Thursday, May 31, 2007

2007 Sculpture on the Grounds

Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park. 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville MD. Direction Line: 240-314-5004
June 3, from 1-2:30 pm. Opening Reception/Walking tour.
Selected Artists: Don Herman, David Hubbard, Hanna Jubran, Cecilia Lueza and Bill Wood

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Montpelier Arts Center June 7 - August 19, 2007
26th Annual Montpelier Invitational Sculpture Exhibition
featuring works in metal by members of Sculptors Inc and Washington Sculptors Group:
John Ferguson, Pete Campbell, Minna Newman Nathanson, David Hubbard, Chris Bathgate,
and Carmen Barros Howell.

Luncheon /Lecture: June 7, noon (Reservations Required)
Reception: June 8, 7 - 9 PM

The Montpelier Arts Center presents a major sculpture exhibition every summer. For the twenty-sixth edition, the exhibition focuses on works in metal. The exhibiting artists will give a slide lecture on Thursday June 7 at 12 noon. Reservations are required for this event and can be made by calling the center at (301) 953-1993 or emailing
On Friday, June 8 from 7-9 pm, there will be a free reception for all the artists in the three June Exhibitions.

Steel can be flexible or rigid; a massive volume or a thin line; a surface to etch or reflect. It is an enormously variable material and the artists here have welded, cut, polished, and painted their works-taking advantage of the multiple facets of this difficult medium. From Carmen Barros Howell's lovely, rusted figures to Chris Bathgate's polished brass and steel machine-like structures, the artists use both surface and mass to create fascinating imagery.

Chris Bathgate's works are built steel pieces that have the look of machine made pieces but the presence of an artist's mind at work. He uses mathematical techniques to achieve the high degree of precision that is required to create these fascinating fabrications.

Pete Campbell, a painting graduate of Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, welds dynamic abstract works that have a painter's touch.

John D. Ferguson, creates painted welded steel curvilinear forms. His work is in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and he has had numerous commissions and exhibitions including a solo exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Carmen Barros Howell, a Chilean born artist, has shown her work worldwide. Her sculptures of welded metal often take the figure or face as their starting point. In her use of the negative space, her creations gain both presence and personality.

David Hubbard constructs his "Monuments" series in steel and stainless steel, often combining a rust coated surface with a polished brush steel surface, thereby adding both color and texture to his works. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Hubbard has had numerous exhibitions and commissions. His work is in many collections, both public and private.

Minna Newman Nathanson works with the reflective qualities of metal and uses these to counter viewer's expectations and perceptions of the materials. She uses folds and the edge to create tensions of scale and position. An educator and curator, Ms. Nathanson has been involved in many Washington arts organizations as both a board member and exhibiting artist.

For more information please call (301) 953-1993 or (410) 792-0664 or TTY (301) 490-2329.
Gallery Hours:10 A.M. - 5 P.M. seven days per week.

Information about the artists can also be found at the following web; (PeteCampbell); (Dave Hubbard);; (Minna Nathanson);