Troika Gallery 20th Anniversary Group Show Continues to New Year’s Eve

Troika Gallery, showcasing “The Finest of Fine Art” in historic downtown Easton, continues to celebrate its 20th Anniversary Group Show through December 31, 2017.  Original works by 36 of the gallery’s renowned artists are on display with new work constantly refreshing the exhibit spaces.

Plan on visiting on December 1, 2017, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm during the First Friday Gallery Walk and the Easton Moonlight Madness Shopping Event.  This Christmas in Easton event will include festive events in the heart of downtown including pictures with Santa.   Troika will have a reception with fine food and wine.

Peony Blooms in Winter, oil on canvas, 31″ x 49″, by Victor Nizovtsev

Troika Gallery artists include; Jorge Alberto, Kenn Backhaus, Dmitry Dorokhin, John Ebersberger, Deborah Elville, Laura Era, J.A. Ferrier, Kevin Fitzgerald, David Buckley Good, Andrew Schuler Guerin, John Davis Held, Mark Hiles, Matthew Hillier, Bo Jia, Jeanette Le Grue, Ken Lehman, 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 Richard, Julie Rogers, Ann Didusch Schuler, William Storck, Carol Lee Thompson, David H. Turner, Paula Waterman, Jennifer Heyd Wharton, Chris Wilke, Vladislav Yeliseyev and Mathew Zoll.

Enhance your holiday this year with a gift of art or a commissioned portrait of a cherished family member, friend or pet.  Laura Era and Jennifer Heyd Wharton, Troika Gallery owners and professional artists are members of the  Portrait Society of America and have been painting portraits for years. While in Troika Gallery browse their  studios to see completed and commissioned works in progress.

Since 1997 Troika Gallery has offered “The Finest of Fine Art” and is the longest operating gallery on the Eastern Shore.   Selected numerous times as the Best Art Gallery by What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine, the congenial atmosphere found in the gallery has created a beloved gallery with loyal followers. Whether you are an art collector, an art lover or an art browser, you will enjoy your visit to Troika Gallery.

Laura Era, Jennifer Heyd Wharton, and Gallery Manager Peg Fitzgerald will graciously share their art expertise and welcome you to visit the 20th  Anniversary Group Show which will be on view until New Year’s Eve.  Troika Gallery is located at 9 South Harrison Street and is open every day from 10 am until 5:30 pm and Sunday by appointment, 410-770-9190,  www.troikagallery.com.

Gallery Notes: George Hamilton and Kathy Kopec at A.M. Gravely Gallery

“Winter’s Grip” oil Artist: Kathy Kopec

During the months of November and December, local award winning artists, George Hamilton and Kathy Kopec, will exhibit their oil paintings at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels. Gallery Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10am to 6pm, and Sunday and Monday 10am to 3pm.

St. Michaels Snow by George Hamilton

 

For more information contact A.M. Gravely Gallery at 410/745-5059, email: amgart@aol.com, or go to www.amgravelygallery.com.

Fabulous Christmas Decorations at Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery

Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery is excited to be hosting a very special trunk show during “First Weekend” in December featuring the fabulous Christmas wreaths, table centerpieces and special Christmas decorations designed by Glittermoon Vintage Christmas from Richmond, Virginia.

In 2011, the owner and Eastern Shore native, Cackie Trippe McCarty launched Glittermoon Vintage Christmas: unique designs made from ornaments and decorations of yesteryear. Having had a longtime love of old Christmas things, she admires the craftsmanship and creativity that went into making them. But, as a child of the 1950s, she especially loves the wonderful memories these pieces evoke. One day, she saw a magazine article about how to make an ornament wreath so she made one for herself using mostly broken ornaments that she loved too much to throw away. It turned out so well that she decided to start making them to sell as an adjunct to her other artwork.

Cackie searches high and low for the most unusual, beautiful, and truly special decorations. These wonderful pieces have been gently loved, often by several generations in the same family. She especially loves it when someone points to an ornament and says, “My grandmother (or mother or aunt) had one of these!”

Every piece Cackie makes is unique; there will never be another one like it. This is not only because of the materials themselves (as in what she has in her inventory) but she maintains that she would be bored to tears if she had to reproduce previous designs. She tries to begin each wreath (or centerpiece) with something very special as a focal point. Loving the mental stimulation of design, she lets color, scale, and texture drive the design. Generally, it takes parts of 3 days to make a wreath from start to finish.

Cackie’s wreaths and topiaries have a national following and have been shipped all over the continental USA. She is a proud member of the Beekman 1802 artisan collective (Beekman1802.com, based in upstate NY) and has been featured in R Home Magazine (November 2014) and the Los Angeles Times (December 2015). Mariah Carey owns one of her wreaths – a pink one, naturally. Her work has also been displayed at Zézé Flowers (2013) and More & More Antiques (2016), both in Manhattan, and at a handful of other shops on the East Coast. In 2015, one of her wreaths was auctioned at a charity benefit for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in NYC.

The Chesapeake Show at Chesapeake College

In the months of November and December, a talented group of artists from the Eastern Shore and Annapolis will present their original artwork at “The Chesapeake Show” in Chesapeake College’s Todd Performing Arts Center in Wye Mills, MD.

“The Chesapeake Show: A Traveling Exhibition of Select Artists” features fourteen local artists who express their love of our Chesapeake Bay region through their beautiful and diverse art. This group has exhibited throughout the Eastern Shore and Annapolis region, featuring original artwork from watercolors and acrylics to cut-paper and ribbon collages. Organized by Dave Murphy and Steve Bleinberger, other artists include Peggy Blades, Mary Bickford, Katherine Carney, Carolyn Councell, Ann Farley, Brenda Larson, Judi MacDonald, Nancy O’Brien, Paul Taylor, Carol Vaughn, Sean Wells, and Wende Woodham.

Come see scenes of our beautiful waterways, boats, marine animals, and more as you reminisce about times on and near the water. The Chesapeake Show is open for viewing during the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday — and can also be seen during special events in the Todd Performing Arts Center during these months.

During these same months, many of these artists will also have giclees of their work exhibited at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. A giclee is a high-quality reproduction of an artist’s original piece of artwork, making artists’ work available in an additional way that can be more affordable. The artwork is available to purchase onsite from the Museum, and will make wonderful & meaningful holiday gifts. The Annapolis Maritime Museum is open from 11 am to 3 pm Wednesday through Sunday, and they are located at 723 Second Street in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis.

Candleberry Gallery to Host Esteemed Local Women Artists

Candleberry Gallery is delighted to host a trio of accomplished local women painters during the month of November. Starting on November 4, come see an exclusive exhibit of paintings by Mary Ekroos, Barbara Jablin and Joyce Zeigler. These three women were part of the well-known group of painters known as “The Traveling Brushes,” a sextet of women, all professional artists, who, as well as having individual careers, often traveled, painted, and exhibited together. They were the subject of a documentary done by filmmaker Kim Sedmak of AARP which was shown on public television. They were also the subject of articles in “The Artist’s Magazine”, “Maryland” magazine, and other publications.

“The Traveling Brushes” began as a group in 1984 when watercolor artist Martha Hudson was offered a cottage on Smith Island for a week and chose five other women to share the place with her. The women felt such a sense of shared purpose while painting together that they decided to form a group and call themselves “The Traveling Brushes.” Over the years, well before “plein air” became so popular, the group took many painting trips together, going to places like Colorado, Mohegan Island, WV, and other places on the East Coast, including trips back to Smith Island.

Besides the above-mentioned three “Brushes” who will be exhibiting at Candleberry Gallery in November, the group also consisted of Elizabeth “Betty” Ruhl, who moved to Wyoming a number of years ago, and Roberta “Bobbie” Seger, who, while having a long and distinguished career as an artist, no longer paints or exhibits. Sadly, Martha Hudson, the originator of the group, died in 2014, but the remaining “Brushes” still gather for lunch, holiday celebrations, and discussions and friendly support. Three “Brushes” continue to paint and exhibit and have a wide following of collectors.

Also in November, talented local artist Deena Kilmon will be teaching a class on how to make gorgeous and simple beaded earrings. On Saturday, November 18, from 10 am to noon, learn how to make two pairs of fun and stylish seasonal earrings — one for you and one for a gift! Additional kits will be available for purchase to complete in your own time. The cost of $35 includes all materials. Please sign up in advance by calling the gallery at 410-745-2420.

Candleberry Gallery is located at 210 S. Talbot Street in St. Michaels, and has a wonderful variety of art and gifts as you begin to think about holiday shopping. During this month of our local Waterfowl Festival, they continue to support local youth by offering donated Art LaMay waterfowl prints for sale, with all proceeds going to the Tilghman Area Youth Association.

