For a fun art experience, take an autumnal drive to visit the studios of Alan and Sue Arnson in Bittinger (Garrett County). It is a 30 minute drive from Cumberland through the beautiful countryside of Western Maryland. Alan will be in his workshop demonstrating how he turns natural-edge bowls and other wood items. He will explain how he makes drawer boxes, knob boxes and other practical items. His workshop is housed in an old barn that dates back to the 1890’s.
Sue’s studio is in a unique rural setting where the Arnsons live and do their creative work. The studio is a separate building that houses her working space and a small gallery space. Sue began as a watercolor painter later in life. She also makes monoprints from a gelatin plate and collage. Throughout the weekend there will be demonstrations of watercolor painting and making monoprints. Sue truly believes that it is her responsibility to show people how art is actually made, therefore creating appreciation of the arts.
Josh Brown creates functional, lead-free and microwave/dishwasher-safe pottery in his studio near Frostburg, a former miner’s cabin cozily situated in an old railroad switchback. The garden and outbuildings are adorned with colorful sculptures and pots, while the studio is filled with pottery in many shapes and colors: salad bowls and platters, crystalline-glazed jewelry jars and bottles, and Josh’s signature mugs. Josh will gladly show you his kilns, including the large outdoor gas kiln he built himself, and explain the process involved in his full-time job and life’s passion.
Aunt B’s Place offers handcrafted Steampunk and industrial-style sculptural pieces, functional décor, wearable works of art, and accessories with a vintage neo-Victorian aesthetic. Artist and owner Brenda Caldwell personally designs and creates each piece, so no two items are identical. Her creations feature a wide variety of rather... well... unconventional materials. A drawer handle becomes an elegant necklace. Vacuum tubes and wire combine to create an intricate bird sculpture. Bullet casings become pocket-sized touchscreen styluses. Antique typewriter keys, light bulbs, clock works, cogs, gears, cabinet hinges, masonry nails, skeleton keys, miscellaneous metal bits, and other found objects are transformed and repurposed in delightfully unexpected ways.
Chevez' passion for photography started when she was young and has led her to appreciate how light can dance with shadows and color can bring an emotion to the surface. For her, photography is a way of telling a story, and photography has offered her a creative outlet to share how she sees a beautiful landscape, people and our world.
Kim's husband and daughter love to travel, creating perfect opportunities to photograph things around her. She believes we live in a beautiful world which constantly changes. She invites viewers to go on the journey with her, and to get lost in the story together.
Chayo de Chevez is a painter, printmaker and photographer who creates compositions that reflect a lifetime of living in many different cultures. She is the owner of Graphicus Atelier located in Cumberland, MD, and has maintained studios in Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia, Argentina, Jamaica, and Falls Church, VA. She was one of the leaders of the “go green” revolution in printmaking that transformed universities and ateliers into safer environments. She received an MFA from Instituto Allende, Mexico, and a BFA from the University of Houston. As an artist, her work follows the paths of global movements; i.e., environmental, human migration, social consequences and personal exploration we all seek.
Ed's primary focus is on the process of technique, experimenting until something makes visual sense, at least to him. There is often no pre-determined destination, just an unpredictable journey. The work in his current collection includes abstracts and somewhat realistic subject matter, utilizing acrylics, plastic, collage, canvas, and spray paint. Drop by and see for yourself.
d'Epagnier's designs and artwork are located in the showroom of his Cumberland fine furniture studio. He invites visitors to view pieces from his furniture line of designs and to speak about designing a custom-made piece of furniture for any function, situation or location.
Hilmar Gottesthal is an international artist who paints in watercolor and oils, also creates sculptures in marble, wood, and stained glass. He lived in Greek for 15 years where they made a movie of his life as an artist and in Turkey, he was awarded a medal for his cultural contributions. He explored his fascination of archaeology spending time in Ephesus ruins and dove with archaeologists in Bodrum, Turkey to capture images of their work. In his art he prefers to bring a little light into things and a hopeful spirit, often blending his knowledge of history and contemporary ideas.
Martin Heavner's photographs celebrate the form, tones and textures of the world’s subtle beauty—both natural and man-made. He has exhibited his photographs at galleries throughout the region. In addition, Martin’s work has been published in magazines, calendars and electronic greeting cards. Martin is a member and past president of the Frederick (MD) Camera Clique. He also is chair of the photography committee of the Allegany Arts Council, where he helps to organize the annual Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition (ANCPE).
