June 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Featured in the Thaler Gallery:Nina Mickelsen: A Screen-spective As a Finland native, I grew up with Nordic and Scandinavian design. Bright colors, bold shapes. Crisp, strong lines. I draw my inspiration from nature but also from contemporary design. I seek to convey strength and motion and I am drawn to explore the juxtaposition of controlled shapes with natural free strokes. I explore the contradiction between discipline and abandon through the use of silk screening in a less traditional and controlled manner - rapid, intuitive wrist movements with squeege on the screen or allowing the paint to mix freely over various surfaces - canvas, linen, wood board, resin. I also work more in depth with resin epoxy, adding pigments, metal leaf, rock to resin epoxy, creating multileveled surfaces.
In Studio E:Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore. Founded in 2005, the Clay Guild brings together ceramic artists and hobbyists on the lower Eastern Shore. See artwork by members for display and sale all month long, and mark your calendars for Clay-a-palooza June 23-24!
In the Spotlight Gallery:Helen Smith: In December of 2016, I moved to Berlin, MD, to continue my career as a professional artist. I am inspired by the beauty of the rivers, beaches, and wildlife in this area. My paintings and photographs reflect my love of landscapes, seascapes, and other natural subjects. I love the challenge of portraying the effects of light and movement in my compositions.
In the Artisan Showcase:Dot Truitt: As a child, I always loved my coloring books and Esther Williams bathing caps. I feel these and now Cirque du Soleil have influenced my work greatly. I majored in Art Education and during my last semester a kiln and some clay was left to the college. I loved it because I could control it, and I could show 3-dimension. I never put a brush to canvas again. After my girls graduated from high school, I purchased a used kiln and taught myself all about pottery. I use high-fire stoneware clay and low-fire glazes to get a wide range of colors. I make objects for the home, including fan pulls, finials for lamp shades, bottle stoppers and bells shaped like animals, small medium and large. and Bob Truitt: I have been making tiles for about 25 years. I have mainly made them for picture frames. The subjects have been both geometric as well as picturesque. Recently I have been making trivets as well, using similar themes. I start out with wet clay and cut to the proper size. Then I fire the design. When cool, I glaze them and refire. When cool, I adhere them to the frames and grout them. It is a good deal of work but it is very gratifying.
June 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmMeet the artists, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, and see the new exhibits featuring a variety of local artists. Complimentary refreshments will be served and admission is free.