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The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Bloom in the verb form as to produce or yield flowers; to support abundant plant life, to mature into the achievement of one’s potential, to flourish in beauty, freshness, or excellence; to shine out; to become more apparent or fully expressed, to appear or occur unexpectedly in remarkable quantity or degree, to become densely populated with microorganisms; etc. Artists were encouraged to submit works for consideration that respond, relate or interpret the word Bloom within the critical contemporary context of our world today.

The exhibition has drawn 17 artists from the MidAtlantic area including Maryland, New York, and New Jersey to exhibit right here in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland.

“The artists in this exhibition have a kinship to nature and express it through a variety of ways. They recreate it through direct observation or memory, utilize it as a metaphor for narratives of the present and past, declare their absolute oneness with it, know it as a spiritual pathway or convey it through the artifice to allude to our species’ superficiality,” says Rula Jones, Gallery 115 Curator.

Artists in the Exhibition include:

  1. Karin Birch
  2. Roberto Bocci
  3. Craig Cavin
  4. Travis Childers
  5. Nicole Cohen
  6. Gay P. Cox 
  7. Stephen Dill
  8. Jennie Gallaine
  9. Weina Li
  10. Sheryl Massaro
  11. Jessye McDowell
  12. Tim McLoraine
  13. Patricia O’Brien
  14. Lisa Sheirer
  15. David Straange
  16. Katherine Verdickt
  17. Cathy Wilkin
Bloom Art exhibit Jessye McDowell

“Future Sets Series: After Huysum”
Jesse McDowell
Digital print of 3D modeled image

Jennie Gallaine, a French artist in the United States for the past two years says about her work, “…I had to establish new roots and find a new sense of place. I realized that my art had changed here and was guided by nature. Maybe because it was the first thing that came to me to link my previous life and my new life. Something essential, pure, and simple. Something universal. Enveloping and reassuring. Something that we also need to preserve… And something that could help me take root and bloom again”


Rula Jones is currently the Exhibitions Curator at Gallery 115 at the Y.  She has more than twenty years of experience in the Visual Arts in various roles. Her previous experience includes guest curating at several organizations in the Washington DC area, including the Griffin Art Center, the Black and White Gallery, and the Mclean Project for the Arts. She has also held faculty positions at various notable institutions including The Corcoran College of Art + Design, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Maryland Institute College of Art.

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