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53rd Annual LAG Open Juried Exhibition is now closed.

Art from this exhibition can be viewed and purchased 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.

Thanks for looking!

 Questions can be referred to Ofelia Moore at:

 Congratulations to this year's award winners:

  • First Place - Sally K. Davies: Fractured Truth
  • Second Place - Anita Carrington: Ode to Coltrane
  • Third Place - Mary Beth Akre: Abstracted Landscape
  • Merit Award - Amy Brown: El Paso Sunset
  • Merit Award - Lois Ward Wolford: Can You Repeat That
  • Merit Award - Ahmed Alkarkhi: Fear of the Unknown

Melissa Gryder, Juror

Melissa Twentey Gryder lives and works in Annapolis, Maryland. She received her BFA in Art & Design from Frostburg State University. She went on to continue study at Oxford University and University of North Florida. For over a decade she extensively studied portraiture and color with Cedric Egeli, John Ebersberger and at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA. Her work has been featured in national juried exhibitions and museum shows throughout the United States. Paintings are included in collections in the United States, Japan & England. She is a member of Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Currently she serves as Vice President of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters. She currently teaches at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and is represented by Main Street Gallery in Annapolis and Benfield Gallery in Severna Park, MD.


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 framed (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 dpi in jpg format and no larger than 5" x 7" or 2,100 pixels on its longest side.

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

Jpgs and entry form can be submitted online at You will receive an email confirming receipt within 7 days. LAG is not accepting mail-in entries.

Please check: after March 20, 2022, 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 March 29, 2022 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 2, 2022, 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: