On Thursday, August 1st, I attended the Maryland Federation of Art’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in Annapolis Maryland.
First, I’ll tell you a little background info about the organization. I think it is pretty interesting that the Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) is the oldest artist-run organization in Maryland. In 1963 artists US Navy Commander Charles Holley, Mrs. Margaret Farmer, and a group of artists in Annapolis formed the MFA. It is a nonprofit, volunteer based organization.
One of the other things that struck me about MFA is their philosophy. Allowing artists, at all levels, whether they are just in their beginning stages of learning, or a long-time professional, a place to showcase their work, through juried and solo exhibitions, as well as supporting artists through professional education and community.
The Circle Gallery is the oldest art gallery in Annapolis. Founded in 1968, Circle Gallery is located in the heart of Annapolis surrounded by numerous stores, gift shops, ice cream shops, florists, restaurants and antique shops. If you’ve never been to Annapolis, it is a wonderful area to spend a day (or two) and has plenty of things to do and see.
It was a very festive evening. Lots of artists were celebrating the evening festivities. There was a wonderful variety of hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. It was a great opportunity to meet and talk with fellow artists about their work, their vision and where they see themselves going in the future.
The gallery show consisted of 162 pieces of art, including one of my own, most of which are for sale. The Maryland Federation of Art continues to be one of the organizations truly helping its members and visitors, and supporting and growing the ideas, visions and beauty of the artists. It is a wonderful way that the community and visiting supporters can continue to encourage artists and their chosen profession. The exhibit will run until August 18th, 2013.