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Art is Everywhere in Chester County, PA

Image Courtesy of Sarah Baptist. Urban landscape plein air oil painting.

Image Courtesy of Sarah Baptist. Urban landscape plein air oil painting.

Touring museums is a pleasant way to spend a weekend afternoon, but the experience can often feel sterile. While the artwork is beautiful, I often wonder about the story behind the piece, what the artist found inspiring, or how they created their work. As a result, I look forward to events like the Chester County Studio Tour, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2015, which allows art enthusiasts and the curious to experience and meet a variety of astonishing artists as they exhibit their work. This unique and intimate opportunity gives the visitor free unlimited access to the artists, and a clearer understanding of their story and creative process. 

Chester County Studio Tour invites friends, families, art enthusiasts and the curious to experience and meet a variety of astonishing artists as they exhibit their work during this two-day event. This unique and intimate opportunity gives the visitor free unlimited access to the artists, and a clearer understanding of their story and creative process.

Image Courtesy of John Pompeo. Water soluble oil.

Image Courtesy of John Pompeo. Water soluble oil.

There are 100 artists and 47 studios participating on the 2015 tour. The Chester County Studio Tour website provides several easy to follow maps which will allow you enjoy meandering drives over winding roads and hills until your reach your destination.

No tickets are needed for the tour, and the event is free. All you need is an appreciation for art and a spirit of adventure.

You are invited to browse the participating artists, and if you fall in love with a work of art, take it home with you. Prices range from art t-shirts for $25 to large, lush paintings for $25,000. The Chester County Studio Tour also provides an unprecedented opportunity to purchase a work of art by your favorite artist for only $75.

For 2015, the participating artists have created one unique 6- x 6- inch piece of original art and will be selling it for $75. Chester County Studio Tour wants to make art affordable for everyone and wants to show that art can be everywhere.

Image Courtesy of Lele Galer. Welded steel sculpture.

Image Courtesy of Lele Galer. Welded steel sculpture.

Whether this is your first time buying original art or you are a seasoned collector, the tour now has something for everyone. In some instances, a favorite artist might be out of someone’s price range, but now with the County Collectors Club, art is within reach. Some art enthusiasts are out of wall space yet enjoy the thrill of adding new art to their collection. This becomes possible with the County Collectors Club since the pieces are considered small.

All the pieces are uniform in size and framed with a simple, elegant black frame. To assure quality and uniqueness, all pieces will have a specially-marked certificate printed on the back commemorating this year’s studio tour. Chester County Studio Tour has asked each artist to create only one commemorative piece of art, so plan your day and get out early to ensure you have art on your walls by Monday.

To preview the pieces available as part of the County Collectors Clun, visit: http://chestercountystudiotour.com/2015_collector/collectors_2015.html

 

 

Chester County Studio Tour

Saturday, May 16: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 17: 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

http://chestercountystudiotour.com/index.html

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Explore the Work of Brian Selznick in Wilmington, DE

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Eye peeping through the #5, inside view with Hugo looking out for the Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2007. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Pencil on watercolor paper, 11 x 8 inches. © 2007 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. Eye peeping through the #5, inside view with Hugo looking out for the Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2007. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Pencil on watercolor paper, 11 x 8 inches. © 2007 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

Brian Selznick single handedly changed the way I think about books and storytelling when he published his award winning novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Like many, I was utterly charmed by the fictional Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station. In 2008, Selznick was awarded the Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was made into the Oscar award-winning film Hugo (2011), directed by Martin Scorsese.

Selznick’s illustrations animate the imaginations of children and adults with his blending of illusion, history, and adventure. As a result, I am looking forward to the upcoming…

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BALTIMORE SUMMER ANTIQUES SHOW AUGUST 21-24, 2014

Image Courtesy of Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

Image Courtesy of Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

Now celebrating its 34th year, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show will make its annual return to the Baltimore Convention Center August 21-24. The expansive show will present the spectacular collections of more than 575 international exhibitors, including an international book fair section – making it, once again, Maryland’s largest antiques event and the largest indoor antiques show in the country.

