About the Artist

Lida Matheson Stifel

I have been on a creative journey for over 40 years. Every painting creates a different set of circumstances so I don’t have any formulas. I believe that working directly from life is necessary in order to create spontaneous and energetic work. Although I experiment with different techniques and subject matter, I maintain a strong respect for the traditions of art. 

 

Educated at Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Art History and painting, I continued studying painting and drawing at The Corcoron School of Art under William Christenberry.

 

I have had over 18 solo exhibitions and been selected in over 30 juried exhibitions. I have participated in Paint Annapolis, Wayne Plein Air Festival and Ellicott City “Paint It” I have won 8 Jurors Choice Awards including “Strokes of Genius” at the Maryland Federation of Art and most recently, first place in the Ellicott City Juried Plein Air Competition in July of 2015.

 

I have been represented by The Byrn Gallery in Middleburg in Middleburg, VA, Foxhall Gallery (now Eisely Fine Arts) in Washington DC., Lin Roller Menard Gallery in Vero Beach, Florida, Carspecken Scott Gallery in Wilmington Delaware, Orchard Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland and Susan Calloway Gallery in Washington D.C.

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Solo Exhibitions:

 

  • M.Maison,Vero Beach Florida, 2020

  • M.Maison,Vero Beach, Florida 2017

  • A Mano, Naples Florida, 2015

  • Byrne Gallery 3 person Still Life Exhibition, Middleburg ,VA, 2016

  • Byrne Gallery 3 person Seascape Exhibition, Middleburg, VA, 2015

  • M. Maison, Vero Beach Florida, 2014

  • Byrne Gallery Landscape Exhibition, Middleburg, VA 2014

  • Island home Gallery, Vero Beach, Fl. 2012,2013

  • Framers Choice Gallery, Gaithersburg, MD. 2012

  • Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 2011

  • Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD, Dec.2010-Jan. 2011 “ Directions”

  • Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC, Dec. 2010

  • The Art Gallery of Potomac, Bethesda, MD 2010, Local Color”

  • Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC, June, 2009

  • Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD June 2009, Sequence”

  • Sumner Museum, Washington, DC Sept.2008-Jan.2009

  • Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 2006, “Carnival”

  • Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC,2005

  • American Horticultural Society, Alexandria, VA, 2005

  • Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 2004, “Momentum”

  • Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC, 2003

  • Foxhall Gallery, Washington, DC, 2001

  • Ambiance Gallery, Vero Beach, FL, 2000

  • Glen Echo Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1999

  • Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1998

  • The Artist’s Museum, Washington, DC, 1997

  • The American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC, 1995

  • The American Horticultural Society, Alexandria, VA, 1995

  • Palmer National Bank, Washington, DC, 1993

  • Kristin Johnson Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1992

  • Landon School, Bethesda, MD, 1992

  • McCrillis Garden Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1990

  • Rock Creek Gallery, Washington, DC, 1989

  • The “O” Street Gallery, Washington, DC, 1989

  • B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Washington, DC, 1986

 

Selected Exhibitions:

 

  • Maryland Federation of Art Winter Exhibition, Annapolis, MD 2018  

  • Strokes of Genius, Maryland Federation of Art National painting Exhibition, Annapolis MD, 2018 

  • Strokes of Genius, Maryland Federation of Art National Exhibition, Annapolis, MD 2017  

  • Hightown Gallery, “ Your Town” Exhibition, Baltimore, MD.2017  

  • Maryland Federation of Art Member Exhibition, Annapolis 2017  

  • Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore Maryland Summer Exhibition, 2017  

  • City Scape, Baltimore, MD, Crystal Moll Gallery, Domino Sugar Exhibition, Baltimore, MD 2016  

  • Crystal Moll Gallery, Still Life Exhibition, Baltimore MD, 2015  

  • Crystal Moll Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Baltimore MD, 2015  

  • Strokes of Genius National Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD 2016  

  • Maryland Federation of Art, Member Exhibition, 2016  

  • Strokes of Genius, Maryland Federation of Art National Exhibition, Annapolis, MD 2014  

  • Strokes of Genius, Maryland Federation of Art National Exhibition, Annapolis, MD, 2013  

  • Top of the World Trade Center, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Association, Sept.- Oct. 2013  

  • MD Art @College Park, fine art by Maryland Artists, June – Aug. 2013.  

  • Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD 2011, National Landscape Exhibition 

  •  Stokes of Genius National Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2011  

  • National Painting Exhibition Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland 2010  

  • Paint Annapolis Juried Competition, Annapolis, MD 2010  

  • National Landscape Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2006  

  • Apex Gallery All Media Juried Exhibition, Washington, DC, 2004  

  • “Historic Places and Wide Open Spaces”, Historic Medley Juried Exhibition, Poolesville, MD, 2004  

  • “Go Figure”, Maryland Federation of Art National Juried Exhibition, Annapolis, MD  

  • “Black and White”, The Art League Juried Exhibition, Alexandria, VA, 2002  

  • All Media Juried Exhibition, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 2002  

  • Small Works Juried Exhibition, The Art League, Alexandria, VA,2002  

  • All Media Juried Exhibition, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 2000  

  • Montgomery County Juried Art Exhibition, Rockville, MD, 1999  

  • “Art on Paper”, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 1999  

  • “Innovations in Printmaking”, Annarundel College, Arnold, MD, 1999  

  • “ Figurative Small Works”, Armory Arts Center”, Palm Beach, FL, 1998  

  • “ A Paper Show”, The Atheneum, Alexandria, VA, 1995  

  • “A Tribute to Rock Creek Park”, Rock Creek Gallery, Washington, DC 1994  

  • Corcoron Alumni Exhibition, Washington, DC, 1995  

  • Montgomery County Juried Art Exhibition, Rockville, MD, 1994  

  • Works on Paper by Women Artist, Memorial Study Collection, Bryn Mawr College, 1994  

  • 1st Annual Working Artists Exhibition, Rock Creek Gallery, Washington, DC, 1993  

  • Artists Equity Annual Juried Exhibition, NOVA, Annandale, VA, 1993  

  • Montgomery County Juried Art Exhibition, Rockville, MD, 1992  

  • “Drawing on Excellence”, Rock Creek Gallery, Washington, DC, 1992  

  • Artists Equity Membership Exhibition, Washington, DC, 199 “ Marks of Vision”  

  • Traveling Drawing Exhibition, MD National Capital Parks and Planning, 1990  

  • New Talent Competition and Exhibition, The Art Barn of Washington, DC, 1991  

  • “In and Around Rock Creek Park”, The Art Barn of Washington, DC, 1990  

  • Artists Equity Membership Exhibition, Washington, DC, 1989  

  • Artist’s Equity Membership Exhibition, Washington, DC,1989  

  • Knickerbocker Artists 37th Annual National Exhibition, New York, NY, 1987  

  • Artists Equity Membership Exhibition, Washington, DC, 1987  

  • 1st Regional Show of the Maryland Pastel Society, Baltimore, MD, 1987  

  • Area Wide Juried Painting Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, 1998  

  • Brandeis Juried Art Exhibition, Strathmore Hall, Rockville, MD, 1986 

             

Awards:

 

  • Brandywine Valley Farm to Table juried Exhibition Jurors Choice 2019  

  • Maryland Federation of Art, Strokes of Genius Jurors Award,2018  

  • Maryland Federation of Art, members exhibition, 1st award, 2016  

  • “Paint It”, Ellicott City, 2016, 1st award  

  • Jurors Choice, Strokes of Genius, Maryland Federation of Art, 2014  

  • “Paint It”, Ellicott City, 2013, Jurors Award  

  • Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD 2011, Jurors Award, Painting  

  • Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD 2011, Honorable Mention, National Landscape Exhibition  

  • Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD 2010 Jurors Award for painting  

  • “Historic Places and Wide Open Spaces”, Historic Medley Juried Exhibition, Poolesville, MD, 2004, 1st place and Best in Show  

  • “Black and White”, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 2002 2nd place for drawing Montgomery County Juried Art Exhibition, Rockville MD, 1999 Honorable Mention  

