"Relations" Exhibit

September 1, 2017 - September 24, 2017

C. William Gilchrist Gallery and Museum

The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present the art exhibit "Relations" at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington St, from September 1 through 24. Six artists will be featured: mother and daughter, Iris Halmos and Nicole Halmos; partners, Einar Johnson and Christian Blom; mother and son, Debbie Pfaff and William C. Pfaff. The opening reception will be held on September 2 from 5 to 7 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Iris Halmos was born and raised in Ireland. She has always dabbled in painting, drawing and needlework. While taking a painting class to raise funds for a local non-profit organization, she caught the "creative bug". Iris has devoted herself ever since to painting. She and her husband Peter are patrons of the arts in Cumberland and avid collectors. Iris' daughter, Nicole shares her parents' love of the arts, music, theater, cinema, and poetry. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Nicole has worked in New York City as an actress, singer, and theater performance coach. Upon returning to Cumberland, Nicole has continued her art studies. She enjoys experimenting with color and shapes to translate thoughts, feelings and images to the canvas. Her art has a great flow of textures with an expressive interplay of lines and playful colors. Approaching their 40th anniversary, poet Christian Blom and photographer Einar Johnson moved to Cumberland in 1998. Blom hails from a family of wordsmiths and has been writing for more than 50 years. His writing career has included work as a copywriter, editor, technical writer, and senior advisor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Blom's poetry provides him the freedom to play with words while exploring their shifting rhythms and hues. Johnson's approach to photography is both documentary and serendipitous. He attempts to capture not only the moment and the mood but also the art and architecture of the small, the ordinary, and the seemingly insignificant. Johnson has compiled a vast collection of railroad photographs along with fascinating glimpses of the people, places, and events in and around the Cumberland area. William C. Pfaff enjoys exploring the macabre, the obscure, the beautiful, the brash, and the unexpected in his art. His watercolors express his appreciation of natural beauty, while he trends more towards the melancholy and grim in his pen and ink drawings. In his abstract art, he focuses less on narrative and instead opts for brashness. William's artistic goal is to evoke emotions in the viewer so as to take a journey with him. William's mother, Debbie believes that art is found in everything one does from cooking to her passion for cake decorating. Her 3-D clay pieces are whimsical sculptures designed to bring a smile to the viewer. Both Debbie and William C. Pfaff are long time residents of Cumberland and members of the Allegany Arts Council as well as the Western Maryland Watercolor Society. The Gilchrist Museum is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM. For more information, visit facebook.com/gilchristgallery, call 301-724-5800, or email [email protected]