CUMBERLAND — The C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts will host and opening reception Aug. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. for an exhibition featuring the works of Sheryl Massaro and Brienne M. Brown.

The exhibition begins Aug. 24, continues through Sept. 30 and is free and open to the public each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Massaro will show a variety of works, including oils, photography, and ceramics. She began painting in 2004 and rarely wavers from oils. Her photography began as a record of landscapes during plein air painting sessions when she began to appreciate many of them as having a valid life of their own. She began working with ceramics in 2011, focusing on a series of abstract wall pieces tied to canvas panels. 

“In my poetry, art and photography, I endeavor to tap into and convey life’s undertows," Massaro said. "These are the unspoken things that ultimately bring close and bind artists and their readers or viewers. 

Massaro is also a poet, Frederick County master gardener and consultant on health communications related to drug abuse and addiction. 

Brown has won several top awards in plein air competitions across the country.

She worked in a toxicology lab and painted occasionally before realizing she wanted more art in her life than a career in science would allow. She left her job to raise her first child in 2008 and had the opportunity to paint more consistently.

“I love the wonderful sense of freedom and slightly controlled chaos that watercolor provides," Brown said.

Brown holds signature membership status for the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and Utah Watercolor Society.

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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