SMAL Exhibition and Sale During Christmas in St. Michaels Weekend

The St. Michaels Art League (SMAL) is pleased to present its 2nd annual show and sale during “Christmas in St. Michaels” weekend, December 8 through December 10, at the Clark Gallery of Fine Art. Owners Heidi Clark and Patricia Spitaleri have again offered space for SMAL to exhibit during this special holiday weekend in historic St. Michaels. The Clark Gallery of Fine Art is located at 308 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels MD.

Valerie Sunderland painting of carolina shrimpers

Artwork by SMAL members will be available indifferent mediums, sizes and price ranges; framed and ready for hanging.. There will also be a collection of smaller works of art, “Small Treasures”, for under $100.00.  Many works feature local scenes capturing the unique beauty of our Eastern Shore.

The St. Michaels Art League invites everyone to get into the spirit of the season. Come to the Clark Gallery of Fine Art during “Christmas in St. Michaels” weekend and find that unique, original work of art for your home or office, or to give as a special holiday gift.

To find out about membership in the St. Michaels’ Art League and other upcoming events, visit our website smartleague.org.

The St. Michaels Art League is funded in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with revenue provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Trippe-Hilderbrandt Celebrates Four Years with Work by Greg Osterhaus

Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery celebrates its 4th year anniversary with a new show exhibiting the oil canvasses of Virginia artist Greg Osterhaus. The rural south is depicted eloquently and passionately in Osterhaus’ oil paintings as color and expression are the essence of any composition by this southern artist. Osterhaus has been painting for more than 30 years and delightfully captures the nature of the Mid-Atlantic and points south-from the coast to the mountains. The exhibit at Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery opens with a reception and anniversary celebration during First Friday Gallery Walk from 5-8 pm.

For more information please call the gallery at 410-310-8727.

Troika Gallery 20th Anniversary Group Show

Troika Gallery’s 20th Anniversary Group Show will open on November 10th during Waterfowl Weekend in Easton exhibiting new Fall masterpieces by all of the Troika Artists. Works in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, clay, bronze and porcelain are on exhibit. An additional highlight, one of Troika Gallery’s 36 artists, Julia Rogers, is the 2017 Waterfowl Featured Artist. This annual group show is a favorite of collectors and gallery admirers. The Anniversary Gala Opening Catered Reception is from 5 to 8 pm and will feature wine tastings by Laytons Chance Vineyard and Winery and appearances by many of the gallery artists. Selected six times as the Best Art Gallery by What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine, the gallery is the longest operating gallery on the Eastern Shore.

Winters Majesty oil, 24 x 24 by Julia Rogers

Troika is proud to represent Jorge Alberto, Kenn Backhaus, Dmitry Dorokhin, John Ebersberger, Deborah Elville, Laura Era, J.A. Ferrier, Kevin Fitzgerald, David Buckley Good, Andrew Schuler Guerin, John Davis Held, Mark Hiles, Matthew Hillier, Bo Jia-Middle Kingdom, Jeanette Le Grue, Ken Lehman, 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, Julia Rogers, Ann Didusch Schuler, William Storck, Carol Lee Thompson, David H. Turner, Paula Waterman, Jennifer Heyd Wharton, Chris Wilke, Vladislav Yeliseyev and Matthew Zoll.

Whether an art collector, art lover or an art browser, Troika Gallery encourages you to stop in and see “The Finest of Fine Art.” Professional Artists and Co-Owners, Laura Era and Jennifer Heyd Wharton, along with Gallery Manager Peg Fitzgerald, welcome your visit and will happily address questions on art, portraiture, and framing.

Troika Gallery’s 20th Anniversary Group Show will run through December 30, 2017. Located at 9 South Harrison Street, the gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm and Sunday by appointment, 410-770-9190, visit our website at www.troikagallery.com.

The Green Phoenix Gallery Presents an Artisan Crafted Holiday Ornament Baazar!

This November, The Green Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature their first Artisan Crafted Holiday Ornament Baazar!

Gallery owner Andi Tassencourt invites the public on First Friday, November 3, from 5 to 8 pm to preview and shop a wide selection of hand crafted one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments created by the gallery’s local artists, and by Fair Trade artisans from around the world.

“Our patrons will enjoy our wide assortment of beautiful ornaments, finely crafted from a fascinating array of materials. We have divine angels made from the softest wool, as well as from shells with pearls; compass stars from fine woods; beautiful hand painted glass balls; charming needle felted acorns; shimmering mosaics; primitive wooden fish; intricate wire wrapped ornaments; gingerbread men and ladies from upcycled wool; intriguing Zentangles; and so much more!”

