August 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Featured in the Thaler Gallery:Kevin Fitzgerald has been painting for over 30 years. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1953, it became apparent from early childhood that he was drawn to painting. He started taking drawing classes at the Corcoran School of Art in 1970 and graduated from Surrattsville High School in 1971. He attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1973.
Fitzgerald studied with Raoul Middleman, Chairman of Painting, eventually becoming his studio assistant. In 1976, Fitzgerald traveled alone across the country painting landscapes. This trip led him to Custer, South Dakota, where he worked under Korczak Ziolkowski on the Crazy Horse Memorial, the largest sculptural project ever attempted. In 1977, he received his B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. In 1978 , Fitzgerald began work on his M.F.A. under full fellowship at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. During this time he restored a 54-foot barge, converting it into a floating studio. He completed his graduate studies while making paintings on the Patuxent River and surrounding Southern Maryland landscapes and graduated in 1982. Fitzgerald's interest in painting is rooted in the works of masters from the 15th to the 20th century and their relationships to current forms. The artist has participated in numerous one person and group shows and has the honor of having his work included in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Featured in the Galleria:Artwork from Artists Paint OC: Plein Air Event, opening August 11 from 6-8pm and on display through September 1. Please click here for more information!
In Studio E:Petra Bernstein, a native of Germany, resides in Salisbury, Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Regensburg and worked as a teacher for several years, before moving to the United States in 1994. Drawn to painting and curious about art, she changed her path and received a BFA from Salisbury University in 2007. Petra graduated Summa Cum Laude with a concentration in painting. Petra uses both painting and photography to express her love for nature. The natural beauty and the wildlife of the Wicomico River offer her inspiration, as she captures the ever changing light and weather conditions on the water and in the sky above. Please click here for a full bio and statement.
In the Spotlight Gallery:Joanne Guilfoil was trained in the late 60's first as a painter, then as a teacher of art. She taught art in all grades including university, then retired as Professor Emeritus in 2009 with an impressive exhibition record. Her publications include textbooks on environmental design and field-guide paintings of mid-Atlantic fish and reptiles in gouache, which she now teaches. For the last 10 years, Joanne has taught painting in gouache, traditional watercolor and acrylic in Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina and Maryland. She continues to teach near her home in Selbyville, Delaware.
In the Artisan Showcase:Helen Prah is from Central PA and has been married for 57 years to her best friend John. They have driven and spent four summers in Alaska, as well as ten winters in Owartzsite, Arizona, “The Rock and Gem Capital of the World.” Helen took wire wrapping classes in Quartzsite, wrapping gemstones in sterling silver. She also took classes in making pine needle baskets. She uses pine needles from GA, waxed thread from Brazil, stone centers from AZ, and the final step is to coat the baskets in beeswax. Helen and John are happy to say Ocean City, MD is now their home.
August 3 @ 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. Plus! A special one-night-only book signing with artist, author, and Art League member Fred Sponseller.