HerStory 8: Patience for Spring

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Making HerStory, the annual exhibition series by Michelle D. Parrish celebrates the vast and diverse forms of creativity offered by women artists. This year’s focus celebrates the journey women artist travel in their quest to explore their inner creativity. Making HerStory 8 is the final destination of this journey and we can’t be more elated to share it with you, our many friends, and supporters. The theme, Patience for Spring represents this final culmination as Spring is the slow regeneration of the earth, life, and its bounty. It is only through the seemingly long dormant season of Winter can Spring occur and thus, we must be patient…and that patience pays off.

Featuring Elise Perry as DJ Bhungri 


Prudence Bonds
Zandra Chestnut
Jennifer Judelsohn
Dehejia Maat
Sadrea Muhammad
Antwanyce Richardson
Heather Schmaedeke
Patricia Steck
Shawn Yancy

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Journey With Paper by Sandra Davis


January 7 – February 8, 2013

Sandra Davis

Opening reception: January 12th, 3-6pm
View the Evite here
Entertainment by Soul in Motion
Press Release
Artist’s talk: January 27th, 2-4pm

My work can be considered “Green” or “Re-purpose” art. I work with recycled paper and items that can be used as painting surfaces that we as consumers throw away. I have an abundance of the resource. The goal is to create with what is on hand. The medium is “mixed media” which consist of paper from magazines, shredded documents, paper towels, tissue paper and gift bags along with other found papers. I incorporate acrylic paint and utilize the leftover acrylic skins as well.

The choice of material is based on discovery and experimentation. I will start with a small version and work larger to see if the technique is repeatable and sustainable. The common theme of my work is generally female oriented, afro centric portraits with specific themes. Other pieces are abstract in nature exploring movement, color and materials.
My current work incorporates the use of shredded papers, acrylic paint and acrylic skins. The technique allows the work to take on movement based on the application. It can be bound together with color and gel medium or it can be applied color specific to create a surface that cannot be done with paint alone.

(c) Sunflowers, Sandra D. Davis, 2012, 3 panels mixed media on canvas, 36x24, $500

(c) Sunflowers, Sandra D. Davis, 2012, 3 panels mixed media on canvas, 36×24, $500

(c) You Go Girl, Sandra D. Davis, 2009, Paper on canvas board, 24x36, $1,200

(c) You Go Girl, Sandra D. Davis, 2009, Paper on canvas board, 24×36, $1,200



Exhibition Opening: Chesapeake Bay Watermen: The Art of the Catch

June 15 – July 18, 2012

Featuring the photo essay of Maria Bryk

Exhibition Opening:
Friday, June 15, 2012
Center for Green Urbanism Tubman-Mahan Gallery
Facebook Event 

I was drawn in by the anecdotes of the first waterman I met; he told me about his day, which was entirely unique from the routine of my graphic design job. I lived in Talbot County for almost a year, a community saturated with Chesapeake Bay watermen. Increasingly intrigued by their trials and triumphs, I became friends with more and more watermen. They seemed amused and entertained by the curious young woman who would occasionally wake up at 3 am to go trot lining with crabbers, or troll with rockfish fishermen. It was only in 2010, five years after meeting that first waterman, that I began to bring my camera.

These images were shot over a two year span and in no way capture all of the intricacies and skill that go in to a waterman’s workday. This show captures a glimpse at how these men catch food from the bay; their dedication, knowledge, and skill, and some of what happens after the catch comes to shore.

There are seasons and techniques for catching blue fish, rockfish, bait fish, clams and oysters. There are regulations and fishing zones, limited fishing licenses and declining populations of catch. Pollution and overfishing increasingly encroaches on their livelihood. Each year is a struggle. But watermen stay out there. It is more than a job; it is a way of life.

Maria Bryk: http://mariabphoto.com/index2.php#/home/

About the artist:
Maria Bryk is a photographer and designer currently working in Washington, D.C. She moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland after college and fell in love with the watermen’s way of life. She has been photographing and fishing with watermen in and around Talbot County for over two years. This photo essay, “Chesapeake Bay Watermen: The Art of the Catch,” is the first comprehensive display of her passion for capturing the life of watermen on the Shore. A selection of photographs from “The Art of the Catch” was featured in Washingtonianmagazine’s “Best of PhotoWeek” spread in December 2010. Her photojournalistic essays span a wide variety of subjects, including documenting places of worship in the District of Columbia, Parisian street culture and portraits from Carnival in Salvador, Brazil. Apart from her travels and independent work, Maria is a graphic designer and photographer for the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Huffington Post, abc.com and bbc.co.uk, among other publications. She was featured in Art202 Journal’s “Thirty-two under 32” as a local young artist and was a 2010 Artist Grant recipient from the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities.