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Our gallery is honored to showcase the work of international artist, Manuel Garcia Moia, during the month of March. Mr. Garcia Moia grew up in Nicaragua but immigrated to the US after the Sandinista overthrow. While still in Nicaragua in his early 20's he began to study with Rodrigo Penalbo, who is considered to be the father of modern art in Nicaragua. Garcia Moia has always been inspired by the traditional fiestas of his country. He paints in a style known as native or naive art, and he always features typical activities of local people. His work is known all over the world including private collectors like President Jimmy Carter.

At age 80, the drive to create cannot be silenced though arthritis makes painting difficult. "My joy is my art, which I love to share with you! Please enjoy my land and it's people!" exclaims Manuel Garcia Moia.

The Garcia Moia show "Heritage of My Land"opens Sunday, March 3 with a reception from 12:30-2:00 p.m. and runs through April 1. Please call 301-473-7680 for gallery hours beyond the opening.

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.


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.


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

For 2018 Members and Friends Show Application (July and Aug 2018) Click here: Application Form for 2018 Members and Friends Art Show

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Blanche Ames Gallery Show Calendar

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