This weekend, November 23-24, The Davis Arts Center invites the public to 516 Davis Ave to share the Fall 2019 Open Studios and Sale, 1-5 pm each day. The Open Studios event is held twice yearly and has grown continuously since the first Open House in June, 2017. At present, there are sixteen separate Studios, with fifteen (15) Resident Artists, the Sweetfoot Recording Studio, and a rehearsal space for The Young Bucks, a favorite local rock and roll band.
The focus this weekend is craft-based art, featuring not only the work of our residents, but also ten invited distinguished artisans from the area including: Howard Hughes and Tony Brunetti who will give wood turning demonstrations during the Open Studios. Janet Pfeffer, a quilt maker, with a wide selection of hand-made baby blankets. Jewelry maker Sharon Stockley and geologist Bob Shaffer, will offer settings from Nature. Dennis Napolitan will exhibit his tooled leather goods. Niambi Davis’ hand-crafted soaps will be available, as well as Lesley Campana’s explorations in fiber arts.
Resident Artist Lee Nelson will discuss The Nantucket Basket and will provide her unique examples adorned with Cloisonné orbs. Guest artists sharing her Studio for the weekend will be Photographer Lainie Wrightson, Fabric Designer Anna Harding, and Wooden Toy Maker Demaris Bourland.
Woodworker Steven Smith will feature Shadow Boxes, Cedar Stools and Accessories for the home. Lisa Skibenes will provide colorful glass mosaic peace signs and mirrored plaques. Resident Quilter, Jean Rhian, will also display plenty of color with her works.
Artist, Mary Ann Schindler, and Furniture Designer, Matthew Wills, were both honored at the 2019 Academy Members Show this past week. Mary Ann, who won “Best in Show” in 2018, was awarded the “Best Contemporary Work” prize this year. Her studio is filled with paintings, small sculptures, and mixed-media works. Matthew has this summer shipped an 18′ Oak Dining Table to Scotland and has photos and drawings to illuminate the odyssey.
Painter Elizabeth Casqueiro and ceramic potter Ken Sadler have joined forces to create painted clay sculptures. Casqueiro’s works were featured in the April, 2018 solo exhibition titled, “Entrances and Exits/’ at the Academy Art Museum. She followed that show with solo efforts in Washington, DC and Germantown, MD. Mr. Sadler is currently the Featured Artist for Nov-Dee at the Chestertown River Arts Center Gallery and Gift Shop.
Katherine Johnson, fiber artist, exhibits at River Arts as well. She designs one-of-a-kind hand-painted silk scarves, garments, and wall art. Her “Joyful Poppy” received the 2015 Craft Award at the Academy Members Show.
This past August through October, resident artist Heather Harvey also had an exhibition at the Academy Art Museum titled, The Thin Place.” Harvey is a painter, sculptor, and works with found objects often collected from the streets of Easton. She is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.
Jewelry-maker, Liz Cowee, has just joined our creative group, and will display tooled works of silver and gold. She is also a staff member at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.
516 Davis Ave, Easton, Md is one block East of Aurora St between Melfield and Maryland Aves. Come join us Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm this weekend. Street parking is easily available all around The Davis Arts Center building. For more information, Call Steven Smith at (917) 653-3290, or visit The Davis Arts Center’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DavisArtsCenter.