Current Exhibits

The community of Sandy Spring has an important story to share – from agricultural innovation, women’s suffrage, and progressive education to the establishment of one of the largest land-owning African American communities in Maryland. The permanent exhibit at Sandy Spring Museum illustrates this rich local history through photographs, documents, and objects that were collected from the families of the community’s earliest residents. Temporary exhibits rotate quarterly.

FinneyfrockForWebGail Rebhan – Palimpsest: Layers of Time

on exhibit April 1 – June 24, 2017

An exhibit of new photo-collages that are an unsentimental look at the cultural history of various locations in the Sandy Spring, Maryland area. This is her first work examining an area that was until recently primarily rural.She is examining changes in land use as a result of shifting societal values, desires, government actions, and market forces and blending archival and contemporary photographs, along with historical newspaper articles, maps, advertisements, ephemera, and text into one final image for each site. Using layers of various opacities, she conveys a sense that the past never goes away and continues to influence the present.

The image above, “18035 Georgia Avenue, Olney, Maryland – 1917/2016,” explores the evolution of a family business which operated from 1885 to 2004. Beginning as Finneyfrock’s blacksmith shop, it evolved into Finneyfrock’s Power Equipment and Welding Company. Currently, Domino’s Pizza and Al Sospiro Trattoria operate at this location. This photo-collage blends a 1917 photograph with today’s scene. The artist’s writing, a handmade cake dish, 1956 receipt, 1999 advertisement, and a 1967 patent document provides evidence of the site’s changing uses.  The exhibit will include new and existing work. Click here for a review of the exhibit.  This project was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


static1.squarespaceConcerns – mixed media sculptures by George Lorio

on exhibit April 5 – July 1, 2017.  Artist reception on May 6, 1 – 3 pm.

Mr. Lorio uses found toys to form a narrative of social engagement with visual prods related to class, immigration, gun control and ecology.  This exhibits supports discourse about enhancing the social and physical environment.  Using toys as his medium, the artist’s sculptures comment on adult concerns in the guise of ironic constructions of playthings.