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October 2016

October Exhibits

October 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - October 29, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

Featured in the Thaler Gallery:

Fitzgerald Evan- imageEvan Fitzgerald: “My current work is an exaggerated view of the ego.  What we wear can define us to the outside world. Clothing, and specifically accessories can communicate who we are or who we would like to be. We are all guilty of this, myself included. To me it seems that people today are overly impressed with themselves. Take a picture of yourself, write a caption about yourself, post it online and wait for people to talk about you. The word persona is derived from a latin word meaning mask.”

pla-forever-arrivingDamon Pla: “In my paintings, I explore landscapes and surreal compositions to provoke thought and meditation. My artwork consistently exposes my obsession for late afternoon light and the subtlety of both cool and warm ambient spaces. Addicted to these nuances, I exaggerate the mood of each painting to isolate the essence of a moment in time. I believe the nature of these observations can immediately create an intimate connection so that the viewer is left only to absorb the energy and take it with them. I am fascinated by the idea that the viewer can be forced to acknowledge this relationship with a painting. In my surreal works, I attempt to capture this by arranging non-relative objects to create new relationships. Or demonstrate the extensive, labored journey of an object only for it to travel the shortest of distances. Dreams play a large part of where my ideas originate. I always sketch an image after remembering a dream, not usually for the content, but largely for what it felt like. Documenting this awareness in my painting allows me to shelve such moments as if I experienced them awake to take with me, through my journey.”

Featured in the Galleria:

Abstract, all media group show featuring local artists and members of the Art League.

In Studio E:

Treadway- CHAMPION 1Paul Treadway is a wildlife portraiture artist who works primarily in pencil: from black and white graphite to a blend of color and pastel pencil. Drawing since early childhood, Treadway is self-taught and an absolute realist with great attention to detail. Though he’s worked in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pastel chalks in the past, Treadway consistently returns to his pencils. Recently he accepted the challenge to illustrate a children’s book and along with the author, Diana Woltereck, completed two wonderful books. “Frisbee’s Adventures and Frisbee Goes to the Beach”. The Eastern shores of both Maryland and Delaware, with the abundance of wildlife and shoreline, have been an inspiration for many of his drawings.

In the Spotlight Gallery:

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Maria Gayhart. “I was born in Brazil. I was enthralled with the beauty of the natural world, especially the flowers, birds, butterflies, and seahorses—I especially liked to play with the seahorses. My feelings about the natural world have not changed in my lifetime and are what inspires my art. I did not receive art training until I came to the United States in 1969. My initial training was a mail order course where most anything one did was evidence of real artistic ability—most likely just to keep the money for future lessons coming in. My next effort started in 1973 when I began attending a junior college, after which I continued painting and drawing on my own while working various jobs. In 2007 I moved to the Eastern Shore and shortly thereafter became involved in the Art League.


In the Artisan Showcase:

dtruitt-hanging-bellsDot 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 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.”

Robert 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. It is a good deal of work but it is very gratifying.”

First Friday Opening Reception for October Exhibits

October 7, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet the artists, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and see the new exhibits featuring a variety of local artists. Complimentary refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Artwork Pick Up/ Drop Off

October 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pick up artwork from the October exhibit and drop off entries for the November show: Members Juried Show, all media, 2D and 3D.

Artwork Pick Up/ Drop Off

October 31, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pick up artwork from the October exhibit and drop off entries for the November show: Members Juried Show, all media, 2D and 3D.

November 2016

November Exhibits

November 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am - November 26, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

Featured in the Thaler Gallery:

Members Juried Show, all media group show featuring local artists and members of the Art League. Juror: Su Lane.

Featured in the Galleria:

551-dandelion-powerBeginners and Beyond, the Students and Artwork of Barbara Doyle Schmid

The popular monthly workshop “Beginners and Beyond” began in the early 1990’s with local watercolorist Pat Henderson, who welcomed all levels of painters to gather monthly and learn the art of watercolor. In 2006, Barbara Doyle Schmid began teaching the class.

