Sunday, April 23, 2017

- A commission completed on April 19, 2017 -

September 23, 2017
Art on the Green (it's 47th year!)
New Castle, Delaware
Space number - H2
10 am to 4 pm
The moment I saw this event being advertised, I knew it was my kind of show since they require artists to provide 85% original works (if you know me, you know I put great emphasis on original art). If you have never been to New Castle and love history, this is a gem. It reminds me of Annapolis before all the commercial businesses invaded. This waterfront Colonial town has cobblestone streets; early on flags of the Netherlands, Sweden and Great Britain all flew over New Castle; William Penn landed and took over the town in 1682; many of the Colonial buildings and houses still remain in New Castle – the history is so rich. Even if I'm not accepted this year, I plan on attending this show and I would encourage you to as well. 

October 1, 2017
First Sunday Arts Festival, Annapolis
West Street, Annapolis (booth number to be determined)
11 am to 5 pm
Booth number to be determined.
October and November are two wonderful autumn Arts Festivals where the air is crisp and the leaves are changing. Start preparing for holidays with one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts offered at the Arts Festival.

October 21 and 22, 2017
Art in the Park at Quiet Waters Park
Booth number 9 in the Blue Heron Center
Time for a walk in the park! The setting for this is one of Annapolis' largest and prettiest parks (and it's dog-friendly). The day will not only include artists and craftspeople, but also music, food, wine and beer. 

November 5, 2017
First Sunday Arts Festival, Annapolis
West Street, Annapolis (booth number to be determined)
11 am to 5 pm

November 9th, 10th and 11th 2017
Mistletoe Mart
Thursday, the 9th from 10 am to 8 pm
Friday, the 10th from 10 am to 8 pm
Saturday, the 11th from 10 am to 4:30 pm
At The Church of the Ascension, 23 N. Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157
Admission: $5.00, children under 12 - free
This is one of the best places to shop for handcrafted items for the holidays. All the artists and craftspeople are juried into this show and the Mistletoe Mart has very high standards. 
Check it out at

November 24  and 25 (just after Thanksgiving)
Sts. Constantine and Helen Annual Arts and Craft Show
Friday, the 10th from 10 am to 5 pm

Last year, the admission fee was $2.00 (no updates yet)
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Annapolis
Great place to get Christmas and be fed wonderful Greek food!

December 2, 2017
St. Martin's in-the-Field Christmas Mart
9 am to 2 pm
At: St. Martin's in-the-Field Episcopal Church, 375 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD
St. Martin's Episcopal Church offers a small town feel to their Christmas Mart; it's friendly and the right place to get your Christmas Spirit. In addition to arts and crafts, they have beautiful greens to decorate your home (come early, they always sell out!), food, a white elephant and goods from their missions (Africa and Haiti). 

December 2 – 3, 2017
Greenbelt Festival of Lights
Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm
At the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770
The Festival of Lights is Greenbelt's intro into the holiday season. This is a real community affair, complete with children's crafts as well as the arts and crafts that are for sale. The biggest draw is probably their local potters, but the planners of this event make sure there's something new every year. 

Exhibits and Shows completed in 2017
May 7 - First Sunday, Annapolis
May 6 - Dover Days
April 29 - SWAC River City Arts Jam

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.

Legend for the I Eye Maryland Poster