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, amgravelygallery.com).  

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 www.workingartistsforum.com 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  www.workingartistforum.com.

Working Artists Forum Chesapeake College Memorial Exhibit

Members of the Working Artists Forum will honor the memory of late members of WAF with an exhibit entitled the “Chesapeake Memorial Exhibit”. The exhibit is held at the Todd Performing Arts Center building of Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, and will be open to the public during the college hours of operation, and during special events at the Arts center.

Rocky Coast by Amy Cummins

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.

The exhibit will run from April 3rd through the 30th,and will be judged by Kurt Plinke.  Awards  will be given: Best of Show, three Awards of Excellence and three Honorable Mentions. Judge Plinke is a well-known visual artist who works in water-based mediums and maintains a studio in Greensboro.

The Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College is located at 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679.   Art work will be on sale and can be purchased through the artists.  For more information on the exhibit and the Working Artists Forum, and to view art work by its members, visit www.workingartistforum.com.

The Working Artists Forum Promotes Art at Local Schools

Each year the Working Artists Forum hosts an annual art exhibit at the Tidewater Inn in Easton called Local Color. This exhibit is held in conjunction with Plein Air Easton.

The juried art participants in the exhibit showcase their art for sale throughout the weekend at the Crystal Ballroom of the Tidewater Inn.  From the sale of art during Local Color, WAF is able to designate a portion of proceeds to benefit the surrounding community elementary schools’ art programs.

Judy Bittorf, member of WAF, presents a Dick Blick gift card to Betsy Dykes, art teacher at Ocean City Elementary School.

As a result of Local Color 2017, WAF was pleased to help foster the visual arts at area schools by presenting gift cards valued at $150 each for art supplies from DickBlick.com to the schools’ art departments in six counties, to include Queen Anne, Caroline, Kent, Talbot, Dorchester, and Worcester.

The Working Artist Forum is a group of  101 professional artists who are juried into membership, and whose members’ portfolios and background in painting bring years of recognition in achievements and awards. In addition, the WAF is committed to its community outreach to promote the arts.   WAF will again host the 2018 Local Color from Friday, July 20th through July 22nd.

Visit www.workingartistsforum.com for more details on WAF’s endeavors, members and exhibits.

Call to Artists, Deadline for Local Color Show

The Local Color Show, sponsored by the Working Artists Forum (WAF) during the Easton Plein Air Art Competition and Art Festival, is exclusively for artists of the Delmarva Peninsula Delaware, Maryland and Virginia).  The DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS FRIDAY, March 9th.

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

“Urban Sunset” by Betty Huang (President of WAF)

This year’s  show runs from July 20th to the 22nd,  and is held at the historic Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD. This year’s show  will be judged by Joe Gyurcsak, Grand Prize winner of Plein Air Easton 2017.  The entry jurist will be Hai-Ou Hou, 2nd Place winner of Plein Air Easton 2017.  Prizes to be awarded  are $600.00 for Best in Show, three $200.00 Awards of Excellence,and three $50.00 Honorable Mention Awards.

Local Color is the show that does everything for the artist.  Once juried into the show, delivery and set up by the artists of their art is Friday, July 20th,  and pick up is Sunday, July 22nd.  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 www.workingartistsforum.com , choose the Local Color page for the prospectus and payment.  For more information, contact Doris Glovier at glovier@comcast.net at 410-957-2398 or Nancy Thomas nancythomasart@gmail.com at 410-310-5219.

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.