CUMBERLAND — The C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts will showcase the work of Macee McCunn, an award-winning jeweler and sculptor, and self-taught artist Shane Miller through Aug. 25.
An opening reception will be held July 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.
McCunn lives and creates sculptural metal jewelry and sculpture at her studio in Cresaptown, where she utilizes primarily forging and metalsmithing techniques. She uses tools collected from her ancestors, such as two anvils passed from her grandfather and an old power hammer, as well as other antique tools.
The show includes jewelry that has an antiqued appearance and includes earrings, necklaces, rings and other items made of silver, brass and copper — each with a subtle primitive appearance.
McCunn obtained a degree at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh after traveling in the Air Force and has been living in Western Maryland for 25 years. She completed classes and/or assisted teaching in metal sculptural and jewelry classes at Frostburg State University, Touchstone Center for Crafts and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman. She also teaches various metal jewelry classes at Meadowbrook Arts Studio, Garrett Arts Council and Arts at Canal Place and other classes at Allegany College of Maryland.
Miller, who was born in Maryland, now lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee. His paintings “explore the emotions of dreams, distant memories and silent emotions left unexpressed,” according to a news release.
Through a contemporary approach, Miller depicts the landscapes of the mind in a way to allow the viewer to reflect on their own experiences.
“I often say I paint what I feel, not what I see. I believe the landscapes are catalysts to feeling something we don’t often feel through the typical day. I hope when someone views my work, they can slow down and reflect on their own memories and emotions,” he said.
Miller said his parents encouraged him to explore the arts from a young age.
“I played the guitar and thought that I would choose music over painting, but it seems I was wrong in my assumption,” he said. “Growing up, I often enjoyed drawing all sorts of random things from my imagination. As I got older, drawing naturally progressed into painting and I kept with it as a pastime through high school and college. After working the nine-to-five for five years after college, I started touring as a guitarist for an independent country artist here in Nashville. When I wasn’t on the road, I spent most of my time painting. When the year was over, I decided to paint full time and here I am two years later. It’s been the most rewarding choice I’ve made.”
The museum is located at 104 Washington St. and the exhibition is open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 301-724-5800.