Art on the Walls

The New Deal Cafe provides a venue for local artists to exhibit and sell their work. We have a showroom and glass display cases, and every other month new artwork is featured. Join us at a reception to meet the creative talent behind the next exhibit.

If you’re an artist, we’d love to talk to you about having a show at the cafe.

The cafe’s 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.

March – April 2011

Ceramic work by Gina Mai Denn, paintings by Marian Williams and photography by Gary Jimerfield will be on display from March 1st through May 2nd. There will be a public reception for the exhibits on Sunday, March 13th, from 7pm to 9pm.

A Small Case of the Blues by Gina Mai Denn

Gina Mai Denn, an artist-in-residence at the Community Center, will display “A Small Case of the Blues (and Greens and other colors too)” of her favorite ceramic pieces. Showing a variety of styles and techniques she has worked in, there are both decorative works and functional items. Fancy vases, jars, bowls and whimsical vessels will fill the small display case in the front room of the cafe – a turquoise blue glaze on many of the pieces is a favorite of hers. She shares studio space with three other ceramic artists, collectively called Studio 302, where she works mainly on the potters wheel making functional pieces but she also does some hand built pieces and small sculptures.

Mai Denn has been teaching the potters wheel and other ceramic arts since 1996 at the Community Center, the University of Maryland Art and Learning Center and elsewhere. She graduated cum laud in 1991 from Alfred University with a BA in fine arts and ceramic art as her major.

Paintings by Marian Williams

Marian Williams is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her exhibit of watercolors and acrylics is entitled Hometown Memories. “Bigdaddy: A Granddaughter’s Love Story” was her first work. Her art and writing has been featured in Today’s Minister’s Wife Magazine. She was among artists in the 2010 “All Hung” exhibit at the Montpelier Arts Center. She categorizes her art as in the naïve style or animated realism and enjoys rural life subjects. Another medium that intrigues her is found object collage.

Williams’ vocation is in special education and social work. She is a lifelong Prince Georgian and lives in Upper Marlboro with her husband and daughter, where she continues to hone her craft.

Examples: Selections from the Vault by Gary Jimerfield

Gary Jimerfield will exhibit some of his most recent creations in “Examples: Selections from the Vault.” He works in still photography, video and computer art.

He was educated at Georgetown College, Towson State University and the Corcoran School of Art and Design and has done independent study at the Library of Congress. He began photography in the early 70s and has been working in video since the 80s. His specialties include nature and southwestern landscapes and he has branched out into studio work with miniatures and abstracts. Jimerfield is a member of Bright Side Pictures, a trio of artists working in digital video, photography, miniature set design, painting and computer abstracts.