People. Place. Diversity. Color. Music. Dance. Work. Play. Celebration. Wit.
These are ingredients in Sy Mohr’s art. His love for people of all races, colors, and nations shines through his work. To Sy, this is the soul and essence of life. In a career spanning nearly two-thirds of a century, he has brought his love to life in more than 150 oil paintings, many of which are here in his gallery for you to see and enjoy.
Happy Birthday, Sy! On May 20, 2012, friends of Sy Mohr gathered at his house in Bowie, Maryland to celebrate his 89th birthday. Sy exhibited paintings throughout his house and displayed his 12′ x 8′ painting of Woodstock in the back yard. The Washington Post was on hand to record and photograph the event (see Art appreciation. “Community comes together to help and honor Bowie painter” and “High praise for vibrant murals.” Their photographer assembled a wonderful gallery of photos from the party (see below). Retired Annapolis mayor Ellen Moyer joined the party.
Don’t miss the Washington Post article by Daniel de Vise and the photo gallery below:
Article | 2012-05-21
Celebrating a painter, and his freshly painted walls
Daniel de Vise (The Washington Post)
…Mohr said, pointing to a vast mural, Adams Morgan…
Photo Gallery | 2012-05-21
Celebrating Simon Mohr and his art
(The Washington Post)
…The artist, who turns 89 on May 22, is one of Maryland’s most respected painters….
Louis Goldstein, Maryland’s late Comptroller, has called Sy as “the Painter of Maryland.”
In May, 2007, a large assemblage of Sy Mohr’s paintings of Annapolis, Maryland, (see above) digitally collaged by artist Sally Wern Comport, was placed on display on the Annapolis Harbormaster House at City Dock in downtown Annapolis (easily visible from the boardwalk by the yachts and sailboats), as part of ArtWalk, a community art project celebrating the significance of Annapolis receiving its Charter from Great Britain 300 years ago. “The walk includes 5 renowned artists, 13 pieces of art at 6 sites in Annapolis.”
Residents of Bowie, Maryland held a Haiti Benefit Concert called Heart2Heart4Haiti on February 28, 2010, to raise funds for the Red Cross, Unicef or Handicap International at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. Sy Mohr’s painting of Port-au-Prince was displayed between two of his paintings of Annapolis and Bowie.
On May 7, 2008, DESIGN à la Carte hosted a reception for Sy Mohr in Annapolis, Maryland, featuring Sy’s private art collection and including his life-size mural of “Woodstock.” The gallery is now offering many of Mohr’s original paintings plus prints of “Woodstock,” “Ocean City,” “Solomons Island,” “The Band,” “Madonna,” “Cape Cod,” “ Success,” “ Provincetown,” and “Mummers Parade.”
Mohr has been dubbed “The Painter of Maryland” for his many scenes of Annapolis, Ocean City, Solomons Island and Smith Island, and other Maryland locales although his paintings depict much of the country and world. Mohr is a long-time resident of the state.
- Front Page of Hill Rag Newspaper
On April 9, Maryland Public Television ARTWORKS This Week, hosted Rhea Feikin and Nate Howard decorated the solon, where Feikin interviewed artists, with two paintings by “Annapolis-based Sy Mohr.” They displayed four other paintings to publicize Mohr’s exhibition at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (see below).
A solo exhibition of fifty paintings by Annapolis-based, contemporary painter Sy Mohr ran from March 30 through May 9, 2008, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street in Annapolis, Maryland, in the balcony gallery. The exhibit opened in conjunction with Maryland Day at Maryland Hall. Mohr’s painting “Annapolis,” which had been on display at Lowe’s Hotel on West Street in Annapolis, was included in the Maryland Hall exhibit.
In February 2008, Mr. Mohr received a personal letter from Presidential candidate John McCain saying that while in Annapolis attending his Naval Academy class reunion, “I will make a point to study your paintings.”
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC selected Sy Mohr’s painting “The Pope of Life Today” for inclusion in the exhibit A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People, held September 14, 2005 through April 23, 2006.
In November, 2001, The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA selected the Sy Mohr painting entitled “Pennsylvania Amish Farm Life” for its permanent collection. View it under The State Museum (www.statemuseumpa.org/highlights.html) or “Activities” below.
In January, 2002, the Art in Embassies Program (AIEP) of the United States Department of State requested the artist’s “participation for exhibitions we are curating…of original artwork by American artists in the residences of the United States Ambassadors worldwide. Ambassadorial residences serve as the center for official state functions overseas and exhibitions become a part of the Ambassador’s cultural mission at Post…”
The artist loaned three of his paintings for a period of three years. “The Peace March” (Happenings, “Peace March (Right)”, the right hand panel of the three-panel painting) was displayed from 2002 to 2005 in the U.S. embassy in Kigali, Rwanda (see Exhibitions), scene of the bloody 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 people. “Indian Festival” and “Indian Wedding” were displayed in the U.S. embassy in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, during the same period.
- In February 2008, The Art in Embassies Program (AIEP) of the United States Department of State accepted Sy Mohr’s painting “Monhegan Island” (Maine) for display in the U.S. Embassy in Banjul in The Gambia, a small nation along the Gambia River in western Africa, which is surrounded by Senegal. In his 1977 Pulitzer Prize-winning book
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
- , Alex Haley’s ancestor Kunta Kinte traveled from Gambia to a slave auction in Annapolis.
Please direct purchase inquiries for paintings and prints to Sy Mohr at 301-249-3034. Viewings of original paintings are by appointment only.