Current Exhibits

Please join us at our upcoming Gallery Events:

Community Art Day: From the Countryside
Saturday, September 23 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Free
Drop in for artist demos, hands-on activities, and tours


A group exhibition by the Countryside Artisans collective celebrates the Farming Heritage
and Rural Landscape of the Agricultural Reserve near their studios, workshops and farms


Sunday, September 17 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE
Mix and mingle with exhibiting artists and fellow art lovers at the opening reception

Saturday, September 23 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm | FREE
Drop-in for artist demonstrations, hands-on art making activities, and tours of the exhibit


Celebrating the agricultural heritage and rural landscape of our region, the “Farm to Gallery” exhibit highlights the work of the Countryside Artisans, a collective of visual artists, fine craft artisans, and makers whose studios, workshops, and farms are located in or near Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. The exhibit features works of fiber art, ceramics, hand blown glass, metalwork, sculpture, drawings, paintings, and photography by members of the Countryside Artisans. Exhibiting artists include Lori Baker, Tina Thieme Brown, Dalis Davidson, Bruce Ferguson, Susana Garten, Vernon Griffin, Jennifer Hamilton, Todd Hansen, Foster Holcombe, Michael Cohen Holdahl, Claire Howard, Cynthia Jennings, Patricia Kessler, Brenda Kidera, Eun Ju Lee, Bonny Lundy, Penny McCrea, Orlando Morales, Kristen Morrison, Laurie Niswander, Susan Due Pearcy, Linda Phillips, Josh Ries, David Therriault, Bev Thoms, and Robin Ziek.

BlackRock will host a free Community Art Day: From the Countryside event for all ages on Saturday, September 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. offering drop-in activities including demonstrations by professional artists who are members of the Countryside Artisans, hands-on art making activities, and tours of the exhibit. Unique to this exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to visit exhibiting artists and tour their studios, workshops, and farms during the Countryside Artisans Fall Tour on October 13, 14, and 15 when designated studios will be open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. For more information about the tour and the Countryside Artisans, visit:


Images, clockwise from top left: Brenda Kidera, “Matilda”, oil; Michael Cohen Holdahl, Vase, porcelain; Penny McCrea, “Confluence, Potomac and Monocacy Rivers”, pastel; Eun Ju Lee, “Screen Door Series” pendant, sterling silver, colored beads; David Therriault, “Ripple in Time” limestone; Claire Howard, “Sunday Morning on the Potomac”, oil’ Art of Fire, silver leaf vases; Jennifer Hamilton, Pitcher, stoneware; Cynthia Jennings, “Sugarloaf Spring Mist”, pastel; Dalis Davidson, Shawl, wool and silk fiber with mixed media.

A solo show by artist Andrea Uravitch explores the natural world in mixed media sculptures.
Companion exhibit of fiber works in response to a challenge to focus on climate change.


Sunday, September 17 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE
Mix and mingle with exhibiting artists and fellow art lovers at the opening reception


Exploring themes from the natural world, Andrea Uravitch creates mixed media sculptures of mammals, insects, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians often integrating vegetation and other elements from their habitat. Through careful research, the artist studies her subjects before translating the forms, patterns, colors and textures she observes to construct exquisitely crafted animals using clay, steel, fiber, paper and other materials. In her solo exhibition “Land, Sea, and Air”, Uravitch combines individual sculptural works in tableaus and installations intended to immerse the viewer and encourage contemplation of our relationship to and responsibility for preserving the environment. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Uravitch earned a BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art where she majored in fiber with minors in textile design and ceramics. The award-winning artist has exhibited her work regionally, nationally and internationally in galleries and museums which include the Textile Museum and Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC. A long-time resident of Virginia, Uravitch maintains her studio practice in Falls Church, Virginia. To learn more about the artist, visit:

Featured in a companion exhibit is a series by members of the New Image Artists group who were challenged by Andrea Uravitch to create fiber works emphasizing awareness of how land, sea and air are impacted by climate change. Participating artists include B.J. Adams, Mary Beth Bellah, Jeanne Benson, Linda Colsh, Joan Dreyer, Candace Edgerley, Catherine Kleeman, Dominie Nash, and Saaraliisa Ylitalo with selections made by curator Trudi Van Dyke. To learn more about the New Image Artists, a juried group of contemporary fiber artists, visit:


Images, clockwise from top left: Andrea Uravitch, “Gliding Lizard” detail, “Green Spotted Frog and Leaf” detail, “Edge of the Garden” detail, “Wall Walker”, and “Grayling” detail, mixed media.

Gallery Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Sunday: Closed*

*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