Participating local artists include Kris Bales, Joan Brown, Connie Delameter, Joanne Gelles, Dianne Johnson, Stephanie King, Diane DuBois Mullaly, Laura Rankin, Steve Smith and George Todd.

Says Tassencourt, “Our holiday ornaments are gifts that can be cherished for years to come, and also make treasured additions to your own collection. By layering the inspiring qualities of the ornaments selected for this Holiday Bazaar into our eclectic mix of fine, artisanal crafts by local artists, Fair Trade gifts from around the world, and oil paintings by Diane DuBois Mullaly, we offer an environment with a full range of creative arts for the community to enjoy!”

And FRIVOLOUS FIBERS Yarn Boutique, located inside The Green Phoenix Gallery,adds even more interest, featuring a new collection of its own line of gorgeous, hand-spun, and hand-dyed yarns.Stop by to see and feel the yarn for yourself, and ask about knitting and crochet lessons and groups.

The Green Phoenix Gallery is located at 31 N Harrison St, Easton. 410-822-7554. Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5pm, and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm.  www.facebook.com/greenphoenixgallery

Paintings and Drawings by William Willis at Adkins Arboretum

A powerful and mysterious energy runs through William Willis’s work. In Presence and Place, his show of paintings and drawings on view through Dec. 1 at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center, his compelling, semi-abstracted trees and water, snakes and flying birds pulse with a vitality that is barely held in check. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Sat., Oct. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Being out in nature is key to Willis’s art. At least once a week, he bicycles with his son and other members of the Talbot Mountain Bike group on the trails in Tuckahoe State Park. Many of the paintings in this show grew from encounters with the park’s trees and waterways, and a strong feeling that they are living entities permeates the show.

Anyone familiar with the way Tuckahoe Creek swells in a rainstorm and floods into the forest will recognize the trees rising from swirling water in “After the Rain.” As water streams around their trunks, gray paint marked with white scratches identifies a beech, while peculiar cream-colored spots on a bluish trunk denote one of the forest’s many sycamores.

“After the Rain” by William Willis

Willis’s need to be out in nature came early. Growing up in Florida, he often visited the woods near his home and began developing his keen sense of observation. Although he taught for two decades at the Corcoran School of Art and several other colleges and universities and has exhibited in numerous solo museum and gallery shows, he has continued to spend time hiking, bicycling and camping since settling in the Eastern Shore town of Preston in 1980.

Willis is keenly interested in how a sense of living presence can be picked up by honing one’s awareness. He has long been interested in Hindu and Buddhist philosophies that emphasize developing awareness, but he also traces this back to earlier times when it was essential for humans to use all their senses in order to survive.

Noting how a hunter will sit still for hours on end, not focusing on anything specific but being aware of everything around him, Willis said, “There’s a kind of side vision, a kind of indirect approach where your vision starts to open up to everything. There’s an obvious theory that meditation came from that kind of silent watching and sitting still. As they say, when you do that, the world comes to you—you don’t have to go to the world.”

Whenever he paints or draws, Willis goes through a deeply intuitive process of search and discovery. It’s obvious that the finished image doesn’t come easily. The trees, logs and meandering vines he paints are almost cartoonishly simple, but they are scarred and worn. Often, seemingly unrelated images partially show through from underneath. It’s as if he is thinking on the canvas, painting, then scraping parts of the image away, then painting some more. He may even cut up a canvas and collage part of it into another artwork. It’s a process of intense interaction, paring it down and building it up again in new ways until it hums with energy.

Certain motifs frequently recur in Willis’s work. There are pine trees with sweeping zigzag branches, sinuous lines that evoke snakes or twisting vines, and concentric rings of water borrowed from traditional Japanese screen paintings. Each of these contributes to the multilayered themes that give his work its astonishing richness. One favorite image is a flying goose.

“That image happened when I moved out here from the D.C. area and I was into lots of Hindu mythology,” he explained. “My friends teased me, ‘So you’re doing waterfowl paintings now.’ Hamsa is a Hindu mantra, but it’s also the goose. The whole thing is about how the goose can dive down out of the darkness and live on the surface of the water. At the same time, it can fly away to freedom.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Dec. 1 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Rd. near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410–634–2847, ext. 0 or info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours.