Working Artists Forum Announces Artists for Waterfowl Festival 2019

Working Artists Forum has announced its members who have been juried into the exhibit during this year’s upcoming Waterfowl Festival. The exhibit and sale will be held at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library, located at 100 W Dover Street, Easton.

Painting by Mary Veiga: Morning Light on Cow Beach

The artists where selected in a jurying process by Kirk McBride, a well-known and accomplished Maryland artist. The artists chosen are Katie Cassidy, Amy Cummins, Kathy Ellis, Mary Ford, Kathleen Gardiner, Jill Glassman, Maureen Herbert, June Hock, Patti Lucas Hopkins, Betty Huang, Carla Huber, Jane Knighton, Kathy Kopec, Marianne Kost, Pat Lang, Maggii Sarfaty, Jeanne Saulsbury, Jerry Serie, Judy Specht, Nancy Thomas, Georgette Toews, Mary Veiga, Steve Walker, Barbara Watson, Maureen Wheatley, and Barbara Zuehlke.

This exhibit will be available to the public from November 1st to December 2nd, to include the weekend of the Waterfowl Festival from November 8th to the 10th; and will be included in the official Waterfowl Festival maps, and the VIP event held on Thursday night prior to the opening of the festival.

WAF is pleased to be part of the 2019 Waterfowl Festival, and invites the public to enjoy the art on display for sale at the library.

For more information on WAF, visit For information on the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free library call 410-822-1626.

Working Artists Forum Announces the 2019 Artists for Local Color

Each year, during Plein Air Easton, Working Artists Forum hosts the Local Color Art Show and Sale in the Crystal Ballroom of the Tidewater Inn, 101 E. Dover Street. This is a prestigious art show showcasing artists of the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) and WAF members who have been juried into the show.

This year’s juror was Aimee Erickson, Second Place Winner and Best New Artist of Plein Air Easton 2018.

WAF is pleased to announce the 42 artists juried into Local Color 2019. They are
Anne Allbeury-Hock, Amy Cummins, Abigail Ober, Barbara Harr Watson, Betty Papson, Barbara Zuehlke, Carole Boggemann-Peirson, Carol Cowie, Cheryl Wisbrock, Doris Gerlach, Donna M. Finley, Diane Joy Laird, Debra Howard, Deborah McFarlin, Fred Craig, Gerilyn Gaskill, Georgette Toews, Joan Hart, Jane Knighton, Jim Rehak, Jerry Serie, Judith Weaver, Katie Cassidy, Kathleen Kopec, Karen Merkin, Kathleen Quinn, Lois Engberg, Mary Clark Confalone, Mary Ellen Mabe, Mary Ford, Maggii Sarfaty, Nancy Lee Davis, Nancy R. Thomas, Patricia D. Lang, Patti Lucas Hopkins, Rhonda Ford, Ryan Jacobson, Robert Manning, Stephen Walker, Sarah Stolte, Sheryl Southwick and Stacey Sass.

This show is also judged. Paintings in acrylic, watercolor, oil and pastel will be judged this year by Tim Bell, Grand Prize Winner of Plein Air Easton 2018. The opening ceremony is at Noon on July 19th, with announcements of the winners chosen by Tim Bell.

In addition, WAF will offer six demonstrations by well-known plein air painters throughout the weekend. All demonstrations are free and held at the Tidewater Inn. The demonstration schedule is:

Tim Bell – Friday, July 19th, 1-3 pm.
Zufar Bikbov – Friday, July 19th, 3:30-5:30 pm
Mark Shasha – Saturday, July 20th, 2:30-4:30 pm
Aimee Erickson – Saturday, July 20, 5-7 pm
Qiang Huang – Sunday, July 21, 9-11
Kim VanDerHoek – Sunday, July 21, Noon-2 pm

Local Color will be open to the public at the Tidewater Inn during the following hours.
Friday, July 19, 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m.
Saturday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00p.m.
Sunday, July 21, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m.

The public is invited to enjoy the opening reception, exceptional art and demonstrations throughout the weekend. For more information on WAF, visit

Working Artists Forum Provides Gift Cards to 34 Local Schools

Working Artists Forum (WAF), a group of professional artists, is dedicated to promoting the arts on the Eastern Shore. As a non-profit organization, their mission is to cultivate and support an appreciation of art through its efforts in the community. These efforts include providing monetary support to art programs of area schools.

Each year WAF hosts Local Color, a juried exhibit and sale of paintings by artists of the Delmarva Peninsula. Local Color is held each year in July at the Crystal Ballroom of the Tidewater Inn during Plein Air Easton. A portion of the revenue from the sales of this exhibit is earmarked each year to provide local elementary schools gift cards for art supplies from the online art supply company,

This year, based on the sales from the 2018 Local Color Show and Sale, WAF was very pleased to present Dick Blick gift cards to 34 area elementary schools.

The elementary schools that were the recipients of the gift cards include schools in Caroline County: Denton, Federalsburg, Greensboro, Preston and Ridgely Elementary. Dorchester County; Choptank, Maple, Sandy Hill, S. Dorchester, Vienna and Warwick Elementary. Kent County; Galena, HH Garnett, Rock Hall and Worton Elementary. Talbot County; Chapel District, Easton, St., Tilghman and White Marsh Elementary . Queen Anne’s County; Bayside, Centreville, Church Hill, Grasonville, Kennard, Kent Island, Matapeake, and Sudlersville Elementary. And, Worcester County; Buckingham, Ocean City, Pocomoke, Showell and Snow Hill Elementary.

Members of WAF personally presented each of these Dick Blick gift cards to the art department representatives or art teachers at the schools. It was very gratifying to WAF to provide these additional funds to promote the creativity of students in their art projects.

Workings Artists Forum hopes to continue this program, and invites the public to this year’s Local Color 2019 from July 19th through the 21st at the Tidewater Inn, which includes free demonstrations by award winning Plein Air Artists throughout the weekend. Visit for general information, and information on Local Color 2019.

Deadline March 20th for Call to Artists for Local Color Show 2019

The Local Color Show is sponsored by the Working Artists Forum (WAF) during the Easton Plein Air Art Competition and Art Festival.  This prestigious show is open exclusively to artists of the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Maryland and Virginia).  This year’s application process timeline is February 9th with the last day to enter on FRIDAY, March 20th.  

Local Color features paintings of two dimensional art in acrylic, watercolor, oil and pastel. Each artist in the show receives a 6’x6’ exhibit area on panels, with lighting, provided by WAF.

This year’s show dates are Friday, July 19th through Sunday, July 21st.  The show is held in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD.

This year’s show will be judged by Tim Bell, Grand Prize winner of Plein Air Easton 2018, and the entry jurist is Aimee Erickson, 2nd Place winner of Plein Air Easton 2018.

Prizes will be awarded with $600.00 for Best in Show, three $200.00 Awards of Excellence, and three $50.00 Honorable Mention Awards.

WAF handles everything for the artists participating in Local Color once the show is hung and open to the public. Once the artists are juried into the show, artists will delivery and hang their art the morning of Friday, July 19th, prior to the show opening; and remove their unsold art after the close of the show on Sunday, July 21st.  Members of the WAF handle all sales, so Artists are then free to experience all the festival has to offer!

Artists may apply online at, choosing the Local Color page to apply, download the prospectus, and to make the application payment.  For more information, contact Pat Lang, Chairperson, by email at LANGJP2013@GMAIL.COM.

Working Artists Forum Waterfowl TCFL – Easton Art Exhibit

Working Artists Forum is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting from November 2nd through the 29th at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library, located at 100 W. Dover Street.

The exhibit will be open during normal library hours in November, including during this year’s Waterfowl Festival on November 8, 9, and 10.

Sabine Simonson, Outreach Services and Volunteer Coordinator of the Talbot County Free Library – Easton Branch, graciously invited  WAF members this exhibit opportunity to showcase the professional quality of art by its members.

Flying Home by Betty Huang

WAF is a group of local, professional artists.  Membership into WAF is by a jurying process based on artistic drawing and painting skills.  Meeting monthly at the Academy Art Museum for demonstrations and updates on exhibits and other events, it also focuses on their interest to encourage the arts in surrounding communities by their involvement and funding support to local schools’ art departments.

WAF is pleased to be a part of this special exhibit during the month of November, to include the days during Waterfowl, which promotes wildlife conservation and art, showcasing the unique lifestyle of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  The WAF exhibit at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton provides a variety of genres, mediums and subject matter, creating a unique and visually compelling show.   Contact information on the exhibiting artists will be on display with their art.

