In recent months, we’ve reached out to the rich, talented art community in and around Frederick — and its members responded with more than 80 pieces of art related to the gallery’s first designated theme: celebration.
“We were very impressed with the quality of the artwork submitted,” says Dr. Rachel Mandel, chair of the FMH Women’s Center advisory committee and member of the Art Gallery Committee. “Due to the space available we had to select just 45 pieces for this first show. We tried to include as many artists as possible, so we accepted one piece from each artist. It wasn’t an easy process.”
The panel had no trouble selecting Barbara Robinson’s painting “Where Did She Go?” — members of the committee selected it unanimously.
As a member of Dr. Mandel’s office staff, Robinson heard about the plans for the gallery as soon as they started coming together.
“I thought it was so neat to involve the community and local artists in a project like this,” she says.
A self-described “dabbler” in a wide variety of artistic mediums, Robinson based her painting on a pond in West Virginia near the site where she’s having a cabin built.
Robinson says she went out to the pond earlier this year to start working on the piece. She admits she took a little artistic license, but notes the pond, forest and path are all just as they appear in the painting. She even threw a stone into the pond to make sure she captured the ripples on the water perfectly.
“I’ve always loved the outdoors and I imagine this is the first warm day of Spring,” Robinson explains.
“The celebration is in the feeling of abandoning your inhibitions [note the clothing and hat at the edge of the pond] and enjoying the cool water.”
Artistic ability runs in Robinson’s family — although her mother contends it skipped a generation. Robinson says her grandmother was a respected artist in Wisconsin. Robinson’s mother was so proud of the fact Barbara’s work was selected for the gallery she came down from Wisconsin to see it in person.
“She told me she knew I had the genes from my grandmother,” Barbara says with a smile.
You can see Robinson’s painting and more than 40 additional works of art ranging from photography to intricate embroidery and beadwork in the FMH Crestwood Art Gallery, open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.
The public is also welcome to attend our FMH Crestwood Open House – October 22nd from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Artists will be available to discuss their work, plus we’ll have heavy hors d’oeuvres and tours of the entire facility. For more information on the Open House, see the FMH Crestwood Art Gallery website!
UPDATE: As of September 30th, four pieces of artwork have been sold from this inaugural show — including Barbara Robinson’s “Where Did She Go?”