Thursday, May 31, 2018

I hope you are all well and finding enjoyment 
in unexpected ways. 


Festival schedules are in the works for 2021, so there may be additional shows added in the near future.

The first Sunday each month, 
  June - November, 2021
First Sunday Arts Festival
Downtown Annapolis (West Street from St. Anne's Church on up)

I've happy to say once again I will be one of the artists at this years' First Sunday Arts Festival, Annapolis. Even though I'm a "local", I don't think I am biased in saying this is one of the best Arts festivals in the Maryland area. The organizers carefully choose the vendors to ensure there is a lot of quality variety each month, from May through November. The atmosphere of historic Annapolis, coupled with the multitude of restaurants lining the festival streets make this an experience with a true community feel. 

Respecting all restrictions, the First Sunday event take place from Church Circle to Calvert Street. Starting in July, the area will be expanded an additional block up and include Whitmore Park.

p.s. The Chocolate Binge Festival replaces First Sunday on the first or second Sunday in December - it's something you don't want to miss/I'll let you know the date when it's released. The street is bathed in the aroma of chocolate and there are select arts and crafts available in addition to the main attraction, the chocolate vendors. 
You can view First Sunday Arts Festival's latest news on Facebook at:

June 6, 2021

First Sunday, Annapolis

Location: From Church Circle to Calvert Street

The May First Sunday was a true breath of fresh air, not only for me and my fellow artists and craftspeople, but also for those who ventured out to enjoy Annapolis on a beautiful day. Both we and our visitors were happy to be out and about. We are all encouraged by each advance we take, post-Winter and as we emerge from the restrictions of Covid. I would love to personally invite you to come on the first Sunday in June, take a stroll on West Street to visit with the artists, enjoy a lunch and stroll throughout our historic neighborhoods. It's a very good way to restore our souls.

June 11, 2021
Fuchsia Fair's Sip and Shop
Severna Park Community Center
632 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Severna Park, Maryland
This will be my first time at the Sip and Shop event. It is an evening of music, food and, of course, sipping and shopping.

September 19, 2021
Bel Air Festival for the Arts
Shamrock Park, Bel Air, Maryland
More info to come!
I have been lucky to have been participating in the Bel Air Festival for the Arts for a few years now. It is a HUGE outdoor arts and crafts event, expertly organized and include excellent, live music and performances, lots of different kinds of food and rows and rows of well juried arts and crafts. 

October 16 and 17, 2021
Art at the Park
Quiet Waters Park
600 Quiet Waters Road
Annapolis, Maryland 
This is a perfect setting for an arts event set up inside and outside (and for a walk in the park). The park grounds are beautiful and the Friends of Quiet Waters Park organize this event to support the park. If you bring your dogs, just remember to have a friend who can hold his/her leash so you won't miss seeing those of us who are inside the buildings. There is food, music and so much to see. 

November 11 - 13, 2021
Mistletoe Mart (The 47th Year!)
Ascension Episcopal Church
23 N. Court Street
Westminster, Maryland
It's the 47th year for this very special Christmas mart. This is one of the very best in the region; it's so good shoppers come from out of state every year to get their holiday shopping done. The participants go through a very thorough juring process, so you can expect to not only see a great variety but also the best of the best artists and craftspeople. The event also is well known for their amazing holiday lunches and dinners (don't forget to leave room for dessert!). Take a peek at some of the things you will see on the website:

November 21 and 22, 2021
Holiday Arts and Crafts Show
The Byzantium at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
2727 Riva Road
Annapolis, Maryland

December 2021 - date to be determined
Holiday Mart
Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood
2400 MD - 97
Cooksville, Maryland 21723 

Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Trish Doty, an Annapolis-area watercolor artist. I enjoy painting both en plein air (on location) and in my studio. I have participated in several plein air competitions and in both national and international exhibits and many of my paintings live beyond our borders. 
My artwork spans all sorts of subjects with many being familiar scenes from our beloved DelMarVa. As the wife of a veteran, I also like to sprinkle paintings devoted to oversea areas where I've been lucky to live and visit. 
I also enjoy creating special works for my folk. While most of these are usually paintings of beloved homes, I have also done a great variety of other works. If you are thinking about having a piece of artwork done for yourself or to give as a gift, I would love to help you by creating a personal work. 

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: