The Mansion at Strathmore

Gallery
10/16

Rupert Boyd

The classical guitarist performs in a concert sponsored by Asbury Methodist Village.
10/26

Anthony McGill and Christopher Shih

Anthony McGill, the Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera, and pianist Christopher Shih perform.
9/6 - 11/9

Grace Hartigan: 1966-2007

The mid-century compatriot to Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and many more displays her works of abstract art.
9/6 - 11/9

Heritage India: Works by Anujan Ezhikode and Shanthi Chandrasekar

The exhibition showcases contemporary Indian art through the works of Ezhikode and Chandrasekar.
11/22 - 1/4/15

81st Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature

An opportunity to marvel at hundreds of small-scale works of art.
11/22 - 1/4/15

Pastel Plus: A Mixed Media Approach by the Maryland Pastel Society

This exhibit takes soft pastels to a whole new level, rethinking the use of the medium, showcasing the area's most creative artists.
11/22 - 1/4/15

Time After Time

An exhibit focusing on repaired and historic clocks, steampunks and new creations that are inspired by the concept of time.
3/16/15
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Editorial Review

The 95-year-old Strathmore Hall entered its current incarnation as a Montgomery County-sponsored arts center in 1983. Before that it had many lives, including a brief stint as nunnery. Situated on 11 acres just off Rockville Pike, the historic brick building was recently renovated to the tune of $3.2 million. Much of that money went to create a suite of four interconnecting museum-quality galleries on the second floor -- with state-of-the-art lighting, security and humidity control. The galleries are able to accommodate high-caliber shows or noteworthy individual collections. According to Millie Shott, Strathmore's curator and visual arts coordinator, there is only one or so "not for purchase" show per year. "Generally speaking, all the art on exhibit here is for sale." On the ground level is a second gallery, a gift shop, a music room where concerts are held and an outdoor sculpture garden. Shott boasts that there is no limit to the type of exhibits displayed, with something for every taste and budget. "We exhibit everything: contemporary and historical, regional and international, all media -- pottery, fiber art, sculpture, photography, painting, calligraphy, fashion." But best of all, because of the new security controls, says Shott, "In the new galleries, we can now exhibit traveling museum shows that at one time would have been a security concern." In addition to frequent art lectures and tours, Strathmore offers teas -- featuring scones, Devonshire cream, jam, sweets and salads -- on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. "I know that one o'clock is not the traditional hour for high tea," laughs Shott. "But if you've ever been on Rockville Pike at tea time, you'll know why we do it then."

-- Michael O'Sullivan