Art-cessories (November/December 2009)
'Tis the season for Art-cessories at Main Street Gallery, where a special installation of wearable and functional artworks was featured through the end of December. From jewelry to objects d'art, from feathers to furniture, from the fine to the funky, more than 300 one-of-a-kind gifts were on display in downtown Cambridge's spacious contemporary art venue. Prices ranged from $15 to $3,000. The work of more than 20 regional artists and crafts people were exhibited, as well as a special fiber and accessory display created by Meena Tharmaratnam, the internationally known founder of Ibhana Creations, which has an exclusive line of women's dresses, jackets, scarves, hats, and jewelry. And, this was the last chance patrons had an opportunity to acquire a piece of the St. Michaels-based artist Robert Murphy's distinctively whimsical painted furniture before he moved to Colorado.
A free reception was held on Saturday, December 12, from 5 to 8pm, in conjunction with the Second Saturday festivities and the Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration in downtown Cambridge. The show also featured a sneak preview via photography by David Harp of the public sculpture being created to celebrate the City of Cambridge's 325th Anniversary. The piece was designed by artist Martin Hughes, and is being fabricated by the skilled craftsmen at Cambridge International, the world's largest manufacturer of metal belt and wire cloth.
The Shore: Line, Light and Color (October 2009)
Showcasing an eclectic mixture of artists and media in celebration of line, light, and color on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Artists include Carla Huber, Diane Stoecker, Pat Hayes, Bob Madden, Deborah Haynes, Dave Harp, Anne Nielsen, Dave Gibbons, Fran Saunders and Marcia Wolfson Ray (her work is pictured here), among others.
Pieces of the Path: Exploring the Art of the Mosaic (August to September 2009)
Vortex, by Mary Ann Schindler
| Blues Guitar of Gratitude, by Susan
Blessing Bowl Altar, by Anna Grace
Mosaics took over downtown Cambridge during the second annual multi-site exhibit, Pieces of the Path: Exploring the Art of the Mosaics in August and September. The exhibit showcased works by nine Eastern Shore mosaic artists along a mosaic path that encompassed five art galleries and several outdoor sites, including the large-scale mixed mosaic-and-paint mural created by local artists on the side of the Hunt Insurance building on Race Street. Pieces of the Path: Exploring the Art of the Mosaicsfollows in the footsteps of an enormously successful exhibit presented a year ago. This second edition is even more extensive, with work featured at 10 different sites.
Participating artists in the Mosaic Path were: Parran Collery, Carol Gordean, Anna Grace Harding, Deborah Coffin Kennedy, Joyce Fritz Ritz, Mary Ann Schindler, Susan Stockman, Craigie Succop, and Jen Wagner. The exhibit was anchored at the Main Street Gallery, where dozens of mosaics were on display, ranging from small vases to musical instruments to tables to large wall mosaics.
Artist Invitational (July 2009)
Artists from around the Eastern Shore were invited to submit work for this invitational mixed media exhibit.
Crab Scape by Diane Stoecker
Bird of Prey by Ann Sharp
Rhythms by Martin Hughes
In the Groove (May to June 2009)
This mixed media show included computer generated work, abstract impressionism, watercolor, and more from Eastern Shore artists including Heidi Clark, Loring Cornish, Sheryl Goodspeed, Carol Gordean, Sung Hong, Martin Hughes, Tim Larkin, Joyce King LaForce, Robert LaForce, Joe Mayer, Carol Minarick, George McHenry, John Moran, Linda Perry, Mary Ann Schindler, and Craigie Succop.
Abstract Awareness (March to April 2009)
In March and April, Abstract Awareness featured the work of Sung Hong and her students. Ms. Hong is a Chesapeake College professor who has exhibited in Korea, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Visionary Valentines (February 2009)
This exhibit featured artists displaying their ideas about love through painting, sculpture, and an imaginative display of visual art.
Wrap It Up: Comfort and Joy (November 2008 to January 2009)
This show featured an exciting mix of regional painting, sculpture, photography, mosaic and mixed media. Art-related books, notecards, jewelry and other gift items were also featured. The show
continued through the end of January.
The Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River (November 2008)
The pristine beauty of the Nanticoke River, captured in the photography of Chesapeake Bay photographer David Harp, was on display at the Main Street Gallery in November. The photographs came from Mr. Harp's newest book, The Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. The book also includes essays by environmental writer Tom Horton. There was a book launch reception at the gallery 5 to 8pm, Saturday, November 8. The show began November 5 and continued through the end of the month.
Another Man's Treasure: The Art of the Found Object
(October 18 to November 1, 2008)
Another Man's Treasure: The Art of the Found Object, showcased wide-ranging works of art by area artists who have repurposed everyday objects from rusty tools to broken teacups into art. Participating artists included Janna Craze, Dotti Heimert, Martin Hughes, Kyra Krystof, Robert LaForce (whose work is pictured above), Carol Minarick, Karen O'Dowd, Mary Ann Schindler, Jen Wagner, and Helaine White. Special guest artist Loring Cornish, whose work is part of the permanent collection at the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, is a Baltimore resident who has adorned his Druid Park home with mosaics and shards of mirrors. His work is known for a bold use of objects and abstract design. The exhibit continued until November 1.