DRAWN FROM LIFE: FIGURES AND PORTRAITS FROM THE MARYLAND HALL CO-OPS | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

DRAWN FROM LIFE: FIGURES AND PORTRAITS FROM THE MARYLAND HALL CO-OPS

Martino Gallery, 2nd floor

Drawn from Life:  Figures and Portraits From the Maryland Hall Co-ops

Reception | Thursday, Nov. 7 | 5:30 - 7 pm

  

(left) Wallendorf, Female Back, Lithography Proof (right) Leslie Sater, Turned Head

The Figure and Portrait Drawing Co-ops have been a part of Maryland Hall since around 1990 with close to 45 people first enlisted as members. Originally called “Studio 117,” the Co-ops have been a mainstay in our historic building, as they keep the tradition of drawing and painting from a live model at the center of their mission. Though Maryland Hall continues to grow, change, and modernize, it is traditions like these that keep us grounded to our roots as an arts organization. We are proud to celebrate the Co-ops during our 40th Anniversary Year as an integral part of who we are as a community, serving professional and emerging artists alike with creative opportunities.

The Co-ops are organized and managed by their members who bring a diverse level of artistic background and ability.  Each session offers the opportunity to create studies from life, working with experienced nude and clothed figure models. During a session, the artists work independently without instruction. It provides an opportunity to work in the company of like-minded individuals, at one's own pace with one's preferred materials.

The Figure Co-ops are held Wednesday mornings, 9:30-12:30 and Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:30, and the Portrait Co-op meets on Friday mornings 9:30-12:30. Three-hour figure sessions can include a few short gesture poses before the model takes a long pose for concentrated study, or, in the case of the Portrait Co-op, the pose may extend over multiple sessions.

    

(left)Gerry Valerio, Portrait of a Young Woman (middle) Sandy Cohen, Portrait 1 (right) Monica Williams, Painting of Joanne Scott

Locations:

Martino Gallery - Juried work from the Figure Drawing Co-ops

Main Office  - Tribute to founding members/managers: retrospective work including: Gerry Valerio, Monica Williams, Phyllis Avedon, John Eden, Lee Klopp   

Hallway - Select work from the Portrait Co-op highlighting Maryland Hall activities

1st Floor hallway and alcove - Sampling of work from the Portrait Co-op    

  

                                                                                Images of Co-op members hard at work during live model sessions

Juror: Chris Mona

Chris Mona was born in Washington, DC in 1961, graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983, and from Pratt Institute with a Master of Fine Arts in 1985. Mona has received a grant from Artists Space, NY, NY, and two artist’s awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work is in public collections, including The Rooms Art Gallery of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada; College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, Md; Columbia College, Chicago, Ill; and Franklin Furnace Archive, NY, NY. In 2011, he completed the Aluminum Plate Lithography Workshop at Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM, under the direction of Rodney Hamon. In 2015, Mona was artist-in-residence at Homestead National Monument, Nebraska. Mona is a professor of art at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Md., and also directs its Printmaking Studio.