Connections and Conversations at Montpelier Arts Center

L-R: The Divided States of America; Trish Kent, Le Singe; Patricia de Poel Wilberg, Rejoice O Windup Bird; Kate Barfield, Twisting, John Henderson

Get ready to experience an artistic revolution and discover the future of sculpture. The Montpelier Arts Center of the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, proudly presents its 43rd annual invitational sculpture exhibition. Curated by Howard Cohen, this show, titled “Connections and Conversations” features the visionary talents of artists of the Washington Glass School, with a spotlight on the transformative medium of glass, where boundaries are pushed and traditions redefined.

Echoes; Michael Janis

Join us to see how these remarkable artists illuminate the diverse worlds we live in, using glass to spark conversations and create profound connections. This isn’t just an exhibit—it’s a vibrant conversation about our diverse world. Don’t miss this chance to see how glass can tell stories, bridge gaps, and ignite inspiration through community engagement and artistic innovation. 

Don’t miss this chance for an unforgettable journey through art, innovation, and community and discover the endless possibilities of glass as a medium.

Connections and Conversations: Works by Artists from the Washington Glass School

Exhibition Dates: June 7 – July 28, 2024

Public Reception: June 7, 2024, 7 – 9 PM

Lunch and Lecture: June 14, 2024, 12 Noon (Reservations Required – Call 301-377-7800)

Montpelier Arts Center

9652 Muirkirk Road   Laurel, MD 20708

Hope & Healing Exhibition at Montpelier Arts Center

The Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition, now in its 34th year, draws on the vast core of visual artists that live, work, or maintain a studio in Prince George’s County. This exhibition also serves to foster an inclusive spirit among the participating artists as well as showcase their talents, skills, and diverse use of mediums. This year’s exhibit is themed “Hope & Healing”, presenting works that reflect and symbolize what connects us as people and what gives faith and optimism for the future of our society.

Washington Glass School is so proud of Resident artist April Shelford – whose work titled “Summer” was selected for the exhibition.

April Shelford, “Summer”, 2022, kilncast glass, steel. Photo by Pete Duvall.


November 2, 2022-January 6, 2023

Public Reception : Sunday, November 6, 3-5 pm

Montpelier Arts Center

9652 Muirkirk Road

Laurel, MD 20708

The Art of Self-Examination @ Montpelier Arts Center

“All art,” Federico Fellini once said, “is autobiographical.” One might go a step further and say that all art is an act of self-portraiture.

Prince George’s County presents this year’s county-juried exhibition that highlights the variety of artistic thought processes and ideas that artists use to create solutions to their own struggles with self-reflection.

Reflections of Self
November 2–December 31, 2019  
Public Reception: Saturday, November 9, 3-5 pm

This year’s work was selected by John Coppola, who served as Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Exhibits Central, providing design, production and installation services to the national museum complex. Selected works by over 40 artists, including:
Leon Allen, Patricia Autenrieth, Judith Bell, Diane Cooper Cabe, Sara Caporaletti, Aislinn Cohen, Barbara Joann Combs, Ellen Cornett, Christopher Corson, Alonzo Crawford, Sally Davies, Max DeMulder, Anne Whitfield Edgin, Annie Farrar, Vincent Ferrari, Ric Garcia, Jan Garland, Marliyn Gates-Davis, Nico Gozal, Winston Harris, Lorraine Harris, Leslie Holt, Michael Janis, Tom Kenyon, Liz Lescault, Allen Linder, Liza Linder, Debbi LoCicero, Shelley Lowenstein, Kimmary MacLean, Rashad Muhammad, Angie O’Neal, Mary Celestine Ranney-Howes, Patricia Steck, Niles Tatum, Kim Thorpe, Andrei Trach, Rosa Valladares, Juliana Vallejo, Dominique Vargo, Richard Weiblinger, Warren Wilson, Curtis Woody.

Reflections of Self
November 2–December 31, 2019
Presented by: Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Venue: Montpelier Arts Center

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708
Montpelier Arts Center is located on the grounds of historic Montpelier Mansion in northern Prince George’s County and is part of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Prince George’s County Juried exhibition is sponsored by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks  and Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

Baltimore Sun Reviews Glass Artwork in Montpelier Arts Center Invitational Baltimore Sun newspaper arts critic Mike Giuliano published his review of the 38th annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD.  

The journalist felt the exhibit serves as a lively reminder that contemporary sculptors have gone way beyond the traditional heroic marble or bronze figure atop a pedestal, and stated that he felt that “What distinguishes the exhibit is several of the artists use glass, not a material generally associated with sculpture. Far from seeming fragile, their treatment of the glass makes it seem as durable as any of the other materials found throughout the exhibit.” 

Works by Washington Glass School Co-directors Erwin Timmers and Tim Tate were the focus of his review, as well as work by former WGS Studio Coordinator Laura Beth Konopinski.

Congrats on the work in the show and the great review!

Click HERE to jump to the article.

Montpelier Arts Center Features WGS Artists in 38th Annual Invitational

Montpelier Arts Center 38th Annual Invitational features works by Washington Glass School artists & alum.

Montpelier Arts Center 38th Annual Invitational features works by Washington Glass School artists & alum.

The 38th annual Montpelier Invitational Sculpture Exhibition will take place in the Main Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center. Artists from the region including Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate, Eric Dyer, Paul Daniel and WGS’ former Studio Coordinator – Laura Beth Konopinski.We all miss LBK as she has moved to Philadelphia to become the studio tech for the glass program @ Philadelphia’s University of the Arts – but it will be great to see her artwork!

38th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition
June 7 – July 28
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 from 7pm to 9pm

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708

Artist Talk/Luncheon: Friday, June 14, 12 pm
To register for the Artist Talk/Luncheon, please call 301-377-7800 by Friday, June 7, 2019.

