Inner Light: A Collaboration with ManneqART

Winning design - Angelus Glacias by Lynne Spector

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 sculptures illustrate the duality of lightness and darkness, positive and negative.

The Inner Light is your connection to something greater than yourself.  In order to find your Inner Light, you must also have an understanding of darkness.  The Inner Light opens the unity of all human beings to our consciousness. Quakers believe that the potential for good exists in everyone and that your Inner Light can shine through darkness.   Everyone has an Inner Light but one must be willing to seek it.

Ballerinas and Butterflies

Cute young ballerinas in yellow

on exhibit September 9 – 30

Photographer David Wonderling exposes both the beauty of nature and determined skill in this exhibit.

Wonderling invites his audience to study the juxtaposition between the graceful beauty of nature’s butterflies and the similar exquisite grace of a ballerina’s training, dedication, and determination.

Having photographed a variety of subjects, Wonderling felt these two were his most challenging projects. Neither butterflies nor ballerinas hold still for long!

The images of ballerinas featured in his exhibit were captured at the Studio of Ballet Arts in Sandy Spring and the butterflies at the Wings of Fancy exhibit at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton.

The opening reception will be on September 9 from 2-4 pm with a talk on butterfly habitats starting at 4 pm.

Celebrating our Neighborhoods

Painting of old gas station and car

On exhibit August 2 to September 2, 2017

For many years, Sandy Spring Museum and the Olney Art Association have worked together to offer visitors new views of the surrounding area.  In this year’s theme, “Celebrating Our Neighborhoods,” each artist has strived to capture that special something in our neighborhood, loosely defined as the 6-mile radius stemming from the Sandy Spring Meeting House – that gives him or her cause to celebrate.

With an exhibit of over 40 original works of art by members of the Olney Art Association in multiple media, they celebrate the everyday life in these communities – Ashton, Brighton, Brinklow, Brookeville, Burtonsville, Cloverly, Ednor, Norbeck, Norwood, Oakdale, Olney, Sandy Spring, Spencerville, Sunshine, Roslyn, Tridelphia and Unity.

A Meet the Artist reception will be held on Thursday, August 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

ARTINA 2017: (Re)use and Abuse of the Land

Shelf lichen on a tree by artist Marc Robarge

on exhibit June 29 – September- 30, 2017

Wind your way through a sculpture park of original works of art situated on the museum’s rustic grounds.  ARTINA 2017 creates awareness among visitors of the need to reconnect with the land and preserve nature for future generations. It includes installations that interpret historic land use.

Juried by Ursula Achternkamp, artists include c.l. bigelow, Elsabé Dixon, Mary Annella “Mimi” Frank, Eve Hennessa, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Jin Lee, Cat Lukens, Raina Martens, Grant McFarland, Maryanne Pollock, Marc Robarge, Casey Snyder, and Diane Szczepaniak.  Take a free art class with three of the artists: Diane; Marc; or Maryanne.

ARTINA 2017 is the second collaboration between Sandy Spring Museum and Washington Sculptors Group.  This project is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Elegant Simplicity: Artists’ views of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House

Line Drawing of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House

on exhibit June 29 through July 29.  Reception on Saturday, July 8 from 3 – 5 pm.

A community-curated exhibit that brings together a collection of  historic and contemporary images of the Friends Meeting House, as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the construction of the Meeting House.  This place of worship has captured the attention of artists, from professionals to amateurs.  Images in this show include painting, photographs and models made by community members.  This beautiful building has been enjoyed for its simple beauty and we honor it for its part in the life of our community.