October 6-November 3
Reception and Artist's Talk: Thursday, October 20, 5-7 p.m.
FIERCE BEAUTY is an installation of large drawings by Leslie Shellow. Nature, overwhelmingly large or microscopically small, sometimes terrifyingly violent and often amazingly beautiful, is what inspires Leslie Shellow’s work. Shellow says: “Attraction, repulsion, contraction, expansion, growth, decay, beauty and ugliness are all aspects of Nature that are underscored in my work. These polarities function both internally (in the body) and externally (in the universe) in similar ways. Though these terms would tend to suggest both positive and negative forces working at odds with one another, every plant or animal, every weather pattern or atmospheric event, every bacteria or virus (whether it is nourishing or damaging to humans) follows its own programed behavioral path, and ultimately ends up living and dying just like we do.” Accompanying the installation is a new body of work on a smaller more intimate scale.
In 2015, Shellow was selected as a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist and exhibited at Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. She was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Works on Paper in 2010 and 2013 and 2016. She holds an MFA in Painting from Towson University, a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Education from the Evergreen State College. She currently teaches Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has exhibited in such venues as The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College, the King Street Art Gallery at Montgomery College, the National Institute of Health and Carrol Square Gallery in Washington DC.
October 12-November 9
Loyola-Notre Dame Library Gallery
Reception and Artist's Talk: Wednesday, October 19, 5-6:30 p.m.
Using low tech processes to combine cast-off furniture parts, aged metals, and hardware, Opasik re-interprets and honors the unique histories of each weathered component. Mary Opasik has been working with found object assemblage for 28 years. Raised in Baltimore city, her art is influenced by a society whose streets and woods are littered with discarded materials.
Opasik received a B.F.A degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her art has been exhibited in The Huntsville Museum of Art (Alabama), Coast Gallery (Pebble Beach, CA), the American Craft Council (Baltimore, MD) and in galleries extensively. In May 2015, Mary Opasik was an Inside Zone artist-in-residence in Borsec, Transylvania, Romania. She was a grantee for The Alfred & Trafford Klots Residency Program at Rochefort-en-Terre (Brittany, France), the Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain) and the Vermont Studio Center (U.S.). The artist has participated in Maryland Art Place's Critics' and Residency Programs in 1991 & 1994 and has taught in visiting artist programs. Her work has been published in "Found Object Art" by Dorothy Spencer and "Found Object Art II" by Tina Skinner. Her public art collaborative project, UNDERWATER TREASURES is a found object and mosaic mural on the wall outside Elridge Library. Opasik is an ongoing participant of Nature Art in the Park in Baltimore County, MD.