Jim Thomas: A Sandy Springer Travels the World
on exhibit March 1 – March 31, 2017
In the spirit of the Annals Of Sandy Spring, in which travelers from our area in the old days returned from foreign lands with tales of their adventures, this photography show attempts to recapture that experience with a few pictures and stories from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America (Africa and South America coming soon?) The photographer, Jim Thomas, is a lifelong resident of Sandy Spring, and a direct descendant of John Thomas, who, together with James Brooke, founded Sandy Spring in 1728.
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, ephemeral, 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 to the right (in draft form), “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. This project was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
on exhibit September 9 – November 18, 2017
Original wearable sculptures created by artists from around the country, responding to the theme of Inner Light, chosen because of Sandy Spring’s Quaker heritage. The concept of the Inner Light is twofold. First, the Inner Light discerns between good and evil. It reveals the presence of both in human beings, and through its guidance, offers the alternative of choice. Secondly, the Inner Light opens the unity of all human beings to our consciousness. Quakers believe that the potential for good, as well as evil, are latent in everyone. For detailed information on ManneqART and how to create an entry, please click here. This project was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.