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Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Opens 21st Season with the Harptones
Melissa Burley, Boxes
125th Anniversary Baltimore Watercolor Society Juried Members Exhibition

CONTACT:  Lawrence J. Knowles, Director
Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center
301-203-6070, Fax 301-203-6071


Saturday, September  11, 2010 marks the opening of the 21st season of music, theatre and dance events at Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington, MD.  Opening the season of concerts at 8:00 p.m. on the 11th will be the “The Harptones,” a group that has been popular throughout the 1950’s 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s and continues to perform at venues throughout the country today.

There are three factor that make up the magic of The Harptones’  music:  their catchy, infectious, sometimes haunting, melody lines; their easy, close harmonic confection, which is synonymous with the early Harlem vocal group sound; and the warm, soft and lifting tenor lead of Willie Winfield heard on their artistic compositions, many of which were composed by Raoul J. Cita.  They are perhaps the most beloved, respected, and revered New York East Coast hall harmonizers.  Through the years they have always been a close knit group, with feelings of love and deep concern for one another.  Every song they ever sang had a special meaning to them.

Continuing the season will be concerts by The Contours (October 16th at 8 pm), The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra (November 6th at 8 pm), Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes (November 20th at 2 pm and 8 pm), Trouble Funk X-Mas (December 18th at 8 pm), jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson  (January 15th at 8 pm), The Delfonics (February 19th at 2pm and 8 pm), guitar legend Bobby Parker (March 19th at 8 pm), Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (April 9th at 3 pm and 7 pm), famed New Orleans musician Buckwheat Zydeco (May 14th at 8 pm), Dee Dee Sharp (May 21st at 8 pm),  and closing the season will be R&B vocalist and former Broadway “Dreamgirl” Julia Nixon (June 18th at 8 pm).

Information and tickets for the Harptones and all other concerts are available at Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Maryland, or by calling (301) 203-6070.

For Immediate Release through October 26, 2010
Contact: Ruth Schilling Harwood, Acting Director
Montpelier Arts Center

Library Gallery: Melissa Burley, Boxes
Dates: September 10- October 26, 2010
Reception: Sunday, Sept. 12, 7-9 pm.
Gallery Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, seven days a week

“From the womb to the coffin or urn, as we live, we store our dreams, secrets, past lives, fears, hopes, and treasures. We as humans have a hard time letting go of things, so we box them up.” -Melissa Burley, September 2010

In this exhibition of new sculptures, Burley explores the mysteries of what we contain in boxes.
She is using once again using materials that were either given to her or that she has found. There is an emphasis on cut and ground glass bottles as well as lab glass and most of the boxes glow from within, their contents visible as shadow patterns on the gallery walls.

Burley has received several artist fellowships from the Prince George’s Arts Council.  She earned her BFA in sculpture from the University of Maryland. Her work is in the collection of Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD. Recently, she exhibited at Anne Marie Garden in southern Maryland, the Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA, Gallery 25 in Fresno, CA and was included in a benefit show in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

For more information or to request visuals, please call (301) 377-7800 or email , navigate to Montpelier's exhibition page or to

For Immediate Release through October 29, 2010
Contact: Ruth Schilling Harwood, Acting Director
Montpelier Arts Center

Main Gallery: 125th Anniversary Baltimore Watercolor Society Juried Members Exhibition
Dates: September 10-October 29, 2010
Free Public Reception: Sunday, September 12, 2-4 pm.
Gallery Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, seven days a week

"Watercolor is a moving, living, spontaneous media …”
- Bruce Handford, exhibition juror

Montpelier Arts Center is pleased to present a juried members exhibition as the final exhibition in the Baltimore Watercolor Society’s celebration of its 125th anniversary year.
The Society was formed in 1885 by a small group of women artists who were prevented from participating in the life drawing sessions of the all male Baltimore Charcoal Club.  The third oldest art organization in the United states devoted entirely to watercolor painting, the Society today is a vibrant and growing organization that also now includes men. In 2008, “Mid-Atlantic Organization of Watermedia Artists” was appended to the group’s name to emphasize that the society is restricted neither to Baltimore nor to traditional watercolor media. Unlike many watercolor societies the group includes artists working in acrylic and other aqueous media, and allows this broad range of media to be shown in its exhibitions.

The exhibition’s juror is Northern Virginia artist, Bruce Handford, a watercolor landscape painter. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West and the North East Watercolor Society. He is also an elected member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. His award-winning artwork has been shown in international, national, and regional exhibitions, and many of his paintings are included in corporate and private collections across the country.

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