Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Hare
The 2019 art festival calendar is starting to take shape. My first event is this month with more to follow during the Spring and Summer. I'm definitely going to be at the MTH Marketplace; the rest of the events are all quality, juried shows from which I'm awaiting word to see if I will be chosen to be one of their artists (fingers crossed). 

The First Sunday Arts Festival
of historic Annapolis, Maryland

Held on the first Sunday of each month, May through November, 11 am to 5 pm

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

This is by far my favorite juried arts and crafts festival (and I'm not just saying that because I'm a local). Over the past years, the commitment made by the Annapolis Arts District members has developed First Sunday into an event unsurpassed by its kind. They carefully jury all the participants to insure visitors will enjoy a huge variety of quality arts and crafts and add to the ambience by finding amazing musicians for entertainment. This is all sheltered within historic Annapolis, where the friendly streets are lined with restaurants that appeal to every palate.

Foundry Day Arts and Crafts Festival
at Historic Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania

Saturday, June 1, 2019
   9 am to 4 pm

Where: Streets Along Children's Lake 
This juried arts and crafts festival is held lakeside in the heart of this historic village features original works exhibited by a select group of fine artists and artisans, excellent food, and great entertainment. Admission, parking and shuttle service are all free. This juried fine art and craft show offers a relaxed setting where you can visit with the artists, learn about the many arts and crafts and take home one-of-a-kind pieces made in the USA.

56th Annual Havre de Grace Art Show

Saturday, August 17,    
   10 am to 8 pm; Sunday August 18,    
   10 am to 5 pm

Millard Tydings Memorial Park, Havre de Grace, MD

   What a great opportunity for an outing! This juried art show is in an ideal location, a park overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. More importantly, the proceeds from the show benefit scholarships and academic awards. I'm a Maryland artists, but this juried arts festival has an array of fine artists and craftspeople from around the country. Combined with live entertainment and all the good food, there's plenty for everyone to enjoy. 

The 53rd Annual Bel Air Festival of the Arts

Sunday, September 15   
   9 am to 5 pm
Shamrock Park, Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD

This is the largest arts and crafts show of Harford County and it is not to be missed. This juried show has some of the finest and most unique fine art, photography, and hand-made crafts on the East Coast. The Festival features continuous live entertainment on the band shell stage plus performers roving through the crowds. To top it off, the food is so good!

Offering a great opportunity for early holiday shopping, as well as food, entertainment, and activities for the children, the Bel Air Festival for the Arts is an event the entire family will enjoy. They offer free shuttle bus service provides transportation from the MVA parking lot on Route 24 to the Festival site or get all day parking at the Bel Air parking garage across the street from the Festival on Hickory Avenue for a $2.00 donation to the Bel Air Auxiliary Police. Admission to the Bel Air Festival for the Arts is free.

Art on the Green
Saturday, September 28, 
   10 am to 4 pm 
On the grounds of the First State National Historic Park,  on the beautiful bank of the Delaware River

Sailboats glide by on this early autumnal day, while more than 200 artisans and craftspeople invite you into their tents full of art, pottery, metal work, glass and more. The festival offers food vendors or you can enjoy dining in one of the many local restaurants or pubs in this beautiful, historic town originally founded by the Dutch West India Company. Make sure to save time to walk the town - truly picturesque!

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. 

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