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Update

  • The Blanche Ames Gallery has decided to cancel the next 3 months of Art Shows (April, May and June 2020), we are so sorry to say. The Members and Friends Show, scheduled for July, is also in doubt.
  • The current show will remain in place for the time being. Items from the current, show that have been purchased, will remain on display until the show comes down. We would like to keep the current show intact, even though very few folks are now in the building. If there are extenuating circumstances, and you need to receive your purchased art piece now, please contact Ann Andrex (), and she will try to make arrangements for a curbside pick up. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to work with us. This plan will be updated, as needed.

Current Show

What is better than a Blanche Ames Gallery solo show? What is better is a three-generation family show! Our gallery welcomes "Three Generations of Andrex Art." The show opens Sunday, March 1 with a reception and artists' talk, 12:30-2:00 p.m. The show will run through March 29. If you plan to visit the gallery at times other than the opening please call 301-473-7680.

Youngest of this artistic family is Natalya Andrex, a 17 year old painter and illustrator who lives in Red Bank, New Jersey. She has always loved to make art and looks forward to constantly making more! She graduated from high school at 16 and hopes to attend college sometime in the future.

Natalya's mother, Eryka Andrex, is a Red Bank, New Jersey-based Visual and Movement Artist. Her paintings have been shown on both east and west coasts as well as in the UK. She shares her talents by teaching Belly Dance, Zumba, Hula Hoop Dance, Samba, Children's Music, and Art and Family Fitness Programs at the Greater Monmouth County YMCA, Monmouth County Parks Systems, and the Red Bank Public Library. Erika is a Henna Artist, and avid gardener and has recently started a CBD shin care business called Emu Hemp. Mainly working in acrylic paint, Eyrka finds capturing the moving human form inspiring and challenging. She has recently been experimenting with cityscapes, landscapes and waterscapes.

Well known to UUCF, Ann Andrex, AKA Mom, AKA GrammyAnn, is the leader of this gang of artists. Ann has been working with clay since the 80's. She makes functional objects that are tactile as well as visual for the home and garden. "Working in clay, they say, teaches patience. It is a multi-step process: making the piece, slowly drying, bisque firing, glazing and final firing." Ann has a BS from University of Maryland in Water Conservation and Resource Management. She later studied Landscape Design at George Washington University. She taught math overseas at the American School and after her return to the States got her Masters degree in the Art of Teaching Science from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore. She taught high school science, and chemistry in Montgomery and Frederick Counties before retiring in 2016.

The Blanche Ames Galley is proud to welcome this talented family. Images Left to Right: Wall Vase by Ann Andrex, "Computer Guy" by Natalya Andrex, "Owl" by Eryka Andrex.

The Blanche Ames Gallery features over 100 square feet of art exhibition space in two light-filled hallways within the UUCF building. The gallery's name was chosen because Blanche Ames (1878-1969) was an exceptional Unitarian, a leader who serves as an inspiration to us today. With her minutely observed drawings and etchings she illustrated her husband's 7-volume treatise on orchids. Ames' endeavors extended beyond art. She was a feminist, a leader in civic and charitable affairs, an inventor, an engineer, and an author. An extensive biographical sketch can be found by clicking on Blanche Ames.

Visiting

The Gallery is open to the public on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and during 9-5 business hours Tuesday through Friday. Please call 301-473-7680 before visiting on weekdays to assure that the building is open. You may also visit by appointment at other times by calling that number, or via email to office@frederickuu dot org.

Exhibiting

Artists working in any media that can be wall hung are invited to propose a show. For additional information on how to apply, go to Artists Application for the Blanche Ames Gallery. We schedule ten art shows each year, with an art reception on the first Sunday of each show. All shows last for one month except July and December, which are six-week shows. The Visual Arts Committee plans, schedules and executes all art exhibits at UUCF. The Blanche Ames Gallery email address is gallery@frederickuu dot org. Artists interested in showing their work are required to submit to the office at UUCF a completed application. Please download the Proposal Form

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Blanche Ames Gallery Show Calendar

July 2020

Artist: UUCF Members & Friends "2020 Artists in Residence" Show! Medium: All Reception Date/Time: Sunday, July 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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2018/19

Exhibit Dates Artist Medium Reception Date/Time

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