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Curator Displays D.C. Talent at Gallery B on Wisconsin Avenue

14 Apr

Opening Reception for D.C. NOW Exhibition This Friday

Morton Fine Art brings a mobile art exhibit to Gallery B this month, showcasing work by contemporary D.C. area artists. The exhibition, DC NOW, opened last week but the opening reception will take place during the Bethesda Art Walk on Friday.

“DC NOW is a wonderful opportunity to expose Bethesda residents to our regional fine art superstars,” said curator Amy Morton, founder of Morton Fine Art. “Many of the artists featured in the exhibition are also museum-credentialed.”

One such artist is Maya Freelon Asante, whose latest mono print series is on display for the first time at Gallery B.

Maya Freelon Asante, "Bloom Where You're Planted", condensed tissue paper sculpture, 17"x13"

Maya Freelon Asante, "Bloom Where You're Planted", condensed tissue paper sculpture, 17"x13"

“I use tissue paper and the ink from bleeding tissue paper to make mono print,” Asante explained. “It’s basically a unique art image created by pressing another type of medium on top of paper.” She made her latest series by spinning the paper on a potter’s wheel to give it a vortex effect.

DC NOW is Morton’s fifth “*a pop-up project” (yes, there is an asterisk in the name), a temporary exhibit she sets up in vacant fine art galleries. This is her first project highlighting artists exclusively from the D.C. region.

“I think Amy picked some of the most dynamic and interesting artists working now,” Asante added.

The youngest artist, Victoria Shaheen, graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design last year and has several pieces on display including a three-part work of wood, live grass and ceramics, Morton said.

“I am also showing two oversize mixed media on Mylar pieces by artist GA Gardner who was born in Trinidad. He strikes a wonderful aesthetic experience by creating an interesting, intricate abstract landscape,” she said.

Morton covets two of the pieces in the exhibit for her personal collection, she confided, but did not disclose which ones. All the artwork is for sale and ranges from $150 to $9,250.

“I think the tone set in DC NOW is one of diversity, substance and original voice,” she said. “I like that each artist’s work is entirely distinguishable from the next so there is something to suit everyone’s art preferences.”

Gallery B at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. until April 29. The opening reception is Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

INSTALL Shot of DC NOW in Bethesda

4 Apr


Come by to see the show hung to perfection!  Opens today!

Run Dates: Wednesday 4/4 and runs through Sunday 4/29.

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12pm-6pm

Reception: Friday 4/13, 6pm-9pm (in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk)

Address: Morton Fine Art presents *a pop-up project in Galley B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave, Suite E, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Other: Right across the way from The Original Pancake House!

Featured in today’s Washington Post: LAUREL HAUSLER’s “Vera”

30 Mar
Washington Post, March 30, 2012

Washington Post, March 30, 2012

On display at MFA & *a pop-up project’s show DC NOW,  opening Wednesday 4/4/12  at Gallery B in Bethesda. Including artwork by MAYA FREELON ASANTE, BILLY COLBERT, ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY, LAUREL HAUSLER AND VICTORIA SHAHEEN.

Where?  Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave, Suite E, Bethesda, MD 20814

When? April 4th – April 29th, 2012

Hours? Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-6pm


*in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk


Save the Dates! MFA’s Spring 2011 Exhibition Schedule

12 Jan Rosemary Feit Covey's "Disconnect"

February 18 – March 9: “Death of the Fine Art Print” a solo exhibition of  artwork by Rosemary Feit Covey (Washington, DC, b. South Africa)

March 11 – March 31: “New Paintings” by Choichun Leung (NYC, b. UK)

Kesha Bruce's "Totem for Demetria"

Kesha Bruce's "Totem for Demetria"

April 8 – May 4: “Stories that Breathe: African American Figurative Narratives by 4 Contemporary Artists” featuring artwork by Jules Arthur (NYC, b. USA), Maya Freelon Asante (Baltimore, b. USA), Mario Andres Robinson (NJ, b. USA) and Kesha Bruce (France, b. USA).

May 6 – June 3: A Solo Exhibition of Mixed Media Work by Hadieh Shafie (Baltimore, b. Iran)

Margaret Bowland – Featured Artist in Tidal Basin Review!

17 Dec

Congratulations to artist Margaret Bowland for landing the ‘Featured Artist’ position in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Tidal Basin Review. Click on the following link to read an informative interview with the artist.


Margaret Bowland will be an integral part of MFA’s spring 2011 *a pop-up project and has an upcoming solo exhibition at the South Carolina Museum of Art in Greenville, SC.  More details coming soon!

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Question: How many squares in this 60″x36″ painting?

29 Oct
by Ethan Diehl

oil on canvas 60"x36"

Answer: 77,760 gray scale squares!

Here are a few words from artist Ethan Diehl on his process for “Constellation”:
Is my painting method tedious?

“Hell yes. It works for me, though, and I love the meditative state I fall into painting one square at a time.”

How many squares are there in a painting?

“Each square foot has 5,184 squares. So a 2’x3′ painting has 31,104 squares, and a 4’x5′ has 103,680 squares.”

Who invented the grid method?

“I was inspired by Chuck Close to paint the way I do. However the grid method is a paint-based version of the mosaic, which has been around for nearly 2,500 years.”

Why do I paint using thousands of squares?

“When I started painting, I was frustrated by my inability to create realistic images. Painting with squares allows me to paint realistically because my works are based off photographs I take.”

So…what exactly is MFA: Morton Fine Art?

10 Aug
Good question: firmly committed to the belief that anyone can become an art collector, MFA is a hybrid business model that combines art collection advising, museum education and artist advocacy.  Redefining a traditional art gallery model, MFA does not represent a staple of artists but instead collaborates with artists to promote and place selected pieces in art collections of all kinds.
MFA also replaces a traditional gallery model with an innovative curators’ studio and a series of bi-annual temporary exhibitions. The curator’s studio is a working art lab where small shows are continually rotated on display, while larger scale  exhibitions, known as * a pop-up project, are held in locations outside of MFA’s Florida Ave NW studio, “popping-up” in various locations throughout Washington, DC.
So to answer the question, MFA breaks the mold slightly: it’s is a little bit of an art gallery, a little bit of an arts educator, a little bit of a collections advisor, but most importantly, a place that brings dynamic contemporary art to Washington, DC.
Come visit us and find out more!
MFA’s curator’s studio is located at:
1781 Florida Ave NW (at 18th and U Sts)
Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Sunday – Monday: by appointment