Thursday, May 31, 2018

Trusty Triumph, circa 1917

September 2, 2018
First Sunday Arts Festival, 11 am to 5 pm
West Street and Calvert Street, Annapolis

September 16, 2018
Bel Air Festival for the Arts
I've been lucky enough to be juried in this event for a few years now. Aside from many fine artists, there are so many different kinds of vendors, including the ever-popular broom maker. Moreover, the music played at the Festival of Arts is so very good (I personally love the Glen Miller style swing music). It's a big event, so wear comfortable shoes. You can bring your appetitites, too. Yummy food!

September 22, 2018
Art on the Green
Battery Park, New Castle, Delaware
Admission: Free
I found New Castle quite by accident, only to discover a wonderfully preserved historic town dating back to the mid 1600's. Last year, I was one of the artists in Art on the Green and I became even more enamored with the town. This event takes place in a  beautiful park setting along the Delaware River. If you are lucky enough to attend this juried artisan event, make sure to take time to enjoy a walk on the cobblestone streets of New Castle lined with early Dutch and Colonial architecture (be sure not to miss one of the oldest homes in the town, the Old Dutch House on 3rd Street. Artists – bring your paints! This town offers a myriad of views.

October 7, 2018
First Sunday Arts Festival, 11 am to 5 pm
West Street and Calvert Street, Annapolis

October 13 and 14, 2018,
Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
50th Annual Autumn Glory Craft and Gift Show
Oakland, MD (Deep Creek)

October 20 and 21, 2018 – 10 am to 5 pm 
Art in the Park at Quiet Waters Park
600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD
13470 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD
Admission: $6.00

October 27, 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm
2018 OysterFest, St. Michael's
213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michael's, MD 21663
Admission: Adults - $18.00, Children - $6.00 (children, 5 and under - free), Seniors - $15.00, College Students - $15.00

November 4, 2018
First Sunday Arts Festival, 11 am to 5 pm
West Street and Calvert Street, Annapolis

November 8, 9 and 10, 2018 
Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 4:30pm 
Mistletoe Mart
Church of the Ascension, 23 N. Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157 
Admission: $5.00
Phone: 410-848-3251,
There are going to be 51 juried artists and craftsmen bringing a great variety of their gifts to this special show. The other big draw to this show is their homemade food; a full complement of turkey or pot roasts dinner – many come just because of the food! This is another of my favorites because of the people who work very hard each year to bring us the best of the best. Take the stress out of Christmas shopping, come to Mistletoe Mart, shop for a while, eat a delicious lunch or dinner and then shop some more!

November 16 and 17 2018, 10 am to 5 pm 
Holiday Arts and Crafts Show
Sts. Constantine and Helen, 2747 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD
The organizer of this show has moved this show up one week this year and is making many positive changes to this already successful show. 

December 1, 2018  
46th Annual Holiday Mart, 
Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 MD-97, Cooksville, MD 21723
This is another well-established and juried event aiming to highlight an exceptional selection of wares created by 140 fine artists and craftspersons. Refreshments will be available.

December 1, 2018 
Christmas Mart
St. Martin's In-the-Field Episcopal Church, 375 Benfield Avenue, Severna Park, MD, 410-647-6248
This is the place that gave me my start in selling my artwork, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. Aside from the talented artists and craftspeople, their event is well known as the place to get beautiful holiday greens. They also offer yummy lunch and dessert.

December 2, 2018
Chocolate Binge Festival
West Street, Annapolis
Last year I was invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Chocolate Binge Festival and it was AMAZING!!!! The streets glittered with holiday lights and sweetened by the aroma of a huge variety treats made by established Chocolatiers; the restaurants had outdoor cafe eating as well as in their dining rooms; and, of course, there was a wonderful variety of artisans and craftspeople who made holiday shopping an delightful experience. This is in the good hands of the same folk who present the First Sunday Arts Festivals, so you will find the quality and the variety you hope for and get to eat, drink or just buy chocolate, chocolate chocolate! 

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