Galerie Myrtis

Contemporary fine art gallery which represents emerging to midcareer artists who have achieved regional, national, and international acclaim.

Between Spirits and Sisters

November 10, 2018 – February 2, 2019

Opening Reception
Saturday, November 10th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Artist’s Talk 
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00pm


Galerie Myrtis is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of works by Delita Martin.  In Between Spirits and Sisters, Martin offers mixed media hand-stitched prints that explore womanhood through the spiritual realm of existence, inspired by the Mende belief “Wherever two or three women are gathered together, there is the spirit and authority of Sande.”

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The Artist’s Talk will take place on Saturday, January 19, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Martin will discuss the “Between Sisters and Spirits” series and traditions shared amongst the women in her family.

Delita Martin states, “The duality of women in this body of work project the spirit and its connection to the physical world, which reinforces the bond amongst women and how they co-exist in the physical and spiritual realms. The mask seen in the work is my interpretation of the Mende mask, specifically created for young girls being initiated into Sande. These masks are created as a reminder that human beings have a dual existence viewed as one body.” read Delita’s bio

“In this work, I am also exploring the different signs and symbols that help define the space the women reside in. In my previous works, the backgrounds communicated a specific sign, symbol, or icon to assist the viewer in their conversation with the work. Those signs and symbols helped define the perspective of the image. This body of work transitions the women and their place of residence into a spiritual realm, where the symbolism is less defined, the shapes are more organic, and the icons are left for the viewer to ponder and creating a space for the women to be birthed into.”

Martin’s work is in the collections of the David Driskell Center, College Park, MD; Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR; Minnesota Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art,  Asbury, NJ; U.S. Embassy of Nouakchott, Mauritania; and William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock, AK.

The exhibit runs from November 10, 2018 through February 2, 2019. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Wednesday by appointment. Thursday – Saturday 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Please check website for holiday hours and closings.

For additional information on this exhibition, please contact the gallery at (410) 235-3711 or


Image Captions

1. Delita Martin

The Moon and the Little Bird

Acrylic, Charcoal, Gelatin Printing, Collagraph Printing, Relief Printing, Decorative Papers, Hand-Stitching, Liquid Gold Leaf

102” x 79”


2. Delita Martin

Sons and Saints

Acrylic, Charcoal, Relief Printing, Decorative Papers, Hand-Stitching

49 3/8” x 48”


3. Delita Martin

Those Things Between Us

Acrylic, Charcoal, Relief Printing, Decorative Papers, Hand-Stitching

70 1/2" x 52"