Professional Artists Show Off Their Student’s Work

Studio Art, an upcoming exhibit at the Kent Island Federation of Arts in Stevensville, is a presentation exhibit of the art students of professional artists/teachers, Maureen Bannon of Stevensville and Sally Clark of Centreville, MD.

Sally Clark, recently retired from teaching art currently enjoys painting whimsical images on furniture, as well as murals. Watercolors, however, are her true passion. Her subject matter is without boundaries: flower gardens, house portraits and pets are just a few examples. Sally received a Bachelor of Art Degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and an Art Education Degree from the University of Memphis. She continued her instruction by earning a Certificate of Studies from the Institute of American Studies in Aix en Provence, France. Sally is an active member of Working Artists Forum in Easton, the Kent Island Federation of Art, and the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. She is also a partner in The Artist Gallery at 239 High Street in Chestertown, where a thorough display of her work may be seen.

Maureen Bannon left a successful art career in the New Jersey, New York regions and moved to Maryland in 1977 to attend graduate school and open a studio in the Savage Mill, Howard County until 1997 when she relocated to the Eastern Shore. Maureen opened a gallery/studio with Sally Clark as a partner and began teaching painting classes. She then founded ART EAST in 1999, a roundtable for artists of all media which meets once a month at the QAC public library in Stevensville. She remains a strong advocate for arts districts in Queen Anne’s County.

The October exhibit will show the students presently taking classes. “I like to give an exhibit every few years to show the amazing untapped talent these new painters have, and some started painting just for fun” says Maureen. The show is an example of what is possible to do when you think you can’t.

The show will open September 28, 2011 through October 31, 2011. A public reception for the artists will be held at Kent Island Federation of Arts on October 2, 2011 from 3 – 6 p.m. KIFA is located at 405 Main St, Stevensville, MD 21666. For more information please call 410.643.7424 or email

Photos: Clark student Karen Pavlik, watercolor; Clark student Ellen Sullivan, pencil