Many artists create outstanding work faster than it can be sold. There are acrylics in attics, collages in closets, and drawings in dressers.
To counter this tendency, the members of two North Market Street co-ops have brought their work out of hiding. You can see more art than usual, and maybe score a bargain, at NOMA Gallery and TAG/The Artists Gallery through July 28.
NOMA Gallery presents “Some Like it Hot,” its partner sale exhibit. Works include paintings, prints, photography, mixed media, functional ceramics, sculpture, and an interactive piece by Brian Slagle. The artists were encouraged to display as much work as they wanted for this show, so plan to spend some time there. Much of the art will be sold at a discount. For more information, visit nomagalleryfrederick.com.
Congratulations to NOMA’s Karin Birch for earning the first Carl R. Butler Individual Visual Artist award. Her winning paint and embroidery pieces will also be featured in the front gallery this month.
You don’t want to miss NOMA’s Third Thursday Gallery Talk from 7 to 9 p.m., July 18. Guest speaker, Kelly Phebus, will present “Satellite Living and the Value of Art.” A group discussion will follow.
Down the street, you’ll find “Studio Scrub” at TAG/The Artists Gallery. Besides the usual wall art, each member is offering cardboard boxes full of framed and unframed work ranging in price from $9.99 to $999.99. If you couldn’t make it to the opening, there will be a closing reception from 3 to 5 p.m., July 28.
If all this art inspires you, TAG’s annual unjuried show, “Le Salon”, opens in August. This is a rare chance for nonmembers to exhibit in the venue. Registration is online (theartistsgalleryfrederick.com) with artwork due July 26, 27 and 28 during TAG’s regular hours.
Other Shows in July
District Arts. 15 N Market Street, Frederick (301-695-4050, districtarts.com)
District Arts’ first juried theme show, “Saturation”, continues through July 21. The eclectic exhibit focuses on the power of color. John Carter’s “Mexican Hat Dance” is my favorite piece. Why not stop by and find yours?
Eastside Artists Gallery. 313 E Patrick Street, Frederick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Michalina Eisenberg is this month’s featured artist. Though she is an accomplished painter, she’s best known as a fabric artist. Her whimsical dolls and tote bags will make you smile. Eisenberg is really on a roll with her colorful art quilts. Next month you can also see more of her quilts at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg and at D.C.’s Touchstone gallery as part of the show “Art as Politics: American Artists Describe the State of the Union.”
Eisenberg’s exhibit at Eastside, “Welcome to My World,” runs through July 28.
Gallery 322. 322 N Market Street, Frederick (gallery322.com)
“Sketchbook,” Gallery 322’s summer show, takes viewers inside the heads of their member artists. Along with finished pieces, the exhibit includes sketches, photos and written descriptions of the creators’ processes and inspiration. Stay tuned for their gala 10th anniversary exhibit in September. “Sketchbook” continues through August 25.
The Griffin Gallery. 4 W 5th Street. Frederick
Sarah Jane Stoll’s “Ephemeral” runs through next month with a reception August 3. You can also see Stoll’s evocative and dreamlike work by appointment (email@example.com). While you’re at The Griffin Art Center, check out Johan Lowie’s drawings in his Blue Elephant studio, by appointment at www.john-lowie.com. You can also make an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org to view Sheryl Massaro’s abstract paintings at Art and Pen Studio.
GWC Artwork. 328 E. Patrick Street. Frederick (gwc-artwork.com)
If you missed the Barnstormers event in June, you can still see some of the work created there. July’s main exhibit features nine Frederick County barns.
Frederick Book Arts Center. 217 W Patrick Street, Frederick (frederickbookarts.org)
There are so many classes offered this month that it’s hard to pick just one. Adults can explore etching, woodblock printing, bookbinding, paper marbling and letterforms to name a few. There will also be classes for kids from 6 to 10 years old the week of July 22.
The Delaplaine Arts Center. 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick (delaplaine.org)
Artist Lesa Cook will discuss Andrea del Verrocchio’s influence on Renaissance masters from noon to 2 p.m. Friday. Spin the Bottle Wine Company will offer a tasting of Florentine Chiantis. Admission is free to adults 21 and over.
The Muse. 19 N Market Street, Frederick (shopthemuse.com)
The eighth annual “Lend a Hand” show is accepting art for the silent auction through August 31. This year’s recipient is The Buddy Project’s Autism Advocacy Program. The fee to participate is $20 and includes a small stretched canvas to get you started. All the money goes directly to the charity.
Cowork Frederick. 122 E Patrick Street, Frederick (coworkfrederick.com)
The folks at Cowork host some fun First Saturday activities: live music, spoken word and month-long art exhibits. There are some open dates for upcoming solo shows in this charming downtown building. They are especially interested in offering up-and-coming artists a venue to exhibit their work.