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Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts - TODAY Saturday , April 26th!  Traditionally LAG members are located on the Mansion grounds behind the Carriage House.  Artists painted landscapes, still life, a figure from a live model dressed in Colonial costume.  Join in the fun, there will be easels, paper and charcoal for all to use. We also have a canvas for the public to paint throughout the day.  Last year's public painting will be available as a raffle item.  Come take a chance to win the painting.   For more on previous festivals click here.

Workshops sponsored by LAG occur several times each year.  They are generally held at the Carriage House on the Montpelier Art Center and Montpelier Mansion grounds.   A description of past workshops is provided at the links below.  Up coming workshops are also described.  Direct questions to Donna Aldridge at workshops@laurelartguild.org .

June 14, 2014 from 9:30 - 3:30 (Rescheduled from May 10)- We will enjoy a 4th workshop with Steve Fleming at Riderwood, Town Center Building Craft Room, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, Maryland.  You are welcome to use any medium except for oil paint.   The subject of the January workshop was Winter Landscapes with emphasis on value in our paintings.  $40 for LAG members, $45 for non-members. You can obtain the signup form here

August 16 & 17 from 10:00 - 4:00 - A 2-Day floral and still-life workshop with Jean Uhl Spicer at the University of Maryland Art Studios.  You may use watercolor or acrylic. Details are being finalized.  Jean Uhl Spicer has taught workshops Nationally and Internationally including England, Australia, Bermuda, Hawaii and the United States including California, Florida and many other States. Jean has earned her 7 signature memberships including the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. More information will be posted as plans solidify.

October 2014 - Fritz Briggs at Riderwood, details to follow.

Date TBD- Steve Fleming, University Of Maryland, Art Studios, College Park, Abstract Art. $100 for LAG members, $140 for non-members. Details to be provided.

Past Workshops:

Roger Dellar The second workshop with Roger Dellar was held in September 2013. This workshop was held at the Art-Sociology Building, University of Maryland Campus, College Park, MD

March 22, 2014    Due to the wonderful results at the November workshop, LAG held a second watercolor workshop with Fritz Briggs, faculty scholar of the Schuler School of Fine Arts, signature member of the American Watercolor Society since 1968, and elected to the Salmagundi Club in New York in 1973.  The workshop was held at Riderwood, Town Center Building Craft Studio, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, Maryland.  $ 30.00 for LAG members, $38 for non-members.

Plein Air Paint-outs organized by LAG members.  During winter months we often enjoy paint-ins of still-life or models to keep those creative juices flowing.  Questions regarding outdoor paintouts should be directed to Carol Leo at paintoutdoors@laurelartguild.org .

        Annual paint-out at the Herb, Tea, and Arts Festival on the Montpelier Mansion grounds 

        May 2014 - Paint-out at a horse farm in Clarksville, Maryland.  Date, time, and exact location to follow.

        Past Paint-outs

Variety of paint-outs in 2013, including Nar Steel's Garden

Tilghman's Island - June 10, 2011

National Arboretum - June 6, 2008 - meet at 9am

Peer Critiques are scheduled nearly monthly. During these sessions, artists who want input on a piece of art show their pieceBefore the peer critiqueAfter the peer critique and identify what they don't like about the work so others can provide suggestions. Before and after photos of a painting brought by a guest, Kristinah Ayala, to one of our session. Kristinah has graciously consented to our sharing these with you. As you can see from the before photo (at left), it was a strong piece, with an interesting treatment of portraiture. But Kristinah was not completely satisfied, so the group discussed possible approaches to strengthening the image. Kristinah incorporated some of those ideas into the piece; the after image (at right) shows an even stronger and more compelling painting.

Next peer critique will be held Sunday May 19 at 2 pm



Exhibits and Outreach Events for LAG's members.  Below are highlights from a few.  Questions regarding our exhibits should be directed to Diane Shipley at exhibits@laurelartguild.org .

April 26 to May 26 - Small Works exhibit at Montpelier Art Center annually in conjunction with the Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts   The exhibiIt can be viewed in the hallway lobby of the Montpelier Art Center Arts Barn.

May 10, 2014 from 9 AM - 4 PM - You will find LAG members in our booth in Laurel's 34th Annual Main Street Festival.  This is our first time participating in this outdoor vendor show.  Members will have cards, prints, and original art for sale.

July 13 - August 17, 2014 - Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park. Because of the distance, we may arrange for a group delivery and pickup details to follow.

October 6 - November 29, 2014 at Laurel/Beltsville Senior Center, Laurel, Maryland - Small paintings (Congratulations to those who sold at the 2013 exhibit at this venue.)

February 22 - March 28, 2016 - Brookside Gardens   Floral and landscape paintings are preferred at this venue, so start early thinking about what you'd like to display.

Online exhibits by LAG members are added every three months.  The current exhibits are Orange Crescendo; Noturne; Hot and Spicy; and People and Places.

April 2015 - Huntington Community Center's Art Gallery/Cyber Cafe in Bowie

Feb 22 - Mar 28, 2016 - Brookside Garden

Past Exhibits:

Bowie Senior Center, January 2 - February 28, 2014.

May and June, 2013 at Prince George's Sports and Learning Center

July and August 2013 at Paint Branch Universalist Unitarian Church in Adelphi, Maryland