Each month features a new theme, “clinic” sessions for individuals and small groups, and individual “Watercolor 101” classes for those new members who have never done watercolor. A material kit is available to rent containing everything needed for the three days. The rental kits have allowed students to try the medium before investing. The experience level runs the gamut of long-time painters, some professional, to painters who have been attending class for only a year or two. This month’s exhibit features the artwork of more than thirty students who have taken several of Barbara’s classes in the past year.

Barbara’s main philosophy about learning watercolor is to stress Process over Product. She favors a Zen approach, which allows students to trust their own instincts and she tries not to push her own opinion or agenda on the student.

In Studio E:

debbi-7Debbi Dean-Colley is a Mom, artist and instructor who creates art in her Berlin home. She knows the power of creativity, and that the gift of being able to make art brings people back to the center of their innate creativity and helps them live more authentically in the world.

She attended Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and loves painting surfaces while building up texture in her work in unconventional ways. Largely self-taught, she loves experimenting and working with different media. She was employed as an Art Educator Assistant at a Montessori school located in Stuart, Florida and she continues to teach mixed media classes as an educator at the Art League of Ocean City, Zenna Wellness Studio, Brandywine Senior Living, Worcester County of Warriors and Urban Nectar in Berlin. The majority of her classes are considered art therapy with a continuation of series at the Art League titled, “Seek the Soul Workshops.” She strives to create experiences and art that encourage connection, validate emotion and nourish the soul. She has and continues to participate in juried art shows and exhibits in galleries within the Pittsburgh PA, Rehoboth and Lewes DE, Berlin and Ocean City MD regions.

When she’s not teaching, she’s experimenting with new ideas in metal, plaster and all forms of mixed media. She likes to transform objects that have been tossed, enjoys dumpster diving, hitting garage sales and thrift stores to repurpose objects into altered art. Her inspiration are filtered through what she holds most dear to her heart: her love of ALL creation: animals, peace, the feminine divine, healing, Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon, Father Sky and Mother Earth.

God sleeps in stones,

Breathes in plants,

Dreams in animals,

and awakens in human beings.

-Hindu Saying


In the Spotlight Gallery:

Jeanne Mueller:


After retiring to the Delaware shore, Jeanne discovered an enthusiasm for painting.  With no formal training, she has become one of the area’s prominent self-taught artists.  In her paintings, she loves using color, light and shapes from which she creates visual sensations with color relationships and atmosphere, bringing life to her paintings in a variety of mediums.  Jeanne holds membership in the Rehoboth Art League, the Art League of Ocean City, Oil Painters of America and Delaware by Hand. Jeanne has won awards in many local shows, as well as at the Biggs Museum in Dover, DE.  Her art is appreciated by many private collectors on the East Coast.

To quote Twyla Tharp, “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home…” So true, I can lose all sense of time and space while creating a new piece of art.  I love exploring color, light and shapes and creating visual sensations with color relationships and atmosphere.  I enjoy taking an abstract idea I have and making it come to life and express what I feel about a particular subject in a variety of mediums including oil and pastel.

I have a weakness for painting landscapes/streetscapes, especially the area where we live.  I never tire of trying to create my feelings for the natural beauty and atmosphere I see in the setting I am painting.  And every now and then, I love to experiment with abstraction and collage, it is good to break away from what you are familiar with and explore doing something totally different.

In the Artisan Showcase:

smithKathy Huegel and Shayn Smith are art teachers in Wicomico County. Both love working with their students and inspiring them to be creative and imaginative. When not working with kids, Shayn and Kathy encourage and inspire each other. Their latest artistic endeavor is creating earrings out of wire, paper, and beads. huegelThey hope you like the swirls and twirls of the wire and colors and imagination of the hand-painted earrings. They love making jewelry, and are excited to share them with you.

First Friday Opening Reception for November Exhibits

November 4, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet the artists, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and see the new exhibits featuring a variety of local artists. Complimentary refreshments will be served and admission is free.

December 2016

December Exhibits

December 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am - December 31, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

Featured in the Thaler Gallery:

Members Juried Show, all media group show featuring local artists and members of the Art League. Juror: Su Lane.

Featured in the Galleria:

Best of 2016, award winning pieces from the past year.dec2016postcardproofb-page-001

In Studio E:

Small Works, tiny gems by local artists and members of the Art League. Perfect for giving the gift of art this holiday season!small-works-in-hand-web

In the Spotlight Gallery:

Sandra Eshameshamweb was raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her interest in art was developed at an early age and continued throughout her life. She was an educator and counselor in Wicomico County school system. During her college years she met and married Robert Esham, DDS. They have two married sons. Bob has been her greatest supporter, fan and critic.

Painting is Sandy’s passion. It is a way for her to express what she sees in her mind and feels in her heart. Composition, color temperature, value, shapes, and light play an important part in her paintings. Sandy loves to paint evocative portraits, luscious still life arrangements, and light filled landscapes. She is constantly looking for the light of everyday scenes, always desiring to emphasize the momentary vision of time and place.

Sandy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of MD. College Park and received her Masters of Ed. from Salisbury University, where she also studied art. She has studied with Louis Escobedo, Carolyn Anderson, William Schneider, and Jinchul Kim. After retiring as an educator and counselor, she has been painting full time. Her work has been exhibited in both galleries and private collections.

In the Artisan Showcase:

Ellison- pendantLaura Ellison is a self taught jeweler, creates designs contemporary jewelry with mixed metals and resin and sells her work all along the East Coast. Her time and energy are focused on creating jewelry that is bold and distinctive. Even as a child, Laura was always interested in craft making. Sixteen years ago, she found herself unhappy at her job, and deciding she needed a change, she began to pursue beading. Eventually she moved on to diamond and antique jewelry, followed by mixed metal and resin. Greatly inspired by nature, Laura’s pieces are colorful, textured and organic.


First Friday Opening Reception for December Exhibits

December 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet the artists, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and see the new exhibits featuring a variety of local artists including: Best of 2016 (award winning pieces from the past year), Members Juried Show continued, Small Works in Studio E, paintings by Art League member Sandra Esham, and jewelry by Laura Ellison. Also featuring a special showcase of artisan work in the annual Holiday Artisan Fair!

Complimentary refreshments and admission is free.

January 2017

January Exhibits

January 1 @ 9:00 am - January 29 @ 4:00 pm

Featured in the Thaler Gallery:

Shared Visions, collaboration of literary and visual artists. See poems and short prose by the Ocean City Writer’s Group displayed alongside the artwork that inspired them. Artwork in all media (2D and 3D) created by members of the Art League of Ocean City.

Featured in the Galleria:

“Seasons”, featuring artwork by local artists and members of the Art League of Ocean City. Walk through the four seasons as you stroll through the gallery. All media, 2D and 3D.

In Studio E:

burak-after-promwebMegan Burak is a contemporary realist artist working mostly in oil. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland at the age of four. Burak graduated in the fall of 2015 from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a concentration in two-dimensional art. She has had group and solo shows along the Eastern Shore including Ocean City, Salisbury, Dover, and Berlin. Burak has won multiple awards while exhibiting in juried shows and through online galleries. She was a Semi-Finalist in the Michaels Art Challenge for 2016 and the recipient of the University Center Art Award from Salisbury University. Her inspiration is drawn from her emotions and the world as she sees it. She currently lives and paints in Berlin, Maryland.

In the Spotlight Gallery:

averitte-winter-bison-chillinwebIrene Averitte was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1959.  Irene works predominantly in the medium of painting.  She began sketching pictures at the age of ten and decided then to be an artist.  When she was a senior in high school at Pittsburgh High in Pittsburg, California, she won the Delta Art Association 1st place award and membership.  She studied art classes at the Los Medanos Community College,  California and completed an AA in Fine Arts and Art History with distinction at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia.

She has taught tole painting at the Recreation Center in Hawaii.  She has successfully exhibited and sold her work at local arts and crafts shows in Hawaii and at retail stores, such as, Future Antiques in Occoquan, Virginia.  Currently, she is exhibited and juried at art galleries in Milford, Millsboro, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland. Her art is naturalistic and she believes in connecting with the beauty of Mother Nature which she applies to her art.  She works and lives in Bridgeville, Delaware and continously strives for improvement by further art education and mentoring.

