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“Members’ Best” Summer Exhibit

Phil Stapleton great blue heron (400 x 314)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 exhibit@arts4u.info. 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.

“Members’ Best” Spring Exhibit

Woodham A Couple of Local Guys m best 2013 (400 x 264)Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts invites the public to an exhibit featuring multi-media artists Maureen Wheatley and Wende Woodham, photographer Jim Wilson and fine artists Michael Bruley and Andrea Hearn. The exhibit begins Friday, April 12th, with a “Members’ Best” reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Maureen Wheatley has been a printmaker and painter for over 35 years. She graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in liberal and fine arts. She is passionate about arts and supportive of the local arts community. She volunteered at the Kent Island Federation of Arts for 20 years and served as Gallery Director for 8 years. Wheatley derives much of her inspiration from nature and often records wildlife in their own habitat. She enjoys sharing her love of artistic expression with students and teaches in a variety of mediums including pastels, acrylics, mixed media, and traditional printmaking techniques.

Wende L. Woodham believes that her lifelong passion for weaving and design began with the discovery of a robin’s nest entwined with brand new hair ribbons, which had mysteriously disappeared from her sister’s bedroom window ledge. She received instruction at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. After a successful military career she retired from the US Army in 1999 and turned her hobby into a profession. Her “woven pictures” are constructed from ribbons and trims collected from all over the world. Woodham works out of her home studio on Kent Island, where she designs one of a kind “quilt-like” ribbon and fiber weavings.

Jim Wilson is a graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School and received the Arts Council’s Scholarship Award for excellence in theatre production in 2006. Using his experience in lighting effects for the stage with photographic imagery, transformed his artistic expression and approach to composition. He continued his instruction at the University of Maryland in College Park and the National Outdoor Leadership School. His love of exploration lead him to Petersburg, Alaska where he worked for the Forest Service constructing and maintaining trails in the Tongass National Forest.

Michael Bruley is a graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School and received the Arts Council’s Scholarship Award for excellence in art in 1999. He continued his instruction at Chesapeake College and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he concentrated in art therapy. Bruley considers art to be “an expression of inner awareness” and finds the act of creating art to be healing both physically and mentally. He shares these principles with his students at the A. F. Whitsett Center in Chestertown where he teaches art therapy. He also uses his artistic eye at Yerkes Construction in Chestertown where he helps to design and construct homes, businesses and landscapes.

Andrea Hearn says she picked up her love of the arts from her mother, who painted for enjoyment and professionally, and recalls that she and her sisters were often curiously quiet and thoughtful while watching her paint. She studied art in high school and was awarded Best Artist of the senior class along with her twin sister, Katherine. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in graphic and fine arts at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Hearn says that the arts have always been an important part of her life, whether she is expressing herself through art, acting or filming. She has worked as a graphic artist, photographer and video production specialist. She currently works as Program Coordinator at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council and is the Creative Director of Chessie Multimedia.

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 Spring Members’ Best show will run from April 13 to May 11. The Centre is located at 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520 or exhibit@arts4u.info. 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: Woodham, A Couple of Local Guys

“Members’ Best” Showcases Diverse Artistry

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts and Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic Development and Tourism invites the public to an exhibit featuring photographers Diane Blake, Ed Blake and George Drake, wood scroll artist Mary Drake and visual artist Glenn Shiring. There will be a public reception on Friday, April 5th from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage and Tourism Center in Chester, Maryland.

Sahara Sunrise Ed Blake (400 x 189)Although native to the Eastern Shore, Diane Blake has traveled all over the world to capture her images. She considers herself a “light-chaser” and enjoys exploring light and shadows in her work. Blake has also been trained in oil and watercolor painting, which has helped her to develop an appreciation for color and composition. Blake has been an artist and photographer for over 30 years and has exhibited her work throughout Maryland and New Hampshire. She shares her love of photography and home studio with her husband Ed Blake.

Ed Blake has been a photographer for over 40 years and a traditional black and white darkroom printer for over 35 years. Blake has a versatile subject matter including landscapes, seascapes, castles, cathedrals and tombs. He enjoys using his technical skills and artistic eye to interpret what he sees and decide how to present that view in black and white. Blake has exhibited his work at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester Airport, New England Camera Club Council, Maison de l’Art Gallery and Queen Anne’s County Arts Council.

 

Good dog Mary Drake.tif (368 x 400)George Drake has always been fascinated by the art of photography. When he first started out, his photographs mainly centered around his children but more recently he has developed a talent for photographing the many varieties of birds that he views outside of his home in Centreville. He has exhibited his work at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Chestertown RiverArts Gallery and Talbot County Visual Arts Center. He is also an active member and volunteer at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council.

Mary Drake is a primarily self-taught artist who specializes in scroll saw art. Scroll art is a wood working technique which involves using an image to create a scroll saw pattern and carving out the design with a saw spiral type scroll saw blade. Her passion for this technique began several years ago when she attended a scroll wood art workshop. She enjoys designing and carving various subjects including fretwork landscapes, pet portraits and puzzles. Her designs have been featured in shows at the Chestertown RiverArts Gallery and the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

glenn shiring bay monster (260 x 400)Self-taught artist Glenn Shiring is a native of the Chesapeake Bay area. His work includes a variety of subjects including wildlife, landscapes, still life and life under the sea. All of his work is created entirely out of recycled materials. Comic books, game boards, sheet music, CDs, driftwood and playing cards are just some of materials incorporated into his art. He teaches at the Kent Island Federation of Arts, Stevensville Middle School, Centreville Middle School and the Kent Island Library where he offers free art classes every Saturday.

The “Members’ Best” exhibits range from emerging 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 Heritage and Tourism Center is located at 425 Piney Narrows Road in Chester, Maryland. The exhibition begins April 6th and will run through July 1st. The Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts is located at 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520 or exhibit@arts4u.info. 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

“Members’ Best” Fall Exhibit Showcases Diverse Artistry

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts invites the public to an exhibit featuring fine artist Ann Harlan, multi-media artist Susan Mayberry and abstract artist Caroline Weiss. The exhibit begins Friday, September 14th, with a “Members’ Best” reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Ann Harlan has had a passion for the arts since she was young and says creating art is “her spirit’s song”. She lives with her husband in Centreville, where she paints out of her own studio. She began her education in Fine Arts at Ohio University and continued her studies at the University of Maryland where she earned a B.A. in Art Education. She also enjoyed her work as an art teacher which allowed her to share her love of artistic expression with others.

Susan Mayberry brings a variety of artistic skills to the Centre; including oil painting, sea glass mosaics and interior decorating. She began her work in the Washington D.C. area after graduating from the University of Maryland with a double major in Art and Art History. Many of her pieces are inspired from the landscape and creatures of the Chesapeake Bay, harvesting materials that she gathers from local beaches. Now a resident of the Eastern Shore, Susan runs a decorative painting business from her studio in Queenstown.

Linnie (Caroline) Weiss is a native Annapolitan. She began her interest in art as a young child, learning from her grandmother who was working as a professional artist. She and her husband moved to Centreville in 2000. She has studied with numerous artists including Marie Linnekin, Donna Baspaly, Anne Baldwin, Gwen Fox, and Stephen Quiller. She also utilized her artistic abilities as a career interior designer for more than 20 years. Her paintings are mainly abstract, which she describes as a way to “allow viewers the freedom to create their own stories”.

The “Members’ Best” exhibits range from emerging 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 Fall Members’ Best show will run from September 15th through October 27th. The Centre is located at 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520 or exhibit@arts4u.info. 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