Thursday, May 31, 2018

2019 Autumn and Winter Art Festival Schedule

The Watchman
Original Watercolor, 16" x 20"
This is the second of my raven series (as described below) – just completed today (12 September).

Original Watercolor Sold - Limited Edition Giclée prints available, 11" x 14"
Another new painting - this one dedicated to those who love Baltimore, the Ravens and Poe.
The first in a series of raven paintings with the Raven perched atop several different Baltimore landmarks.
The original and a limited edition of 50 prints will be offered for each in the series. 

Art @ the Park, Quiet Waters
Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 20 
In the idealic setting of Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis

  The Friends of Quiet Waters Park carefully jury the artists and craftspeople into this enduring show set to the the gazebo and pond, nested between the Visitor's and the Blue Heron Centers. I await the news to see if I will be one of the selected ones to participate in the 2019 event, but encourage all to come, browse the arts and crafts and enjoy the walking paths and waterfront of this wonderful Annapolis park.

The Columbia Art Center
October 6-25, 2019
6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD
Reception: October 6 - 1 pm
Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am - 8 pm, Friday-Saturday 9:30 am - 5 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

This exhibit is an examination of bullying and hate crimes, promoting acceptance over tolerance. Over 50 artists have created works to support this important theme of acceptance. 

The exhibit then moves to:

The Chesapeake Arts Center
November 1-30, 2019
194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD
Reception: November 7 - 6 pm
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 12:30 pmMonday - Friday:

Saturday, October 26, 2019
10 am to 3 pm
Mount Hebron High School
9440 Old Frederick Rd. (Rte. 99), Ellicott City, MD 21042

By popular demand, MTH MARKETPLACE is back for the fall!  On Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, the Viking Backers Booster Club will host an arts & crafts festival with over 120 vendors featuring handmade goods, art, décor, jewelry, skin care and more! 
Free Admission and parking. Concessions and entertainment available.  

The First Sunday Arts Festival
of historic Annapolis, Maryland

Sunday, November 3, 2019
This is the last First Sunday show of the year!
11 am to 5 pm

Located along West Street (from Church Circle to the Graduate Hotel (formerly Lowes) and Whitmore Park (on Calvert Street) 

The holiday spirit begins its visit to Annapolis in November. It's a great time to start thinking about unique gifts for all in a stress-less environment along the streets of Annapolis. Be sure to leave time for a lunch at a local restaurant - don't worry about dieting until after Thanksgiving!

The 44th Annual Mistletoe Mart
November 7, 8 and 9, 2019 

   Thursday, November 7: 10 am to 7:30 pm
   Friday hours, November 8: 10 am to 7:30 pm
   Saturday, November 9: 10 am to 4:00 pm
23 N. Court Street, Westminster, MD
Admission: $5.00, children under 12, free

  This is THE place! I always tell people this is where you can enjoy shopping, then take a break to eat a holiday meal and then resume shopping. It is a very special juried event that people travel to from far and wide, knowing that this is the place where they can always come up specials finds just in time for the holidays. There will be 51  artisans and craftspeople offering a carefully created, wide array of arts and crafts. Additional attractions are the delicious, home-made turkey and ham dinners, complete with offerings of desserts. There's also a bake shop to take home more goodies and an arts and crafts room where children can make gifts for their families and a tea room for those in need of a respite.

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Holiday Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday, November 23, 2019:  10 am to 5 pm
2747 Riva Road, Annapolis

Delicious Greek lunch choices and goodies add a special spice to this long-running community arts and crafts festival. This year the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Brain Tumor Research will benefit from all the church proceeds of this event. Please note, this year it's a one-day show. 

47th Annual Holiday Mart, Howard County
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10 am to 5 pm 
Gary J. Arthur Community Center
2400 MD - 97, Cooksville, MD 21723
Admission: $5.00 per person 5+
Pre-sale tickets are available through MissionTix at - use promo code "HOLIDAYMART19"  to save $1.00.
You can also receive a $1.00 coupon by picking up the postcard from my booth.
Shuttle 10 - 5 from Bushy Park Elementary & Western Regional Park

Complete your holiday shopping at this juried arts and crafts show featuring over 130 artists and craftspeople and more. The event offers a kid's craft corner, special activities, a hot cocoa bar and door prizes throughout the day. I can hear the jingle bells already!

2019 Christmas Mart, 
St. Martin's in-the-Field
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9 am to 3 pm
375 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD 21146

The elves are already busy planning for this year's Christmas Mart. The day is short (since they have services the next day) but the goods are far from it! Every year, the members of this community choose a good variety of artists and craftspeople, have the prettiest holiday greens (which sell out fast - so come early) and more. Join me!

Please note: The organizers added one hour to this event, so it will now end at 3:00 instead of 2:00.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
12 now to 5 pm
On West Street, from St. Anne's Church Circle up

THIS IS MAGICAL! The aroma of chocolate permeates the street, carefully chosen vendors are selling their goods and EVERYTHING is twinkling with lights and holiday spirit. I love, love, love this festival and am so pleased I was invited back. THIS IS MAGICAL! The aroma of chocolate permeates the street, carefully chosen vendors are selling their goods and EVERYTHING is twinkling with lights and holiday spirit. I love, love, love this festival and am so pleased I was invited back. What a remarkable way to celebrate the season. It’s not just me, the holiday fanatic – I had so many of my customers tell me how happy they were I told them about this event. Come and find out for yourselves!

Winterfest in West Annapolis
My date to participate: 
Saturday, December 14, 2019
12 noon to 8 pm

I've just been invited to participate in this European-style Landeshauptsadt/Christkindlemarkt-like event, which is now in it's second year. They have created a market similar to those in Germany – a holiday village within the village of West Annapolis – allowing you to walk the Giddings Avenue as it is transformed by traditional wooden stalls decorated and filled with holiday goods. I will post more information when I receive it, but I'm really excited to be a part of this event as I've fond memories of Germany at Christmas-time.

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