Rania Hassan "Threads" Opens at Montpelier Arts Center

Mixed Media artist – Rania Hassan has a solo show of her work April 5 – May 27, 2013 at the Montpelier Arts Center (Main Gallery). 

Rania combines knitting and painting to weave sculptural stories of connections to friends, family, and the idea of home.  ‘Threads’ is an exploration of connecting knitting and painting with fiber and wood. Rania says of her compelling mixed media work: “I am fascinated by the connections we find in our everyday experiences. How do we think of our place in this world? How do we fit in it? My work is about levels of connectedness. I paint, draw, and knit to represent these moments. We are all connected somehow. This series started because of my fascination with knitting, love for painting, and intrigue in the community I’ve found online with knitters from around the world. I think about how it links me to my mother, her mother, and all the generations of women who came before them.”

Rania Hassan: Threads
April 5- May 27, 2013
Opening Reception Sunday, April 7th, from 2-4 pm
Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708

Laurel Art Guild Reception


The Laurel Art Guild’s 41st Open Juried Exhibition opened this past week, with a reception that featured an awards ceremony. The opening had a great turnout, with standing room only during the juror talk about the artwork and the selection process.

Juror Michael Janis awards the first place award to Sylvia Valentino for her work “Walk At The Pond”.

all photos by Natalya Parris

First-place winner was Sylvia L. Valentino for her mixed media work, “Walk at the Pond.” Second place was awarded to Kimberley Bursic for “Cimabue Lived Here,” also mixed media. The third-place honors went to Nic Galloro for the wall-mounted sculpture, “Sorcerer.”

Congratulations to all the artists that were selected to exhibit in the show!

Laurel Art Guild
41st Annual Open Juried Exhibition
Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708
Thru March 28, 2010

* Click HERE for a link to the profile of one of the artists in the exhibition.

41st Annual Laurel Art Guild Exhibition Open Juried Exhibition


Each year Montpelier Arts Center hosts an exhibition open to artists aged 18 and older who live in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. It is chaired by a member of the Laurel Art Guild. This year I was juror, and spent a day going thru the entries. It was a surprisingly hard task to whittle down the selection – a very talented roster of artists submitted art for the competition, and 60 works were chosen for the exhibition. Virtually every medium is represented and the range of work is impressive.

I will be giving a brief gallery talk about the selection process on Sunday March 7 during the reception held from 2 pm -4 pm. The winners will be announced at that time as well. The reception is free and open to the public.

Artists scheduled to be shown:

Celestine Ranney-Howes, Melissa Burley, Jennifer Beinhacker Trisha Coghlan, Natalya Parris, Sharon Godlock, Martin Slater, Ardythe Jolliff, R. Teresa LaRocque, Kimberly Bursic, Carolyn Jackson, Pete Campbell, Christine Jacobs, Jeffrey P Coleman, Hans Guerin, Pauline Clatterbuck, Carol Clatterbuck, Crisley McCarson, Charles Reiher, Russ Little, Yolanda Koh, John Flournoy, Barbara Bell, Emlyn Davies-Cole , Nic Galloro, Thomas Burch, Karen Peacock, Susan Ellis, Emily Tarsell, Tod Renshaw, Mavreen K Veihmeyer, Theresa Harrison, Pat C Wilson, Linda Lawler, Sylvia L Valentino, Stephen Boocks, Ed L Cunnilis, Paul Giguere, Kathy Karlson, Harvey Duze, Linda Diane, Bruce Blum, Jim O’Connor, Meredith Osterman, Ron E Wilder, Beth deLoiselle, Sharon J Burton, Laurence Chandler, Lauren Kotkin, Jesse Berry, Joseph Hamilton, Daniel Bell, Lisa Orton, Joan Tarbell Plato, Jacqui Croetta, Amy Sferra, Lynne Slater, Roxana Sinex, Erin Antognoli

Montpelier Arts Center

9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708

41st Annual Laurel Art Guild Open Juried Exhibition

Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 28

Award Ceremony and Reception: Sunday, March 7, 2-4 pm

All ages welcome. FREE

For more information and images, please contact Ruth Schilling Harwood at


Arts Programs of the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission are supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Laurel Art Guild’s Call For Artists

>41st Annual LAG Open Juried Exhibition
The Laurel Art Guild (located in the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion) is a non-profit organization of people interested in the advancement of the fine arts. Each year, the organization has a call for artists to submit entries for their annual juried exhibition of artwork. This year is the 41st Open Juried Exhibition, and I am honored to be the judge for this year’s event.
The membership of the Guild consists of professional and amateur artists expressing themselves through a wide variety of media. The Guild strives to promote public appreciation for the support of its endeavors through community involvement.
For more information on the Laurel Art Guild, including membership and exhibition opportunities – click HERE.

Laurel Art Guild 41st Annual Open Juried Exhibition Eligibility
Any artist who resides in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia (DMV) over 18 years old may submit two entries, however, only one entry per artist will be exhibited.
Any original two dimensional work in any medium, completed in the last three years and not previously shown at Montpelier Arts Center, is eligible. Framed dimensions must not exceed 48″ high X 36″ wide. Wall mounted three dimensional work that meets the specific hanging requirements will be considered.
Screening will be done by 35mm slides or jpg files on disk.

  • Show Schedule for the exhibitors
    January 29 Postmark Deadline for slides/CD
    February 15 Notifications will be available on website
    March 2 Deliver Art Work; 12-2pm & 6-8pm
    March 5 Exhibit opens to the public
    March 7 Reception 2-4pm
    March 28 Exhibit closes
    March 29 Pick up artwork; 12-2pm & 6-8pm

Questions can be referred to Sherill Anne Gross at:

Click HERE for complete Call-for-Entry prospectus pdf.