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Thursday, May 31, 2018

One of the newest paintings... 
"Petals and Panes"

Columbia Festival of the Arts

Friday, June 14, 5 pm - 8 pm
Saturday, June 15, noon - 8 pm
Sunday, noon - 7 pm

Where: the banks of Lake Kittamaqundi
Free Admission 

  Enjoy three days of live music, an invitational arts and crafts show with 55+ artists, strolling performers, festival food, a HowardOnTap Beer Garden and an array of activities and entertainment for all ages.

Many professional and local musicians will take the stage and Aerobatic artists eVenti Verticali will return for another year of amazing performances. 





The First Sunday Arts Festival
of historic Annapolis, Maryland

Sunday, August 4, 2019
   11 am to 5 pm

First Sunday is held on the first Sunday of each month 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) 


  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. 


https://www.firstsundayarts.com



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 First Sunday Arts Festival
of historic Annapolis, Maryland

Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 1, 2019
   11 am to 5 pm

First Sunday is held on the first Sunday of each month 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) 


 Again, 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. 



Takoma Park Folk Festival

September 8, 2019
10:30 am to 6:30 pm
Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, MD

  This community is like none other in their support of the arts and this year everything is moving inside! If you check out the arts and crafts section of the website, https://www.tpff.org/crafts, you will get to see for yourself the quality vendors the organizers have chosen to participate in this year's show. 

Don't forget to check the page listing all their entertainment, because it is full and has something for everyone, from the music of Appalachia to jazz, blues to African drum, music of the Andes mountains, to Indie-fusion and more! https://www.tpff.org/schedule

https://www.tpff.org



Historic East Berlin Fall Festival

Sunday, September 14, 2019
On the main streets of East Berlin, Pennsylvania
  East Berlin is one of those friendly, quaint towns filled with Colonial and Victorian architecture. I first participated in their Colonial Day festival which has now been replaced by this Fall Festival. The festival will be filled with artisans and craftspeople and with various food vendors (no commercial vendors). I will add news about the festival as I receive it but anticipate it will be as successful as their Colonial Day. 





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 First Sunday Arts Festival
of historic Annapolis, Maryland

Sunday, October 6, 2019
(the 40th Sunday of 2019)
   11 am to 5 pm

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

This is my true favorite and I continue to be impressed with the caliber of artists and craftpeople chosen for this show (I feel very lucky to be included). Please join me in my town, historic Annapolis. Our historic town will surround you with good arts and crafts, great  music and restaurants and a friendly atmosphere. This will be the second to last First Sunday show, so don't miss it!




Mustang Market
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10 am to 3 pm
Marriotts Ridge High School
12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville, MD 21104


More information to come!





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.





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. 

http://www.mistletoemart.com


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+
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
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9 am to 2 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 us!


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).

http://www.dickblick.com/brands/nielsen-bainbridge/#nielsenmetalframestyle11

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 Amazon.com, 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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Da6zlHtd_8


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