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The Blanche Ames Gallery is pleased to announce our next featured artist, Margaret Huddy, whose show "Out of Africa Encore" opens Sunday, April 7 with a reception and artist talk from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Her stunning portraits will be on exhibit through April 28.

Margaret Huddy moved to Frederick three years ago when she retired from her studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. While there she had a wonderful career painting monumental watercolors of Washington, DC. When she moved to a small retirement house in Frederick where space is limited she vowed to not paint anything larger than 9"X 12". She had a wonderful time working on small paintings "en plein air" and experimented with acrylics in the surrounding landscape. Then came winter and she searched her brain for a subject to inspire her that wasn't weather dependent. Meanwhile Margaret had joined St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church where there is a large group of Africans from West African countries such as Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria. These women come to church on Sunday dressed in their beautiful colorful native dress. Their faces and colorful clothes instantly inspired this series of portraits which fit into Margaret's 9" X 12" format. She is enjoying the challenge of painting portraits after a hiatus of 58 years.

Margaret Huddy's paintings bring great joy to her beautiful models, and the Banche Ames Gallery shares that joy with you. If you plan to visit the gallery at times other than the opening, please call 301-473-7680.

Paintings left to right: "Girl with the Gold Pendant," "Girl with the Black Hat," "Girl with the Coral Beads"

The Blanche Ames Gallery features over 100 square feet of art exhibition space in two light-filled hallways within the UUCF building. The gallery's name was chosen because Blanche Ames (1878-1969) was an exceptional Unitarian, a leader who serves as an inspiration to us today. With her minutely observed drawings and etchings she illustrated her husband's 7-volume treatise on orchids. Ames' endeavors extended beyond art. She was a feminist, a leader in civic and charitable affairs, an inventor, an engineer, and an author. An extensive biographical sketch can be found by clicking on Blanche Ames.


The Gallery is open to the public on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and during 9-5 business hours Tuesday through Friday. Please call 301-473-7680 before visiting on weekdays to assure that the building is open. You may also visit by appointment at other times by calling that number, or via email to office@frederickuu dot org.


Artists working in any media that can be wall hung are invited to propose a show. For additional information on how to apply, go to Artists Application for the Blanche Ames Gallery. We schedule ten art shows each year, with an art reception on the first Sunday of each show. All shows last for one month except July and December, which are six-week shows. The Visual Arts Committee plans, schedules and executes all art exhibits at UUCF. The Blanche Ames Gallery email address is gallery@frederickuu dot org. Artists interested in showing their work are required to submit to the office at UUCF a completed application. Please download the Proposal Form

For 2018 Members and Friends Show Application (July and Aug 2018) Click here: Application Form for 2018 Members and Friends Art Show

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Blanche Ames Gallery Show Calendar

January 2019

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