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Gallery open Fridays from 5-8 and Saturdays from 3-8 and by appointment

Artist Talks and Demos: 

Friday, September 12,  7 pm

Johan Lowie

Artist Talk: "The Philosophy of Lines 

Friday, September 19,  7 pm

Homer Yost 

Artist Demo: "Drawing from Life" 

Friday, September 26,  7 pm

Lee Newman

Artist Talk: "Gesture 

Saturday, September 27,  7 pm

Walter Bartman

Artist Demo: "Approach to the Figure"

SEPTEMBER 5th - September 28th 2014
The Griffin Art Center/ Talon Gallery

437 North Market Street (at 5th Street)Frederick, Maryland

Opening Reception: Saturday September 6th: 6-8PM

Gallery open Fridays from 5-8 and Saturdays from 3-8 and by appointment

Tel: 240-446-1094 for information

An annual exhibition of work from area artists.

The Artist Reception Saturday, August 2, 5-8 PM.

August 2 - August 30

Over one-hundred and ten paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from sixtyarea artists will be on display and for sale at The Griffin Art Center through the month ofAugust. This is a great art and social event in historical downtown Frederick. The public isinvited to view the outstanding works on exhibition. Each year, the show continues to grow inpopularity and reflects a variety of subjects, from abstract to landscape and the figure. Thework is reasonably priced, so this is your opportunity to become an art collector or perhaps buy a real “one of a kind” gift.

Open Fridays 5-8 and Saturdays 3-8, during the month of August.

June 2014__________________________

Griffin Gallery
Features an impressive body of paintings by Walt Bartman's Students.

Reception: First Saturday, June 7, 2014 5-8 pm

Gallery Open: Fri 5-8, Sat 3-8 & by Appointment.

Marion Catlett, Christy Stup, Scott Grove, Barbara Cooper, Nicole Aliev, Audrey Farnsworth, Courtney Lee, Jane Byron, Glenn Souders, Paula Rubin-Wexler, Karen Levin, John Conners,Sheryl Massaro, Connie Schlee,Jodi Oconnell, Marie Hamilton,Elisabeth Visman


Youth Plein Air Workshop Juried Show

Reception 1st Sat June 7th 3-5
Awards announced at 4:00 pm
Talon Gallery 2 W 5th St Entrance - 
Show runs thru end of the month

MAY 2014_______________________
Griffin Gallery
437 N Market St. Frederick, MD 21701
Opening Reception....MAY 3rd Saturday 5:00-8:00
Show runs thru end of the month.

Talon Gallery
Opening Reception | Photography by Chris Eliff
Saturday May 3rd 6:00-9:00

Join Chris Eliff on a photographic journey through Ecuador. These images evoke the colorful landscape, as well as the playful, dynamic spirit of the people i had the pleasure of meeting.
~ Opening reception Saturday May 3rd 6:00 - 9:00pm
The show continues through the month of May.
Gallery open:
Friday 5 -8
Saturday 11-8
Sunday 11-8 and by appointment
Questions? contact

Lion's Den-

Blue Elephant-
Opening Reception May 3 4:00-8:00
The Paper Eclectic  
New 2D and 3D creations of paper and other media in celebration of Spring.  

Blue Elephant Gallery of the Griffin Art Center, 4A West 5th Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701.  Works to be featured by resident artists Elisabeth Vismans, Kim Grinev, Rosanne Grolman, Chris Madden, Vince Coates, Susan Greene, Anne Quinlan, Robert Strasser, and Claudia Lipschultz. Exhibit open Saturdays thru May 31st from noon to 8pm.

New Mexico Land of Enchantment


Artworks by

Walter M. Bartman III

February 28th – March 30th          

Gallery Hours: Fridays 5-8pm & Sat 3-8pm or by appointment.

Walter M. Bartman III, a graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High School, received his art degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he concentrated on teaching and painting. Upon graduation Walt would work for Montgomery County Public Schools; during his tenure, he served as Director of the largest Advanced Placement Art program in Montgomery County. Presently, he is the Painting Instructor and Department Chair of the Studio Arts at the Landon School, located in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Bartman’s painting  travels have taken him to Antietam, Frederick, Middletown Valley, Tilghman Island, St. Michaels, and Crisfield, MD; Chincoteague, VA; Santa Fe and Taos, N.M.; Sedona, AZ; the Bahamas; Bermuda; Italy; Spain; and Eastern European cities including Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest.

