For twenty years the Wednesday Watercolor Group has been meeting to paint. From October to early May the group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, (105 Gay Street, Denton) every Wednesday from 9:30 to noon for watercolor painting. They each take turns bringing a still life set-up for their painting exercise and once a month group member Victoria Christopherson instructs a watercolor lesson. During the summer months, the group paints en plein aire at various locations throughout the county. All are welcome to join the group. Participants bring their own supplies and contribute to any shared costs. View images below for our suggested supply list and the current en plein air schedule.
Aesthetic Alternatives Art Studio produces one-of-a-kind, handmade ceramics, hand-painted furniture and other items by artists Dawn Malosh and DeeDee Wood. Our studio is the home base of the world famous Gargoyle Bells and Malosh Mugs. Gargoyle Bells are one-of-a-kind ceramic ringing protective amulets crafted by ceramicist, Dawn Malosh and finished by painter DeeDee Wood. These unique creations are often hung in spaces to bring protection, happiness and healing to their owners. Visit www.gargoylebells.com or email us at gargoylebells@gmail for more information.
Stephen Mead studied drawing, painting, and glassblowing in college. Throughout the beginning of his career, Steve focused on abstract self-portraits that encapsulated the essence of himself without any physical markings or distinguishable portraits within the paintings. When he began showing his work Steve felt immediately vulnerable to the comments on his work which caused him to evaluate himself and “look inward”. “No longer was the art just something from my own mind…it was my own reflection.”
After living and working in Washington D.C. since 2001, Steve and his wife, Jen, moved to Denton a few years ago. Steve currently works with wood and acrylics. His art has been featured at ArtDC Gallery, 20 North Gallery, Willow Street Gallery, various pop up shows, and now, The Foundry.
I guess you could say I blossomed creatively later in life. That’s not to say that I didn’t dabble. I must have tried every hand craft known to woman in my late teens and early twenties. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving, needlepoint, embroidery, macramé… you name it, I tried it. But as my personal and professional life got busier and fuller, I had less and less time for these pursuits.
Flash forward 30+ years and suddenly time opened up again. First I was introduced to stamping. I’ll never forget that first night after a stamping party. I literally could not sleep as I thought of all the wonderful things I could make. A couple of years later I took my first jewelry class and my life changed. I became addicted to beads and realized that I could never wear all the jewelry that would be generated by my ever-growing bead stash. The only thing that made sense was to start selling jewelry to support my “habit”.
During the five years since then I have learned new skills and been introduced to different media. I have been blessed by the opportunity to learn from several different masters in the jewelry world, including metal textiles expert Arlene Fisch, polymer clay artist Louise Fischer Cozzi, and enamel artist Barbara Lewis. Each has informed my work with new textures, colors, and materials. Much as I try to find my niche I am always pulled in new directions, exploring different media and learning new techniques. My customers say that they are always interested to see what’s new in my world.
I’ve been an artist since childhood, and my main medium is acrylic and earth on canvas. I’ve
recently been incorporating tree branches in the canvas construction.
My family and teachers in grade school through high school encouraged me to pursue art. I went to a summer art camp at around the age of ten, and I was fortunate to be able to major in art in high school. Having learned basic techniques, I used college to learn a career in Graphic Design and continued fine art on my own, trying to keep it pure.
I’m self-employed, so I work on art whenever I’m inspired. I enjoy getting inspiration from the places I go and things I experience, collecting earth that I use to create texture on my canvases. My subject matter is usually inspired by those travels, and lately I’ve done images of birds and the woods.
I’ve shown all over Delmarva, as well as Annapolis and Baltimore. I always have a piece in The Foundry in Denton, and I’m currently exhibiting at Ouvert in St. Michaels, and show work routinely at Annmarie Garden in Solomons, Maryland. I’d like to see my work get in as many galleries as possible.
When not working on artwork I bicycle, play with sports cars and enjoy the outdoors.
I like to paint and craft while my kids are in school, my work is at the Foundry and online. I’ve lived in Caroline County my entire life and I graduated from North Caroline High School in ’89. My degree is in business, oddly enough, but my studies include courses in art and graphic design and I was a copyeditor and page designer at our local newspaper.
I have always liked to make things and still do. One of my first projects of note was a chess set I designed and turned while in high school. Ever since then the lathe has held a special fascination for me. However, my work as a high school mathematics teacher, summertime carpentry, and raising a family occupied most of my time for many years. When the local school system eliminated the industrial arts program and sold the equipment, I purchased the same lathe I had used as a high school student. I was back to woodturning. I have been fortunate enough to have studied woodturning with David Ellsworth, Bob Rosand, Cindy Drozda, Al Stirt, Don Derry, and Bill Grumbine. I am a member of Chesapeake Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners. Today, with my retirement from teaching approaching, I spend as much time as possible exploring and enjoying the vast world of woodturning.
Upon graduation, Santo Mirabile began as an artist by winning his high school’s highest award in art. He then received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Artist Statement: Kinetic Sculpture occupies a special place in art for me. When sculpture moves, it seems to breathe, giving it a life-like appearance. Air, color, shape and light all play a role in my work. This magic cannot be achieved without balance and that’s where, as a Libra, this balancing comes natural to me. It is more than two-dimensional and beyond compositional form, it is a physical truth coupled with the elements of the place where the sculpture lives. I continue to experiment with shapes that seem to move even when the air is still.