The A.M. Gravely Gallery to Feature The Working Artists Forum

“A Brush with Summer” featuring members of The Working Artists Forum will open at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Maryland on Friday, June 2nd and run through July 30th, 2017. The Working Artists Forum (WAF) is a non-profit organization of 90 professional working artists from the Eastern Shore and surrounding areas who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton for lectures, critiques and demonstrations and exhibit their work in a variety of venues throughout the year. Membership is established by a jury composed of fellow artists. WAF members actively exhibit their work separately and together, and have pieces in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States and internationally.

“Blackwater Wildlife Refuge II” oil by Evie Baskin

For this show, member artists of The Working Artists Forum will display original paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and pastel, along with works in pen and ink, mixed media and printmaking. For more information about The Working Artists Forum, please see their website: www.theworkingartistsforum.com.

The A.M. Gravely Gallery is located in a restored Victorian home built in 1860 and on the Maryland Historic Register. Gallery hours are Friday – Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday – Tuesday from 10-3. Receptions for this show will be held on June 10th and July 8th, from 5-7 p.m, when all the galleries in St. Michaels open their doors to celebrate Second Saturday St. Michaels Art Walk. For more information please call 410/745-5059, email amgart@aol.com, and visit www.amgravelygallery.com.

Working Artist Forum Group to Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery

“Summer on the Lake” oil; Artist: Mary Ellen Mabe

The Working Artist Forum Group (WAF) will have an exhibit entitled “A Brush with Summer” at the A.M. Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels between June 2 and July 31. There will be receptions open to the public, as part of the Second Saturday Art Walk in St. Michaels, on June 10, 5 to 7pm and July 8, 5 to 7pm.

The Working Artist Forum started in 1979 and became a nonprofit in 1991. It is an organization of 90 professional working artists exhibiting individually and as a group. WAF also donates funds and mentorship to students in the Talbot, Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne, and Dorchester county schools to promote the visual arts.

The A.M. Gravely Gallery is located at 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels. Gallery Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10am to 6pm and Sunday through Tuesday, 10a.m. to 3pm. The website is at www.amgravelygallery.com. Email: amgart@aol.com. Telephone 410/745-5059

The Working Artists Forum Annual Spring Show Opens with Awards

On Monday, April 3rd, the Working Artists Forum (WAF ) opened their Annual Spring Show at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, with fifty works in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, mixed media and printmaking.

“Reef Patrol – Spotted Eagle Rays” watercolor by Sandy Alanko, Best in Show

The judge, David Diaz, declared this show to be “a very nice collection of media and styles. I always look at composition, treatment of subject, use of media and application, and overall visual effect. As artists working on basically a wall piece, we start with a plane and immediately try to pull forward or push back that flat space to try to carve something from it. A tricky thing and differently approached depending on the media. I applaud those who try and often find new ways. Even after narrowing (the field) to seven, I still found it extremely difficult to place awards. It was an honor to have to choose from such high quality.”

“Villa de Cortina” painting by Jane Bollman, Judges Award of Excellence

The Best in Show award, went to Sandy Alanko for her painting, “Reef Patrol – Spotted Eagle Rays.” The judge commented, “great use of media to create an environment with subtle shifts of blues and purples and active brushstrokes directing down, along with skillful handling of the sea life, overlapping and juxtaposing hard edges with soft edge support. Actually, if you stare, they seem to float- extra bonus.”

One of the three Judge’s Awards of Excellence went to Jane Bollman for her painting, “Villa de Cortina.” The judge stated, “this is a lovely interior piece with soft diffused light. A painting that bares stopping at and studying. The light through the curtain, and the reflections cast shadows, and the suggested outdoors offset the still life on the piano nicely. A little gem.” The second Award of Excellence went to Evie Baskin’s pastel and acrylic “Portrait of Kai.” The judge noted this to be a “well thought out composition that allows the subject to drift off almost three edges of the plane. Pastels were used explicitly to not only define form but add soft, subtle textures.” The third and final Judge’s Award of Excellence went to Judy Wolgast, for her print, “Prospect Harbor.” “It is wonderful to see printmaking in shows. This has so much to look at. At first glance are light to dark forms, then the subtle shift to mid tones, then the details that are the subject. Mark making is excellent, allowing a feeling of depth with basically three tones.”

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Gerry Czajkowski for her mixed media painting, “Owlet Teahouse in the Julienne Forest,” Maureen Wheatley, for her painting, “Donuts for Me,” and Barbara Zuehlke for her watercolor, “Ocean Morning.”

The Working Artists Forum Annual Spring Show at Chesapeake College is free and open to the public throughout the month of April. Doors to the lobby of the Todd Performing Arts Center are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and during specially scheduled performances. All works of art in this show are priced for sale.

The Working Artists Forum is a non-profit organization of 90 professional artists from in and around the Eastern Shore who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Membership is established by a jury composed of fellow artists. For more information about WAF, please see their website at: www.workingartistsforum.com.

Working Artists Forum Annual Show Opens at Chesapeake College

On Monday, April 3rd, the Working Artists Forum (WAF) will open their Annual Spring Show at Chesapeake College in the Todd Performing Arts Center. Member artists of WAF will display original paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel, along with works in pen and ink, mixed media and printmaking. The Spring Show at Chesapeake College is a yearly judged event, showcasing talented member artists united in an exhibition that displays an exhilarating diversity of style and technique.

“Better Days Ahead”- oil by Amy Cummins

The Working Artists Forum is a non-profit organization of 90 professional artists who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton for discussions, demonstrations and critiques by acclaimed artists. Membership is established by a jury composed of fellow artists. WAF members actively exhibit their work separately and together, and have pieces in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and internationally.

David Diaz, a formally trained, award winning plein air painter and teacher, currently based in Annapolis, Maryland, will be the judge for this show. Mr. Diaz’s works are included in collections within the United States, Europe and Asia.

The Working Artists Forum Spring Show at Chesapeake College is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday and during specially scheduled weekend performances. This show will hang in the lobby gallery of the Todd Performing Arts Center throughout the month of April. For more information about the Working Artists Forum, please see their website: www.workingartistsforum.com.

Working Artists Forum Honors Outstanding Student Artists

The Working Artists Forum is a not-for-profit organization based in Easton which consists of visual artists selected from throughout the Eastern Shore. Their mission includes fostering professional expertise through programs, group critiques, demonstrations, workshops, and member exhibitions. Members have received numerous awards in countless competitions and art shows, and their work appears in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.

From L to R, WAF treasurer Barbara Zuehlke, Sydney Kay of Queen Anne’s County High School, Camryn Carels of Easton High School, and WAF president Betty Huang.

WAF has a strong interest in programs for community benefit, including making donations to art classes in area schools.  They periodically make awards to high school students of exceptional artistic promise who plan to major in an arts-related discipline in college.  On March 13, WAF president Betty Huang, awarded $500 gift cards for art supplies to two such students: Camryn Carels, a senior at Easton High School, and Sydney Kay, a senior at Queen Anne’s County High School.  The presentation took place at Studio B Gallery in Easton.

Camryn Carels of Easton has studied art during each of her four years at Easton High School.  One of her art teachers says she has “displayed a heightened aesthetic and love for the discipline unrivaled by any of her peers.”  Further, “Along with her inherent passion for the field came a drive to better her abilities and learn as much as she could to master any procedure or technique.” Thus she has become a model of excellence and achievement for her fellow students. It is therefore not surprising she was elected president of the EHS chapter of the National Art Honor Society for both her junior and senior years. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Girl Scouts, where she works as a volunteer program aide in summer camps. In 2016 she was awarded a Summer Arts Scholarship by the Talbot County Arts Council to support her attendance at the Pre-College Studio Week of the Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington.  This program confirmed her decision to make interior design her eventual career choice.  She plans to attend the School of Arts in the Virginia Commonwealth University this fall.

Sydney Kay of Church Hill is described as being highly creative and having an exceptional work ethic.  She has a 3.9 grade point average and was selected for the National Honor Society.  She also belongs to the QACHS Marching Band, Future Educators Association, Art Club, and Creative Writing Club.  She is a devoted member of the Girl Scouts, where she is pursuing her Gold Award, the highest merit a girl scout can achieve.  For her final service project, she plans to merge her passions for art and scouting by creating a series of stop-motion animation clips that exemplify the six pillars of Character Counts–trustworthiness, caring, respect, responsibility, citizenship, and fairness.  According to her art teacher, she has demonstrated significant growth over the last four years, and her ability to analyze problems and find creative solutions gives her artwork a “personal voice.”  Her work was chosen for the Maryland First Lady’s Gallery in the House of Delegates, where she was one of only three of 52 such students who received Awards for Outstanding Accomplishment. She plans to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art.

For further information on the Working Artists Forum, call WAF president Betty Huang at 443-988-1818 or visit website www.workingartistsforum.com.

Working Artists Forum Donates to Local Schools

The Working Artists Forum (WAF) is delighted to announce its continued participation through annual cash donations as an ongoing effort to foster visual art in our local public schools.  WAF is a non-profit organization of professional working artists who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton for demonstrations and discussion.  Over ninety members strong, they actively show their work both separately and together, while maintaining a strong interest in pro bono work within the Eastern Shore community.  As in previous years, a portion of the proceeds from “Local Color” is set aside to supplement art supplies in various elementary schools on the Eastern Shore.  Due to the success of 2016’s “Local Color,” WAF’s support was increased this year to include donations to 36 schools on the Eastern Shore, including Kent County elementary schools: Galena, HH Garnett, Millington, Rock Hall and Worton.

Betty Huang

Betty Huang (WAF), Christie Dugan, Art Teacher, Tilghman Elementary Kindergarten

For the past few months, various members of The Working Artists Forum have spread out over the Eastern Shore to hand deliver each of the gift cards to the schools.  The teachers were delighted to receive the extra boost to their annual classroom allocations and the students were excited and happy to show our members their latest creations.  In addition to the many cards of appreciation received from the schools, one class mailed 35 handmade thank you notes with each student saying why they love art!

Members of WAF believe that our teachers and students are an important part of the vibrant art community of the Eastern Shore and are grateful for the chance to assist in the growth and development of our young artists.  WAF’s art members are committed to a continued effort to maintain a strong arts presence on the Eastern Shore and to help “keep the creative spark alive.”  For more information about The Working Artists Forum, please see their website at www.workingartistsforum.com.

 

Artists Shine at the 2016 Local Color Art Show

Winners 2016

The 2016 Local Color Art Show and Competition, a popular annual event sponsored by The Working Artists Forum (WAF), opened from July 15-17 at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.  Running in conjunction with The Plein Air Easton Art Festival, Local Color attracted large crowds of art lovers and featured paintings by 42 professional artists representing the Delmarva Peninsula.  The show judge this year was Jason Sacran, Plein Air Easton’s 2015 Grand Prize Winner. Participating artists were juried in by Tim Bell, PAE’s 2015 second place winner.

Local Color’s Best in Show award this year went to Barbara Zuehlke for her painting, “Kiss, Kiss #2.”  Awards of Excellence went to Fred Craig, Sandy Alanko and Carla Huber and Honorable Mentions were awarded to Carole Boggemann-Peirson, Valerie Sunderland and Sarah Stolte.

Barbara Zuehlke

Barbara Zuehlke with Best in Show painting, “Kiss, Kiss #2” and Jason Sacran, Judge

Throughout the weekend, five demonstrations were given by award winners of Plein Air Easton’s 2015 Competition, including Jason Sacran, Tim Bell, John Brandon Sills, Neal Hughes and Hiu Lai Chong.  On Saturday, July 16th, some of the Local Color artists headed to the streets around the Tidewater Inn to paint in plein air for Easton’s famous Quick Draw. 

Adding to the excitement of the weekend, a drawing was held during Local Color to win a Carribean Cruise in 2017.  The lucky winner received a stateroom for two aboard the Celebrity Reflection, courtesy of CruiseOne along with workshop paint outs in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico under the instruction of Jason Saran and Hiu Lai Chong.

Proceeds from Local Color help to fund The Working Artists Forum’s educational program for elementary school art classes in six eastern shore counties.

Photo 1: Winning Artists- Valerie Sunderland, Sandy Alanko, Carole Boggemann-Pierson, Sarah Stolte, Jason Sacran (judge), Barbara Zuehlke, Fred Craig and Carla Huber

WAF is a non-profit organization consisting of painters working in one or ore medium, who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton.  To learn more about The Working Artists Forum, their website may be seen at www.workingartistsforum.com.

Working Artists Forum Opens 10th Annual Memorial Show at Heron Point

Best in Show winner for WAF's 2015 Memorial Show at Heron Point, Patti Lucas Hopkins and her oil painting, "Pomegranate, Apple and Orange"

Best in Show winner for WAF’s 2015 Memorial Show at Heron Point, Patti Lucas Hopkins and her oil painting, “Pomegranate, Apple and Orange”

On Wednesday, June 1st, the Working Artists Forum (WAF) will open their Tenth Annual Memorial Show at Heron Point in Chestertown, Maryland. Member artists will exhibit their newest original paintings in a variety of media from oil to mixed media. Matt Klos will judge this show. He is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Visual Arts at Anne Arundel Community College and a painter of interiors and plein-air landscapes. His work is shown both nationally and internationally, and continues to garner many prestigious awards. Currently, his work is represented at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD.

WAF is a non-profit organization, composed of 90+ members, who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton and show their work in a variety of venues throughout the year, both separately and together. This evolving group of artists maintains its growth with new members that are juried in each September, and through monthly lectures in the arts, demonstrations and critiques. Heron Point has graciously hosted WAF shows since June, 2007. Since the first WAF Memorial Show in 2012, three Judges Awards of Excellence have been given, drawn from a memorial fund set up in recognition of past members. This year, an additional award will be presented to the Best in Show.

On Saturday, June 4th , WAF will host a reception at 2:00 pm at Heron Point. This event is free and open to the public. The show will hang daily throughout the month of June. All work in this show is for sale. Please sign in at the desk prior to viewing. Heron Point is located at 501 East Campus Avenue in Chestertown. For more information about The Working Artists Forum, please see www.workingartistsforum.com.

 

 

Call to Artists: ‘Local Color Show’ Deadline is April 29

In support of the Easton – Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival, the Working Artists Forum annually sponsors a juried and judged art exhibit entitled “Local Color”.  The exhibit will be held concurrently with, and under the auspices of the 12th annual Easton Plein Air Competition.

ENTRIES: The “Local Color” show features Studio Finished Paintings (your best work – artist’s choice of subject matter).  Paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor or pastel are acceptable. All work done within the last three years. All paintings must be original, and properly framed. We reserve the right to remove paintings that do not conform to the prospectus.

ELIGIBILITY: The exhibit is open to all artists residing on the Delmarva Peninsula in, MD, DE or VA and any member of WAF (hosts of “Local Color”).  *Participants who have been juried into the Plein Air – Easton Competition are not eligible to apply.

AWARDS:  BEST IN SHOW RECEIVES $600 

PLUS: THREE AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE AT $200 EACH.

Awards will be presented Friday at 12:00 noon, with a reception to follow.

THE JUDGES:

Judge, Jason Sacran , Grand Prize Winner, Plein Air Easton, 2015

Juror, Tim Bell , Second Place Winner, Plein Air Easton, 2015

VENUE & SCHEDULE: The Venue of the exhibit is The Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD.  Each artist will have an exhibit area of 6’ by 6’ (two single sided standard panels).  Sold paintings may be replenished as necessary.  Participating artists are to deliver and set up their paintings on Friday morning, July 15th, between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Paintings to be hung in an orderly fashion, leaving space between the frames.

*No one will hang fewer paintings than it takes to fill both of their provided standards.

The show is open to the public according to the following schedule:

Friday, July 15    12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 16  10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 17  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CONDITIONS: While all reasonable care will be taken, Working Artists Forum, and their assigns are not responsible for accidents or damage to your works or you. The participating artists accept all responsibility for borrowed equipment.  The Treasurer of WAF as well as any show assistants are not responsible for any monetary losses, including bad checks or credit cards.  All artists agree to leave work hanging until the advertised show hours are over. There will be no packing material on the floor until after closing time.

ENTRY FEE & COMMISSION:  A non-refundable Entry Fee of $25 for WAF members and $35 for non-members must accompany your application.  A 25% commission will be charged on each sale, with portions of the proceeds supporting the scholarship programs of the Working Artists Forum.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

The show will be juried by digital images.

  • Each applicant will upload 3 digital images for jury (fewer or more than 3 and your application will be returned unprocessed). Name your image file using your initials, title of work and number: (jdlovelyview1.jpg). Please upload the best possible jpeg image.
  • Payment and Application may be made online – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! Online payment preferred, but checks may be mailed c/o Barbara Zuehlke, 27715 Villa Rd., Easton, MD 21601.
  • Applications and JPEG images must be received by April 29, 2016.
  • You will be notified by email no later than June 1, 2016 of your acceptance status

By registering, artists agree to abide by conditions as outlined in this Prospectus.

QUESTIONS: contact Doris Glovier by phone 410-957-2398, by email glovier@comcast.net or Nancy Thomas by phone 410-310-5219 or email nancythomasart@gmail.com     

Working Artists Forum Donates to Local Schools

Rock Hall Elementary School, back row from left: Art Teacher, Teresa Jetton, Ariel Purnell, student, Brenda Rose, Principal and Evie Baskin, Publicity WAF. Front row- left to right are students: Payton Sutton, Allie Fithian, and Matthew Nordhoff

Rock Hall Elementary School, back row from left: Art Teacher, Teresa Jetton, Ariel Purnell, student, Brenda Rose, Principal and Evie Baskin, Publicity WAF. Front row- left to right are students: Payton Sutton, Allie Fithian, and Matthew Nordhoff

This year, The Working Artists Forum (WAF) is pleased to announce its continued participation through annual cash donations as an ongoing effort to foster visual art in our local public schools.

WAF is a nonprofit organization of professional working artists who meet monthly for demonstrations and discussion at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. At ninety members strong, they actively show their work both separately and together, while maintaining a strong interest in pro bono work within the Eastern Shore community. As in previous years, a portion of the proceeds from “Local Color” is set aside to supplement art supplies in various elementary schools on the Eastern Shore. These donations are made on a rotating basis to twelve schools located in Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Dorchester, Caroline and Kent Counties. After the success of this year’s “Local Color”, the members of WAF were able to increase their support of the elementary schools by 60%.

Before schools adjourned for the holidays, members of WAF spread out over five counties to hand deliver gift cards. Although many of the art teachers were prepared for the scheduled visit, a few did not have a clue until the principal made a surprise visit to the teacher while class was in session. All of this year’s recipients were delighted and grateful for the extra boost to their annual classroom allocations.

Members of WAF believe that our teachers and students are an important part of the vibrant art community of the Eastern Shore and are grateful for the chance to assist in the growth and development of our young artists. WAF’s artist members are committed to a continued effort to maintain a strong arts presence on the Eastern Shore and help “keep the creative spark alive.”

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