Current Exhibition

December 2018

Beth Carey &
Joan Bontempo


November 30 – December 30, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 5pm-9pm • Gallery open 12-9pm

NOMA Gallery will present its December show, “Blessings from the Fire Gods,” a two-person show exhibiting the works of jewelry artist Beth Carey and ceramic artist Joan Bontempo.

Joan has exhibited her ceramic work regionally and nationally for more than 40 years. She received her BFA from the University of Notre Dame and her MFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Major exhibits include “Pyro Protagonists: A Generation of influential Ceramic Artists”, WCMFA, Hagerstown MD; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI; The Canton Museum of Arts, Canton, OH; The Downey Museum of Arts, Downey, CA and the Marin Price Galleries, Chevy Chase, MD.

She presently lives in Shepherdstown, WV and is professor and coordinator of the Department of Art at Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown, MD, where she teaches ceramics and art history.

Beth Carey’s love for creating jewelry began in high school. Her work is inspired by the shapes & colors she sees in nature. Her processes lead to very detailed and fine work, showing her broad expertise working with fire/torch and forming/bending/shaping/texturizing/ piercing and cutting metal.

Beth has been teaching Jewelry I & II at Hagerstown Community College and at the Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD for 20 years. Beth lives in Myersville, MD, where she opened her teaching jewelry studio, Studio 2, several years ago. (



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