The featured artists this month at TAG/The Artists Gallery have little use for paint.
Kim Klabe’s principle medium is beer and wine. She begins a piece by pouring her libation of choice onto high-quality watercolor paper. After it’s dried she finds the faces lurking in the shapes and then refines them with markers or colored pencils.
For her show, “Pours: Barflies,” Klabe’s impromptu characters populate a fictional drinking establishment. Each one has a backstory. For example, “The Jester,” whose medium is 19 Crimes Dark Red, is named Randall. He “was the class clown in high school and likes to carry on the tradition by ordering shots and telling dirty jokes.”
An editor and publisher, Julie Maynard also enjoys a good narrative. She drew inspiration from decades-old newspaper clippings for her exhibit.
“No Trouble Exists” includes ten sculptures constructed with found objects. Fifteen wall-hung pieces were created digitally and in Maynard’s signature painting-with-paper style. The clippings — published from 1909 to 1915 — are pinned next to each piece.
Rather than literal illustrations, Maynard’s works are imaginative interpretations of subject matter that includes orphans, chicken thieves, a schoolhouse fire, and children dying from accidents. But things weren’t all bad in the early 20th century. A certain Mrs. Kerns made it to 106 and was buried in a coffin made from the wood of a walnut tree she had planted as a child.
The shows run through June 30 and Maynard and Klabe will give a talk about their unique work on June 15 at 2 p.m. Visit theartistsgalleryfrederick.com for more information.
Other Shows in June
ArtistAngle Gallery. 124 S Carroll Street, Frederick (240-285-3758, theartistangle.com)
Frederick’s art community was shaken by the recent death of esteemed friend and photographer Dan Scenna. His creative legacy will be celebrated with an exhibit by those he inspired and mentored. You can view the show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, or from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint Out 2019. (301-663-3885, fredericklandmarks.org/events)
Though it’s too late to sign up as an official painter, tickets are still available for the tour of nine barns in the Rocky Ridge/Thurmont area on Saturday. There will be an art show and sale after the tour, as well as food and music.
District Arts. 15 N. Market Street, Frederick (301-695-4050, districtarts.com)
Kelly Scudieri’s “Raising Gravity” ends this Sunday.
“Saturation” opens June 22 and runs through July 21. Juror Evan Boggess, Director of Phaze 2 Gallery and adjunct art instructor at Shepherd University, chose 15 artists from the 150 applicants to be in this colorful show. Visit the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. June 22 to meet the regular and guest artists during the opening reception.
Eastside Artists Gallery. 313 E Patrick Street, Frederick (email@example.com)
Ron Baviello’s solo show at Frederick’s newest co-op gallery has been a decade in the making. “The Boys” had its genesis when Baviello began painting sensuous and joyful portraits of young men in 2009. The early work was smoother and with an emphasis on perfection. As he got more comfortable with anatomy, Baviello felt free to experiment with more texture and mark making. The result is an impressive and large body of work, so large in fact that the show is hung salon-style.
The exhibit runs through June 30. Baviello and some of his fellow gallery members will also be exhibiting at Frederick Pride on Saturday, June 22.
The FMH Crestwood Art Gallery. 7211 Bank Court, Frederick (240-215-1460)
The Frederick County Art Association are exhibiting in an eclectic group show through Sept. 6. For more information about the group, visit fcaamd.org.
Gallery 322. 322 N. Market Street, Frederick (301-775-6997, gallery322.com)
Jan Kaufman’s solo show, “Diversions,” runs through June 30. Her new collection of landscape and floral paintings redirects viewers’ attention from the issues of the day with their pleasing colors and impressionistic brushstrokes.
The Griffin Gallery. 4 W 5th Street. Frederick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sheryl Massaro has already proven herself as a representational painter. The artist’s strong solo exhibit this month solely showcases her abstract work.
When asked about this focus Massaro says, “Abstractions carry, for me, a deeper and ‘off to the side’ look at life than the work folks are used to seeing from me. Kind of like Wallace Stevens poems — you can enjoy his use of language and can recognize many of his images, but you know his viewpoint is something you just are not familiar with.”
The Mary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery. Frederick Community College. (301-846-2513)
Taurean Washington’s first solo show, “Art Overdosed” was inspired by the music of J. Cole and tackles themes of addiction.
“This series is a dialogue that I have with J. Cole. Some paintings come from a song and then other times I take the lead with how the painting will end up,” says Washington. “There’s a painting for each song on the album, with a few extras.”
You can meet the artist and hear the music that inspired him at the opening on from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit runs until July 21.
NOMA Gallery. 437 N. Market Street, Frederick. (nomagalleryfrederick.com)
Carolyn Mayer’s solo show, “Bird Brain,” highlights our avian friends in the Frederick area. Mayer’s paintings are not only accurate physical depictions, but many have another layer that suggests what birds perceive or the ways in which we perceive them. For example, her woodpecker painting comes complete with an audio component.
Mayer’s artist’s talk on June 20 should be interesting. There will also be another opportunity to meet her and other members of the gallery at the closing reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on June 30.
Area 31. 31 E. Patrick Street, Frederick. (area-31.com)
Storyboard artist, J.Todd Anderson, will present a master class on film making on from noon to 4 p.m. June 15. Anderson has worked with the Coen brothers on movies including Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski.