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52nd Annual LAG Open Juried Exhibition - May 8 - 30, 2021

The Montpelier Arts Center is open by appointment only.
Please use this link to make a reservation to view this year's exhibit.

If you cannot attend in person, you can still view the exhibition online at this link!

We've placed the works online for you to enjoy, and purchase if you'd like. Please click the link above to visit the exhibit.

Please note: purchases cannot be picked up until Montpelier has re-opened and the show ended.
Thanks for looking!

Selected artists and works are posted here

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the LAG Open

  •  The exhibit will be held at the Montpelier Arts Center  The gallery is open 7 days a week from 10am - 5pm.
  •  Show Schedule for the exhibitors

    •  April 1 - Postmark Deadline for CD/Upload
    •  April 15 - Notifications of accepted work will be available on the website
    •  May 4 - Deliver Art Work; 12-4pm
    •  May 8 - Exhibit opens to the public
    •  May 15 - Reception and Awards Ceremony 1:30 - 3:00pm
    •  May 30 - Exhibit closes
    •  June 1 - Pickup Art Work; 12 - 4pm

 Questions can be referred to Ofelia Moore at:

 Congratulations to this year's award winners:

  • First Place - William Krawczewicz for Harriet Tubman
  • Second Place - Denise Matuk Kroupa for Cosmos Colors Isa 42:5
  • Third Place - Stephanie Hopkins for Workmen
  • Merit Award - Mary Beth Akre for Early Fall Glen Rock
  • Merit Award - Kwame Kena for Saxophonist
  • Merit Award - Karen Norman for Keys And Glass

David Lawton, Juror

David is a visual artist who studied with several of today's most renowned artists including portraiture with Cedric and Joanette Egeli. After studying with the Egelis he continued his education at the Art Students League in New York City. Believing that continuous study is essential to perfecting technique, David still attends workshops with outstanding artists such as Albert Handell, a master pastelist who has had significant influence on David's art.

Although he has worked in several mediums over the years, David currently focuses on oils and soft pastels, particularly enjoying the immediate gratification of pastels and the richness that can be achieved with oils. David believes that portraits, still life, and plein air painting each offer a unique challenge which enhances his growth as an artist.

David's work has been featured in several magazines such as the American Artist, The Pastel Journal and The Artist Magazine. He is currently president of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters and past president of the Maryland Pastel Society, as well as a member of several organizations such as the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and The Pastel Society of America. He continues to exhibit his work in national competitions where he has received numerous awards.

David's work can be seen at this link.


Any artist 18 years or older who resides in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, or New Jersey, or is a previous LAG member, may submit two entries. However, only one entry per artist will be exhibited if accepted by the juror.

Works entered must be an original composition created by the entrant. Two-dimensional work must be suitably framed and firmly wired and must not exceed framed dimensions of 36" W x 48" H. Wall mounted three-dimensional work that meets the specific hanging requirements will be considered. Note: Unmounted 3-dimensional works will not be accepted for this exhibition. Submitted artwork must have been created within the past three years and not previously shown at Montpelier Arts Center.


All art must be suitably (unless designed to be displayed unframed, i.e., the artwork continues beyond the surface plane) and securely wired for hanging. Exposed glass edges or unstable frames will not be accepted. Matted works must be matted in white off-white only. Glass must be clean. Wall-mounted sculptures that are fragile or contain breakable materials mut be in a shadow-box frame and must weigh less than 40 lbs., including frame.

All work must be titled and priced. If not for sale, the value of the work must be stated on theentry form. A form for labeling the back of accepted works will be available on location on the drop-off date.

All art must remain on view until the official close of the exhibit.

Laurel Art Guild reserves the right to refuse any artwork upon delivery that it deems to be improperly presented, unsafe, damaged, does not meet size requirements, or is not the same as presented in the image submitted for judging.

Fees and Commissions

A $35 hanging fee is due when accepted artwork is delivered. Please make checks payable to Laurel Art Guild.

Laurel Art Guild will collect a twenty-five percent (25%) commission on the sale of any artwork during or as a result of this exhibit. The price set by the artist will be considered firm.

Entry Requirements

Screening will be done by jpg files.

Digital images must be at least 300 dpl in jpg format and no larger than 5" x 7".

Files should be labeled: LastName-FirstName-MidleInitial-TitleofWork." Example: Moore-Ofelia-M-AnniversaryRose.

Jpgs and entry form can be submitted online at http://laurelartguild.or/lagopen.html or by CD. If submitted online, you will receive an email confirming receipt within 7 days.

For mail-in entries, please label CD with your name. All entries must be uploaded or postmarked no later than April 1, 2021. Send CD and entry form to:

Laurel Art Guild c/o Ofelia Moore
8004 Big Pool Rd.
Laurel, MD 20724

Please check: after April 15, 2021, to see if your work was accepted. Notifications will only be made via the LAG website.

For further information see or email

Delivery and Pick Up

Accepted work must be hand delivered to the second floor of the Montpelier Arts Center on May 4, 2021 between 12-4 pm. Please use the outside ramp at the left of the main entrance. Note there is only one drop-off period, due to limited hours at the Montpelier Arts Center.

Exhibited art must be picked up on May 31, 2021, between 12-4pm. Failure to pick up art these times will result in a storage charge of $5 per day.


Reasonable care will be used in handling artwork. Insurance coverage is limited to $500 per work from delivery date to pick up date only. LAG will not be responsible for loss or damage to any artwork. Submission of an entry constitutes agreement with the condition set forth above and affirms that the work is original and does not infringe upon any copyright.

Questions can be referred to Ofelia Moore at: