April 2019 Exhibits
April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 27 @ 4:00 pm
Featured in the Thaler Gallery:Juried Corporate Partner Show, featuring work by members of the Art League and local artists. All media, 2D & 3D. Exhibit juror: Stan Sperlak.
Featured in the Galleria:"Drama & Light! Pastels of the Mid-Atlantic" by Stan Sperlak, PSA. Stan is known for his dramatic landscape paintings of the sea, marshes and sky. He studied painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Over the past decade he has maintained a teaching studio where a marsh, farm and forest meet on the Crow Creek in Goshen, NJ. It is there on 37 acres, that he has created a nature sanctuary and has begun creating sculptural and environmental art installations. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Maryland Pastel Society, and served on the board of The Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.
In Studio E:Pat Fecko & Renee Nelson. Pat Fecko was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. After marriage, Pat and her husband moved to Maryland where they raised their two sons. About 15 years ago, Pat's passion for art led her to take some classes at the Art League's Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. Watercolor is her medium of choice, loving the subtleties of how the colors blend on the paper. Nature's beautiful colors and shapes are her inspiration. Pat now lives in Millville, Delaware with her husband and beagle. Reneé Nelson was born and raised in central California. She joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from High School and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Asia, living for many years in the Philippines. She completed college and graduate school, then worked as a writer, editor and teacher. Though she still enjoys writing, her main interest is in the visual arts with a fascination for all things tactile and textural. She is most passionate about the medium of encaustic, though she also enjoys working with watercolor, fused glass, clay, fibers and beads, and teaching in her studio in Southern Maryland. Renee has exhibited in juried, solo and group shows and has much of her work held in private collections.
In the Spotlight Gallery:Brad Hudson has been an artist/instructor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for 18 years and developed a Sequential Arts concentration that began in the Fall of 2009. He publishes his comics under the monicker of Coldstream Studios and has developed numerous characters including Draxx (with Chris Harrington), Rocket Girl, and Dark Crusader. His imprint, Tales From the OEP, is an anthology series that incorporates stories from various artists. It often features stories and art form UMES Alumni and current students. In addition to his own titles, Hudson frequently contributes work other independent anthologies and illustrates other independent comics. To date, he has produced over 2000 Star Wars sketchcards to be distributed internationally. In addition to Star Wars, Hudson also does illustrations for other Topps licenses including AMC’s The Walking Dead and Mars Attacks. Hudson has also been contracted by Upperdeck and Fleer to work on trading card series based on Agent Carter of SHEILD, Spider-Man, Guardians of The Galaxy and Thor Ragnarok under the Marvel Comics license. Hudson continues to practice the art of printmaking specializing in lithography and relief printing. Hudson's interests focus on the Pin-Ups of the 40s and 50s, classic illustration, and contemporary pattern, iconography and graffiti. He continues to exhibit locally, nationally and internationally and participates in numerous national comic book conventions with students from UMES.
In the Artisan Showcase:Kate Hammen lived and worked in Ocean City and attended Salisbury University. She considers Ocean City her second home. Kate took pottery classes for several years and discovered Precious Metal Clay (PMC) about 10 years ago. Kate took one PMC class and for the most part is self-taught. PMC is a clay that has an organic binder and contains tiny bits of sterling silver. At the right temperature (1650 degrees to be exact!), the clay burns off leaving behind only silver. Kate enjoys using patterns from things found in nature that she can preserve and turn into wearable art. She loves using seashells for their texture and her herb garden as inspiration. All of her pieces are handmade and one-of-a-kind.
Kate resides in Ellicott City with her husband Robert, daughter, Mae, and adopted schnauzer, Betty Jayne. This is an artistic outlet for Kate as she has a career as a Federal Product Manager. Kate mainly displays in small art shows and donates pieces to different charities and silent auctions.