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Blanche Ames Gallery

Tipping off the holiday season at the Blanche Ames Gallery is a show featuring the work of long-time UU member Bonny Syndor. Her show, "Impressions in Color" opens Sunday, December 1 with a reception and artist's talk, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Her show will run through January 12. If you plan to visit the gallery at times other than the opening please call 301-473-7680.

A native of Maryland, Bonny has lived in Frederick County since 1973 and has been painting since the 80's. Her landscapes and animals are mostly taken from her own photographs. She prefers to work in oils and watercolor, but for fun she draws barnyard critters for greeting cards.

Bonny's art has been juried into shows at The Mill in Clarke County, VA, Oatlands and the Delaplaine Arts Center. "If my paintings make me smile, I'm happy," says the artist. Bonny's paintings will make you smile too! And don't forget to consider purchasing a painting for a special holiday gift.

Images left to right: "N.C. Lighthouse," "Happy Little Piggie."

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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