FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2021
Media contact: Angel Waldron, 301-446-3311
Program Contact: Sara Morgan, 301-377-7807
M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Announces
New Exhibitions at Montpelier Arts Center
Riverdale, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, part of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), is proud to announce its new exhibitions opening Labor Day weekend at Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. Available for public viewing throughout September, the exhibits include:
September 4–October 31, 2021, in Main Gallery
Public Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, September 11, 1 pm
MICA Cohort Graduate Exhibition: Transformation - The 2021 MFA in Studio Art cohort at the Maryland Institute College of Art experienced their own transformation while preparing their thesis work. Ten artists, after two summers of working closely together, spent their third summer together in isolation, separated by time and distance. Throughout a year defined by unrest and change, this group adapted their individual practices to develop work and further their ideas. Together, the work featured in this exhibit reflects the unique and collective experiences born from transformation.
September 4–October 31, 2021, in Library Gallery
Public Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, September 18, 2 pm
Caroline MacKinnon: Celestial Bodies - In Celestial Bodies, Caroline MacKinnon’s vibrant gouache (opaque watercolor) dreamscapes reflect on our uneasy relationship with nature, celebrating its beauty in fitful visions. Sunlike orbs hang amid gaseous clouds that cast raindrops over the land.
Fifteen gouache paintings depict dreamy landscapes and zoom in on imagined creatures that are both familiar and alien. In these realms we can conceive of nature as something pure that nourishes and comforts, but also as something far more formidable and menacing than we perhaps give credit. The exhibition addresses our relationship with the natural world. Gallery visitors might wonder: Is it coral or one of our own organs? Is it a seed pod or a cell dividing? Are they clouds or cells? How much do we have in common with the flora and fauna of our ailing planet?
Starting September 7th, Montpelier Arts Center will be open Monday-Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm for gallery tours. No appointment necessary. The center is closed on Labor Day. For more information, visit https://www.pgparks.com/2143/Montpelier-Arts-Center.
About Montpelier Arts Center
Montpelier Arts Center is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts & Cultural Heritage Division. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The Department of Parks & Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.
About the Department
The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, PhotoShelter, and Instagram. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.