In the Artisan Showcase:

Hannah Miller uses a blend of unique materials in her geometric-inspired jewelry, including buttons, small glass tiles and Swarovski® crystals.

First Friday Opening Reception for January Exhibits

January 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet 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.

Shared Visions: Presentation by the Ocean City Writer’s Group

January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading of the poetry and prose inspired by the artwork on display, as part of January’s “Shared Visions” exhibit. Meet the writers and participating artists! Complimentary refreshments will be served. Space is limited, please call ahead to make your reservations. Free.

February 2017

February Exhibits

February 1 @ 9:00 am - February 26 @ 4:00 pm

Featured in the Thaler Gallery:

“Home”, group show featuring members of the Art League and local artists. All media, 2D and 3D. Exhibit judge: Leslie Belloso.

Featured in the Galleria:

Tellen-corddry-oceancity-woodcuthe Artists’ Gallery of Ellicott City MD, featuring approximately 35 artists working in various media: pastel, colored pencil, acrylic, oils, watercolor, graphite , mixed media, traditional and digital photography, stained glass, clay and wood art.

The Artists’ Gallery was formally brought to fruition on June 1, 1995. After a 20 year relationship with the American City Building in Columbia MD, the decision was made in 2015 that it was time to relocate the Gallery to a more vibrant, art-oriented destination.

In 2016, the Artists’ Gallery entered into a lease agreement with the Taylor’s Collective in Ellicott City MD. The gallery moved into the space in October, 2016 and formally opened its doors in November, 2016.

In Studio E:

DarkReeves Dark is a representational artist working with mostly oils. Dark was raised in Ocean City, Maryland and is currently a junior at Salisbury University working towards his BFA for graphic design. He has been accepted into multiple juried exhibitions along with receiving honorable mention for his painting “Forces”. Dark gains his inspiration from experiences he has had while surfing in his hometown and the natural/ manmade beauty it provides. He currently paints and works as a graphic designer in Ocean City.

In the Spotlight Gallery:

betsy-hall-harrisonBetsy Hall Harrison was born in Baltimore, MD in 1954. Her art training began in early grade school with Saturdays spent at The Maryland Institute of Art. Private art lessons followed, and continued through high school. Upon graduation in 1972, Betsy traveled to Mexico to study native arts and crafts. She enrolled at The Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. After the first semester there, she received a student scholarship in ceramics, and stayed nearly four years studying all types of fine art, Mexican history, and Spanish. It was in Mexico she first learned the art of Batik from a local master. After leaving Mexico, she moved to Boise, ID to continue her art training. She graduated with honors in 1977 from Boise State University, earning a BFA in art with a metalsmith emphasis. After one year of graduate work in Boise, she returned to MD, where she was employed at a custom frame and art supply shop and taught art to 7th and 8th grade students in Baltimore. In 1980, Betsy moved permanently to Ocean City where she has her own studio and concentrates in Batik on silk. She also does watercolor house portraits by commission. Betsy is a former vice-president and board member of the Art League of OC, and offers workshops and lessons in Batik. She is also a member of the Worcester County Arts Council. Her work may be seen in several galleries on the Eastern shore, at Playa Oeste Gallery in Rincon, Puerto Rico, at local art exhibits, or by special appointment at her studio in Berlin, MD.

In the Artisan Showcase:

Rae Smith~WEBRae Smith, local artisan. After obtaining a degree in Fine Arts she has returned to her hometown to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a Metalsmith and created Honeysuckle Silver. She creates one of a kind jewelry that incorporates sterling silver and copper and is inspired by rustic textures with natural influences.

First Friday Opening Reception for February Exhibits

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Meet 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.

March 2017

First Friday Opening Reception for March Exhibits

March 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet 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.

Shirley Hall Memorial Youth Art Show

March 4 @ 11:00 am - March 5 @ 4:00 pm

For over 20 years, the Art League of Ocean City has organized and presented a youth art show in cooperation with Worcester County Schools. The purpose of this event is to promote creativity and allow the middle and high school students of Worcester County to present their artwork in a professional setting — the Ocean City Center for the Arts.

Cash prizes are awarded to the students. Please make a strong showing to support arts education in our schools!

Opening Reception Friday March 3, 5-7pm.


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