Sunday, April 23, 2017

- A commission completed on April 19, 2017 -

Welcome 2017!!!

May 23 - June 11, 2017
Image and Imagination
You are invited to the Open Artists' Reception, May 23, 5 to 7 p.m.
on the St. John's College Campus, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD
This exhibit is a juried, multi-media exhibition of Anne Arundel County artists. The jurist is Christopher With, formerly of the National Gallery of Art, current president of The Washington Print Club and lecturer at George Mason University. You will be able to enjoy viewing works from top local established and emerging artists.  

June 3, 2017
Foundry Day, Boiling Springs, PA
9 am to 5 pm
- on the west side of Children's Lake - alongside the Appalachian Trail, Boiling Springs, PA
It's another new event for me but it too sounds amazing! In addition to a wide array of artisans including fine artists, glass blowers, furniture makers, leather and metal artists, etc. there's an abundance of events with things like live entertainment, a quilt show, sleeping bag races, FOOD (funnel cakes, crab cakes, apple dumplings, ... .), nature workshops, and so much more.

June 3, 2017 - 
Natural Simplicity, an Erika Walsh Influence Exhibition
Benfield Gallery, 485 Jumper's Hole Road, Severna Park, MD
This exhibition is in recognition of Erika Walsh Annapolis artist and instructor Erika Walsh. Erika is an internationally recognized artist who has generously shared her knowledge with many here and abroad. She has been integral in helping to organize this juried exhibit which will consist of works from her former students and few pieces of Erika's works. If you are unfamiliar with Erika Walsh, she is one of the McBride Gallery's longstanding, featured artists in Annapolis; I encourage you to visit both galleries to appreciate her talent and the impact she has had on her students. Although I have not maintained her pure, impressionistic and expressionistic style, if it were not for Erika, I would not be the artist I am today. 

June 4 – 11, 2017
Paint Annapolis
I've been accepted as one of the juried artists for this year's plein air event. Although I've been in other plein air competitions, this is very special as this is my home town. The event begins with Sunday's Dueling Brushes event; on Tuesday, Paint the Bay and on Wednesday night, Nocturne (evening)/ Dinner Under the Stars paintings, Art on the Avenue on Thursday, the Collector's Preview on Friday and finally the Public Reception on Saturday and Sunday. I'll give you details as I learn them. In the meantime, check out the website:

June 4, 2017
First Sunday Arts Festival, Annapolis
11 am to 5 pm
West Street, Annapolis (booth number to be determined)
While I'm busy painting in Paint Annapolis, my husband will man the tent for me in June so you can see an array of my work. This is the kickoff day for Paint Annapolis with the Dueling Brushes event, so FUN!!! There will be flocks of artists scattered about town, so you can see us working and enjoy the Arts Festival at the same time!

June 16, 17 and 18, 2017
Antique and Classic Boat Festival and Arts at Navy Point
Friday, 11 - 5, Saturday, 10 - 5, Sunday, 10 - 2
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at Navy Point
213 N. Talbot St., St. Michael's MD 21663
 $18.00 Adults, $15.00 Seniors 62+; students with ID, $6.00 Kids 6-17,  5 and under are free 
St. Michael's Maryland is the perfect place for a Maryland watercolor artist. I'll let you know as soon as I do, but even if I don't get in, as a lover of history and fine craftsmanship, I would highly recommend this as an event to go to.

July 2, 2017
First Sunday Arts Festival, Annapolis
West Street, Annapolis (booth number to be determined)
11 am to 5 pm
Where better to start celebrating Independence Day than in historic Annapolis. July's Arts Festival always has something special going on in recognition of the 4th.

September 3, 2017
First Sunday Arts Festival, Annapolis
West Street, Annapolis (booth number to be determined)
11 am to 5 pm
Labor Day weekend is a great time to enjoy summer before the business of autumn. Take a stroll through the streets to enjoy all the arts and crafts and the free music performances. I'll add more info about September Arts Festival when it's provided.

September 10, 2017
Takoma Park Folk Festival
Takoma Park Middle School, Takoma Park, MD
10:30 am to 6:30 pm
One of the organizers suggested I apply to this show, but I've not been accepted yet. Let you know when I do... . 

September 17, 2017
Bel Air Festival for the Arts
Bel Air, Maryland
9 am to 5 pm

This event is really on my top five list and I've just received notice they are inviting me back (hooray!)  Great vendors (LOVE the handmade brooms - buy some every year), the food and OMGosh - the BEST music!

September 23, 2017
Art on the Green (it's 47th year!
New Castle, Delaware
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
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

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 ?
Sts. Constantine and Helen Annual Arts and Craft Show
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Annapolis
No info as of yet..., but if love Greek food, this is the place!

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 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