Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts invites the public to an exhibit featuring artists Judy Edelheit, Joyce Feldman, Phil Stapleton and the late Jean Todd. The exhibit begins Saturday, July 13th, with a “Members’ Best” reception from 10:00 p.m. until 12:00 p.m. which will include a light brunch menu.
Judy E. Edelheit has loved art beginning in her early childhood years being inspired by her grandfather who was a cartoonist. A self-taught artist who finds joy and inspiration from the natural gifts and treasures of the Eastern Shore, she is an outdoors enthusiast, who paints on found pieces of driftwood using mostly acrylics. She is also interested in photography and has contributed her work to a number of publications including the Record Observer and Attraction Magazine. Edelheit is a proud member and volunteer of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. Working at the Chesapeake Heritage and Tourism Center as an Administrative Assistant, she enjoys greeting visitors, local residents and tourists alike.
Joyce Feldman is a former science teacher, environmental consultant, magazine editor, and photographer who began her studies in printmaking techniques while living in New Jersey. Currently she is an adjunct faculty member in the Science Department of Anne Arundel Community College.
Starting with monoprints and collages, she gradually moved into etching as a preferred technique and has continued to pursue and modify the approach over the last ten years. Her most recent etchings, influenced by works by Richard Serra, utilize aquatint with very deep etchings and metallic highlights. She has recently begun to explore the art of photography, including approaches involving electronic modification of her digital images.
Phil Stapleton graduated from the University of Maryland where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Conservation and Resource Development. His interest in photography began at the age of 13 when his father presented him with his first 35 millimeter camera. He states that he has “…long been intrigued by how the camera can shape our perceptions of the world.” His work has been exhibited throughout Maryland including the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council and the Kent Island Federation of Arts. Much of his inspiration is derived from his combined love of the natural world, travel and environmental protection which complements his love of photography perfectly.
Jean Blackman Todd (1924-2013) graduated from Catonsville High School in 1942 and continued her instruction at the University of Maryland. Her work has been exhibited throughout Maryland including the West Street Gallery in Centreville, Maritime Museum in Annapolis and the first Queen Anne’s County Artisan’s Fair in 1978. A true “plein air” artist, she loved to take her easel, oil paints and close friends outdoors on painting expeditions. Some local landmarks in this exhibition include St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wharf Store, Radcliffe Mill Store and Hotel Centreville. Todd was also known for her beautiful “eggery.” This historic art form involves emptying out the shell and decorating the egg with ribbons, paint, and other embellishments, resulting in a truly unique egg. Her beautiful, intricate eggs are currently on display at the Queen Anne’s County Free Library.
The “Members’ Best” exhibits range from emerging artists to established professionals with a wide range of styles and mediums. These rotating exhibits offer artists and audience members an excellent opportunity to participate in a show that reflects the diversity of regional artwork. The Summer Members’ Best show runs from July 16 through August 24. The Centre is located at 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Summer office hours are June through August, Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The Arts Council is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.
The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts. We connect artists to audiences and the community to the arts. Visit us on the web at www.arts4u.info
In photo: by Phil Stapleton.