Upcoming Exhibits



Art League of Germantown Show & Sale

Exhibit on View: April 19 – 23, 2017


Schedule of Special Daily Show Hours:

 Wed., April 19 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm | FREE

 Thu., April 20 | 4:00 – 7:00 pm | FREE

 Fri., April 21 | 4:00 – 7:00 pm | FREE

 Sat., April 22 | 12:00 – 8:00 pm | FREE
Artists at Work Demonstrations (12:00 – 5:00pm)

 Sun., April 23 | 12:00 – 5:00 pm | FREE
Artists at Work Demonstrations (12:00 – 4:00pm)
Meet the Artists Reception (2:00 – 4:00 pm)

 Join us for a five-day indoor fine art and craft show and sale featuring original paintings, drawings, photography, prints, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art, woodcarving, and jewelry created by local artist members of the Art League of Germantown (ALOG). Shop for unique handmade gifts for Mother’s Day, graduations, and weddings, and other special events at “Shades of Spring 2017” from Wednesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 23 during special daily show hours (please check below for a full schedule). On both Saturday, April 22 (12:00 – 5:00 pm) and Sunday, April 23 (12:00 – 4:00 pm) artists will be demonstrating their art and craft techniques. New this year … A special exhibit of small works will be presented in the Terrace Gallery (upper level) in addition to the many fine art and craft items on display in the Kay Gallery (main level). Enjoy free admission and plenty of free parking onsite. To learn more, visit: www.alog.org




Playful acrylic paintings inspired by nature

Exhibit on View: April 29 – June 10, 2017


 Meet the Artists Reception | Saturday, April 29 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

 Artist Talk & Gallery Tour | Saturday, May 20 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | FREE

Aggressively manipulating paint, wax crayon and ink on the hard surface of his hand-built cradled wood panels, Mike McConnell first applies pigment with a brush then uses single edge razor blades to draw and scrape into the fields of color. His often playful and visually complex compositions are built using a collage-like process where the artist cuts out shapes and converts the history of his initial painting into a new conversation. A keen observer who paints intuitively, McConnell usually turns to nature for inspiration to create bold and vibrant works that reflect his varied interests and memories in abstracted scenes filled with patterns and witty narratives. The Baltimore artist earned his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 1975 and worked for more than 30 years as an illustrator, freelancing for advertising agencies and design firms in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan area. Since 2012, McConnell has focused exclusively on his fine art studio practice and since 2015 has maintained a studio at The Motor House in Baltimore, MD. The award winning artist is a 2016 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at School 33, Baltimore, MD; and The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA; as well as in regional and national juried group exhibitions at the Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD; McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD; Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY.  To learn more, visit: www.wetinc.com


Image: Mike McConnell, “Pebble Beach,” 2015, acrylic on panel, 24 x 18 inches.



Layered mixed-media paintings

Exhibit on View: April 29 – June 3, 2017


 Meet the Artists Reception | Saturday, April 29 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

 Artist Talk & Gallery Tour | Saturday, May 20 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | FREE

Combining her interest in science, philosophy, and natural history, Alexandra Chiou investigates the environment using pen, ink and acrylic paint on paper, which she often cuts and layers to add texture and dimension. An avid explorer and outdoor enthusiast, the Maryland artist is intrigued by the complex patterns, shapes and vibrant colors found in the natural world, whether hiking in the mountains of the Shenandoah or the jungles of Malaysia. Drawn to the idea of primordial landscapes free of manmade structures, her focus on the subject of unexplored terrains has also morphed into a fascination with the beginnings of life and the connections humans share with geography. Chiou was a Strathmore Fine Artist in Residence, Bethesda, MD (2015). Her work has been exhibited in both regional and national exhibitions, including a solo exhibit at Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC as well as group exhibits at Vivid Solutions Gallery, Washington, DC; Anacostia Arts Center, Washington, DC; American University Museum, Washington, DC; Mansion at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD; Rawls Museum, Courtland, VA; Redline Project Space, Denver, CO; artdc Gallery, Hyattsville, MD; and University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Chiou earned a BA in Studio Art and a BS in Commerce from University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. To learn more, visit: www.alexandrachiou.com


Image: Alexandra Chiou, “Tiger Lily,” acrylic, ink, paper.



Annual juried exhibit sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society

Exhibit on View: June 17 – July 15, 2017


 Community Art Day: Watercolor

Saturday, June 17 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | FREE

Drop in for hands-on activities, artist demonstrations, and gallery tours for all ages

Reception & Awards Presentation

Sunday, June 25 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

Featuring paintings by 95 artists, “2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition” is the most competitive juried watercolor exhibit in the region. The annual competition and exhibit is sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS) and is limited to original paintings created using water-based media on paper created by artists from within a 200 mile radius, which includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. The juror of selection and awards this year is renowned watercolor artist Frank Eber, who will select the winners of the Gold Medal ($1,200 prize), Silver Medal ($900 prize), and Bronze Medal ($600 prize) and 19 other designated awards worth more than $8,000 in cash and sponsored prizes. BlackRock will present a free “Community Art Day: Watercolor” event for all ages on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm featuring hands-on art making activities using water-based media, painting demonstrations by professional artist members of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and interactive gallery tours of the exhibit. The public is also invited to a Reception and Awards Presentation on Sunday, June 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm where they can meet exhibiting artists and many of the award winners. Throughout the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite painting in order to select the winner of the “People’s Choice Award.” To learn more, visit: www.baltimorewatercolorsociety.org


Image: Elaine Hoffman, “Off to the Peruvian Marketplace,” watercolor, 22 x 30 inches. Recipient of the BWS Silver Medal in 2016.



Solo exhibit of large-scale watercolor paintings

Exhibit on View: June 17 – July 15, 2017


 Community Art Day: Watercolor

Saturday, June 17 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | FREE

Drop in for hands-on activities, artist demonstrations, and gallery tours for all ages

Meet the Artist Reception | Sunday, June 25 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE

In large format works that push the boundaries of traditional watercolor, David R. Daniels interprets the world around him by painting transparent layers of pigment on paper to allow our eyes to visually mix the vibrant and rich colors of nature. The freshness and spontaneity of his work belies the weeks or months the artist spends researching his subjects, making sketches, taking photographs, developing compositions, doing value studies, and preparing for the painting process. Fascinated with subjects from nature, Daniels is influenced by his scientific training as a botanist and biologist and carefully studies and closely examines the details of the birds, fish insects, plants, trees, and bodies of water that fill his paintings. Mounting the completed works onto canvas for support, he varnishes the surface in order to both protect the surface and to eliminate the need to present his work under the glare of glass. Daniels, who grew up in rural Michigan and is a long-time resident of Montgomery County Maryland, is an award winning artists whose work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally. His paintings are included in many private and public collections around the world, including the National Institutes of Health. He is a highly respected educator who has taught workshops around the world in addition to teaching painting and design courses at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Daniels is currently a watercolor instructor for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC and is the Visual Arts Director of the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy. Daniels earned his BA and MA from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. To learn more, visit: www.mrwatercolor.com


Image: David R. Daniels, “Koi 360,” watercolor, 59 x 31 inches.


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:

March 13 – 15, 2017 (Terrace Gallery)

March 13 – 17, 2017 (Kay Gallery)

April 17 – 18, 2017  

April 24 – 28, 2017

June 12 – 16, 2017