A celebration of the arts! Live artist demonstrations, music performances, presentations by various arts organizations, and activities for all ages to enjoy.
Maryanne will set up a work area for needle felting with items in various stages of completion. As working with wool is very tactile, she will have a variety of wool fiber types available for visitors to explore, and attendees over age 10 can try needle felting, working on a project that is already underway.
Cynthia will be demonstrating Pysanky Egg Painting techniques and providing handouts. Visitors will have an opportunity to attempt some of the techniques for themselves.
Visitors can experiment with different watercolor techniques such as: wet on wet, wet on dry, creating gradients, using masking fluid, salt effect, sgraffito, and other methods to discover this “hands-on” play with this often mysterious art media.
Guy works predominantly in the Pen and Ink illustrative style, but also creates (and sells) pencil drawings, as well as acrylics, brush pen pieces, pastel chalks, and watercolors.
Guy is currently hosting his second Pen and Ink Workshop at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV as part of their Adult Education / Lifelong Learning Program.
Guy is mostly self-taught, and is not an artist by trade. He got back into drawing and illustration a few years before he retired about five years ago. His artwork is a result of his drive to be a better artist, and is his “work in progress”!
Kristen will host an interactive lesson based on blind contour drawing, line and collage. Students can participate by drawing a single subject, or – if they want to spend all day, an entire world – and anything in between. They will be encouraged to create “features” for other artists to use to introduce and foster collaboration. Reference materials and props, as well as simple collage and mark-making supplies will be supplied.
Jim will have a display of completed bandsaw boxes, a photo album showing the process of creating bandsaw boxes, and bandsaw boxes in various stages of completion. By interacting with visitors, he plans to instruct techniques and inspire and motivate them to take up woodworking as a hobby/business.
Ken Fanelli has been drawing and painting for the past 60 years. Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from American University in Washington, D.C., where he was the Art Editor of the college’s literary magazine. He is a former editorial cartoonist for several publications and has created line illustrations and spot drawings for pieces he produced in over 30 years as a writer, editor, production artist and marketer for nonprofits and associations.
Ken is a school teacher in Jefferson County.
Omar will be demonstrating the wonders of cardboard in art, giving an amazing demonstration of cardboard structures.
Sally will demonstrate how to do use a technique called “form folding” in copper. She will be making folded copper flowers out of small squares of copper. This is a technique she has used in making large sculptures.
“I have recently translated this form from copper to steel and changed the size from small to large. I will bring models showing the similarities and differences between the smaller copper flowers and the large steel flowers. I will also show photographs of the large sculptures in which I used copper flowers and steel flowers.”
Dan creates Fairie doors, gates, huts and other wood products while telling stories of the Irish Fairies. No one tells stories of Irish Fairies like Dan. Dan owns MACE TV and is the artistic creator and producer of all programming.
Janie Moltrup retired from the U.S. Senate Photographic Studio. She is currently working as a freelance photographer out of her studio located in Smithsburg, Maryland. Her career as a professional photographer and artist began some 30 years ago in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Janie’s clients range from individuals to corporations. She continues to photograph private events, corporate meetings and social gatherings, and individual and family portraits. Janie has a line of “Fine Art Images” available featuring her more artistic photographic images. A member of the Nature Printing Society, Janie earned her certificate as a Master Fish Printer.
Janie has served on the board of the Valley Art Association for more than eight years. She continues to take workshops for artistic development and has studied in Dedham England with watercolor Artist Steve Hall. Janie also participates in both oil and workshop classes instructed by Artist David Goode and Fritz Briggs from the Schuler School in Baltimore, Maryland. Janie wrote and illustrated a children’s book “Pitter Patter Goes the Rain” available at Barns and Noble and Amazon.com. Janie also teaches watercolor workshops in North Carolina and Maryland. Regular painting sessions and workshops in her studio in Smithsburg, Maryland.
David Buckley Good enjoys a wide reputation as both a fine artist and dynamic teacher of painting and drawing. His work is represented in public and private collections throughout the United States.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1952 David is a graduate of Bowling Green State University (1975) and the Schuler School of Fine Art (1998). In 1977 he attended the Art Students League of New York on a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Since 1986 David has resided in Baltimore, Maryland where he is an instructor at both the Schuler School of Fine Art and the Mitchell School of Fine Art. He runs instructional workshops and is sought after as a painting demonstrator and fine art judge.
Expressing visually that of the sacred beauty and mystery of life that words alone can’t capture is my goal. The fun, exciting creative process of putting paint to paper or collaging mixed media becomes just as important as the final product. When vibrant colors, textures, shapes come together in simple florals or abstract landscapes to express something unique then I am satisfied and hope that others will be moved by what they see.
Suzanne has been in the sign business for more than 35 years. Some but not all of her customers are the National Capitol Building, Smithsonian Institute, Preservation Department in Skagway Alaska, Kennedy Center, St John’s Church in Ellicott City MD, and Sagamore Hill. She won Craftsman of the Year for her historic stenciling of St. John’s Church.
She uses furniture as a base for her painting and decorating skills using faux finishes and wood graining finishes. In addition, she paints furniture and sometimes uses broken tiles and plates in her creations. In addition to her creating fun furniture, she also paints copies of famous artworks but with whimsical twists.
Sheila has been painting and exhibiting art for over 30 years. She was born and raised in Michigan where she received her education in general art studies and commercial art.
“I specialize is realistic pet portraits, commissioned art, doodle art & in studio/on location paint parties. My pet portraits & commissioned pieces are acrylic paint on canvas. I enjoy painting realistic pet portraits right down to that last little whisker as well as fun, colorful, whimsical doodle art. One of my favorite things I hear from my customers is “It looks so real it feels like I can touch it”. I love that, it means I did it right.”
Joe will take you on a step-by-step journey to make your first comic book! We will make a 4 or 8-page comic book to introduce you to the “Big Mouth Family” of characters. They are easy to draw. All supplies are included. Anyone can attend, ages 7 to adult.
Joe is an art teacher at Hedgesville Elementary School and is the owner of the Wonderment Puppet Theater on King Street in Martinsburg, WV.