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Instructors showcase their talent at Montpelier Arts Center


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Photo by Wanda Jackson. Montpelier Arts Center instructors’ work, from left, Gary Irby (teaches ceramics), Lillian Shaw (teaches drawing and painting), and Judith Kornett (teaches sculpture and ceramics).

Photo by Wanda Jackson. Montpelier Arts Center instructors’ work, from left, Gary Irby (teaches ceramics), Lillian Shaw (teaches drawing and painting), and Judith Kornett (teaches sculpture and ceramics).

Published on: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

By Wanda Jackson

Get a glimpse of diverse talent “from the teachers at the top” at Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel.

The center’s “Instructors’ Exhibition” through Sunday in the center’s Main Gallery showcases diverse works by 15 of Montpelier’s instructors.

Representing diverse styles and media, the exhibition complements the educational experience of the individuals attending class sessions while also showing the breadth of talent in Prince George’s County and the surrounding communities.

“Classes at Montpelier range from bronze casting to rug hooking and are meant to provide challenging and engaging arts experiences of all types for the surrounding community at a very reasonable cost,” states a press release from the center.

The exhibit features a wide range of contemporary and traditional works in a variety of mediums including paintings, work on paper and canvas, mixed media, audio/video, glass, ceramics and sculpture.

The instructors themselves are as varied as their works:

Judith Kornett is a resident artist at Montpelier who recently retired from teaching art in schools.

Lillian Shaw teaches art in a variety of community centers.

Gary Irby is a ceramics professor at American University.

Mario Bloomfield and Bruce Feinberg currently teach art at Prince George’s County public schools.

Richard Zandler has taught sculpture at Bowie State University.

Valerie Watson is an art professor at Prince George’s Community College.

Roslyn Logsdon teaches rug hooking workshops throughout the country.

Manny Flecker holds a degree in ceramics and works in professional ceramics production facilities.

Judith Conway began in stained glass and has moved on into fusing glass.

Linda Bernard is a Montpelier resident ceramicist and has taught classes for 25 years.

Rowena Bowman originally worked in television and now teaches computer graphics and video production.

David Snipes earned an art degree at Frostburg University and teaches children’s art classes.

David Brosch has a degree in printmaking from the University of Maryland and is a resident printmaker.

William Ralph currently works for Baltimore City Public Schools.

Clark Mester is a former Montpelier resident artist and current sculpture professor at Bowie State University.

John Yeh is the technical director of Montpelier and does audio recordings at the University of Maryland.

Winston Harris teaches printmaking throughout the area.

George Kochell worked for Starlog magazine and Warner Brothers as an illustrator and storyboarder.

Pierre Dennis is an artist who currently teaches children’s art classes.

Irene Sylvester is a longtime resident artist at Montpelier and teaches watercolor classes.

Kay Lindsey writes poetry and teaches writing classes at Montpelier.

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