Kent Island Federation of Arts Hosts an Exhibit of WAF

The Stillest Hour by Gerry Czajkowski

The Kent Island Federation of Arts will host an exhibit of art of the members of the Working Artists Forum in October.  The theme of the show is “Inside, Beside, and Otherwise”. The KIFA gallery is located at 405 Main Street, Stevensville, MD.  The exhibit will run October 3rd through the 27th. A reception, open to the public, will be held on October 11th, from 5 to 7 PM, and an award for the People’s Choice Award of Recognition will be given at that reception. The phone number at the gallery is 410-643-7424 or email KIFA gallery hours are: Tuesday 10-1, Wed. through Friday 10-4, and Sat. 10-1.

Working Artists Forum Exhibit at CBMM August 18-19

The Working Artists Forum is exhibiting at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum entitled “Water, Water, Everywhere…” on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, 9am-5pm in the Steamboat Building on the Museum campus at 213 North Talbot Street in historic St. Michaels (410-745-2916,

A reception will be held on Saturday, August 18th, from 4-6 pm.

“Oak Creek” by Scott Sullivan

The Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region. Entry fee to the Museum applies.

The Working Artists Forum is a juried group of professional artists, more than 100 in number, that meets monthly, exhibits locally, and gives donations each year to the art classes in area schools.  Visit

The Working Artists Forum Congratulates the 2018 Local Color Show Award Winners!

Nancy Mysak painting Old Ships Lines

Local Color is an art show sponsored by the Working Artists Forum (WAF) and is held during the Easton Plein Air Art Competition and Art Festival. The artists are juried into the show.

The show, held at the Tidewater Inn’s Crystal Ballroom, which featured paintings of two dimensional art in acrylic, watercolor, oil and pastel by 42 artists, was judged by Joe Gyurcsak, the Grand Prize winner of Plein Air Easton 2017.

This year’s winners are: Nancy Mysak – Best in Show for her watercolor painting “Old Ships Lines”; Carole Boggeman-Peirson – Award of Excellence for her oil painting “Day Dream”; Mary Ellen Mabe – Award of Excellence for her oil painting “Cape Charles Beach”; Lois Engberg – Award of Excellence for her oil painting “For Sale”; Fred Craig – Honorable Mention for his oil painting “Busy Port”; Matthew Ghrist – Honorable Mention for his painting “Crab Study #3”; and Katie Cassidy – Honorable Mention for her pastel painting “Farmer’s Market”

Working Artists Forum congratulates all the participating artists who were juried into this year’s excellent show, and to the public who attended the show and helped to make this show a great success. A portion of the proceeds of the art sales is donated to local public schools’ art departments by WAF as an ongoing effort to foster the visual arts of young students.

Working Artists Forum Exhibit at A.M. Gravely Gallery

“Girl in Pink #2” by Kathy Kopec

The Working Artists Forum is exhibiting at the A.M. Gravely Gallery June 1 through July 30, with a reception open to the public on Saturday, June 9 from 5-7pm. Stop by to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments during the free reception.

The gallery, in a restored Victorian home built in 1860, is located at 408 South Talbot Street in St Michaels (410-745-5059,  

Gallery hours: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday & Monday, 10am-3pm.

The Working Artists Forum is a juried group of professional artists, more than 100 in number, that meets monthly, exhibits locally, and gives donations each year to the art classes in area schools.  Visit for details on members, exhibits and other events.

WAF Announces its Winners at the Chesapeake College Memorial Exhibit

Members of the Working Artists Forum, honoring the memory of late members of WAF, exhibit their work in a show entitled the “Chesapeake Memorial Exhibit”.  This exhibit, during the month of April at the Todd Performing Arts Center, was judged by Kurt Plinke.  Best of Show was awarded to Carol Cowie’s “Stormy Light”; the Judge’s Awards of Excellence were awarded to Barbara Zuehlke’s “Tea for Two” and Kathy Kopec’s “Reflection”; and Georgette Toews’s “City Grit”.  Three Honorable Mentions went to Jane Knighton’s “Summer Paddle”; Mary Veiga’s “A New Day”; and Mo Herbert’s “Water on the Bay”.  Judge Plinke is a well-known visual artist who works in water-based mediums and maintains a studio in Greensboro.

Carol Cowie’s “Stormy Light”

The Todd Performing Arts Center building of Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, is located at 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679.

Working Artists Forum is a juried membership of 101 professional artists who meet monthly at the Academy Arts Museum in Easton to share in their experiences, critiques and demonstrations. In addition, they offer surrounding areas their talents and provide donations to local students and schools for expansion and experience of art in their communities.

For more information on this and other exhibits, and to view art work by its members, visit

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