  • Tribute to Rock Creek Park”, Washington, DC, 1994 Best in Show  

  • 1st Annual Working Artists Exhibition, Washington, DC, 1993 Merit of Excellence in Painting  

  • Artists Equity Annual Juried Exhibition, Annandale, VA, 1993 1st Merit Award  

  • “Drawing on Excellence”, Washington,DC,1992 Honorable Mention  

  • “In and Around Rock Creek Park”, Washington, DC, 1990, 1st prize 

     

Presentations and Reviews:

 

  • Baltimore Times, July 18  2017,”Ellicott City “

  • The Gaithersburg, Patch, Jan, 2011 Lida Stifel “Directions” at Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD

  • The Gazette Newspaper,Jan.5. 2011, Lida Stifel “ Directions” at Kentland’s Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD       

  • The Gazette Newspaper,  “ Local Color” Lida Stifel at Potomac Art Gallery,          

  • Potomac, MD, May 2010, by Colleen Healy

  • ELAN Magazine, October 2008

  • The Gazette Newspaper, “Carnival” Lida Stifel at Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD 2008

  • The Gazette Newspaper, MD, “In the Moment”  Lida Stifel at Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD, October 2006, by Karen Shafer

  • The Gazette Newspaper, Gaithersburg, MD, Dec1 2004

  • Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD, 1996

  • Panel Discussion, “Collage from the Czeck Republic”, Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD

  • Where Magazine, February, 1996

  • “Out of Architecture” by Jean Cohen

  • Koan Art News, February,1996, “Mixed Media Paintings by Lida Stifel at the Amercian Institute of of Architects, by Diane Beale.

  • The Alexandria Gazette, October12, 1995, “River Farm Paintings hold artists memories”, by Megan Lanson.

  •  “Art Strokes” Montgomery County Community Television 1995 interview with Allan Every

  • The Washington Post, December 26, 1992 “Transitions” at Kristin Johnson Gallery, by Mary McCoy.

  • McCrillis Garden, “ Quiet Places, Interpreting the Landscape, presentation Eyewash, “ Two Plus One”, by Bruce Yenawine

     

Juried Plein AIr Events:

 

  • Farm to Table Plein Air competition, Brandywine Valley,PA 2018

  • Brandywine Valley, PA, Plein Air competition, Winterthur Museum 2017

  • Paint Annapolis, MD, 2010,2016

  • Wayne Plein Air Festival, 2012

  • Paint It, Ellicott Cilty, MD, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,2017

  • Chadds Ford Winter Paint Out, 2012

  • Plein Eire, Wexford, Ireland 2014

Publications:

 

  • Illustrations: Divinely by the Dozen Flowers for you and Your Children, Poems by Elizabeth Sinclair, printed by Mennonite press. Library of Congress number 2010916631

  • Illustrations: Divinely by the Dozen, Tree for you and your Children, Poems by Elizabeth Sinclair, Printed by Mennonite Press. Library of Congress number 2016957450

 

Affiliations:

 

  • Washington Society of Landscape Painters

  • Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association

  • Oil Painters of America

 

Education:

 

  • The Corcoron School of Art, 1983-1985,1988-1990

  • ​The Washington Studio School, 1986

  • Ohio Wesleyan University, 1968-1971

  • Hollins College, 1966-1968

 

Lida Stifel taught life Drawing and painting at the Yellow Barn Studio in Bethesda, MD for 22 year and is represented by Eisley Fine Arts, Washington, DC and Byrne Gallery in Middleburg, VA, Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA

Artist Statement

Lida Stifel’s paintings include landscape, the human figure, still life, and abstraction. Her work is inspired by her immediate surrounding and from travels abroad.

“My paintings are generated by my response to nature. I always work directly from the subject, which allows me to achieve a sense of immediacy. A perceptual realist, I experiment with different techniques and materials and my work often balances on the edge of reality and abstraction, while maintaining a respect for the traditions of art.” 

 

Lida Matheson Stifel lives on a small farm in Montgomery County, Maryland near Washington DC.

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