Chaney Gallery

A Connection in Clay artist Hank Murrow will host a gallery talk and slide presentation in the Chaney Gallery on Thursday, October 1 from 5:30–7 pm. 

About Hank Murrow


 

My three younger brothers and I endured a Jesuit education which was classical, vigorous, and abstract; so I was a sitting duck for the simultaneous encounter with Bob James and clay at the U. of Oregon in 1958. I was ripe for the idea of developing something from raw materials to an object transformed by the fire. At my first review, Bob turned over each piece to carefully regard the bottom before he looked at the rest of it; and I marveled, 'Hey, there's more to this than I thought!' ... which has continued to be true for 58 years.

David Stannard joined the faculty as I was beginning graduate work, and his gorgeous pots and profound understanding of materials perfectly balanced Bob's commitment to subject matter enfolded in rich metaphor. Together, they created an atmosphere of inquiry in the studio which encouraged us to share and learn from each other while remaining alert to our own calling. I was also very lucky to participate in six-week-long workshops with both Shoji Hamada and Michael Cardew; and to work alongside Jane Heald in our wonderful PotShop in Venice, California.

After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1967, I went to Mexico to work for an art center in La Paz, Baja California. I married Bev Wickstrom in 1969 and took up a teaching post at Ohio University with George Kokis. During 1970-73 I was teaching at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado with Brad Reed. Bev and I returned to Eugene in 1974, where she began working for the University; while I divided my time between developing kiln designs and work in my studio there.

Back in 1969 some students from my pottery class and I were visiting the art history prof at his home and studio, when I noticed a box on a side table. I asked what was in it and he said, 'You can open it......if you do it over the carpet'. Inside the beautiful box was a brocaded cloth bag, & inside the bag was a teabowl with a lumpy white & orange glaze. At first I thought it might be rough, but once I got it into my hands I was seduced by its comforting texture and light weight. The pits inside the bowl held tiny pockets of bright green from its use as a teabowl. I asked what it was and he said, 'Shino........four hundred years old.' Well, I put it back in the bag and the box, but never out of my mind, chasing it ever since! 

About the Exhibit

A Connection in Clay - In Pursuit of Craft is an invitational show of American potters displaying how skills are transferred through lessons taught from master to student.  This partnership in pursuit of craft has been ongoing from the time where firing of ceramics was the high technology, traveling through the industrial revolution and into today’s art and craft movements.  

We invited emerging artists and their mentor. Also current masters (who named their mentors and influences) together with artists they are influencing in the next generation of studio potters.  The show displays the story of this ongoing dialog between potters and their relationship in craft.

The current studio pottery in America movement owes a great deal to Bernard Leach (1887-1979), Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) and Soestsu Yanagi (1889-1961).  As Michael Webb in his book, Introduction to Bernard Leach, Hamada & Their Circle stated, “The meeting of Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1919 … started ripples which are still widening today and which may be considered one of the crucial events in twentieth century ceramic history.”  Leach, an Englishman, and Hamada, a like-minded Japanese potter friend, discovered pottery in Japan early in the twentieth century and devoted their lives to utilitarian pottery as an art form.  

Our show illustrates the diverse product from this connection in clay of Hamada and Leach and the interconnections of the potters in this exhibit. For example, Jeff Oestreich was encouraged by Warren MacKenzie to apprentice with Leach at St. Ives, which Jeff did starting 1968 and Jeff is one of the current pillars of the American mingei philosophy of utilitarian beauty today.  Another is Hank Murrow who in the sixties studied with Shoji Hamada for a shorter period of time; the Eastern influence is present in his work. 

