Three exhibit receptions

one day

September 06, 2013|Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
  • Parrot Tulips with Red Macaw by Ian Hornak will be on display at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
¿Parrot Tulips with Red Macaw¿ by Ian Hornak will be on display at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

By Rebecca Massie Lane

Special to The Herald-Mail 

 The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will honor numerous artists in three different exhibitions:  those selected to exhibit in the 81st annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition, art students of Ski Holm and works in clay by artist Mary Bowron. The reception is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today at the museum.

“Mary Bowron: Works in Clay” in the West Corridor Gallery is a tribute exhibition presenting a lifetime of clay creations. Through devoted exploration of ceramic traditions and experimentation with clay bodies, glaze formulas and wood-fired techniques, Bowron has developed shapes, colors, and imagery that originated during her childhood in Alabama experiencing red clay, and later in the 1960s in California when she discovered a creative clay center.  

The “Students of Ski Holm” will present paintings created in classes at the art museum. 

Holm has been a teacher in the museum Art School for eight years. A native of Long Island, N.Y., Holm became a fine arts major at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City; there he studied composition and painting with Richard Pitts, Don Perlis, Susan Daykin and Vincent Arcilesi. 


As staff artist–in-residence at Chrystal Field/George Bartenieff’s Theater for the New City in NYC, his work in set design and scene painting included the world premiere of Obie Award-winning “The Danube” by Irene Fornes. Holm will again offer painting courses at the Museum this fall.

Among the artists selected to exhibit in the Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition are Brad Clever of Chambersburg, Pa., who was awarded Best in Show; Sharpsburg artist Lee Weaver who received the Clyde H. Roberts Award for Best Watercolor Landscape, given by the children of Clyde Roberts and award winners Mark Poss of Vienna, Va., Roy Steele of Hagerstown, Mary Beth Akre of Parkton, Md., and Lee Badger of Hedgesville, W.Va. 

Out of 314 entries in the 81st Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition, 65 (20 percent) were selected for inclusion in this year’s exhibition by juror Ephraim Rubenstein. 

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Rubenstein received his Bachelor of Art in art history from Columbia University and his Master of Fine Arts in painting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He is an active teacher and is currently on the faculty of the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts and the Art Students League of New York.

 In conjunction with the Cumberland Valley Artists’ Exhibition, the Museum will present “Ephraim Rubenstein: Woodley Suite,” paintings of the artist’s historic Maryland house of which beautiful spaces and light have been a constant source of inspiration.   

Focused on the photorealist paintings of one of the founding artists of the photorealist and hyperrealist movements, is the exhibition “Ian Hornak: Transparent Barricades,” on view through Sunday, Oct. 13. 

Born in Philadelphia to parents who emigrated from Slovakia, Ian Hornak moved to Brooklyn, N.Y.,at the age of 2 and then relocated with his family to Mount Clemens, Mich., at age 8. 

Upon graduating from high school, Hornak relocated to Detroit and later received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts at Wayne State University.

Hornak produced photorealist artwork in the midst of the Pop Art movement in New York City. While living in New York, Hornak worked with and befriended renown art world figures, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Fairfield Porter. 

In conjunction with this fascinating exhibition, the artist’s nephew, art historian Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., will present the lecture, “The Life, Work and Legacy of Ian Hornak” 

Opening Sunday, Oct. 20, in the museum’s Kerstein Gallery, will be “Folk Art for Children: Handmade in America, 1760-1940” a fascinating exhibition of toy-sized examples of American material culture and the decorative arts, including farms, dolls, quilts, furniture and decorative arts, doll houses and other architecture, moving toys and more. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Boonsboro native and collector Eleanor Lakin will present  an illustrated lecture. The magic of each artist’s creative exuberance and artistic genius will be revealed. 

Lakin will discuss the social and economic milieu that influenced and defined toy makers’ design concepts.

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