“See Something, Say Something”

“See Something, Say Something”: Montpelier Arts Center


September 7 - Oct. 27, 2012:

An exhibition of recent paintings by Washington, DC professional artists Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow. Ellyn and Sesow are known internationally for their colorful expressive interpretations of politics and pop culture. With this exhibit, the local artists take aim with their paintbrushes at the lexicon of "See Something, Say Something" and how it has changed the American zeitgeist.


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Main Gallery : Friday, September 7-Saturday, October 26, 2012

Artist Talk: Friday, September 7, 6 pm

Public Reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9 pm

Montpelier Arts Center: 9652 Muirkirk Road Laurel, MD 20708

301-377-7800 phone

Ellyn/Sesow Marriage:

Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow were married on Feb 5, 2010 during this exhibition...

“31 Days in July”:

An annual project started in 2002 by the couple.  The 10 year project ends in 2013.

Matt Sesow paints Live

during Opera/Giovanni:

“Master Giovanni”, featured in this exhibit was  created live on stage in North Carolina...

Read Morehttp://www.sesow.com/giovanni.htm

Since 2003, Ellyn and Sesow have participated in a self-imposed project called "31 Days in July".  Inspired by the events of 9/11 and the subsequent occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the artists decided that it was important to document the unique history they were witnessing.   Each morning in July the artists choose a top news story of the day and use it as their inspiration as they complete 31 unique paintings throughout the month.  The "See Something, Say Something" exhibition will include select works from their 2012 version of "31 Days in July".

The paintings of Dana Ellyn embody a fearless self-exploratory portrayal of modernity.  Collected internationally, Ellyn's sly humor and painterly skill entice the viewer to re-interpret commonly held beliefs.

Highly collected, and reasonably priced, Matt Sesow's paintings have been an influential component of the Outsider and Folk Art movement world-wide since 1995.

Interview with Dana Ellyn:

Learn More about the Art of Dana Ellyn in this video interview...

Read Morehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6-GIXXdsks

Matt Sesow Interview:

Learn more about the Art of Matt Sesow in this video interview.


Dia de los Muertos


acrylic on unstretched canvas

There’s No Place Like Drone


acrylic on unstretched canvas

Don’t Stress, It’s Just a Test


acrylic on unstretched canvas



acrylic on unstretched canvas

The New Normal


acrylic on canvas

Save the Whales


acrylic on unstretched canvas

Food Fight


acrylic on unstretched canvas

See No Oil, Hear No Oil, Speak No Oil


oil on canvas

Til Death


acrylic on unstretched canvas



oil on unstretched canvas

No Wire Hangers!


Acrylic on canvas

Making Up Jesus


oil on unstretched canvas

An Apple a Day


oil on chipboard

Allegory of Arab Spring


oil on unstretched canvas

Magic Eight Ball (Oracle)


acrylic on canvas

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