With age, art and life become one, said the French master of cubism George Braque. So, too, is the artwork represented at the Delaplaine’s sparkling show “Over 70,” which highlights the work of 163 of the area’s experienced artists. The wide-ranging variety of media is displayed in progressive subject matter groupings, making for a thoughtful tour through the two expansive main galleries. The opening reception on Aug. 3 included a panel discussion led by three participating artists who revealed their impressions on the topic of creative aging and what art means to them.
Panelist Gil Narro Garcia was impressed with the high quality of the work and said it was as good as one would typically see in a juried show. Garcia, a sculptor who resides in Harpers Ferry, discussed his need for space to form new ideas and noted that he is “constantly looking and learning.” His art has evolved from a collection of childhood treasures that he kept in a big box to a room in his home filled with collectibles he uses to inspire his work—repurposing nature in his sculptural vignettes under Plexiglass domes.
Urbana landscape photographer Stephen Hung shot his “Baker Park of Frederick” photo after an ice storm in January 2015. The park is a favorite location for his Frederick landscape photography, and he enjoys this particular photo for the reflection of the bell tower with interesting sky background after the storm.
“As a photographer, I always pay special attention to the sky before and after the major weather changes,” he said.
Hung is happy that the Delaplaine organizes the “Over 70 Show,” and was pleased to be invited to participate and see artwork of others in his age group. “To me,” he said, “art is ageless, and as I get older, I seem to appreciate it more. I still take my fellow photographers to shoot in the surrounding areas such as Brookside Gardens, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Sunflower Fields on River Road near Poolesville and other spaces and organize 10- to 14-day photo tours to national parks every year. We just returned from a 10-day photo tour of the Southern Oregon Coast, California Redwood National Park and Crater Lake National in Oregon.”
Panelist Marion Griffin discussed using the cold wax and oil medium she now favors as it allows for collage and mark-making using implements other than brushes—potter’s implements for one—and the ability to work in layers with tools facilitating manipulation that ease the limitations of repetitive hand motion. She further discussed how working on bigger pieces has become increasingly challenging.
Mt. Airy artist and art educator Skip Lawrence, who teaches workshops at the Delaplaine, in Maine and elsewhere, talked about how young artists progress through changing phases. His stunning “Preakness” abstract incorporated vivid color into a well-known local spectacle.
Ijamsville photographer Ginger Squires exhibited her “Sunrise Topsail,” a seaside moment transferred to canvas.
Gaithersburg Artist Collective photographer Rawligh Sybrant, also a member of several other organizations including the Montgomery Camera Club, exhibited “Yellow Due,” two vibrant daffodils—examples of flora photography that he said has become his specialty.
Three popular Gaithersburg-based artists are represented, including Noelie Angevine with “Balance,” a subtle watercolor, and Linda Slattery-Sherman with “Blue Jay at Feeder.” Metalist Roeanne Cuttitta, who creates mixed-media jewelry, displays her copper and beadwork necklace “The Ribbon.”
The “abstract wall” provided the backdrop for the speakers. This is especially noteworthy with Griffin’s “Threshold Between Worlds #2,” Lawrence’s “Preakness” and Emmitsburg woodworker Jamie Jensen’s stunning “Shadow Waves.”
Being inspired by art and creativity is a lifelong enjoyment. The Delaplaine designated August as Creative Aging Month, celebrating the community’s senior artists with the annual “Over 70 Show,” artworks by residents of Edenton Retirement Community in the Community Art Gallery, and M&T Bank Senior Scholarship in the Arts (SSA) students in the Community Outreach Gallery. The SSA program provides scholarships for seniors to take classes at the Delaplaine.