Trio of artists at Maryland Federation of Art gallery

August 06, 1998|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Maryland Federation of Art's Gallery on the Circle at 18 State Circle in Annapolis has opened a show with works by a trio of MFA members: potter Ingrid Barnes, photographer Sharon Gee and artist Kathy O'Meara, who creates abstract images in a genre she calls "watermedia."

Each of the participants in "Explorations by Three" is a Maryland artist who has impressed the public and her peers with the quality of her work.

O'Meara's images have won honors from such organizations as the Art League of Alexandria, the Potomac Valley Watercolorists and the Maryland Federation of Art.

The exhibit is poorly annotated, so it's a bit tough to pin down O'Meara's intentions from time to time, but there's no denying the power of her images.

An especially interesting one is "Desert Dawn," part of O'Meara's metaphysically charged "Reliquary Series." A death mask sits at the apex of a mysterious triangle. The geometric shape balances on a column with a serpentine shape (a Jewish shofar, perhaps?) and a skull resting beneath.

Her "Orbs of Reflection" is a highly abstract affair of colorful circles animated by their blue and orange tints.

Without question, it's all colorful, interesting, thought-provoking stuff.

Sharon Gee is an Annapolis native and self-taught photographer whose revealing and exotic pictures are definitely worth a look. "Exploration and adventure are the incentives for the artistic expressions of my journeys," she writes.

Gee has a gift for capturing the essence of tranquility in her photos, whether in a "Golden Wallscape" scene from the Southwest, or in a gorgeous reflection of the sun in the chilly waters of Maine.

Most striking of all her images are the black-and-white landscapes that capture deserted dunes, leaning trees and eerie reflections in exquisite stillness.

The pottery of Ingrid Barnes clinches the deal on this worthwhile exhibit.

Some of her works are classically inspired. Others are illustrative, while some, like her copper penny pot, are just lovely for the VTC sake of being lovely.

"Explorations by Three" runs through Aug. 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Information: 410-268-4566.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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