November 11, 2017 Reception, Art Workshop and Gallery Talks for Two Exhibitions

Reception, November 11, 2017/4:00 – 7:00 p.m./FREE

Skateboard Deck Design Workshop/November 11, 2017/4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m./art classroom

Join Rori Cannon Daughtridge and Bettina Messersmith to create a unique design for your decks. Suggested donation of $10. Email or call 301-739-5727 to register. Space is Limited.

This workshop is sponsored by Bustin’ Boards.

Gold Foil Embossing with Kellie Mele/4:00 – 5:00 p.m./Kaylor Atrium/

$10 suggested donation; Email or call 301-739-5727 to register

Gallery Talk with Daniel Fulco/5:30 p.m./Painted Pages/Bowman Gallery

Alex Brewer Gallery Talk/November 11, 2017/6:15 p.m./Groh Gallery


Color, Balance & Form: Recent Works by Alex Brewer HENSE

October 21, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Groh Gallery

Alex Brewer, the contemporary artist also known as HENSE, is best known for dynamic and colorful abstract paintings and monumental wall pieces. Active since the 1990s, Brewer began accepting commissions for artwork in 2002. Over the last decade, he has established a solid reputation as a commissioned artist, having exhibited in several solo and group shows. Brewer has produced a number of interior and exterior works for public institutions and private companies around the world, including the ISIL Institute in Lima, Peru, Apple Inc., and Facebook Global Headquarters, in Menlo Park, California. In the summer of 2017, Brewer, as HENSE, will complete a commissioned building mural along Hagerstown’s Cultural Arts Trail. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to celebrate the culmination of this mural project with this site-specific installation of Brewer’s recent works. Sponsored by the Waltersdorf Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County.

Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts 13th – 18th Centuries

November 4, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts explores the golden age of handmade books, some of which employed elaborate gold leaf decoration and intricate ornament. The exhibition includes examples from medieval European Bibles, prayer books, psalters, books of hours, choir books, missals, breviaries, and lectionaries. Most of the works date from the thirteenth through the eighteenth centuries and are ink on parchment (prepared animal skin). French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, English, Armenian, and German examples will be included in addition to non-Western pages, including 17th- and 18th-century leaves from Hebrew texts, the Koran and the Shahnameh, the Persian illustrated Book of Kings.  A display of artist’s materials—gold leaf, parchment, vellum, and mineral pigments—is also featured in the exhibit.  Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th-18th Centuries is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

(Image Credit: Joachinus de Gigantibus de Rotenberg (illuminator), German, active 1440s – 1490s, Pietro Ursuleo of Capua (scribe), Italian, died 1483, Leaf from a Book of Hours, Italian, 1465 – 1483, opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on parchment, Museum Purchase.  Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.)




“This project was made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities.”