Mt. Airy Arts Garage celebrates diversity and family in new exhibit

Mt. Airy Arts Garage cofounders Linda Slodki and Arleen Olshan wanted to celebrate the diversity of the Northwest with their new exhibit, “Faces, Families and Relationships—A Legacy of Diversity and Harmony.” The exhibit will feature works in various forms by member artists.

“We wanted to launch the year celebrating us and how our artists view the faces of their families,” Slodki said. “We thought: ‘What better opportunity to celebrate who we are?'”

Doris Lane Grey, member artist at the Mt. Airy Arts Garage, created the painting that has been used on the promotional material for the exhibit. Done in acrylic on canvas from a photograph, the work shows the artist, her son and her daughter at a family breakfast.

Sarah Bond, a master quilter who rents one of the “Artist in Residence” studio spaces, submitted a quilt for the exhibit. Her work, done in the traditional tumbling blocks pattern, is titled “Mudblocks,” and includes several types of cloth such as mudcloth from Africa, wax prints with African themes made in Holland and a reproduction of Civil War era dress fabric.

While Bond said family means many things to her, her quilt is representative of one very important family member: her great, great grandmother, Jane Arthur Bond, who was a slave in Kentucky until the Civil War freed her. After she was freed, she went to work for her former master’s sister. Her quilts have been published in “Stitched from the Soul” by Gladys Marie Frye.

For artists like Bond and Grey, the Mt. Airy Arts Garage is a place where they can enjoy a space dedicated to the pursuit of the arts.

“The Mt. Airy Art Garage is becoming a beacon to artists and people living in the area,” Grey said. “I love having a place where I can draw from the model, take classes and have the opportunity to get to know other artists, to see their work and to share my work with them and the community.”

The “Faces, Families and Relationships” exhibit will be open from Friday, Feb. 22 until Friday, March 29. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. See mtairyartgarage.org for more details.

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