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Blanche Ames Gallery

As the 2020 year kicks off, the Blanche Ames Gallery is pleased to present the art of Mary Scire`, an abstract artist who works in acrylic and mixed media. "Abstract art should make you think," notes Mary. "It should pull the viewer in and encourage the viewer to wander through the painting and to arrive at his/her own conclusions." Her show, "Bits and Pieces" opens Sunday, February 2 with a reception and artist's talk, 12:30-2:00 p.m. The show will run through February 23. If you plan to visit the gallery at times other than the opening please call 301-473-7680.

A resident of Frederick, Mary received her bachelor's degree in archaeology and art history as well as her master's degree in humanities from Hood College. She is a retired college administrator and educator. Her show reflects her upbringing in a very large household where everything was recycled, re-purposed and reused. Collaging bits and pieces of old canvases, paintings and paper is a tribute to that creative ingenuity born of necessity. "When I start a painting, I don't always have a destination in mind. Perhaps an emotion, an object, color or a simple shape may be enough to get me started; and then the painting evolves on a more spontaneous level until I arrive at a place that feels right."

Mary has exhibited her work at the Mary Condon Hodgson Gallery at Frederick Community College, Gallery 505, Whitaker Gallery at Hood College, the Delaplaine Arts Center and District Arts in Frederick, as well as the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Virginia.

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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

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Blanche Ames Gallery Show Calendar

July 2019

Artist: UUCF Members & Friends "Artists in Residence" Show! Medium: All Reception Date/Time: Sunday, July 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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