIEW: JULY 22 – AUGUST 26
In atmospheric works that incorporate text, Lori Anne Boocks builds layers of memories into abstract paintings using acrylic and charcoal. The local artist, who is a resident of Germantown, MD, allows stories told by family, friends, and acquaintances to influence her palette and mark making. Boocks embeds hidden story fragments, adding both legible and illegible words, in mixed media works that represent the feeling of a story she remembers. Her physical process is messy, as she often paints with her hands, not brushes, to create layers of color and texture that echo the way in which memories develop. Washes of pigment applied at the end of the process create a patina that gives each piece the appearance of having been excavated after a long period of being buried. In the same way we might dig up personal memories, Boocks’ work invites us to spend time reflecting upon our own stories. The award-winning artist, who was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Bethesda Paintings Awards (2012), has exhibited her work in numerous solo exhibitions, as well as curated and juried group shows, throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Learn more at: lorianneboocks.com
Image: Lori Anne Boocks, “Levee,” acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 50 x 40 inches.
Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.*
*Galleries are often open in the evening and on Sundays when performances are offered at BlackRock. Galleries are closed on certain days when exhibits are being installed. Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm gallery open hours before you visit.
Galleries Closed to the public on the following dates:
July 17 – 21, 2017
August 28 – September 15, 2017
October 30 – 31, 2017
November 6 – 10, 2017
December 18, 2017 – January 12, 2018
February 26 – March 2, 2018
April 9 – 10, 2018
April 16 – 20, 2018
Thursday, April 26 & Friday, April 27, 2018
June 4 – 8, 2018