            Mr. Bartman’s work represents emotional interpretations, marked by rhythmic touches of paint and color. Other techniques of interest are dramatic compositions, capturing light, and recording the views of the vanishing landscape. His paintings are part of many local, state, national, and international collections. In addition to collections, he has had many solo exhibits within the last two years at the Orchard Gallery in Bethesda and at the Mary Hogdson Gallery located within Frederick Community College. He has also exhibited with other artists at the Tilghman Island Inn in Tilghman Island, Maryland, and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. He has also been the featured artist of many organizations including the Washington Capitals professional hockey team, Montgomery County Hospice, and recently the “Paint to Cure” auction where over $20,000 dollars were raised to help in the fight against breast cancer. 


Saturday's 10:30 am-11:30 Blue Elephant Gallery
Start your Saturday with an hour long yoga session led by Kimberlyn Cahill. Move to live percussion music by Robert, Eric and Jenifer in a lovely wooden floored gallery space in downtown Frederick, upstairs at the Blue Elephant gallery of the Griffin Art Center. Bring your own mat or come early to use one of the limited supply provided by the instructor. Suggested donation $10. Tell your friends.


The Griffin Art Center Hosts Concert: 
Ensemble Toss the Feathers!
Feb 1st at 8:00 PM 1st Sat.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish composers invented a new sort of "chamber music." In addition to ballads and dance tunes, they wrote variations over repeating basses, sonatas, suites, "dompes" and "ports."

This inspired fusion of popular and classical music offers modern audiences a repertoire that blends refined taste and sparkling energy, elegance and vibrant enthusiasm, harmonic complexity and rhythmic spontaneity.

Hear this music in The Griffin Art Center, Blue Elephant Gallery on instruments that the composers knew : renaissance violin, theorbo, viola da gamba and renaissance guitar. Many of the tunes that will be performed are still played by traditional musicians today.
TINA CHANCEY (viol, renaissance violin) is director of the early/traditional music group HESPERUS and a fiddle specialist --Irish and old time violin; kamenj, lyra, rebec and vièle; viola da gamba and pardessus de viole, all of which she plays indiscriminately on Sephardic music, early music, blues, and jazz standards. Tina is also a member of Trio Sefardi and the contradance band North-South Railroad, and a former member of the Folger Consort and the rock band Blackmore's Night. She also produces recordings for other artists, writes articles, and directs the Sound Catcher Workshop where she teaches playing
by ear and improvisation. Her most recent solo recording isAmerican Landscapes. In 2008, Tina received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Education by Early Music America. She lives in Arlington, VA.

VALERIE LOOMER (theorbo, renaissance guitar)
Plucked-string specialist, she studied lute and basso continuo at the Schola Cantorum in Basel Switzerland. She has collaborated with numerous European early music groups, as well as Hesperus, Ida Red String Band, and the Cajun Collective of Désaignes. For ten years she performed with The Company Barbaroque in baroque operas staged in the castle of Grignan. A performer on banjo, banjo-uke and other traditional instruments, she is also a mime and a puppeteer, formerly with Bil Baird Marionnettes, and now with Company of Beausavage of which she is co-founder. She has taught corporeal mime and well-being classes for many years to children and adults. She lives in the Ardèche region of France.

Past Events:


Annual Holiday Celebration & Benefit__________________

Saturday, December 21st (9AM - 9PM)

Annual Holiday Celebration & Benefit for Young Griffin Scholarship

Ring in the Yuletide with family fun for everyone on December 14th from 9am-4pm at the Griffin Annual Holiday Celebration. Activities continue all day long including holiday music by the Martin Family Band and art demos by Griffin artists and instructors. Bring the kids for free children’s crafts including painting, drawing, pottery, clay, felt, beading and face painting. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and light holiday fare while Urbana Dance and Performing Arts Studio performs excerpts from the Nutcracker. Enter our drawing for your chance to win an original piece of art by a Griffin resident artist!

All proceeds benefit the Young Griffin Scholarship Fund for young artists in need. Please bring a canned good donation for The Frederick Rescue Mission. Admission is FREE for all.




