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December 18, 2019

Feed Your Soul With Local Art

Cindy A. Rose

Last week The Tentacle suggested you might want to spend Saturday or Sunday at the Delaplaine Arts Center taking in the current exhibits.

This writer had time to take them in Tuesday afternoon and was not disappointed.

I’m not schooled in art, I am a fan of art, I dabble. I enjoy what moves me. Art is an “experience”, one “feels” art.

Michael Douglas Jones’ Our Ancient Pages was nostalgic.  Admirers of journaling and treasuring memories will enjoy his works.  Compilations of old papers, textiles, letters, coins, books, paint brushes and other meaningful items are the medium of this exhibit.  His description of “mixed” media doesn’t do it justice.  What I felt while roaming the room with his art was nostalgia mixed with melancholy.  Mixed emotions to match the media. I’m a devotee of the tactile.  I don’t shun technology, but for something to leave an impression it must have depth and texture and fragrance.  My favorite piece was the name sake of the exhibit – Our Ancient Pages.

Mary Scire’s Bits and Pieces would have you believe you were viewing bits and pieces of stained or painted glass and metal.  The pieces felt substantial yet delicate at the same time.   Love, joy and beauty welled up inside as I gazed upon the piece This Old House.  It didn’t feel old, it felt at peace.  Her use of color here was exceptionally calming.

Jessica Damen’s Visions, Verses and Voices lived up to its name.  As you sit in the gallery surrounded by her work, it is brought to life by audio that seemed to be coming from everywhere yet nowhere.  If you are lucky enough to have the room alone, the experience is quite something.

The Members photography by the Frederick Camera Clique was a collection of local Frederick scenery as well as places far off.  The Camera Clique is the largest camera club in Frederick County.  If you are interested in information or joining, pay their website a visit.

The highlighted exhibits are well worth the time. Don’t procrastinate, they are only around until December 29.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the breath of sunshine on a dark rainy day that was the Maryland School for the Deaf art in the Community Art Gallery.  Fun drawings and vivid sculptures adorn the hall.  If it doesn’t leave you with a smile on your face, I’ll refund you the cost of admission.

One of the things I love about the Delaplaine is there is art everywhere.  Don’t walk too quickly to get to the main galleries.  Be prepared to stop or you may miss the wood works of Neil and Kerry Stavely.  Take your time, walk the halls slowly, maybe pick up a last minute locally crafted Christmas or Hanukkah gift for a friend or loved one.

Pictures that were taken today of the exhibits can be seen with the Facebook version of this column at TheTentacleNews.  Articles from The Tentacle post to Facebook by 9:00 a.m.



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