Angela Hedderick divides her time between farming, parenting, and painting. Her paintings reflect the rural nature of Allegany County and the character of the people who live here. Her subject matter ranges from farm landscapes, waterways, and portraiture to animals and forests. She works primarily in oils, using canvas, wooden panels, and reclaimed wood for varying effects. She does accept commissions.
Penny Knobel-Besa is a fine-art photographer, playwright and director who has received numerous regional and national awards for her fine art photography and literary work. Recently, four of her photographs were published in the Maryland Writers Association journal, Pen in Hand, and her photography was included in popular reality series, The Bachelor, filmed at Nemacolin Resort. While street photography is her favorite, Knobel-Besa also creates abstract images which she prints on canvas and metal. She offers private "Art of Photography" sessions which allow participants to do scavenger hunt-style photography shoots.
Lois McManus makes jewelry as an expression of her interest in metal properties. She enjoys the way sterling, brass and copper can be melted, fused, textured, sculpted soldered and shaped. McManus explores texture by embossing the surfaces of sterling and brass, using shapes she first forms in bronze. She loves using materials found in nature - hardened plant matter, beach sand, and salvaged materials. She is constantly exploring composition and balance, color and contrast in the groupings of shapes and colors of the materials used in her jewelry.
I work with metal and metal found objects, often combining several together. Copper, sterling, vintage flatware, horseshoe nails, hardware: in my hands it gets turned into jewelry, ornaments, mobiles, and little trees. Most of my work tends to be rustic, natural, wearable, quirky & fun. I’m not a fan of shiny, or of things that don’t make sense for everyday wear. I make what I make because it’s what I love to do. I’ve been told frequently by my customers that they can tell, when speaking to me about my work, that I put my heart & soul into it, and that my enthusiasm shows in my creations.
Although my primary medium is oil, I also work in watercolor and mixed media. The concept chooses its medium! The painting/other work organically leads the way to its external form, often regardless of my intent! As the Artist in Residence for the Evergreen Heritage Center, I create in many venues: leading adult workshops, summer camps and creating/facilitating integrated arts enrichment programs for the Allegany County Public Schools/Allegany Arts Council, along with occasional staff development activities for music and arts teachers. My work ranges from illustrative to nonobjective, informed by nature and cultural constructs. I will be demonstrating the very exciting and always surprising medium of oil and cold wax painting!
Re-designed vintage chairs! Decorated with unusual fabrics, colorful finishes and variety of ‘found objects’ , these chairs impart an artful sensibility to an interior space. Victorian! Chippendale! Modern! Fine chairs of every style make their way into the studio for an artistic treatment. Sign up for a workshop and decorate your own chair! Also showing a collection of “Artful and Exotic Interiors, in Miniature” and offering a collection of limited edition gift items. I welcome you to visit my light-filled studio to enjoy a collection of full-scale and miniature artworks!
After a career as a floral designer, in the late 90's Rippeon found joy and focus in quilting. The time
spent in her quilt studio is both rewarding and relaxing. She is drawn to beautiful textures of
fabric, patterns and color, applying those components in the pieces she creates. Wendy's focus is that of a very traditional quilter, however, she creates both modern and time-honored designs, using an assortment of fabric prints and colors in her creations. Designing the quilt (researching and choosing the pattern, the colors, and fabrics) is all part of the process, along with the joy in time spent in the studio creating the actual piece, large or small. Rippeon is an active member of the Garrett County Arts Council with items on display in the Gallery Shop/Oakland Maryland as well as maintaining an Etsy shop at warmandcozyquilts.Etsy.com since 2013.
Michael creates scenes tempting viewers to linger with his images. Allowing their imaginations to complete the visual story within. In his ongoing Peripeteia series, each decision made within the images are carefully considered. The photographs have a cinematic quality. It’s clear that Thompson has a fascination with the artist/viewer relationship. Whether through ambiguous staged images, night photography or his latest creative historic preservation project Fade To Blue. A story of alumni and faculty sharing one last experience with their alma mater before it is razed.
My paintings are best described as contemporary landscape or contemporary abstract. I am informed by my musical knowledge; gradations of tone color, balance, tension and release, and rhythm all play into how I compose a painting. I try to incorporate marks that allude to the structure of the piece and that give some architecture to the image. Layering paint is also an important to my process. I will activate the blank canvas with bold strokes that give me a structure to play upon. My initial impetus to begin painting was to enjoy color and that is still a primary focus of much of my painting. My work is becoming looser and freer as I realize the risk- reward that comes with experimentation and playfulness. The evolution of my painting has been a slow and steady progression from mono-chromaticism and repetitive pattern making using mono-printing techniques to passionate explosions of color, employing various tools and brushwork.