Candleberry Celebrates Tilghman and Supports Island Youth


August is a time of sweltering days at the pool, cool time on the water, and beautiful weddings. Visit Candleberry Gallery at 210 St. Talbot Street in St. Michaels to escape the heat, enjoy art from talented local artists, and find the perfect artistic gift and card for newlyweds.

This month, Candleberry Gallery is celebrating the beauty of Tilghman Island, a close-knit community of watermen and those who love the slower pace of island life. On Saturday, August 12, at 6 pm, Tilghman native Vickie Fisher will teach a workshop where participants will get to paint a maritime design on a wine bottle that can be used as a lamp. The daughter of a waterman, Vickie grew up in a farmhouse on the water built by her grandfather 130 years ago, and enjoyed capturing the beauty of her surroundings with her love of drawing and painting. With Vickie’s expert guidance, anyone can create their own one-of-a-kind work of art. The Wine Bottle Lamp workshop is only $35 and includes all materials (including lights for inside the finished lamp) and a glass of wine to enjoy while painting. Pre-registration is required for this special Second Saturday class by calling 410-745-2420.

The Gallery’s special exhibition this month is a display of special artistic items that have been generously donated to the Tilghman Area Youth Association (TAYA), including beautiful large Art LaMay waterfowl prints, special seaglass jewelry, Longaberger baskets, and a gorgeous quilt. Proceeds from any of the items sold will be given to TAYA, a small local non-profit that does big things in the island community. TAYA provides quality afterschool enrichment programs for youth, fun summer camps and community events, many performing arts & science assemblies and programs at Tilghman Elementary School (TES), and a free yearbook to all TES students each year. On display as well will be artwork created by Tilghman children during some of TAYA’s programs. Please stop by the Gallery to see this unique exhibit and support Tilghman Island youth.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Gallery will host two special events with all proceeds going to TAYA. On Tuesday, August 15, from 6 to 8 pm, Vickie Fisher has volunteered her time and talent to lead a special Paint Night, where pairs of participants will get to paint an island design on canvas. Each pair can be a child (age 6 and up) with any special adult in their life — parent, grandparent, guardian, mentor, or friend. They will each get to paint and keep their own canvas — and there will be oyster shells on hand for participants to design and paint a special oyster shell ornament. If participants are willing, they can leave these ornaments at the Gallery where they will be sold at the holidays with all proceeds going to TAYA. In this way, the kids themselves are helping give back to their afterschool and island programs in a meaningful way. This class costs $35 total for each pair of participants (a real deal!) and all the money goes to support TAYA’s programs. Sign up by emailing your name and child’s age and mailing a check payable to TAYA, P.O. Box 55, Tilghman, MD, 21671. Call Ann Farley at 410-253-0967 with any questions.

Lastly, Tilghman youth will be doing a bake sale at the Gallery on Saturday, August 19, from 10 am to Noon, with all monies raised supporting the Tilghman Area Youth Association’s programs.

Thank you for visiting Candleberry Gallery to support our local youth as you celebrate the beauty of our area, shop for a unique gift, and enjoy the talents of local artists in our community.

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