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Barbara Donnon

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I was born in Philadelphia, Pa., but have lived in Maryland for over 30 years. The beauty of the Eastern Shore inspires me to try and put on canvas that which I see all around me. I find that no matter how long I try to master the art, there is always something, some event or some person who can teach me something new. It is a continuous learning experience. I try and stay with animal portraits or landscapes where I can insert some type of “critter.” I paint people n scenes where they tell a story as part of the painting. I paint what I enjoy but try new challenges to see how successful I can be. Painting with and attending local art groups allow important critiques, to help me grow as an artist. My easel is always up and my palette is always out, ready to capture the moment.

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Paula Lawton

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Paula Lawton is an active member of the National Society of Decorative Painters, an international organization. She has traveled and taught for many years, both in this country and abroad, including Australia and Russia. “Decorative painting is very easy to learn, and fun. Everyone has in-born creativity, of which he or she may note even be aware. My greatest joy as a teacher has been sharing the excitement of this discovery with my students.”

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Susan Neal

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I grew up in Alberta, Canada but have lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for over 40 years. I paint primarily in oils but have also been working in graphite and colored pencils for several years. Having grown up in Alberta, with much of my youth spent riding horses, I have always loved to paint horses. A speciality of mine is portraits of horses and dogs. Recently I began doing drawings in colored pencil, illustrating a child’s name with wooden letter blocks and animals, flowers or other items to illustrate the letters.

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Frannie Ireland

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As a child I always loved to draw, color and design paper doll clothes. About twenty-five years ago I decided to take an art class through Parks and Recreation at Denton Elementary School with M. Joyce Zeigler as the instructor. From that point on I have been hooked on oil painting.
Since I started painting I have been so much more aware of my surroundings. Things such as cloud formations, the shape of a tree, colors, textures and even hidden treasures such as a deer peeking from a forest edge. I have a love for nature – flowers, birds, old barns and lighthouses.
I have been taking classes with Joyce for many years. I have also taken classes at the Trading Post with several artists including Kurt Plinke. I have had or presently still have paintings in several galleries including LuEv and Cottage Studios in Easton, Gallery 214 in Oxford, and the Foundry in Denton.
When I’m not painting, I play Bridge, love to cook and sew, love to read, but especially love doing things with my family and friends.

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Joanne Gelles

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I am originally from the D.C. suburbs and have lived on the Eastern Shore for almost 25 years. I love the slower pace of life here, and the beautiful water views almost everywhere you look. I discovered Mosaics about 8 years ago and have been busy creating mosaics ever since. I studied mosaics with several well-known mosaic artists; Kasia Polkowska (Gaithersburg, Md); Laura Rendlen of Maverick Mosaics Art School in Virginia, and locally with Jen Wagner. All these artists can be found on Facebook! I have worked on mosaic murals for the Caroline County Council of Arts: taught mosaics to Lockerman Middle School students and adults at the Foundry in Denton, Md. My mosaics have been shown and sold at the Local Port of Art in St. Michaels, Md; the Foundry in Denton, Md; and at Ouvert Gallery in St. Michaels, Md. Currently I work Mon-Thursdays in the after-school program at Easton Elementary School. I love mosaics because it is Art for everyone. Mosaics can be Modern, Classic, Folk Art, whatever! There are ENDLESS ways to express yourself with Mosaics!! With a basic mosaic project I hope to open a door for YOU to find self-expression through this amazing art form.

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Lynn Cegelski

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Hi, I’m Lynn Cegelski. I was born an artist. I am a Maryland native and happiest when creating works of art. I have explored many different medium, From water color and pen and ink, to clay and stained glass. Nature is the focus of my style. I find plenty of treasures at my home, near the Chesapeake Bay. I find driftwood, sea glass,pottery, rocks and shells to create my newest love, Driftwood Art! You can find my art in the Foundry in Denton, Md. Each piece I create is truly unique and one of a kind. Just like me.

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Kurt Plinke

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Kurt Plinke has been observing and depicting nature for over thirty years. First studying watercolors in Ohio with Leland McClellan, Kurt has been a student of water-based mediums ever since. In College, Kurt considered becoming a biologist, and studied both art and biology at Wilmington College and Bowling Green State University. Later, Kurt studied egg temperas and painting at Towson University. Chance landed Kurt and his family in Maryland, where he was taken with the diversity of life along the Chesapeake Bay and it’s Eastern Shore. Since moving to the shore, Kurt has spent years studying and observing the myriad of intertwined ecosystems there, depicting what he sees in his detailed watercolors. He often becomes fascinated by the overlooked; those little creatures hiding underfoot or overhead. Many of his watercolors reflect this, paintings of insects, amphibians, and moss-covered rocks. Other paintings look at natural patterns and rhythms. Kurt loves to identify patterns in nature, be it as simple as the veins of a leaf or as complex as the repetition of migration and movement. These paintings may be some of his favorites, as they at first appear simple, then gain in complexity as they are viewed.

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