Not everyone could have personally studied or apprenticed with Hamada or Leach, but the strength of the tradition, and the passing of knowledge and skills continues. We can see it in the connections between Chris Gustin and Seth Rainville, between Matthew Hyleck and Camilla Ascher and Missy Steele at Baltimore Clayworks (one of the important national centers for ceramics in the US), between Dale Huffman and Justin Rothshank and Missy Steele, between Matt Kelleher and Kenyon Hansen, and between Gail Kendall and Joseph Pintz. Many other connections take place; between Chris Gustin, one of the original founders of the Watershed Center in Maine, and Elizabeth Kendall the current president of the board of Watershed Center.  Even this exhibit can form connections in clay between you and the potters.

Father/daughter duo Peter and Lisa Egeli held a gallery talk on March 11 for their exhibition "Nature/Nurture: The Paintings of Father and Daughter" on display in the Chaney Gallery. The gallery talk was well attended and a number of their paintings have already sold. If you have the opportunity to, stop by and check out their exhibition along with Patrice Drago's and Ruth Connell's also on display at Maryland Hall through April 11.  Ruth Connell will be hosting a gallery talk on Wednesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm.

Photos courtesy of Patrick O'Brien - www.PatrickOBrienStudio.com

The Capital recently featured the upcoming exhibition Nature/Nurture: The Paintings of Father and Daughter by Peter Egeli and Lisa Egeli. 

Like father like … daughter?

Peter Egeli, 80, is a well-regarded painter and portrait artist. A son of famed portraitist Bjorn Egeli, a native of Norway, he grew up in a family where every one of his siblings picked up the paintbrush en route to becoming acclaimed artists.

His son Stuart Egeli took another path. A 1992 Naval Academy graduate, he had a 24-year career in the Navy.

His daughter Lisa, 48, has now followed in his paint-spattered footsteps, becoming a third-generation member of the Egeli artistic legacy.

She, too, is a portrait and landscape artist. Her portraits hang in institutions and in public and private collections. Her portfolio includes meticulously detailed portraits of gorillas and chimpanzees painted in their natural settings.

On March 2 through April 11, the father-and-daughter duo are exhibiting their landscapes, maritime scenes and wildlife studies in the Chaney Gallery at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Their showcase is called "Nature/ Nurture: The Paintings of Father and Daughter."

This is the first time they have exhibited together since family members staged a show in Baltimore in 1985.

In the showcase will be about 50 of their works both large and small. Primarily oil paintings, the Egelis are incorporating several pastel sketches and watercolor paintings into the display.

Some were painted while the pair were outside, standing either side-by-side or back-to-back. Several were created near the house of her father and mother Elizabeth Stuart "Stu" Egeli in the St. Mary's County town of Drayden.

Click here to read the full article to learn more about the father/daughter duo and their exhibit which will be on display in the Chaney Gallery from March 2 - April 11. 

Please join us for a free Gallery Talk on Monday, February 9 at 6 pm. 

Matt Korbelac, president of the Digital Photography Club of Annapolis will introduce the winners of the Digital Visions: Annual Juried Show of the Digital Photography Club of Annapolis in the Chaney Gallery. The winners will discuss their piece, addressing why they chose to take it and how they addressed problems in doing so. Printing on various papers and other materials and framing choices will also be discussed. Speakers will include James Walker speaking for himself and Annette Uroskie, Chris Edwards and Lynann Rudert. 

Immediately following the talk in the Chaney Gallery, head up to the third floor for a discussion in the Balcony Gallery by Vince Lupo about his photographs. Vince says of his work, “These photos are impressions of where I've been, what I've seen and the feelings these encounters have evoked.  Call them my visual "curricula vitae," or at least a small sliver of them.”

 

All That Art Auction Event:  Friday, March 7, 6-9 pm;  Tickets:  $75/person.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Mark you calendars for Maryland Hall's 9th annual All That Art fundraising event.  Enjoy an elegant reception in the galleries on Friday, March 7 and bid on artwork throughout the evening by noteworthy local and regional artists.  Proceeds from All That Art benefit the artists and Maryland Hall's visual arts program and outreach activities.  More than 40 pieces of art will be up for auction during All That Art, with pieces ranging from drawing and paintings to sculpture and jewelry.  An exhibition of all the work up for auction is on display in both galleries from February 24 through March 7.  Patrons can tour the galleries (free) during the exhibition and selected works (TBA) will be available for sale at "buy it now" prices prior to the auction.    

