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Troika Gallery Welcomes New Artist Armando Ortiz

(c)-Armando-Ortiz-'The-Crab-Claw-St.-Michaels' (c)-Armando-Ortiz-'Walking-ithe-Dog'Troika Gallery Welcomes New Artist Armando Ortiz

Troika Gallery is pleased to announce the recent addition of Armando Ortiz to the list of fine artists exclusively represented in the region by Troika Gallery. Ortiz recently received the 29th Annual Sam Hemming Award for Watercolor in the Academy Art Museum’s Member Show. Ortiz works in multiple media, including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen and ink, and pencil; but his primary medium is watercolor. He paints seascapes, still lifes, figures, portraits, and—his favorite—landscapes.

Ortiz has been painting for more than 50 years, since the age of five. Although he was a computer scientist by profession, he says his passion for art and painting “has always been an intense parallel pursuit.” He studied with such esteemed artists as Edgar Whitney, Robert E. Wood, Skip Lawrence, and Charles Reid. He places a high value on the study of art history and the lives and painting philosophies of great masters, especially, he says, “those responsible for the emergence of new expressive movements.” Yet, despite this diversity of scholastic input, Ortiz says, “I truly believe that unrelenting hard work is the main component to becoming a successful artist. It’s not what you paint that counts, it’s how you paint it.”

Since retiring from his day job, Ortiz says he has been “a resolute, full time artist, exploring and exploiting the watercolor media for new and innovative ways to make an expressive statement.”

Having lived in the United Kingdom for many years, Ortiz had the opportunity to participate in numerous national and international exhibitions. As a result, his work has received many prestigious awards and his paintings hang in many private and public collections on both sides of the Atlantic. His paintings have been exhibited in the Singer/Friedlander Watercolour Show in London, the American Watercolor Show in New York, and the Baltimore Watercolor Competitions.

Ortiz has taught watercolor and plein air painting throughout the United States and England, as well as aboard the Cunard Cruise Liners. “I like to paint on location,” he says, “that’s my favorite way of painting.”

Jennifer Wharton, co-owner of Troika Gallery says, “We are very pleased to have Armando Ortiz’s excellent watercolor artistry as the perfect complement to our selection of the finest of fine art.”

Troika Gallery is the longest operating gallery on the Eastern Shore. Over the past 17 years, the gallery has developed a strong following of collectors and art enthusiasts. Jennifer Heyd Wharton is relocating to Beaufort, South Carolina to be closer to her family. Because of the move, Troika Gallery has been placed on the market for sale and will be under new management in the future. Visit the gallery soon while the original owners are still there. Enjoy the atmosphere that has created a loyal following and made this one of the Eastern Shore’s most beloved art galleries. Wharton and her gallery partner, Laura Era are both respected professional artists; they will continue to pursue their painting and portrait careers. Learn more about Jennifer Heyd Wharton at JenniferHeydWhartonFineArt.com, and Laura Era at www.AnnaEllaCarroll.com. For more information about the sale of the gallery, please contact Jerry Wilcoxon at 866-969-1115 ext 8 or jwilcoxon@wilcoxonconsulting.com.

Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm, and Sunday by appointment. The gallery hosts a reception each month during First Friday Gallery Walk from 5-8pm. Artist portfolios and gallery information is available at www.troikagallery.com. For more information, email art@troikagallery.com or phone 410.770.9190.

Photos: Paintings by Armando Ortiz: “The Crab Claw, St. Michaels” and “Walking the Dog”

TROIKA GALLERY VOTED BEST ART GALLERY ON EASTERN SHORE

Laura-Era-&-Jennifer-Heyd-Wharton-(c)-Tom-McCallTROIKA GALLERY VOTED BEST ART GALLERY ON EASTERN SHORE

Troika Gallery in downtown Easton has been voted Best Art Gallery by What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine. This is the second year the gallery has received this recognition. Voting took place in January and February of this year. What’s Up? readers cast more than 5,000 ballots overall, covering 100-plus categories.

See for yourself why this gallery is “the best.” Specializing in original, classically based fine art, this sophisticated gallery offers a multitude of diverse styles and media—from traditional to modern, contemporary to classical realism, watercolor impressionism to Trompel’œil. Troika Gallery’s varied subjects, include landscapes, marine, wildlife, still life, figures, florals, fantasy, portraits, sculpture, and porcelain.

On Friday, July 11 from 5-8pm, during Easton’s July Gallery Walk, Troika Gallery will open “The Painterly Sublime: 2 Points of View,” an exhibit featuring master artists Raoul Middleman and Kevin Fitzgerald. Don’t miss the rare chance to see these two remarkable artists together in person during a special Artist Talk at 7pm.

Troika Gallery will host several events during the Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival, the premier outdoor painting event in the United States.  On Saturday, July 19 from 1:30 to 3:30pm, Raoul Middleman will conduct a portrait demonstration. Middleman is a charismatic presenter with exhaustive knowledge of his craft; his demos always attract a crowd. On Sunday, July 20, Troika Gallery will be among the galleries open for the Plein Air–Easton! Mimosa Gallery Walk. Troika Gallery will have extended Sunday hours from 11am to 4pm on July 13 and July 20 during the festival. Be among the thousands of visitors who participate in this popular event.

Troika Gallery is the longest operating gallery on the Eastern Shore. Over the past 17 years, the gallery has developed a strong following of collectors and art enthusiasts. Gallery co-owner Jennifer Heyd Wharton is relocating to Beaufort, South Carolina to be closer to her family. Because of the move, Troika Gallery has been placed on the market for sale and will be under new management in the future. Visit the gallery soon while the original owners are still there. Enjoy the atmosphere that has created a loyal following and made this one of the Eastern Shore’s most beloved art galleries. Wharton and her gallery partner, Laura Era are both respected professional artists; they will continue to pursue their painting and portrait careers. Learn more about Jennifer Heyd Wharton at JenniferHeydWhartonFineArt.com, and Laura Era at www.AnnaEllaCarrol.com. For more information about the sale of the gallery, please contact Jerry Wilcoxon at 866-969-1115 ext 8 or jwilcoxon@wilcoxonconsulting.com.

Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm, and Sunday by appointment. Artist portfolios and gallery information are available online at www.troikagallery.com. For more information, email at art@troikagallery.com or phone at 410.770.9190.

Photo: Troika Gallery owners Laura Era (left) and Jennifer Wharton are pleased to announce that for the second time, Troika Gallery has been voted Best Art Gallery on the Eastern Shore by What’s Up? magazine. 

Troika Gallery Continues Spring Group Show, First Friday Reception May 2

'Contemplation'-by-Victor-Nizovtsev-compressedTroika Gallery Continues Spring Group Show, First Friday Reception May 2

Troika Gallery in downtown Easton continues its popular annual Spring Group Show through June 3. This is a unique opportunity to see brand new original works—often right off the easel—by the gallery’s 34 prestigious artists. Troika Gallery will host a reception on Friday, May 2 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

Capture the joy of spring with beautiful artwork to enjoy in your home or workplace for years to come. Select from dozens of fine artists exclusively represented in this area by Troika Gallery: Jorge Alberto, Kenn Backhaus, John Ebersberger, Laura Era, Kevin Fitzgerald, David Buckley Good, Andrew Schuler Guerin, John Davis Held, Mark Hiles, Bo Jia, Jeanette Le Grue, Ken Lehman, Victor Letonoff, Lynne Lockhart, Peter S. Loonam, Kirk McBride, Lou Messa, Raoul Middleman, Terry Miller, Dorothy F. Newland, Victor Nizovtsev, Brendan O’Neill, W. Stanley Proctor, Christopher L. Richard, Gary Robertson, Ann Didusch Schuler, William P. Storck, John W. Taylor, Carol Lee Thompson, David H. Turner, Paula Waterman, Jennifer Heyd Wharton, Chris Wilke, and Matthew Zoll.

Specializing in original, classically‑based fine art, this sophisticated gallery offers a multitude of diverse styles and media—from traditional to modern, contemporary to classical realism, watercolor impressionism to Trompe‑l’œil—the gallery’s varied subjects, include landscapes, marine, wildlife, still life, figures, florals, fantasy, portraits, sculpture, and porcelain. Stop in and enjoy breathtaking artwork and friendly art expertise.

Troika Gallery was voted Best Art Gallery (Upper Eastern Shore) in Maryland Life magazine’s Free State’s Finest readers’ poll for three years in a row. Jennifer Heyd Wharton, co-owner of Troika Gallery, was also voted Best Artist (Upper Eastern Shore) in 2012. Troika Gallery has been voted Best Art Gallery by What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine for multiple years.

Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm, and Sunday by appointment. Artist portfolios and gallery information are available online at www.troikagallery.com. For more information, email at art@troikagallery.com or phone at 410.770.9190.

Photo: “Contemplation” by Victor Nizovtsev, one of 34 artists whose work will be featured in Troika Gallery’s Spring Group Show on exhibit through June 3. There will be a gallery reception on Friday, May 2 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

 

TROIKA GALLERY SEEKS BUYER FOR FINE ART GALLERY IN EASTON

Laura-Era-&-Jennifer-Heyd-Wharton-(c)-Tom-McCallTROIKA GALLERY SEEKS BUYER FOR FINE ART GALLERY IN EASTON

Troika Gallery has retained Wilcoxon Consulting to seek a sale of this gallery business, situated on Harrison Street in the heart of historic Easton. The town is the art center of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Troika Gallery is near the Tidewater Inn, the Avalon Theatre and the Academy Art Museum.

The business was founded in 1997, by Laura Era, Dorothy F. Newland, and Jennifer Heyd Wharton. All three women are professional artists who present their own works and those of dozens more regional, national and international artists, including renowned artists: Kenn Backhaus, Roger Dale Brown, Kevin Fitzgerald, Raoul Middleman, Victor Nizovtsev, Ann Didusch Schuler, William Storck, and Matthew Zoll, to name a few. The founders have developed outstanding relationships with their artists and have exclusive rights to their works in a sizeable geographic market.

Troika offers the finest original paintings, commissioned works, portraits, sculpture, porcelain and framing services in the area. This sophisticated gallery has an elegant ambiance, yet offers the charm and warmth of a friendly working studio found nowhere else on the Eastern Shore.  For several years, Troika has been voted the Best of the Eastern Shore Art Gallery by What’s Up? magazine and Maryland Life magazine.

Co-founder, Dorothy F. Newland retired in 2012, and Jennifer Heyd Wharton and her husband are preparing for a move to South Carolina.   She and Laura Era say they look forward to transitioning the “business of the gallery” to a new owner, while still continuing to paint, including the portraits for which they have become so well-known.

“We have been blessed with the opportunity to work closely with some very important and talented artists,” said Heyd Wharton. “We’re fortunate to have a loyal following of passionate art buyers we love to spend time with, and to continue to pursue our craft for these 17 years.   As we transition from being the owner-operators of the gallery, we intend to ensure that Troika will continue to work with the same artists, to maintain our retail presence in Easton, and to serve our loyal customers.”

Wilcoxon Consulting is an Easton-based firm specializing in the valuation of businesses, and in mergers and acquisitions activities of small to mid-sized businesses. Jerry Wilcoxon, says, “This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a turnkey business with a well-recognized brand, established artist relationships, and a large audience of repeat buyers.”

For more information, contact Jerry Wilcoxon at 866-969-1115 ext 8 or jwilcoxon@wilcoxonconsulting.com.

Photo: Laura Era (left) and Jennifer Heyd Wharton are retiring from a successful 17-year career as co-owners of Troika Gallery in downtown Easton. Photo by Tom McCall, courtesy of One Book magazine.

 

Troika Gallery in downtown Easton hosts its popular annual Spring Group Show

'Daffodils-in-Vase'-by-John-EbersbergerTroika Gallery in downtown Easton hosts its popular annual Spring Group Show

Troika Gallery in downtown Easton hosts its popular annual Group Spring Show from April 4 to June 3. Don’t miss this opportunity to see brand new original works by all 34 of the gallery’s artists, many of whom will be available at the Opening Reception on Friday, April 4 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of Troika Gallery’s bouquet of prestigious artists from across the country. Celebrate the season with stunning fresh work—often right off the easel—by fine artists exclusively represented in this area by Troika Gallery: Jorge Alberto, Kenn Backhaus, John Ebersberger, Laura Era, Kevin Fitzgerald, David Buckley Good, Andrew Schuler Guerin, John Davis Held, Mark Hiles, Bo Jia, Jeanette Le Grue, Ken Lehman, Victor Letonoff, Lynne Lockhart, Peter S. Loonam, Kirk McBride, Lou Messa, Raoul Middleman, Terry Miller, Dorothy F. Newland, Victor Nizovtsev, Brendan O’Neill, W. Stanley Proctor, Christopher L. Richard, Gary Robertson, Ann Didusch Schuler, William P. Storck, John W. Taylor, Carol Lee Thompson, David H. Turner, Paula Waterman, Jennifer Heyd Wharton, Chris Wilke, and Matthew Zoll.

Specializing in fine, classically‑based original art, this sophisticated gallery has an elegant ambiance, yet offers the charm and warmth of a friendly working studio found nowhere else on the Eastern Shore. Step into Troika Gallery and take an artistic journey, experiencing a multitude of diverse styles and media—from traditional to modern, contemporary to classical realism, watercolor impressionism to Trompe‑l’œil—all under one roof. With endlessly varied subjects, there is something for everyone, including landscapes, marine, wildlife, still life, figures, florals, fantasy, portraits, sculpture, and porcelain.

Troika Gallery was voted Best Art Gallery (Upper Eastern Shore) in Maryland Life magazine’s Free State’s Finest readers’ poll for three years in a row. Jennifer Heyd Wharton, co-owner of Troika Gallery, was also voted Best Artist (Upper Eastern Shore) in 2012. Troika Gallery has been voted Best Art Gallery by What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine for multiple years.

Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm, and Sunday by appointment. Artist portfolios and gallery information are available online at www.troikagallery.com. For more information, email at art@troikagallery.com or phone at 410.770.9190.

Photo: “Daffodils in Vase” by John Ebersberger, one of 34 artists whose work will be included in Troika Gallery’s Spring Group Show on exhibit from April 4 to June 3, 2014. Meet many of the gallery’s artists and discuss their art in person at an Opening Reception on during First Friday Gallery Walk, April 4 from 5-8pm.

Troika Gallery in downtown Easton presents “A Wall of Small”

Meadow-by-Lou-MessaTroika Gallery in downtown Easton presents “A Wall of Small” 

Troika Gallery in downtown Easton presents “A Wall of Small” during its March show, which runs March 1-April 1. The exhibit features a collection of small paintings by Lou Messa, one of the gallery’s most popular artists. The gallery will host an opening reception on March 1 from 5-8:30pm during Easton’s First Saturday Gallery Walk.

Lou Messa is a master painter whose works can be found in collections throughout the United States. Messa discovered his artistic talents at an early age, growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. “It was the late 1950s,” he recalls, “and I was one of countless artistically-inclined teenage boys who honed their skills by drawing pictures Rat Fink [an anti-hero to Mickey Mouse], the risqué, hot-rod driving rodent.”

Messa’s art teachers encouraged him to pursue his artistic talents, and he went on to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Messa was drafted into the service during the Vietnam War, and trained as an illustrator for the Army. Following his discharge, he continued as a government illustrator creating training aids at Cameron Station in Virginia. Three years later, he started his career as a professional artist.

Messa and his wife made their home in central Virginia. “I am constantly reminded of the beauty of nature around me,” he says. Messa is primarily a landscape artist, but he also paints vintage aircraft, old cars, and motorcycles. “I paint what people would like to see in their homes,” he adds. “My objective is to portray something that strikes a pleasant memory, something my clients will never grow tired of seeing.”

Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday by appointment. Artist portfolios and gallery information are available online at www.troikagallery.com. For more information, email art@troikagallery.com or phone at 410.770.9190.

“Meadow” by Lou Messa, featured artist during Troika Gallery’s March exhibit, “A Wall of Small.” A reception will be held March 1 from 5-8:30pm during Easton’s First Saturday Gallery Walk. The exhibit runs until April 1.

Troika Gallery Hosts 16th Anniversary Gala Group Show

'Bounty' by William P Storck, oil on canvas 30x48 (400 x 250)Troika Gallery continues to celebrate its 16th Anniversary Gala Group Show through December 31. Take an artistic journey through the visual treasures of the Eastern Shore and beyond. This show is a rare opportunity to experience a complete re-hanging of the entire gallery and to see new original works by all 33 of the renowned regional, national, and international artists represented exclusively in the area by Troika Gallery.

This unique gallery displays a multitude of diverse styles and media—from traditional to modern, contemporary to classical realism, watercolor impressionism to Trompe l’œil—it’s all here under one roof. With endlessly varied subjects, there is something for everyone, including landscapes, marine, wildlife, still life, figures, florals, fantasy, portraits, sculpture, porcelain and more.

“Our artists are sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts across the country,” says gallery co-owner Jennifer Heyd Wharton. “Our Anniversary Show is always very popular, and we are grateful for sixteen years of successfully featuring the finest of fine art.”

During the exhibit’s run, as paintings sell, they will be replaced with new pieces, so stop by several times to see more exciting artwork.

Add a touch of artistic distinction to your holiday celebrations and gift giving during this special show by giving the gift of fine art. Or commission a keepsake portrait of loved ones. Gallery owners Laura Era and Jennifer Heyd Wharton create commissioned portraits, including children, families, pets, and homes, in an open studio setting behind the main gallery. Come see current commissions in progress any time the gallery is open.

Visit the gallery on December 7 from 5-8:30pm during Easton’s First Saturday Gallery Walk and enjoy fine art and holiday refreshments.

Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday by appointment. Artist portfolios and gallery information are available online at www.troikagallery.com. For more information, email art@troikagallery.com or phone at 410.770.9190.

In photo: “Bounty” by William P. Storck is one of many stunning works presented at Troika Gallery’s 16th Anniversary Group Show. A reception will be held December 7 from 5-8:30pm during Easton’s First Saturday Gallery Walk. The exhibit runs through December 31.

 

Troika Gallery Features New Works by William Storck Oct 5-Nov 4

'Still Life With Imari Bowl' by William P  Storck (400 x 398)From October 5 to November 4, Troika Gallery will host a special featured show of groundbreaking paintings created by William Storck during a recent renewed direction in his work. Renowned for his marine paintings of traditional Chesapeake-built schooners and skipjacks still sailing and working the bay, Storck’s maritime paintings integrate water, wind, sky, and sailing vessels into carefully balanced, light infused, timeless images. Storck recently relocated to New Hampshire, where he is passionately expanding his portfolio to include stunning landscape paintings and a return to the luminescent still lifes for which he was known earlier in his career.

After living and working on a waterfront farm on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay for three decades, in 2012 William Storck decided it was time to embark on a new adventure. So he and his wife moved from the family property in Annapolis to the rural small town of Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. When they searched New England for a new home, they chose this location because of its openness, low population, and proximity to nature. Storck says he doesn’t mind the occasional bear sighting. So far, he hasn’t seen anything more than the tracks of moose that live in the area. His 60-acre property, named Fine View Farm, is a former sheep farm containing woodland and pasture, and boasting broad views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains.

“It’s quite a change from living on a pastoral creek along the Chesapeake Bay,” Storck says. “It’s a shift to taking a long view of things. I miss the Chesapeake region, but in New Hampshire I am surrounded by amazing vistas—it’s like living inside a Hudson River School painting. The sunsets are so unbelievable that I describe them as being hyper-real.”

When the sun goes down, one is likely to find this versatile artist in his studio working on vibrant still lifes instilled with color and light. “Still life painting is quite soothing to my artistic sensibilities,” Storck says. “I like the fact that the subject doesn’t move. It’s a different, very intriguing aspect to my art. I am in the early stages of returning to still life painting. It’s been fun. To me, enjoying the process is the key to artistic success.”

William Penniman Storck has been painting professionally since 1980. He first studied under the master painter Naoto Nakagawa at Windham College in Vermont before finishing his formal art training at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. At age 24 his first solo show sold out completely in Annapolis. He has since had eight solo shows and has participated in several group shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

His work is in several permanent collections, including the United States Naval Academy, St. John’s College, as well as numerous corporate collections and over 400 private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments during an opening reception October 5 from 5:00-8:30pm during First Saturday Gallery Walk in downtown Easton. The show will consist of maritime works, still lifes, and several paintings depicting Storck’s New England surroundings.

Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm, and by appointment on Sunday. Artist portfolios and gallery information are available online at www.troikagallery.com. For more information, email art@troikagallery.com or phone at 410.770.9190.

Painting Credit: “Still Life with Imari Bowl” by William P. Storck

Troika Gallery Featrues 33 Fine Artists

'Super Moon Over Marsh' by Laura Era (298 x 400)Troika Gallery in downtown Easton features original fine art by 33 renowned regional, national, and international artists who are represented exclusively in the area by Troika Gallery. These artists offer an amazing diversity of styles and mediums. Their work is expertly exhibited in this sophisticated gallery that has an elegant ambiance, yet offers the charm and warmth of a friendly working studio.

Gallery owners, Laura Era and Jennifer Heyd Wharton create commissioned portraits, including children, families, pets, and homes, in an open studio setting behind the main gallery. Come see current commissions in progress any time the gallery is open.

Upcoming shows will feature William P. Storck in October and our annual Gala 16th Anniversary Group Show that will open with a Champagne Reception on November 8 during Waterfowl Festival and run through December.

Troika Gallery hosts receptions during First Saturday Gallery Walk from 5-8:30pm, with light refreshments. Stop by on September 7 to see artwork by all of our artists. Meet artist William P. Storck at the Opening Reception on October 5.

Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm, and by appointment on Sunday. Artist portfolios and gallery information are available online at www.troikagallery.com. For more information, email art@troikagallery.com or phone at 410.770.9190.

Painting Credit: “Super Moon Over Marsh” by Laura Era

 

Troika Gallery Honors Anna Ella Carroll On Her Birthday


After spending the summer on a sojourn honoring art from the Civil War, Anna Ella Carroll is coming home to celebrate her birthday, which is August 29. Anna Ella Carroll is the centerpiece of a painting created by renowned portrait artist Laura Era (after F. B. Carpenter). After being exhibited at the Carroll County Arts Center in Westminster for most of the summer (Carroll County is named after Anna Ella Carroll’s family), the painting has recently returned to the Eastern Shore. You can see the painting and give birthday wishes to Anna Ella Carroll at Troika Gallery in downtown Easton.

The Carroll County Arts Council invited artists to submit work for a summer exhibit that ran from June 13-August 16, 2013, in observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The works of art were viewed by thousands of people who were in the area to see re-enactments of the Battles of Gettysburg and Pickett’s Charge.

Born August 29, 1815, in Somerset County, Anna Ella Carroll later lived in Dorchester County. Carroll was an intriguing and atypical 19th century woman who emerged from the male-dominated realm of war, politics, and diplomacy. As a key military strategist, Presidential advisor, and “unofficial” member of Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet, Carroll was probably the most powerful woman in America during the Civil War. Yet, her accomplishments are virtually unknown. When Carroll died in 1894, deprived of honor, title, pension, and acknowledgement, her life story was already considered a model for the Women’s Suffrage Movement. A modern biographer described Carroll as “hands down, the most important political woman of the 19th century.”

Carroll was a war spy, politician, Unionist writer, pamphleteer, author and legal expert. She is credited with helping to prevent Maryland’s secession from the Union. President Lincoln sent her, accompanied by an army officer, to observe and report on the War on the western front. Her reports resulted in major military strategies that eventually doomed the Confederacy and ended the intervention of the European nations on the behalf of the South.

Carroll is credited with changing the direction of the Civil War by devising the crucial Tennessee River Plan. Fearing that Union generals and soldiers would not follow a plan devised by a woman civilian, Lincoln and his Cabinet kept Carroll’s authorship a secret. Carroll also presented legal arguments and opinions as to why Lincoln could issue the Emancipation Proclamation and detailed his war powers authority.

Evidence exists that Lincoln had intended to honor Carroll after the war with a title and pension equal to that of a Major General. However, after Lincoln was assassinated, Carroll’s male counterparts, assisted by General Grant himself, conspired to take credit for her successes and totally erase her from history.

In 2010, Era was commissioned to paint a stylized version of Francis Bicknell Carpenter’s famous 1864 painting, “The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln.” Carpenter’s painting hangs over the west staircase in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol. It prominently depicts an empty chair draped with a red shawl, along with maps and notes similar to those Carroll carried. Many historians feel it was Carpenter’s way of acknowledging Carroll as the unrecognized member of the Cabinet.

Era painstakingly recreated the painting, placing Anna in her rightful chair with Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet. The new painting with the addition of Miss Carroll is titled “Maryland’s Version of First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.”

Susan Williamson from the Carroll County Arts Council says, “Visitors to the exhibit were intrigued and enlightened by Anna’s story and the masterful recreation of the painting.”

A separate portrait of Abraham Lincoln titled “My Favorite President,” also by Laura Era, created a full complement of these historical figures during this critical time in American history.

Era says, “I am pleased that ‘Anna and the boys’ have returned to my Easton gallery, but the ultimate goal is to have the painting hang in a museum or public building where as many people as possible can view it and learn about the life and significance of Anna Ella Carroll.”

This historic painting is currently displayed at Troika Gallery. For information about prints or to see step-by-step progress photographs of the painting being made, visit www.annaellacarroll.com. Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton. For more information, contact Laure Era at 410.770.9190.

In photo: Depicted in the painting (left to right) are Cabinet members Edwin M. Stanton, Salmon P. Chase, President Abraham Lincoln, Gideon Welles, Caleb B. Smith, William H. Seward (seated), Montgomery Blair, Anna Ella Carroll (reincarnated), and Edward Bates.