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Art on the Walls
The New Deal Cafe provides a venue for local artists to exhibit and sell their work. We have two showrooms, and each month two new shows are launched. Join us the first Sunday of every month from 7pm to 9pm at our artists' reception to meet the creative talent behind the next exhibit. Refreshments are served.
If you're an artist, we'd love to talk to you about having a show at the cafe.
The cafe's monthly art exhibits are mounted by the New Deal Cafe Art Committee and sponsored by the Friends of New Deal Cafe Arts with support from Prince George's County. Your tax-deductible donation to FONDCA supports art at the cafe.
January - February 2012
Chrissy Wilkin's paintings are now on display in the back room, Angela Ozbun's jewelry is currently in the display case, and Denise Marie Brown's photography will be in the front room beginning next Tuesday, January 10th. All three artists' work will be on display until March 5th. A public reception will be held on Sunday, January 29th, from 7pm to 9pm. The New Deal Cafe art program is sponsored by Friends of the New deal Cafe Arts (FoNDCA).
Paintings by Chrissy Wilkins
Chrissy Wilkin’s art is the manifestation of people, places, memories and imagination on canvas. This local Greenbelt artist is using mixed media and a variety of painting techniques that are active and expressive. She creates intense and moving imagery about her experiences. Whether her experiences are based on her adventures, relationships or her own personal growth; she conveys it with both freedom and intensity. Her work has a voice, and while it does not shout, it does not allow itself to be ignored. - -Carroll County Times
Art is the mixture of colors colliding into relevance. Each individual expresses themselves in a unique way enhancing personality and character. I enjoy studying the individual personalities and creating art that reveals just who the wearer truly is. I started my quest with cross stitching picturesque scenes. An important part of the pictures was the implementation of bead work. I began to see that the beads could, in an artistic fashion, lift the spirits of its wearer. A bright and sunny spirit can be advertised by bright and sunny colors strung together in a unique fashion. Similarly, a glamorous occasion can be punctuated by the presence of draping crystals. Over time, I have grown to love the joy experienced by the grateful owners of the art I have been blessed to create. I am honored that others would see and appreciate the love and passion placed in each creation.
Denise Marie Brown
Denise Marie is an oil-painter from Pennsylvannia. She grew up in Philadelphia. She began painting as a child, and in high school, received an award at a Bucks County Art Show for a graphics design in tissue paper. Denise went on to receive her BFA in Painting from Kutztown University. She has been painting for over 30 years. Her work in oils is representative/impressionistic in style, choosing florals, sunsets, sky-scapes, portraits, landscapes, waterscapes and a new series of Children at Play. Murals are a favorite as well. Most work begins with a Photograph. The front room exhibit at New Deal Cafe this January and February will showcase the beauty of Annacostia through her photography. Denise Marie Brown is president of HCAA, a Hyattsville Community Art group showing in Prince George's County. She is a member of MFA (Maryland Federation of Art), showing in Annapolis and Baltimore. Denise Marie is also a member of the Chestertown Art League. Her photographs and paintings are on exhibit at the Chestertown Art League on the Eastern Shore. She has also shown in Pennsylvania at Kutztown University. She has participated in over 50 art exhibits, festivals and craft shows. Denise has curated one Art show in Hyattsville for a 40th Anniversary celebration. She is now curating the art events at Prince George's Plaza Community Center as of January 9, 2010.
November - December 2011
Three local artists will be exhibiting in the New Deal Café from November 8th through January 2nd. Missy Dodd’s ornaments will be in the display case, Barbara Steven’s paintings will be in the back room, and Michael Smallwood’s photography will be exhibited in the front room. A public reception for these artists will be held on Sunday, November 20th from 7pm till 9pm. The New Deal Cafe art program is sponsored by Friends of New Deal Cafe Arts (FoNDCA).
Ornaments by Rebecca Missy Dodd
In the front room display case.
Missy Dodd, a long time resident of Greenbelt, MD, loves to dabble in many forms of art and needlework but specializes in hand decorated Christmas ornaments. Her tiny teapots won the Grand Prize in a Good Housekeeping Magazine Holiday Contest, and her decorated ornaments have been featured in Country Woman Magazine. Missy got her love and appreciation for all things art from her mother, who taught art and porcelain painting for many years.
Missy participates in juried art and craft fairs during the holiday season and has been a vendor at the Holiday Shoppers Fair at the Ocean City, MD Convention Center. Her teapot related ornaments have been offered for sale in tea shops in Cape May, and Mt. Holly, NJ, Occoquan VA, as well as in gift shops at historic mansions such as the Marrietta Mansion in Glenn Dale, and Montpelier in Laurel, MD.
Missy owns a Decorating Business providing interior painting and wallpapering services for nearly 3 decades. She has designed and painted custom murals in homes of several clients. Missy also enjoys working with her father in his upholstery business. She considers each of these business endeavors as another form of art extended. Missy is fortunate in being able to pursue her passion in so many different forms and is always eager to learn new techniques that expand her creativity in both her business life as well as in her art projects.
Photography by Michael Smallwood
In the front room.
Michael Smallwood has exhibited his artwork all over the East coast and in California. His artwork is included in collections owned by the Smithsonian Institution, as well as private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. Michael received his BFA from the University of Maryland in 1976. His work is primarily photography since having a stroke in 2008 and finding it difficult to work in the painting and print mediums. Photography has always been an important aspect of his art in painting and printmaking. Most of his exhibitions have been shows of paintings until 2008, when he began showing photographs at numerous galleries. At this time, his work is focused on the photographic image, with black and white imagery as his preferred media.
Traveling the Light of Inner States into 2012 by Barbara Stevens
In the back room.
Barbara C, Stevens received her BFA painting at the University of Oklahoma, and a Masters from University of California, Berkeley. Barbara worked and painted in New York City, and then moved to Maryland where she began teaching Art in nearby colleges, including York, Penn. State, and Morgan State in Maryland. She then moved to New Mexico, where she continued to paint and exhibit her artwork. Barbara also taught at a community college in Espanola, NM. When she came back to Greenbelt, she acquired a studio and exhibited at galleries such as Montpelier. She taught art for some time at Prince George’s Community College, after which she retired, but has recently been teaching Art for all ages at Greenbelt Community Center - and is returning to her favorite place to exhibit, the New Deal Cafe.
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