Wednesday, June 25, 2008

blue elephant art center

Recently on a monsoon of a rainy day, I took the trek up to Frederick, MD without an umbrella and happily visited The Blue Elephant Art Center. Blue Elephant is a compilation of 10 cooperative artist studio spaces and 3000 sq. ft. of gallery space. Affordable openings for full and shared studios are available with all utilities included.

On June 7, 2008, the center held its first Members' Group Show of 2008. "Mission Statement" featured the art works of Shane Acuff, Chris Bransome, Deb Clark, Vince Coates, Sara Corley, Chuck Forsythe, Ben Fartrell, Tom Kemp, Claudia Lipshultz, Noah McWilliams, Steven Orrence, Caroline Qualls, Colin Smallwood, Matt Spire, Sandy Swann, Paul Tooley, Audrey Warren and Mr. Jingles. The collective attempted to answer the question, what is the blue elephant?

On July 5th, from 7 - 11 pm, the Center will be featuring "Metal" - the first in a series including wood, fiber, paper, and flesh. The art center will hold additional extended hours through July 13th.

Brian Slagle & Paul Tooley are doing a great job at promoting the potential of the Blue Elephant Art Center. If you are looking for a new opportunity, send your contact information (name, address, phone, email) and preferably some images of your work (5-10 color copies or email JPEG images at 72 dpi) and one page statement of work and artist intent to Brian Slagle, Blue Elephant, 4a W. 5th St., Frederick, MD 21701 or call him at 301-663-7809. Email address Alternate contact: Paul Tooley, 301-371-4291,

Blue Elephant image credit to the original artist Casey McGlynn.