For the second year it will also include Art Baltimore 2014 – a show-within-a-show that features a spectacular selection of international fine art galleries at the Baltimore Convention Center. The diverse array of artworks and galleries have been carefully selected and integrated into the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, offering guests the opportunity to experience a variety of high quality fine art and an unrivalled art experience. Art Baltimore 2014’s objective is to highlight leading galleries showcasing fine art and sculpture spanning time, from old European masters to contemporary works.

Image Courtesy of Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

Image Courtesy of Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

Fine art, antique and jewelry aficionados travel from all corners of the globe to explore the show’s exquisite array of rare treasures from the last several thousand years, including furniture, American and European silver, major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, rare manuscripts and books, Americana, antique and estate jewelry, glass, textiles, and more.

Image Courtesy of Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

Image Courtesy of Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

The Baltimore Sumer Antiques Show is much more than your average retail show, with an extensive array of prominent estate jewelers, antiquarian book dealers, and exhibitors offering everything from majolica to contemporary art, there is truly something for everyone at the show. Acclaimed as the most anticipated event of the season, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show offers guests full-service restaurants, coffee bars, and lounge areas on the show floor to offer a break while they are treasure hunting.

2014 Baltimore Summer Antiques Show
August 21-24, 2014
Thursday, August 21 12 pm – 8 pm
Friday, August 22 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, August 23 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, August 24 11 am – 6 pm
Tickets: $20 (each ticket is good for all 4 show days)

Go to their Facebook page for discount coupon. Must be purchased by August 9, 2014
https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreSummerAntiquesShow

Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(Two main entrances: West Pratt Street Lobby & Charles Street Lobby)
For More Information:
http://www.BaltimoreSummerShow.com
561.822.5440


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Fiber Arts Celebrated on MD’s Eastern Shore

Image Courtesy of Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore

Image Courtesy of Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore

Since I am a needle artist, I’m always on the look-out for exciting venues which feature both historic and modern fiber arts. As a result, I’m looking forward to the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), three-day celebration of the fiber arts featuring exhibits, workshops, classes, guest speakers, demonstrations, vendors, and a special viewing of the movie “Stitched.”

This FiberFest event takes place August 7th. 8th & 9th, 2014 in Downtown Denton.

The event kicks off on Thursday, August 7th with a “Lunch & Learn” event featuring two speakers, who will explore different aspects of the world of quilting. Heather Kojan, Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild founder, will discuss her journey from traditional to modern quilts; and Alden O’Brien, DAR Museum curator, will talk about three quilters from the early 1800’s. The event is from 10:30-2:00pm at the Fretterd Community Center and includes a catered bag lunch. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at door.

Later on Thursday, August 7th, the Heartland Quilters of the Eastern Shore’s hosts the 6th annual One Stop Shop Hop at the Denton Firehouse from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This event will feature fiber arts vendors including quilt, antique quilt, fabric and yarn shops; wool spinners; long arm quilters; and much more. Admission to the Shop Hop is $3.00 at the door. All guests receive an entry gift and can look forward to door prizes throughout the evening, and raffle quilts from participating guilds. Food concessions will be available.

On Friday, August 8th, Heather Kojan will be presenting a modern improve quilt class from 9am -4pm at the Denton Library, $45 per person. Then, FACES will host a local Yarn Night featuring Janet Healey of Frivolous Fibers as she recounts her artistic journey with yarn. Participants are encouraged to bring their knitting and other hand-work from 6-8pm for this free event.

On Saturday, August 9th, FiberFest free activities include fiber-arts demonstrations from 9am-12pm at FACES; a viewing of the fun-filled documentary, “Stitched,” which follows three quilters racing to complete their entries for the International Quilt Festival, from 12pm-2pm at the Denton Library.

The Doll Family exhibit reception: meet the artists and view their whimsical collections of dolls, doll clothes, doll quilts, and doll houses, from 2-4pm at FACES. In addition to the Doll Family exhibit, FACES will host a regional fiber arts sale; and fiber art exhibits at The Foundry, the Museum of Rural Life, and the Central Library will also be on display.

The Caroline County Council of Arts is sponsoring this event with funding from the Maryland State Arts Council an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.