Upcoming Exhibits

FARM TO GALLERY: THE COUNTRYSIDE ARTISANS
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

SEPTEMBER 16 – OCTOBER 28, 2017

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

COMMUNITY ART DAY: FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE
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

KAY GALLERY

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: www.countrysideartisans.com

 

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.


 

ANDREA URAVITCH: LAND, SEA, AND AIR
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.

SEPTEMBER 16 – OCTOBER 28, 2017

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

TERRACE GALLERY

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: www.andreauravitch.net

Featured in a companion exhibit is a series of fiber works by members of the New Image Artists group who were challenged by Andrea Uravitch to create 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 who worked with curator Trudi Van Dyke on the project. To learn more about the juried group of contemporary fiber artists, visit: www.newimageartists.com

 

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.


 

WINTER GLOW 2017:
THE ART LEAGUE OF GERMANTOWN’S SHOW & SALE

Support the local artists in our community as you explore and shop for original works
of art and unique handmade items that are exquisitely made and sure to be treasured

NOVEMBER 1 – 5, 2017

MEET THE ARTISTS RECEPTION
Sunday, November 5 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE
Mix and mingle with exhibiting artists and fellow art lovers at a special reception

KAY GALLERY

“Winter Glow 2017” is a five-day indoor fine art and craft show and sale featuring original paintings, drawings, photography, prints, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, and woodcarving created by artist members of the Art League of Germantown (ALOG). Shop local and support the artists in our community as you explore unique gift items that are sure to be treasured. The gallery will be open daily during special Show Hours from Wednesday, November 1 through Sunday, November 5 (please check the schedule listed below). Throughout the day on both Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, artists will present “Artists at Work” demonstrations of their art and craft techniques. The always popular “Meet the Artists Reception” will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 4 with wine and refreshments served in the gallery. Enjoy free admission daily and plenty of free parking onsite. To learn more about ALOG, visit: www.alog.org

SPECIAL DAILY SHOW HOURS:
Wednesday, November 1 | 1:00 – 7:00 pm  | FREE
Thursday, November 2 |  1:00 – 7:00 pm  | FREE
Friday, November 3 |  1:00 – 7:00 pm  | FREE
Saturday, November 4 |  12:00 – 5:00 pm  | FREE
“Artists at Work” Demonstrations (12 – 4 pm)
Sunday, November 5 | 12:00 – 5:00 pm  | FREE
“Artists at Work” Demonstrations (12 – 4 pm)
Meet the Artists Reception (2 – 4 pm)


 

OVER, UNDER, THROUGH:
ELISA BERRY FONSECA, SUZI FOX, FABIOLA ALVAREZ YURCISIN

Three artists manipulate common materials to create distinctive works of sculpture and installation

NOVEMBER 11 – DECEMBER 16, 2017

MEET THE ARTISTS RECEPTION
Sunday, November 5 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE
Mix and mingle with exhibiting artists and fellow art lovers at the opening reception

ARTIST TALK & TOUR
Saturday, December 2 | 2:00 pm | FREE
Exhibiting artists discuss their inspiration, process, and techniques

KAY GALLERY

The exhibition “Over, Under, Through” features sculptures and site-specific installations by three contemporary sculptors whose work focuses on the manipulation of common materials to create new three-dimensional forms. Elisa Berry Fonseca stacks and bends scraps of wire, felt, fabric, paper, and other materials into sculptural installations that replicate scenes found in the natural world. Suzi Fox responds to the inherent characteristics of carefully chosen materials and tools, many found at the hardware store, then manipulates them into thought-provoking sculptures. Fabiola Yurcisin uses additive forms of construction, often using materials considered obsolete, in works that question how we produce, consume and discard technological inventions. The three artists employ varied techniques yet share the connection of using repetitive processes to transform materials into unexpected three-dimensional forms. To learn more about each of the exhibiting artists, visit:

Elisa Berry Fonseca: www.ebfonseca.com
Suzi Fox: www.suzifox.net
Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin: www.fabiola.com.mx

 

Images, left to right: Elisa Berry Fonseca, “Black Stalagmites”, tar paper, fabric, steel, variable dimensions; Suzi Fox, “Straight Line”, knitted chalk line reel, 24 x 10 x .25 inches; Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin, “Homeland Security Advisory System”, aluminum, acrylic paint, colored ribbons, string, variable dimensions.


 

CEDRIC WILLIAMS: DERELICTION
Solo exhibit of mixed media assemblages combining photographs and remnants of the site

NOVEMBER 11 – DECEMBER 16, 2017

MEET THE ARTISTS RECEPTION
Saturday, November 11 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | FREE
Mix and mingle with exhibiting artists and fellow art lovers at the opening reception

 
ARTIST TALK & TOUR
Saturday, December 2 | 2:00 pm | FREE
Artist Cedric Williams discusses his inspiration, process, and techniques

 
TERRACE GALLERY

Creating environments to support photographic images of sites found in a state of dereliction, Cedric Williams observes the ways in which buildings, surfaces and structures change upon abandonment. Fascinated with erosion, his most recent work focuses on the decay at three sites: an abandoned slate quarry in North Wales, a now demolished cement factory in Maryland, and World War II remains washed up on the coast of Delaware.  Using wood panels, cardboard, or vellum as his base, Williams adds plaster, sand, gravel, dried roots, rusted metal, and other materials to gain texture and depth as he constructs mixed media collages that include photographs of deteriorating sites. Including dried organic materials and found objects, which he sometimes collects from the actual sites, the artist regards these materials as an extension of the photographic images, enabling him to more fully reference the processes of aging and decay.

 

Image: Cedric Williams “Cement Factory 12”, mixed media, 20 x 20 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:

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