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Blanche Ames Gallery

Our September art show at the Blanche Ames Gallery presents the paintings of Elayne Rogge and Jen Ludke in their show, "Side by Side" that opens Sunday, September 1 with a reception and artists' talk, 12:30-2:00 p.m. If you plan to visit the gallery at times other than the opening please call 301-473-7680.

Elayne and Jen have been painting together for more than five years - in the studio, out on location and even at Jen's kitchen table. Jen prefers oil paint, and Elayne's preference is pastel. As this show exhibits, they paint the same subjects but with different styles, mediums and color palettes. The results portray the different way they see things.

They both are inspired by nature and the love of color. Their work is representational, expressive and impressionistic. Always encouraging each other, they have a great time along the way. As Henry David Thoreau writes, "The question is not what you look at, but what you see."

What do YOU see in these wonderful paintings?

Left to Right: "Red Barn" by Elayne Rogge "Red Barn" by Jen Ludke

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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Exhibit Dates Artist Medium Reception Date/Time

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