Galerie Myrtis  contemporary fine art



A provocative, powerful ‘Image of the Black’ at Galerie Myrtis by Tim Smith

Baltimore Sun, November 20, 2015
…She casts a penetrating gaze at the viewer that does not let go easily, even far across the elegant, high-ceilinged front room of Galerie Myrtis. The more you look, the more those eyes impart about past, present and perception…

Visible Man
by Betsy Boyd

Baltimore Style Magazine, 2015
Black identity is reclaimed by black artists in The Image of the Black: Reimagined and Redefined, a seven-person exhibition now up and running at Galerie Myrtis. The mixed media show features gorgeously complex Elizabethan-esque oil paintings, shocking photographs depicting notorious black American gangs and KKK members and multimedia works with hand-stitched fabric. Neon lights illuminate text messages: “Some of my best friends are black” reads one.

Stayin Alive

International Review of African American Art, 2015
…In this show S. Ross Browne, Nina Buxenbaum, Larry Judah Cook, Ronald Jackson, T. Elliott Mansa, Delita Martin and Arvie Smith draw from the familiar and the imagined to reinscribe the notion of blackness within the context of self. Through painting, mixed media and video they reinterpret the white representation of race and racism, and shift the visual paradigm to the black experience by blacks.

by Cara Ober

Bmore Art, October 2015
…Things only got more complicated for black cold brewed coffee enthusiasts this past, blustery January when Empire exploded in front of our eyes. Cookie Lyon showed up in our living rooms draped in animal skins of various kinds and copious amounts of bling, and reminded all of black America of that family member we love to see at the cookout, but not at the water cooler. Ironically, as one of Empire’s art providers, this issue is what The Image of the Black: Reimagined and Redefined at Baltimore’s Galerie Myrtis addresses.

Two sides of David Carlson by Keith Loria

Viva Tysons Magazine, March/April 2015
It was back in Glasgow, Kentucky when Arlington’s own David Carlson first became interested in art on a serious level; learning from his high school teacher, Karl Weiss. “Weiss used to shake his head at my ideas which only encouraged me to play more,” he says. “I felt it was important to be good at rendering, but in the long run I knew the way I put together ideas is what interested me.”

Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Telling stories in portraits.

Artist and Makers, Winter 2015
I have been interested in portraiture, specifically of women, since I began drawing at age 3. I’ve always been aesthetically drawn to dark skin, so I typically draw my figures in black ink on gray paper, or black ink on black paper. I want my figures to appear as if they were hand carved from ebony wood. My figures appear bold and confident, yet there is also a vulnerability about them.

Charles H. Wright Museum will showcase exciting art exhibit by Inkster’s own M. Scott Johnson with help from MGM Grand Detroit by Scott Talley

Special to the Michigan Chronical, 2015
…the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure / Afro Futurism to Afro Surrealism. “Shadow Matter” features the work of renowned sculptor M. Scott Johnson who is literally carving out a legacy…

After more than a decade, Jeffrey Kent closes SubBasement Studios by Rebekah Kirkman

City Papaer, 11-24-2014
In paint-splattered, brown work boots, clean black jeans, and a black Andy Warhol T-shirt (neatly tucked in), Jeffrey Kent hops down a couple of steps into the main area of the dimly lit gallery. “Watch your step, everywhere in here,” he warns me.

Amy Sherald, A Second Life by Marlisa Sanders

International Review of African American Art, Hampton University, 2013
…“Art is all I have,” she explains. “It’s what I wake up to do, I’m lost without it.” In the hospital waiting for her new heart, she drew, did research for art, and joked with the nurses about her next piece being a tin woman. Like the tin man, the tin woman needed a heart…

Do You Feel What I See?

Galerie Myrtis, 5-11-2013
Featuring Calvin Coleman II. The Opening Reception will be held May 25, 2013 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Artist’s Talk will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Calvin Coleman will discuss his unique processes, and experience as a seeing artist who has created a series of paintings for the blind and visually impaired.

Featured Washington Sculptors Group Member by Rima Schulkind

Washington Sculptors Group Newsletter – Spring 2013 (featuring Lynda Smith-Bugge)
When I suggested to Lynda that she be my next interview subject, her positive response was enthusiastic. I had at first thought her website name “Sculpture for the Soul” was a bit…hokey? But after spending some time with her, it became clear that it genuinely describes what her creations mean to her, as well as the material that forms them…

Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know

Huffington Post, 2-26-2013 (featuring artwork by Maya Freelon Asante and Jamea Richmond-Edwards)
As Black History Month comes to a close, we’ve picked 30 young black artists who are contributing to the ongoing conversation of race and representation in contemporary art. Whether through sculpture, photography, video or performance, each artist illuminates the complexity of the self with a unique and bold vision.

Innovating Art Creation and Capitalization by Cliff Hocker

International Review of African American Art, Hampton University, 2-20-2013
…Tissue paper art created by Maya Freelon Asante will be suspended on the clothesline. Video will be projected on these hangings. Large-scale tissue quilts will be set in motion, moving almost as dancers would. “It’s going to be really exciting, unlike anything you’ve seen…

Family Turmoil Was The Creative Spark For A Young Artist by Marlisa Sanders

International Review of African American Art, Hampton University, 2-20-2013
When Jamea Richmond was about seven years old she and her older brother and his best friend were walking home from school, and passed a “beautiful abandoned” church. But that day, they saw something no child should ever see. “I remember a prostitute giving a man ‘favors’ on the side of the building,” Edwards recalls…

Local Artist’s New Series Critiques Anti-Marriage Equality Sentiment by Querin Brown

Gay Life Magazine, 2-2-2013
…The vision for Jeffrey’s most recent series, Preach!, was sparked shortly after the 2008 presidential election. Kent was inspired by stories of the African-American voting statistics for California’s Proposition 8, a measure that banned gay marriage in the Golden State…

Ancient Rhythms: The Grandeur and Intimacy of Nature

Galerie Myrtis, 1-18-2013
Featuring sculptor, Lynda Smith-Bugge and mixed media assemblage artist Janet Wheeler. The Opening Reception will be held February 23, 2013 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. “Tea with Myrtis Art Salon” an Artists’ Talk will take place on March 17, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Best of the City by Erin Hartigan, Tiffany Jow, Jennifer Sergent, Karen Sommer Shalett Tobey Ward and Katie Wilmeth

Modern Luxury Magazine, DC, 1-1-2013
Artist Maya Freelon Asante discovered a stack of water-stained colored paper in her grandmother’s basement in 2005, and her fascination with bleeding paper was born. The 30-year-old has sinced erected countless patchwork quilt-esque spectacles, including a stained-glass-like wonder called “Ubantu” at the Corcoran and a three-story sculpture at the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar…

Jeffrey Kent Show Argues for Marriage Equality as a Civil Right

Juxta Positions, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 12-18-2012
Solo show curated by the Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore-based artist Jeffrey Kent ’10 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting) uses racially charged imagery to criticize what he sees as some of the opinions maintained within the black Christian community on marriage equality for same-sex couples…

What is your Tar Baby? by Cara Ober

Urbanite Magazine, 1-27-2011
…Palmer analyzes the “sticky situations” that often entangle public figures. Using painted portraits, layers of text, and scraps of pattern, Palmer depicts President Barack Obama, singer and actor Paul Robeson, comedian and film producer Dave Chappelle, Marilyn Monroe, and many others, in order to question the bigotry, racism, and the stereotypes that confine them…

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