July 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Featured in the Thaler Gallery:Beverly Bassford Memorial Juried Show, an all-media building-wide exhibition featuring artwork by members and local artists. Exhibit juror: Christy Cox. The Beverly Bassford Juried Show is an annual memorial event named for a former Art League of Ocean City board member who was passionate about the need for a new art facility, a passion realized in the Ocean City Center for the Arts. After her death in 1999, Bassford’s family established a prize in her name, which grew into the annual memorial show, featuring fine art by local and regional artists and awards still sponsored by Bassford’s family.
In Studio E:Richard Segars : I grew up in Lubbock, Texas and attended Texas Tech University. I graduated with a BFA in studio art in 1972 specializing in painting, drawing and printmaking. I then went to graduate school in art at the University of Texas in Austin but interrupted my studies for the Air Force between 1974 to 1978. I returned to the University of Texas but changed my major to architecture while continuing to take courses in painting in the art department. I graduated with a Master of Architecture degree in 1981 and obtained my architectural registration in 1984. I was in private practice in Austin and Philadelphia before starting a twenty-two-year career as a historical architect with the National Park Service working in three National Parks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. I retired from the Park Service in 2014 and moved to Berlin, Maryland where I currently live and paint. I have continued to study and make art since graduate school. Though I have worked on landscapes, still life, figures and even some abstractions, the pieces in this exhibition are primarily of Assateague Island National Seashore. The waters of the ocean and particularly the back bay remind me of the waters where the origins of all life began. We often underestimate the effect that the world of our childhood and adolescence has on our present lives and these simple yet different associations remind me of my origins. The areas of marsh grass remind me of the flat, scrubby landscape of the Great Plains. The big sky of the island landscape with its ever-varying clouds and of course the strong winds are so much like that of West Texas. And as a young boy who desperately wanted to fly, I love watching all the different kinds of birds. Assateague is for me a very rich and interesting landscape.
In the Spotlight Gallery:L. Patrice Farina : I studied art at the University of Delaware as well as the University of Tampa, and have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. I am retired now and devoting all my spare time to my artwork. My medium is mixed media/photography. Often, I will make collages of butterflies, birds or other types of wildlife made out of botanical materials such as flowers, flower petals, leaves, etc. I photograph the images and enhance them on Photoshop. Sometimes I will sketch a picture of such things as fairies or sprites, dress them in flower petals, make a photo print of my creation and cut out areas of the image and fold it to make it 3D showing another colored backing behind the original print. Additionally, I also make Greeting Cards. I’ve been in numerous juried art shows, including the Brandywine Festival of the Arts, Rehoboth Art League, Dover Art League and other regional shows.
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.
July 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmSee the new exhibits premiere on our Facebook page and website at 5pm!