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Blanche Ames Gallery

UUCF's Art Gallery is currently open for IN-PERSON viewing or by appointment.

"Season to Season"

Blanche Ames Gallery invites you to meet our featured artist, Jing-Jy Chen. Her show of Oriental brush painting opens Sunday, November 6 from 11:45-1:45. The show's reception and artist talk will be on Sunday, November 20th 11:45-1:45. Ms. Chen also has print copies of her work and cards for sale along with her paintings. The show will run through January 1. Enjoy this beautiful show.

This show is available for viewing in person on Sundays from 10-2:00 or on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, mornings from 10-12:00 or by appointment at other times for individuals or small groups. To request an appointment, email us at with your name, phone# and date/time of desired appointment.

To quote Jing-Jy, "With her Asian heritage, florid imagination, and eye for finding nature's internal beauty, Chen's artwork presents a fresh expression of the world around us. Her art is characterized by bold brush strokes that combine a subtle use of colors. Her pieces are studies in the balance between powerful brush strokes and negative space. What is left unsaid is as powerful as what is expressed. Besides using traditional brush painting technique, she often applies ink/wash painting on both sides of rice paper that is intentionally wrinkled, resulting in utterly original new works that burst with life."

As a longtime Howard County resident and teacher, Jing-Jy Chen was born in Tainan, Taiwan. She received her B.A. in Chinese literature from Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan and her M.Ed. from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. Along with presenting her work in numerous galleries, Ms. Chen works as an Artist-in-Residence at Maryland schools, teaching students the techniques she uses in her paintings. She paints from her home studio in Laurel, Maryland.

Photos left to right: "In Flight," "Golden Ginko," "Playful"

For artists: Are you wondering how to Exhibit in our Gallery?

We invite artists working in any media that can be wall hung to inquire about an exhibit with us. The Blanche Ames Gallery features over 100 linear feet of art exhibition space in two light-filled hallways within the UUCF building. Sorry, our space does not lend itself to displays of pottery, jewelry, or three-dimensional work that is free standing.

Artists interested in showing their work should submit a completed application and digital images by email or USMail to the office at UUCF . Please download the Proposal Form. Blanche Ames Gallery's email address is gallery@frederickuu dot org.

The Visual Arts Committee plans, schedules and executes all art exhibits at UUCF. We schedule six art shows (two months each) during the year, with an art reception and artist's talk on the first Sunday of each show. Here are a few examples of artists' shows at our Gallery:

Click here for a history of Gallery Exhibits since 2016.

Who was Blanche Ames? Why her name?

Blanche Ames (1878-1969) was an exceptional woman and a member of her Unitarian Congregation in Massachusetts. She was 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' talent extended well beyond art. She was a feminist, a suffragist, a leader in civic and charitable affairs, an inventor, an engineer and an author.

A more extensive biographical sketch can be found by clicking on Blanche Ames. After her death, the Ames family homestead, including the mansion with her studio, became a Massachusetts state park with more than 1800 acres of recreational space. https://www.mass.gov/locations/borderland-state-park

A new documentary film - "Borderland: The Life and Times of Blanche Ames Ames"- was released in 2020. Go to https://www.borderlandthedocumentary.com to watch the trailer and find out how schedule a private viewing or sign up for a community event at which the film will be shown.

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