Friday, October 7, 2011

Artomatic - Frederick’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tina Lund and her paintings on exhibit at Artomatic
If you live around Frederick you’ve undoubtedly heard of Artomatic, but have you been there yet? Artomatic is a 27,000 square foot temporary exhibit of some of Frederick’s fine art. It is housed in the old Board of Education building at 115 E. Church Street, Frederick, Maryland.  It’s not just a gallery or two but four floors of locally produced fine art.

I was greeted at the door by Tina Lund, one of the artists in the exhibit, who graciously posed in front of her own art for this post.  Jennifer Finley, the director of Artomatic at Frederick, explained the concept and encouraged me to take photos.   Some artists were on hand to chat, Hillary Banachowski and Bhaval Shah Bell. In one hour, I walked through all four floors of art taking photos, but I promise you, you need more time than that!  Plan to spend much more time there. 
Artomatic has hours on Wednesday – Sunday. See their website for specific hours. The art is for sale, so it’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas presents. Artomatic is done in partnership with the Frederick Arts Council.  Do not miss this show! As a teaser, here are some photos from the exhibit. They represent a tiny fraction of the art.
Robert Kienle, photographer: selections from the Empire State Building series.

Frederick Ceramic Artist, Eugene Benjamin’s display of Red and White Earthenware vessels, masks, and Smoke-Fired Lanterns can be seen in Room 66.

Room 28 has sisters Annie and Linda Lunsford's art,
this case holds hand-decorated tile coasters and trivets.

Two Awesome Chicks Collaborating: Hillary Banachowski
(recycled art) & Chelsea Weiss (circles painting).
Mixed media by Rhonda J. Smith

Jane Dunsmore makes custom ceramic murals with color and raised clay details.

Dragon in the Hood by Michelle Reilly.

A variety of Jigsaw puzzles from Thom Spencer’s Jigsaw-Art.

"Visit Space 46B and enter a free drawing for a limited
edition giclee print by Maryann Pranulis."

"Art and what's considered 'craziness' often exist in the same space,
and neuro-diversity is not an entirely bad thing, if it informs empathy and creativity."

Artist: Joanna Barnum

Karen Peacock's mixed-media painting, Colorama, features two vintage dresses.

Artist: Andrew Hendricks