ANNAPOLIS—Maryland Hall will open three exhibitions on Friday, April 29 and will host a free gallery reception on Friday, May 6 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The exhibitions will remain on display through June 12.
Opening in the Chaney Gallery is Three Views of Four Dimensions, featuring work by three members of the Malmgren family: Ebby Malmgren, her son Rick and daughter Betty Wallace.
Ebby Malmgren, an Annapolis resident since 1972, is a potter, printmaker and bookmaker. Malmgren says chance played a large part in all three of these callings.
A chance invitation to a Ceramic Guild show from a fellow student in a French Adult Education class kindled her interest in clay. An equally unexpected invitation to pay $25 to fill in a vacant space in a print making class led to print making and after meeting a book maker she started to include both clay work and prints in hand-made books.
Her work is shown regularly in the Annapolis area and also at the Rift Gallery in Rinconada, New Mexico and the Harwood Museum Shop in Taos where she spends a few months each year.
“I appreciate the invitation to show some of my work in the Chaney Gallery, and to show it with our son Rick’s pottery and our daughter Betty’s photography is truly special,” says Malmgren.
Malmgren adds, “Having been present at the very earliest meetings in an empty building when Maryland Hall was only a nameless dream and a hope, and having been involved at the Hall in small ways in the ensuing years, I salute all those whose vision and hard work made, and is still making, Maryland Hall a special place. I dedicate this show to each and all of them and to my husband Dick who has sponsored all of us.”
Rick Malmgren, who lives in southern Anne Arundel county, was introduced to clay in 1960 as a 10-year-old watching his mother, Ebby make her first pots in the basement of their home. Since 1974, he has worked full-time with clay, first as an apprentice with a potter in New Hampshire, then heading up the pottery program at Providence Center in Annapolis, and finally on to his own studio.
After 15 years of making and selling pottery, primarily working alone, he branched out and began teaching. For the past 10 years, he has been a full-time faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College, serving the last 4 years as department chair for visual arts and humanities. After achieving several goals for the department, including enrollment and faculty growth and renovations, he returned last fall to his first loves—working with clay and teaching full-time.
Betty Wallace is a digital photographer who says her photographs are less the result of formal training than of nature and nurture. Growing up in an artistic family that spent much of their time together outdoors led to a life-long fascination with art and an appreciation of nature. Lacking many of the talents associated with traditional art forms, Betty was for many years discouraged by the inability of her hands to convey what captivated her mind’s eye. Her discovery of the possibilities of digital photography occurred ten years ago when her husband, Doug Wallace, bought his first digital camera and then generously surrendered it to her when it was clear that it offered a medium in which Betty was at last able to give voice to her graphic vision.
Betty has recently been a guest teacher discussing digital techniques in a bookmaking class at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. Two books which she made using her digital images were included in the recent Academy Art Museum show, “Artist Made Books: Ebby Malmgren, Students and Peers.” Betty currently works from her studio at Kinhaven, her home in Swarthmore, PA where she processes and prints her digital images.
The Martino Gallery will have the exhibit Richard Montgomery: Recent Work, on display featuring sculptures and paintings by this Annapolis artist. Montgomery studied painting and sculpture in the U.K. at Birmingham College of Art and Design. His long and varied career includes work as an artist as well as a production designer for movies and television and set design in the U.S. and U.K. Montgomery has taught master classes in studio art, theatre, film and television at universities in the U.K., the U.S. and the Caribbean and had a recent exhibition of his work at the Mitchell Gallery.
On display in the Balcony Gallery will be Through the Eyes of the 21st Century, an exhibition of digital work by Leo Hylan, Lauren Heath and James Merrill. Hylan says of this exhibit, “This exhibit portrays the world view and culture of the digital native. As technology and computers became linked to society through the 1990’s, it also uniquely became linked to the children of this era. Now in the 21st century, these children have developed into artists’, and this exhibit portrays how our technological society has influenced this vision.”
Hylan is a multimedia artist, composer, and DJ/VJ from the Baltimore area and an arts instructor at the Bates Performing and Visual Arts Magnet School. He has a B.F.A. in New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; as well as a Master’s in Art Education from Goucher College. Hylan had a film selected to be played at the Gene Siskel film center in Chicago and has also exhibited and performed in Digital Multimedia shows at various locations throughout the Chicago, Baltimore/Washington, and New York areas.
Based in Baltimore City, James Merrill creates canvas prints with a focus on digital abstract artwork. He uses a mix of 3D, digital painting, and Photoshop to achieve a variety of results. Merrill has been a member of the online digital art community since 2004. His art is featured on the international art collective EvokeOne where he is an administrator and contributor.
Lauren Heath is from Pasadena, MD. She has been an active artist for over 10 years with an emphasis on pencil, charcoal and photography. Heath takes pictures, draws and paints for personal enjoyment, but is also working towards a degree in Graphic Design. Through the Eyes of the 21st Century will display some of her first compositions that were created by use of Photoshop.
Maryland Hall is located 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Maryland Hall’s Galleries are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. For more information go to www.marylandhall.org or call 410-263-5544.