Juried Artists:

Mark Aruta
c.l. bigelow
Terri Borges
Lisa BurgerLentz
Rick Casali
Ruth Connell
Shelia Delaquil
Don Dement
Edie Dillon
Patrice Drago
James Earl
Joanette Egeli
Lorraine Ellerson
Richard Foa
Melissa Gryder
Douglas Hanewinckel
Gail Higginbotham
Channing Houston
Viki Keating
Gayla Lee
Fern Loos Beu
Nancy McCarra
Rufus Norman
Larry Ringgold
Doris Ross
Desiree Holmes Scherini
Wilford Scott
Thackray Seznec
Lida Stifel
Merla Tootle
Linda Trope
Shannon Troxler
Andree Tullier
Erika Walsh
Roxanne Weidele
Rob Wood
Patricia Worsham
William C. Wright
 
Invited Artists:
Karin Abromaitis
Sasha Blanton
Joe Dickey
Charles E. Emery
Kevin Fitzgerald
Joanne Graham
Nancy Hammond
Claire McArdle
Jill Tanenbaum
Marion E. Warren
Mindy Weisel
Elliott Zuckerman
 

Thanks to our All That Art Sponsors (to date):

 

All That Art began in 2006 and since then has grown into Maryland Hall's second largest fundraising event thanks to the generosity and support of individual art patrons, collectors and local businesses that support the event through sponsorship support, donations and art purchases.  Proceeds from the sale of the art is split evenly between the artists and Maryland Hall.  In addition to sales, the event provides artists with recognition and visibility to new audiences.

All That Art benefits Maryland Hall's visual arts program, which mounts countless exhibitions throughout the year, providing additional exposure to artists.  The event also support Maryland Hall's outreach activities that ensure students of all backgrounds have access to the arts.

At right:  Top:  Lida Stifel, "Fantasy Flowers," oil and Terri Borges, "Fields of Yellow," mosaic

Join us for An Evening of Sculpture and Dance on Saturday, June 1 from 5-7 pm. Discover the transformative power of art through dance and sculpture as dancers Cynthia Word and Ingrid Zimmer perform the timeless dance movements of Isadora Duncan in the galleries, uncovering the inspiration for many of Claire McArdle's archetypal sculptures and drawings. Light refreshments will be served.

Currently in the Martino and Chaney Galleries is Anima Mundi, an exhibition featuring more than 40 works in clay, marble and bronze and drawings by internationally-known sculptor Claire McArdle. The exhibit is on display through June 9, 2013. 

On Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm, Maryland Hall will host a FREE Gallery Talk with Claire McArdle. This will be a great opportunity to meet the artist and learn about the process of making her beautiful sculptures and drawings. 

Of her work in the exhibition, McArdle says, “ten years ago I moved my studio out West to a working ranch. This collection of work has grown out of that period. It reflects the revitalized relationship I have with the land and the animals, and also my deepened awareness of the natural cycles of life and death.​

July 27 - August 30, 2012

*Join us for a free opening reception on Friday, July 27 from 5:30 - 7 pm.*

Chaney Gallery

Ceramics - Recent work from Maryland Hall ceramics instructors and students.

Martino Gallery

Art of Glass - Artwork by Maryland Hall instructor Gayla Lee and her students.

*On Saturday, August 18 at 3:30 pm, there will be an illustrated gallery talk by Gayla Lee on the process of combining glass blowing and kiln forming. Free and open to the public.

Balcony Gallery

Emerging Artists II - Recent work by Maryland Hall A.I.R. Alexandra Crosby and local artist Caitling Sherwood.

 

Alcove & Cafe Gallery

Recent portraits of George Barbosa, Lynn Graves and Vincent Travani by members of the MD Hall Portrait Co-op.

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