Pears

”No Prejudice Among Pears” can be seen at Sheryl Massaro’s new exhibit at Art & Pen Studio-Gallery.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been a member of TAG/The Artists Gallery since April. That said, as a fan of variety, I’m especially looking forward to this month’s show.

In addition to being a fundraiser, the mission of “Le Salon” is to open up gallery space to those who don’t have a regular venue. Some guest artists who previously participated in TAG’s salon shows have gone on to be juried in as members.

At press time, 22 artists have registered and are exhibiting 54 pieces. These include painting, collage, photography and mixed media. Judging from past years, many more will bring in their work on the gallery’s deadline day.

It usually takes three people about four hours to hang group exhibits at the artist-owned gallery. Salon-style events can add around two hours to the process. Decisions must be made regarding the coherent grouping of so many pieces. In addition to the added volume, there can be issues with paperwork and hanging hardware from artists who aren’t used to showing at TAG. But in the end, it’s worth the extra time. Regardless of whether this year’s exhibit is stacked from floor to ceiling, it should be dramatic. Not only is there more variety at a salon show, but as you step back, the walls become works of art in their own right.

Interested? There will be a First Saturday opening reception on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. TAG is located at 216 N. Market St. in Frederick. To learn more, visit theartistsgalleryfrederick.com.

Also Showing in August

The Delaplaine Arts Center. 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick (delaplaine.org).

The “Over 70” group exhibit and Robert Cantor’s offbeat still-lifes open Saturday. Don’t miss the work of Kim Klabe, Burton Blistein and Whitney Dahlberg, whose shows end on Aug. 26. I was particularly inspired by the results of Dahlberg’s yearlong goal of creating a new collage every week.

“Friday Conversations on Art and Wine” is free for adults 21 and over. Leslie King will discuss Danish painter Anna Archer and the Skagen Painters at 3 p.m. on Aug. 10. Spin the Bottle’s Marc Monohan will provide wine samples along with descriptions.

NOMA Gallery. 437 N. Market St., Frederick. (nomagalleryfrederick.com).

This month is your last chance to see the intriguing members’ exhibit, “Our Thoughts Run in Circles.” There will be a reception on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. An artist talk and a reading by members of Slant Light Poetry will take place on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

Art & Pen Studio-Gallery. 4 W. 5th St., Frederick.

Who knew that fruit could have so much personality? Sheryl Massaro’s new show, “No Prejudice Among Pears and Other Still Lifes,” will open Saturday with a reception from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be another reception on Sept. 1. You can also make an appointment to view the show by emailing sherylmassaro@gmail.com.

The Muse. 19 N. Market St., Frederick (shopthemuse.com).

Celebrate First Saturday with Rachel Alvarez from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. She’s created watercolor illustrations of all 50 states. Her depiction of Maryland shows Frederick’s Carroll Creek. Take that, Baltimore and Annapolis!

Artists’ Opportunity

Expanding Heart Center Gallery. 208 W. Patrick St., Frederick.

Open call for artists. This holistic health center hosts two-month-long art exhibits. Healing and affirmative themes are encouraged. There’s room for about 15 to 20 pieces. For a prospectus, visit expandingheartcenter.com.

Learn Something

505 North Gallery and Studio. 505 N. Market St., Frederick (505north.com).

Laura “La” Renee Davis will be teaching “Color-Art Collage” on Aug. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. The $50 fee covers all materials including an 11x14 gallery-wrap canvas. To register, contact the artist directly at 301-788-7715.

Doug Moulden continues his drop-in acrylic painting workshops at 505 North. Email him at douglasmoulden@aol.com for details. An added bonus? His students will be showing their work in the gallery from Saturday to Aug. 26.

Karen Peacock is an artist, writer, and designer living in downtown Frederick. “Washing Away the Dust” appears on the first Thursday of the month. For possible inclusion of your event in September’s column, contact her at karen@peacockartanddesign.com before Aug. 24.

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