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Blanche Ames Gallery

During the month of May the Blanche Ames Gallery is hosting our own photographers par excellence, UU couple, Carole Larsen and Pinoake Browning, whose show "Capture: Light, Color, Moment" opens Sunday, May 5, with a reception and artist talk from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Their stunning photographs will be on exhibit through May 26. If you plan to visit the gallery at times other than the opening, please call 301-473-7680.

Describing photography as a lifelong journey with no destination, this talented couple have been photographing together for over 40 years. However, they see and capture images in different ways. Carole prefers to capture moments, patterns, colors with images that express or evoke interests and feelings in an artistic way. PInoake shoots with an eye to how images will be used: for show, for sale, personal pleasure. He still shoots as if he has 36 exposures of film in the camera.

Carole has a BA from the College of Wooster and a MA from Virginia Tech. She is a retired Land Use Planner for Frederick County. Inspired by her avid amateur photographer father, Carole began using a box camera as a child and graduated to a single lens camera at 13, learning the magic of focus, exposure time, F-stops and color.

Pinoake holds a BA from American University and a MSM (MBA) from Frostburg University. He was a newspaper reporter, editor, and photographer for the Frederick News Post and the Montgomery County Sentinel. He also served on the Public Relations staff for the National Association of Realtors, and the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, University of Maryland. Pinoakes's photography career began with a Kodak Brownie in 11th grade. By the time he was working for the Frederick News Post he had upgraded to a single Lens reflex Miranda DR 1.9 with flash. Although mostly self-taught, he studied under photographer, Rolfe Cattleman. He began artistic photography when he married Carole in 1976

"It is good for partners to share a hobby, because there is less controversy over the time and money spent pursuing it together." Carole tends to grab pictures while Pinoake anticipates a picture and patiently sets up for it. Carole loves long lenses and cropping pictures, Pinoake loves close-ups. Either way, you will enjoy the work of this talented couple.

Photos left to right: "Squirrel" "Magnolia Blossom" "Lacemaker"

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

January 2019

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