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Bernard Matus

  • Lexington Park Library 21677 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Blvd Lexington Park, Maryland 20653 (map)
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Artist Statement
I moved to Leonardtown, Maryland in 2009 and was struck with the impact of the Naval Air Station Pax River on the whole area. The new Air Museum and the public Air Show in 2016 gave me an opportunity to highlight some of the activities that are open to the public.
  My work began as a photographer, but more recently has taken on the dimensions of a graphic artist. The camera provides basic images that I import into Photoshop. This becomes my database. Then using sophisticated plug-ins and professional software, I create a new image that I envision in my mind. For this show, I began with straightforward photos of older aircraft from the Air Museum, coupled with images from the 2016 Air Show. I am eager to share these digital prints, which will be on display from April 1st to May 15th at the Lexington Park Public Library, with an artist’s reception on April 20th from 5 – 7 pm. 

Bernard had a long career in public education as a teacher and an administrator.  After retiring in 1997 from public school administration, he made his lifelong hobby a new career.  He has exhibited works at Peters Valley Craft Village, Layton, NJ; Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA; Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington, CT;  Norfolk Artisans Guild, Norfolk, CT;  Artwell Gallery, Torrington, CT;  Northern Exposures Photographic Gallery, Kent, CT; and Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, NJ. In November of 2015, he presented a solo art show at the Yellow Door, Leonardtown, MD.  In 2016, his work was displayed  in the Community Bank of the Chesapeake  in California, MD, St. Mary’s Hospital, Fund Raiser for new atrium addition.
His work is included in several private collections in Easton, PA, Naples, FL, New York, NY,  and Boca Raton, FL.   Several of his works are in the permanent collections of the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA, and Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY.  Slides of his work were accepted for inclusion in NJSCA Visual Arts Registry, Trenton, NJ.
He has particicpated in many charitable auctions including The American Cetacean Society, Planned Parenthood, CPTV (CT), Crow Canyon Archeological Center (CO), Artwell Gallery (CT), and the Warner Theater (CT).
For the last five years, his work has been chosen to appear in the yearly publication,  Photographer’s Forum Magazine. This magazine is a publication of the winners of a yearly competition. Well over 20,000 entrees are submitted from all over the world and only the juried photographers selected for publication will have their image published. 

Lexington Park Library


Bernard Matus
Digital Prints 

Reception: Thursday April 20

Show runs April 1 - May 15, 2017

This Art Gallery is proof of the power of one woman’s hard work!

Candy Cummings had a vision to create an exhibit space in the Lexington Park Library, which would display the artwork of local artists.

The Library Board agreed that this would enhance  the library experience by exposing library  customers to the beauty and power of original art.

In 2005, the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery was created and through Candy’s hard work  and dedication her vision became a reality.

In 2014, the St. Mary’s County Arts Council agreed to take over the coordination of the Gallery and Candy donated funds to create an Arts Council Library Gallery Fund which will provide for its ongoing support.

THANK YOU to Candy Cummings!

One woman who has truly made a difference  to our library and to our community.

If you are interested in displaying your art in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery, contact Nell Elder at or 240-309-0686

Make Art part of your next Library visit!
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Earlier Event: January 15
Adrienne Dixon
Later Event: May 15
Jose Saldana