Fran Abrams, the award winning solo artist, is to display her polymer clay art at the Foundry Gallery November 3rd thru 28th, 2010. “CLAY ON THE WALL” presents Fran’s three-dimensional pieces, which hang on the wall likebas relief.
Fran says “Polymer clay is a man-made material that begins as blocks of colored clay which blend like paint, without the use of paint. All of the color comes from the clay.” Fran has been using polymer clay as an art medium for more than 10 years.
Fran has an undergraduate degree in art and architecture and a graduate degreein urban planning which inspires her use of geometric and structural forms. Her pieces are mounted on canvas that has been upholstered with fabric. This allows them to be presented without glass over them to better allow the viewer to experience the intricacies of the work. Fran’s pieces interpret in polymer clay the fluid sense of fabric caught at a moment in time. It blurs the line between what appears might yield to the touch and what actually is permanently formed. Many people believe her pieces are made from fabric when they first see her work. The wide range of color, texture and form that can be created with polymer clay and the sense of exploration that comes with mixing the colors and draping the clay fascinate Fran.
Today, Fran is working full time with clay, after 41 years of public service, with her most recent years spent at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC). Upon her retirement, AHCMC established the Fran Abrams Award in her honor. The award recognizes high school students from each high school in Montgomery County who excel in the humanities.
Fran’s work has been exhibited widely and has won numerous awards. Most recently, she won second prize in the Strathmore Members’ Show in North Bethesda in March 2010. And in June 2010, three pieces of her work were included in a national juried show called The Polymer Clay Revolution in Lexington, MA.
Her solo show at the Foundry Gallery will be on view from Wed. Nov. 3rd thru Sun. Nov. 28th. The Foundry Gallery is located at 1314-18th Street, NW and is a few short blocks from the Dupont Circle South Metro exit. The Gallery is open Wed – Fri. 1 to 7 pm and Sat. – Sun. 12 noon to 6 pm. The opening reception is Fri., Nov. 5 from 6 to 8 pm. Fran will be at the gallery on Sat., Nov. 20 from 12 to 6 pm to discuss her work and to provide informal demonstrations of her techniques.
Additional work by Fran Abrams can be viewed at her website.
(Donations for the Fran Abrams Humanities Award are bring accepted via secure online donations form at https://www.creativemoco.info/payment/get-involved.cfm or by mail at AHCMC, Attn: Fran Abrams Award, 801 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910.