"Artful Giving" (November/December 2016)

GIVING AND GIVING BACK is the theme of the Main Street Gallery's November/December exhibition. With the emphasis on ceramic art and jewelry, the artists of the Cambridge co-op have created affordable artworks that are a feast for the eyes and the perfect solution for holiday giving. At the same time, the gallery artists will be collecting monetary donations that will go to Anchor Point, Inc., ( a local Cambridge charity supporting youth and adults.

The THREE CERAMIC ARTISTS featured in ARTFUL GIVING are: Karen Bearman, Frances Gross and Theresa Knight McFadden. Karen Bearman, an award winning potter from Cambridge, will be showing new vessels created using a unique firing method called naked raku. These stunning creations are not to be missed. Frances Gross, who also lives and maintains a studio in Cambridge, will be exhibiting her artfully made, highly functional bowls, plates, cups and pitchers that have been thrown on the potter's wheel and glazed in deep, rich colors. Theresa Knight McFadden, who lives and maintains a studio in Cambridge, will be displaying her signature figurative, sculptural pieces as well as smaller, functional work she's imbued with a whimsical twist.

TWO JEWELRY ARTISTS, Laura Hofherr and Linda Starling, both from Cambridge, will also be featured in ARTFUL GIVING. Laura Hofherr will be displaying her new line of earrings, necklaces, pins and pendants all made with polymer clay. Crafted in lively shapes and bright colors, her jewelry is vibrant and definitely one of a kind. Linda Starling personally collects the sea glass she uses to create her unique and highly popular jewelry. She often pairs the sea tossed glass she finds in area waters with shimmering metals, hand-made beads, bits of pottery and other evocative materials creating contemporary pieces with a sense of time and the sea.

Other artists of the Main Street Gallery co-op are also creating smaller and affordable paintings, drawings, fiber art, photography and woodcraft for ARTFUL GIVING. ARTFUL GIVING will open on November 3 and run through January 1. There will be two Second Saturday receptions. One on November 12 and the other on December 10, both from 5-8 pm. The receptions are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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"Iron Roads: Circles in Motion" (September/October 2016)

Ironman is coming to Cambridge and Main Street Gallery has caught the fever! The co-op gallery’s fourteen member artists are poised to honor the athletes and their supporters with an exciting new show called “Iron Roads: Circles in Motion”.

Look for works in this show that reflect and capture the energy of the circling motions made by the athletes and their bikes as they traverse our county roads. Some of the artists are using actual bike parts to create unique, kinetic sculptures. Some of the paintings in the show will depict the byways along which the bikers and runners race.

Also on view in this exhibit will be drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, mixed media work and furniture. “Iron Roads: Circles in Motion” will open on September 1 and run through October 30th. There will be two Second Saturday artist receptions on September 10 and October 8. Both receptions will be from 5 to 9 pm. The receptions are free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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Kathy Flamentimage Frances Grossimage

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"4" (July/August 2016)

“4” is what’s new at Main Street Gallery. July will usher in an innovative new show at the Main Street Gallery in Cambridge. Entitled “4”, the exhibit will showcase the work of four of the gallery’s own artists: Maureen S. Farrell, Deborah Haynes, Theresa Knight McFadden and Mary Ann Schindler. The four artists who work in paint and mixed media promise a unique exhibit of their individual artwork as well as an exciting, collaborative installation that allows the viewer to interact with their art. A heads up to visitors: bring your cameras!

Deborah Haynes, is a painter who lives and works in Cambridge and spent her career as an artist and arts educator in Washington, DC, designing and implementing partnerships among arts organizations, schools and individual students. Since moving to the eastern shore, local landscapes have been her subject, however for this show she’s forged a new direction. Painting on non-traditional supports such as toile fabric, mylar and plastic light panels she’s injected movement, melancholy and nostalgia into her pieces. She’s also tapped into the 60’s and 70’s culture with four (4) large and dynamic paintings that pay tribute to the Fab 4-- The Beatles for those too young to know that term.

Maureen S. Farrell, who resides and has a studio in Cambridge, is originally from upstate NY. A water media artist, she currently works with acrylic paint on both canvas and board. Using various unique layering techniques she combines the paint with paper collage elements, such as newspapers, magazines, catalogs and other print media. Abstract images of flowers, landscapes and figures emerge as she works. For this exhibit, Farrell has focused primarily on her love of the figure. She is an award-winning artist who has shown her art both nationally and internationally. Look for her work in the July/August issue of The Artist Magazine where she is honored as the winner of the mixed media/collage category in the magazine’s All Media Competition.

Theresa Knight McFadden is a mixed media sculptor whose work relies heavily on clay. She loves working with the figure and her works are at once playful and humorous, while at the same time addressing contemporary issues such as family relationships, personal power and even loss. After retiring five years ago from Northern Virginia Community College where she is professor emerita in art, she set up a studio behind her home in Cambridge. She has shown her art in venues such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, as well as galleries and venues in DC, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Bejing, Seoul and numerous other locations. Her work is in collections across the US.

Easton resident, Mary Ann Schindler has always been drawn to the creative process. After a career in commercial art in Washington, DC, she says she is “energized by being able to freely experiment and explore, to create work for a more intimate demographic.” Her work encompasses painting, sculpture, photography and installation. For “4” she’s showing expressionistic, psychological portraits of famous artists, past and present. “I aspire to address the universe of our interior landscape, from its serenity and beauty to its humor and idiosyncrasy to its anger and disturbances,” she says. Schindler had a one woman show at the Academy Art Museum in Easton in 2014 and has shown in many other venues in Maryland and Delaware. Her work has been collected across the country.

