In a wonderful display of talent, Montpelier Art Center shows off the diversity and caliber of instructors that teach in this hidden treasure in Laurel, Maryland. Tucked away on the beautiful grounds of historic Montpelier Mansion, the art center is one of three in Prince Georges County. Their classes include; drawing, painting, all forms of ceramics, printmaking, animation, graphic arts, sculpture, photography and bronze casting. Classes are not limited to adults. Montpelier host not only classes, but summer camps centered in the arts for children.
There are three galleries in Montpelier. The Instructor’s Show hangs in the Library Gallery from May 3 – 26. The Main Gallery holds the work of Rania Hassan through May 27.
Hassan work elegantly expresses the small tasks we perform everyday, like picking up a dress, in a lovely blend of painting and 3D elements. Gallery lighting adds to the ambiance. Definitely a show to see.
The Resident Artist Gallery is reserved for those artists who maintain studios in the facility. Judith Kornett’s sculptures and wall pieces are on exhibit from May 2 through June 26 with a public reception on Friday, June 14, 7-9 pm. Kornett’s sculptures embody an unexpected use of materials and rich texture. Deep contemplation is apparent in these forms. She has enhanced her use of incorporating unusual materials in the latest work, her wall pieces. I am drawn to the pieces and find myself lost in a delicious mixture of fantasy and the grotesque.
Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708. Galley Hours: 10 am-5 pm seven days a week. Closed major holidays.
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