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Tom Semmes

Time to kick off the opening fall art show at the Blanche Ames Gallery! Welcome Tom Semmes and his Recent Paintings that "allow the viewer to take a deeper look at the familiar world around them." Tom's show will open with a reception and artist talk on Sunday, September 9, 12:30-2:00. The show will run until September 30. The Blanche Ames Gallery is located at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, 4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick, MD 21703. Call 301-473-7680 if planning to visit the gallery at times other than the opening of the show.

Tom began painting as a teenager, inspired by the scenery, light and changing seasons that surrounded him at his rural Maryland home. "I discovered that this inspiration was mirrored in the works I saw in art books and museums." His work is grounded in traditions of representational painting with an awareness that the abstract qualities of line, color and form reveal a painting's true meaning. He uses rich color and expressive brushstrokes that create a cohesive visual experience.

"I am currently drawn to the complexity of urban scenes because the city, especially the small town of Frederick, MD that I live in, speaks to the challenges and possibilities of man living in harmony with nature and with each other. I find that the man-made forms of buildings, cars and wires interrelating with trees and sky often reveal exciting surprises."

Tom attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a graduate of the Master Artists Program at The Compass Atelier. He has studied extensively with Walt Bartman's, Yellow Barn Studio. His award winning art received third place at Paint the Bay, first place at Landscapes, MAA Annual Labor Day Show, second place at Yellow Barn Studio Members Show 2006, and Best of Show at Yellow Barn Studio Members Show 2004.

Enjoy this beautiful show.

Paintings left to right: "8 AM in the Morning," "Slick Streets," "Path to Las Castella"