Sunday, April 23, 2017

Studies in Light and Shadow: The Barn Topper
(One of 5 works for the Art 2 Art Exhibit)

November 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Art to Art Exhibit
– Opening Public Reception on November 26, 2017, 
  1:30 to 3:30 – 
10 - 4 Daily, Closed Tuesdays
At: The Galleries at Quiet Waters Park
600 Quiet Waters Park Road
Annapolis, MD 21403
Admission: free
I feel privileged to be part of this exhibit; it is by invitation only, extended by other area artists. I decided each of my works will be a study in light and shadow; the subject matter differs for each work but the concentration of those two elements are my focus. 

November 24  and 25 (just after Thanksgiving)
Sts. Constantine and Helen Annual Arts and Craft Show
Friday, the 10th from 10 am to 5 pm
Last year, the admission fee was $2.00 (no updates yet)
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Annapolis
Great place to get Christmas and eat wonderful Greek food!

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. 

Annapolis' Chocolate Binge Festival
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Chocolate Binge Festival
Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
Suggested $5.00 donation for adults, children are free – AND all who donate are eligible for a free yummy cup of hot chocolate from the Air Stream camper. All donations will support the Annapolis Arts District
*Santa will be collecting toys, coats and hats for local homeless and children in need attending the We Care and Friends Holiday Party. We Care is an Annapolis aid agency.
Out-of-doors, on the first block of West Street. 
This was a huge success last year and this year I was invited to participate. I may not have chocolates, but I'll have holiday delectables in the form of paintings ready for gift giving. 

The day will offer an array of edibles perfect for the holidays and lots of family fun – including a giant gingerbread bouncy house, roasting marshmallows, balloon animals, visits with Santa Claus and more!

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