Last night, my wife and I had the pleasure of attending a reception for artist Sy Mohr, 91. The reception was held at his exhibit of fifty or more of his paintings at the Gallery of Art at Bowie State University, an historically black school that is now part of the University of Maryland system.
The reception was memorable. Many old friends were there, plus university students, Ellen Moyer, former mayor of Annapolis, Maryland, Gallery Director Clayton Lang, Bowie State President Dr. Mickey Burnim and his wife, and many others.
In the early 1990’s, I had the pleasure of constructing a website for Sy that has helped him become widely known. He has had paintings displayed in U.S. embassies on two continents, at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and has had numerous exhibits in the Washington, DC area. A collage of his paintings is permanently displayed on the outside wall of the Visitor Information Booth at City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland. Louis Goldstein, long-time comptroller for Maryland, called Sy “The Painter of Maryland.”
Although Sy expresses himself differently than I do—both in choice of words and type of art—it seems that the dominant themes of his paintings are the same as those in my novels—peace and social justice.
There’s still a few weeks to see this outstanding exhibit. It is open Monday through Friday in The Gallery of Art in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. It closes October 20. The hours are: Monday—1:00 pm-6:00 pm, Tuesday—10:00 am-5:00 pm, Wednesday—2:00 pm-7:00 pm, Thursday and Friday—10:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Gallery of Art: 301-860-5712