ONGOING ALL DAY.................
  • Children's Arts & Crafts (Lion's Den)
  • Face Painting (Lion's Den) 
  • Caricatures by artist & painter Walt Bartman
  • Balloon Art
  • Clay Activities by sculptor Homer Yost
  • Art Demonstrations by instructor Courtney Lee
  • Pastel Portraits by artist Adam Silcott
  • Oil Portraits by instructor Barbara Gruber 
  • Print Demos by Lee Newman
  • String Art by artist Vince Coates
  • Art Auction of donated works by Griffin artists 

10:00AM - 12:00PM: MUSIC
Background Christmas music provided by Martin Family Band & Friends

1:00 - 2:00PM: URBANA DANCE
Urbana Dance and Performing Arts Studio performs excerpts from the Nutcracker.

Winner announced for original piece of art by a Griffin resident artist.

4:30 PM: Winter solistice Yoga practice with live drumming
FRI NIGHT DEC 20th ...

Annual All Griffin Holiday Show______________________

Annual All Griffin Holiday Show

Give something original this year...the whole building is open and displaying an impressive show of original artwork by Griffin resident artists. Paintings, pastels, sculpture, prints, photography and drawings by areas most respected artists - all for sale! The exhibition offers a broad range of styles and prices. Visit the gallery each weekend in December: Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 3-8pm, and by appointment.

First Saturday, December 7th kicks off the show opening with receptions by Griffin artists and instructors beginning at 3pm. Meet and greet new artist Elisabeth Vismans upstairs in the Blue Elephant Gallery for Paint-Your-Own-Canvas for $20 and enjoy holiday beverages and treats. Additional art activities and artists on hand throughtout the afternoon and evening.


Griffin Gallery____________________________________

Photography - Andrew Lehfeldt

Talon Gallery____________________________________
Earth & Spectrum - Sheryl Massaro

Happening on First Saturday (11/2) only....

Open Art Studios - Vince Coates & Johan Lowie


Griffin Gallery____________________________________


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Opening Reception 

September 7,  5-8 

Exhibit Runs 9/6-9/28

Gallery Open: Fri 5-8 ~ Sat 3-8

Talon Gallery_______________________________________

3x5² - Second Opening

Don't miss the Second Opening of Noah McWilliam's 3x5² this Saturday, September 1th in the Talon Gallery!

Noah McWilliams presents: 3x5²

FREDERICK, MD – September 7th, 2013 – Artist Noah McWilliams will be displaying his much anticipated audio installation, 3x5², at the Talon Gallery in Frederick, MD. This work represents the culmination of 6 years distributing over 20,000 thousand flyers under the windshield wipers of cars parked along North Market Street in Frederick, MD. Each flyer had the same equation printed on it, along with a phone number for callers to leave their responses. Because the flyer became infamous within the Downtown Frederick community, holding the exhibition in this location will allow both unfamiliar guests and past recipients of the flyer to interpret what the recorded responses reveal about the callers’ lives, emotions, interpretations and math skills (or lack thereof).


Griffin Gallery____________________________________

Blue Elephant Gallery_____________________________

Talon Gallery____________________________________

Book Signing & Art Opening  Featuring Photographs & Novel 

The Redemption of Valerie Tolliver

by Dennis Crews 
Reception: Sat July 6th 6-9.


Griffin Gallery____________________________________

     All Griffin Show                                                 

Broad selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints & photography by Griffin Resident Arts & Instructors. 

June 1-30, 2013 ~ 

Collector’s Preview: May 31, 5-8pm

Reception: Frederick’s First Saturday, June 1, 5-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Fri -5-8pm, Sat 3-8pm

   Walt Bartman, 


Griffin Gallery____________________________________

The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters

May 3-26, 2013 ~ Collector’s Preview: May 3, 5-8pm

Reception: Frederick’s First Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm

Gallery hours: Fri -5-8pm, Sat 3-8pm, Sun 1-5pm

Pictured left~ Palden Hamilton, Awake, oil, 28x22

The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, a non-profit organization founded in 1982, presents an exhibition, The Figure: Impressions and Expressions of accredited members’ work to include paintings, drawings, and sculpture venturing into a broader scope of figurative work.

Timeless, the human form remains perhaps the most powerful vehicle for expression in the visual arts. This unique exhibit includes beautifully studied classical drawings, figurative sculpture, and boldly colorful compositions embracing the figure.

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Talon Gallery____________________________________

"Erin Mc Grady | Wander. Lust Photography Show."

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