Thursday, May 31, 2018


My last event in 2019...
2018 Winterfest photo provided by West Annapolis Business Affiliation

Winterfest and European Christmas Market 
in West Annapolis, 2019
My day to participate is Saturday, December 14, 2019
 - in Annapolis on Giddings Avenue between Ridgely and Annapolis Street
12 noon to 8 pm
This is a "green" event, so if you have reusable shopping bags, bring them! (If not, I will have paper shopping bags). 

This is European-style Landeshauptsadt/Christkindlemarkt event. Winterfest has been created to mirror the Christmas markets of Germany. West Annapolis will be transformed into a holiday village with traditional German-style wooden stalls decorated and aglow, filled with one-of-a-kind holiday presents made by artisans and craftsmen. There will be activities for the whole family accented by sparkling Christmas lights, fire pits, traditional spirits of the season including edibles, Glühwein (a warm German wine), champagne, cocktails and hot chocolate. With Homestead Gardens as one of the sponsors, you will also have the opportunity to purchase your Christmas tree, wreaths, greenery and seasonal decor. Street parking is free along Melvin Avenue, Annapolis Street, Ridgely Avenue, Taylor Avenue and Forbes Street. (See map below). 

If you cannot come to Winterfest and are in need of artwork before or after the holidays, please contact me at 410-544-1095 or

METAL FRAME INFO - American Frame (my current favorite) and Dick Blick have numerous choices of Nielsen Bainbridge aluminum, metal and wood frames that can accommodate paintings of all sizes. Other online art supply stores also offer the Nielsen frames, but these two seem to give you far greater choices. These frames are sold as "frame sections". For one size, you receive 2 sections of the same length, so when you place your order, you order one for the length and one for the height. When you receive your order, four pieces plus the hardware that allows you to construct and hang it will arrive. You will need a piece of picture wire to string from one side of the hanger hardware to the other. They will also provide the right size mat and the Plexi Glass (I recommend you get an acid free mat to protect your work).

I am fond of the Florentine Grey style 11, but there are other style and color choices to suite the buyer.

Other online stores that carry Nielsen include MisterArt and, etc. You could also order parts from your local frame store, which would give you the opportunity to see some of the frames in person.

Plexi Glas can be purchased from your local hardware stores, from glass suppliers (like Maryland Glass) and from plastic stores (like Annapolis Maritime Plastics). You can have the glass or plastics folk cut it to size, but some of the hardware stores will not. However, Plexi Glas is very simple to cut by scoring it carefully with a utility knife, going back one or two more times with more pressure and then snapping it at the cut.

If you have purchased a piece that does not have a mat it is because I like to “float” larger works on top of mat board (also available from Dick Blick or any framer). I make hinges from linen tape to hold them in place before placing them in the frame.

Here is a you tube video to show you how put the metal frame together: