On Saturday, April 8, from 5-7 pm, the A.M. Gravely Gallery in St. Michaels, Md. will host an opening reception for an exhibit of Barbara Jablin’s artwork. The show and sale celebrates the artist’s 75-year career, including her work as an illustrator, years of teaching and her exquisite watercolor paintings.
A native of Baltimore, Jablin graduated with honors from the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art, where she also taught fashion illustration. She was a commercial artist in retail advertising and a court artist for the Associated Press, in addition to teaching for more than 70 years.
After she and her husband retired to the Eastern shore 40 years ago, Jablin indulged her passion for painting. Now, at the age of 94, she teaches two watercolor classes each week in St. Michaels, and continually inspires her students, fellow artists and many friends with her talent, generous spirit and joyful life.
Jablin is a founder of the Working Artists Forum in Easton and a member of the St. Michaels Art League, the Traveling Brushes and the Academy Art Museum. Her awards include several First and Best in Show in Watercolor from the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Rehoboth Art League, Napa Valley Award and Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor competitions. She also participated in an invitational show of flower paintings at Washington College in honor of Lady Bird Johnson. Her watercolors and other artwork are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, the Bahamas, and Europe.
The A. M. Gravely Gallery is at 408 S. Talbot Street in St. Michaels, and is open Sun-Tues, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Fri-Sat, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through April 30, includes framed and unframed art for sale, as well as paintings on loan from private collections. Barbara Jablin’s Chestnut Street Studio is open by appointment.