“4” will open on June 30 and run until August 29. There will be two second Saturday opening receptions on July 9 and August 13 from 5-8 pm at the gallery at 518 Poplar St. The receptions are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Parking is on the street and behind the gallery. Call the gallery at: 410-330-4659 or visit our website at for more information.

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Against the Grain (May/June 2016)

“Against the Grain” joins Main Street Gallery artists Jeff Haude and Larry Myers who work in distinctly different styles and in two different media. Haude builds large pieces of furniture from mostly native woods and Myers creates large, colorful, abstract paintings. What the two have in common is a strong sense of design and a keen eye for expressive form and line which they each communicate through their chosen medium.

Jeff Haude, whose expertly crafted furniture and other wooden creations rely largely on locally sourced woods such as cherry, walnut, oak, ash and black locust, started his working life as an engineer. After a career spanning 30 years he began studying furniture-making at the North Bennett Street School in Boston. For the past 16 years Haude has produced all types of furniture from eighteenth century reproductions to Shaker furniture and most recently, mid-century modern and other contemporary styles. He works in his studio in Chestertown, MD, where he designs and produces custom furniture and cabinetry. His work has been exhibited in galleries and juried craft shows in the mid-Atlantic region. He is a member of the Period Furniture Makers and a juried artist of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

Painter, Larry Myers, is from Oxford, MD, and began pursuing painting, sculpture and mixed media constructions full-time after retiring from a career in international law in 2012. Recently, his works have concentrated on the use of acrylics and inks on canvas, linen and paper. Myers’ paintings range from vigorous gestural abstracts to free expressionism and even minimalist blocks of color. “I love the way areas of luminous color interact with lines and boundaries of ink or thick paint,” says the artist. “My compositions are informed by architecture, including that found in nature, but each piece is a piece that, like music, makes its own internal rules”.

Myers has been a member of Main Street Gallery for a year. He has also shown his work in Key West; Washington, D.C; and many venues on the Eastern Shore. His work is owned by private collectors locally, nationally and abroad.

“Against the Grain” will open on Thursday, May 5 and run through Sunday, June 26. There will be an artist’s reception on Second Saturday, May 14 and Second Saturday, June 11 from 5-8 pm. The receptions are free and open to the public.

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On the River: Sailboats, Skipjacks, Schooners and Log Canoes
(March/April 2016)

Sailing is a major activity on the rivers of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, historically and today, and it has provided many a subject for artists of all media.  For the months of March and April, Main Street Gallery is proud to present the visions of three mid-shore photographers who have focused their attention “On the River: Sailboats, Skipjacks, Schooners and Log Canoes.”  From the Miles to the Choptank, these mighty boats and ships are fixtures of our river heritage.

This show highlights the work of Fran Saunders, Janet Kerr and Ted Mueller.  Fran is the Main Street Gallery featured artist.  She lives in Cambridge, exhibits in four galleries in the mid-shore region and has received over 35 awards and citations for her work.  Her work has a creative style that often incorporates textures and other painterly techniques.  Janet Kerr is from Taylor Island and exhibits in St. Michaels.  She finds cityscapes and “naturescapes” equally appealing subjects and enjoys traveling to photograph different environments.   From Easton, Ted Mueller also exhibits at several venues on the mid-shore, and enjoys photojournalism, along with traditional portraits, landscapes and other fine art subjects.

Join us as we pay tribute to the vessels that cruise our vibrant rivers and the men and women who sail them. 

In addition to this themed show, Main Street Gallery’s other fifteen (15) artists will be displaying their artful creations.  Extraordinary paintings, drawings, jewelry and woodworks await you.

“On the River” will open March 3 and run until May 1, 2016.  Opening hours during this time will vary.  Initially the gallery will be open Thursday to Sunday 11am to 4pm.  There will be expanded hours beginning on March 26, when the gallery will remain open until 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  An artist reception will be held on March 12, and also on April 9 from 5-8pm.  The receptions are free and light refreshments will be served.

Fran Saundersimage Janet Kerr image Ted Mueller

Fran Saundersimage Janet Kerr image Ted Mueller

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RED! (February 2016)

RED! The color conjures up all sorts of images and emotions. It can be as romantic as a Valentine card, and also vibrant, sexy, powerful, angry, noble, hot, passionate and more. The artists at Main Street Gallery have chosen RED as the focus of their upcoming exhibition and have challenged themselves to interpret the theme in their own creative fashion. Come see their paintings, drawings, pottery, jewelry, photography, artful woodworks and more inspired by RED!

The artists will host an opening reception on Second Saturday, February 13 from 5-8 pm at the gallery at 518 Poplar Street in Cambridge (directly across from Jimmy and Sooks). The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Parking is available on the street or behind the gallery.

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Maryann Schindlerimage Maureen Farrellimage

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Shedding Light (January 2016)

In their January exhibit Shedding Light the member artists of Main Street Gallery in Cambridge are showing work that puts a spotlight on subjects that are darker or more difficult in nature. In a month we often associate with darkness the artists decided to tackle tough, often challenging subjects in their works. The artists hope to engage the viewer in a thought provoking way and shed light on issues that we might sometimes shy away from.

Main Street Gallery is located at 518 Poplar Street in Cambridge, directly across the street from Jimmie and Sooks restaurant. There will be an artists' reception at the gallery on Second Saturday, January 9, from 5-8 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is on the street or behind the gallery.

Maryann Schindlerimage Maryann Schindler image Theresa McFadden

Deborah Haynesimage Leslie Giles image Theresa McFadden

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