Blanche Ames Gallery
UUCF's Art Gallery is currently open for IN-PERSON viewing or by appointment.
Our gallery shows are available for viewing in person on Sundays from 10-2:00 or on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, mornings from 10-12:00 or by appointment at other times for individuals or small groups. To request an appointment, email us at with your name, phone# and date/time of desired appointment.
"The Six Sources in Stained Glass"
The Blanche Ames gallery has the pleasure of exhibiting in our gallery windows the stained glass art of Susannah Schiller. Her pieces represent the Six Sources of Unitarian Universalism in beautiful colorful glass. There will be a meet and greet the artist on March 3, at 11:45, and her work can be viewed through March 31.
Susannah Schiller is an experienced stained glass artist and long-time Unitarian Univeralist. She has been creating stained glass pieces for over 30 years - works that range from sun-catchers, to lamps, to complex sidelights. Susannah moved to Urbana two and a half years ago and has been attending UUCF Sunday services online. She is married with two daughters and two grandchildren. In her retirement she continues creating stained glass, playing pickleball and the piano, cycling, knitting and reading.
In 2014, Susannah was thrilled when her former church, Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist in Adelphi, Maryland, commissioned her to create the six pieces she is exhibiting in our gallery. These works were hung in windows between the sanctuary and the foyer so they could be enjoyed from both perspectives. They remained there for nearly a decade.
At the end of our show, the pieces will be returned to the new Paint Branch Church. We invite you to get to know Susannah and enjoy her art.
For artists: Are you wondering how to Exhibit in our Gallery?
We invite artists working in any media that can be wall hung to inquire about an exhibit with us. The Blanche Ames Gallery features over 100 linear feet of art exhibition space in two light-filled hallways within the UUCF building. Sorry, our space does not lend itself to displays of pottery, jewelry, or three-dimensional work that is free standing.
Artists interested in showing their work should submit a completed application and digital images by email or USMail to the office at UUCF . Please download the Proposal Form. Blanche Ames Gallery's email address is gallery@frederickuu dot org.
The Visual Arts Committee plans, schedules and executes all art exhibits at UUCF. We schedule six art shows (two months each) during the year, with an art reception and artist's talk on the first Sunday of each show. Here are a few examples of artists' shows at our Gallery:
- Andrex Family Art Show
- Chris Fowler Photography Show
- Art Quilters on the Edge
- Brenda Murphy Art Show
Who was Blanche Ames? Why her name?
Blanche Ames (1878-1969) was an exceptional woman and a member of her Unitarian Congregation in Massachusetts. She was 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' talent extended well beyond art. She was a feminist, a suffragist, a leader in civic and charitable affairs, an inventor, an engineer and an author.
A more extensive biographical sketch can be found by clicking on Blanche Ames. After her death, the Ames family homestead, including the mansion with her studio, became a Massachusetts state park with more than 1800 acres of recreational space. https://www.mass.gov/locations/borderland-state-park
A new documentary film - "Borderland: The Life and Times of Blanche Ames Ames"- was released in 2020. Go to https://www.borderlandthedocumentary.com to watch the trailer and find out how schedule a private viewing or sign up for a community event at which the film will be shown.
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