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Works By Master Gilder William Adair on Exhibit at Montgomery College “Reflections” Celebrates Artwork of Adair and His Mentors, Oct. 7–Dec. 16

Montgomery College will host “Reflections: Mentor and Protégé, The Work of William B. Adair and His Mentors,” from October 7 through December 16 at the Cultural Arts Center on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The exhibit features the art of Montgomery College alumnus and master conservator, framer, and gilder William B. Adair. Adair’s art will be paired with works created by his former professors at Montgomery College and University of Maryland, College Park, demonstrating how mentors and students influence each other’s artwork. The mentor-artists in the exhibit include Joan Rosenstein, Frank Bunts, Henry Niese, Mitchell Jamison (deceased), Ellen Gelman (deceased), and Kay Jackson.

The exhibit will have three central components: how the relationship between mentor and student affects artwork, how a painting framed in different ways affects the viewer’s perceptions, and how the mirror is the framer’s purest art form. Examples of master gilding by Adair will also be on display.

On Friday, October 14, 2011, at noon, Adair will present a one-hour lecture on gilding at The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Room 101, at the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. This is free and open to the public.

In addition, he will conduct a master gilding workshop for Montgomery College art professors who will incorporate this skill into their courses. By sharing his unique gilding skills with the faculty, Mr. Adair will help ensure that this age-old craft will be passed on to future art students.

Professor Megan Van Wagoner is curating the “Reflections” exhibit and the accompanying catalog, which will include writings by author David Bruce Smith whose books were featured with the paintings of Clarice Smith in the College’s 2010 “Continuum” exhibit.

Montgomery College Television’s Joseph E. Thompson produced a 50-minute documentary about Adair and his work, which will be broadcast on Montgomery College Television, cable channel 10, from September through December. It is available for download on the College’s YouTube channel at The gallery is on the first floor of the Cultural Arts Center, located on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The building is located at the corner of Georgia Avenue and King Street. Parking is available in the surface lot behind the Cultural Arts Center on King Street or in the West Campus Garage.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Priscilla Walker from the Performing and Communication Arts Department at 240-567-5780.

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