Museum exhibit to feature Hamil Ma

Museum exhibit to feature Hamil MaThe Maturango Museum will host an exhibit by Hamil Ma entitled “A Little of Many Things.” The opening reception will be held Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m.

“As a Ridgecrest resident, Hamil Ma’s art explored the natural beauty that surrounded Ridgecrest,” said Andrea Pelch, museum art gallery coordinator. “Eventually his repertoire expanded to include much of America’s southwest.”

In 1995 Ma and his family moved from Ridgecrest to Ann Arbor, Mich. In Michigan, Hamil’s artistic interest expanded to include people and their urban lives.

His interest with street musicians, friends, stores, places of worship, and cityscapes made it necessary for him to become proficient in drawing media of pencil, charcoal, pen and ink.

In Michigan Hamil taught at Washtanaw Community College, the University of Michigan extension and the Ann Arbor Art Center.

In 2007 Hamil and wife Charlotte, moved to Alexandria, Va., next to Washington D.C. As with each move, Hamil’s repertoire of subject and media expanded to include landscapes and urban life where he was living.

Hamil taught at VisArts in Rockville, Md., and at Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Md.

While he was living in the east, Hamil also made regular painting trips to the southwest. He also traveled to Qinghai, China in 2013.

In 2015, Hamil and Charlotte moved to Vallejo, where he began painting Napa and Sonoma valleys, Lake Tahoe and the coastal areas around the Bay Area. Hamil is represented by Salon D’Art in Berkeley.

“Hamil is a prolific draftsman,” said Pelch.

“His drawings of happenstance can be of some item, people, or a scene. His sketchbook is a visual recording of his life, the life he sees around him, and sometimes his feelings.”

The local exhibit will feature drawings from his sketchbook, landscape scenes from the East coast, the southwest, Qinghai, California, items of happenstance and musicians in watercolor, pastel, pencil, and ink.

The reception is open to the public. Admission is free. The exhibit will run through July 3.

The Maturango Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pictured: A self-portrait by Hamil Ma

Story First Published: 2017-04-28