Jan 2010

Art, Politics, and Upcoming Events

It’s January and the weather so far has been a microcosm of an entire year. We’ve seen beautiful days with temperatures approaching the 60s and some that were in the 20s and looking like the crack of doom. Let’s hope old
Punxsutawney Phil has some good news for us about the weeks ahead...

The Maryland legislature is back in session through mid - April. On a recent trip with Shuan Butcher, Executive Director of the
Frederick Arts Council, to the Frederick County delegates in Annapolis we found the halls and offices of the House building to be festively decorated with the works of a large number of Maryland artists. Of course we had to add a selection of pieces representing the many talented artists of Frederick County...

MD Legislature, Delegate, Paul S. Stull, Shuan Butcher, Frederick Arts Council,
MD State Delegate Paul S. Stull - (R) District 4A Frederick County and Frederick Arts Council Director
Shuan Butcher stand in front of an image by a Frederick artist currently hanging in Delegate Stull’s office.

Shuan Butcher, Frederick Arts Council, Director, Frederick artists,
Shuan Butcher stands outside an office of one of the MD Delegates from Frederick County.
A portion of the works on display by our local artists can be seen on the walls beyond him.

First Saturday Frederick is just around the corner on February 6, 2010. This is the very popular annual “Fire & Ice” event featuring numerous artists creating elaborate ice sculptures before your eyes. As always there are many family oriented events taking place throughout the downtown Frederick area and a selection of great places to dine.

Frederick Arts Council will have an opening reception for an exhibit of works by local artist Rebecca Jackson in the Cultural Arts Center Gallery at 15 N. Market Street. Reception time will be from 5-9 P.M. An additional event will be the first ever First Saturday Frederick Artists Market being held in another part of the Cultural Arts Center from 5-9 P.M. This will be the kick off event for the 2010 Artists Market season and will feature twelve area artists displaying their work for sale. Stop in and find that unique gift just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center features a variety of interesting exhibits of sculpture, photography, prints and paintings throughout the month. For specific information click to the DVAEC website

If you are in the Frederick area on Sunday, February 7, 2010 take the time for a short drive to see our friends at the
Blanche Ames Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. This is a fantastic gallery space and exhibits great art work on a rotating monthly basis. The February exhibit will feature photographs by Sterling “Rip” Smith of Martinsburg, WV.

Light, Shadow, Form, and Texture II the exhibit is named after the artist’s description of his images essential elements. Mr. Smith will be present at the opening reception to be held on Sunday, February 7, 2010 from 12:30 to 2 P.M. The address of the UUCF and the Blanche Ames Gallery is 4880 Elmer Derr Road - located a short drive from downtown Frederick. For directions to the gallery click here. Mr. Smith will also be giving a presentation on Sunday February 21, 2010 from 1-2 P.M. This will be open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

That’s all for now but we will be adding information throughout the next week as it becomes available.

Naked clay and other tawdry tales

It’s finally 2010 here in Frederick, MD so welcome to the New Year! May your year be happy, healthy, and prosperous and may any unpleasantries or setbacks you might have experienced in 2009 be quickly fading into the mists of time...

Free Ride, Jane Dunsmore, Don Dunsmore,

Free Ride - © Jane Dunsmore. Photograph by Don Dunsmore.

Since we caught your attention with the suggestive title of this first post of the New Year we’ll jump right in and tell you the story behind it. Seems our good friend Jane Dunsmore will be teaching an adult ceramics class titled ESCAPE TO CLAY at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in downtown Frederick. Yeah, we know it sounds like a title for yet another low budget Kurt Russell “B” movie (that’s why we spiced it up!) but we know Jane well and know she’s a natural teacher and a wonderful artist who would never leave a piece of clay naked for long!! Jane’s class is scheduled to run from January 15th to March 12th, 2010 so enrollment time is limited. If you want to sign up more information can be found by scrolling down to the ESCAPE TO CLAY listing on this webpage.

If ceramic work isn’t your art of choice take a few minutes and check out the classes being offered by some of our other friends and fellow local artists including Calvin Edward Ramsburg (
Painting Abstracts), Jean Frank (Matting & Framing), Jan McIntyre Lamb (Drawing Studio), and Marshall Dupuie (Digital Photography). Information on classes by these folks and others can also be found on this webpage.

And here we are only a single day into 2010 and it’s already time to mention First Saturday Frederick! There will be a number of interesting exhibits opening on January 2, 2010 including the Frederick County Art Association member show at the
Delaplaine, Weathered Wonders - a photography exhibit by Marc Weinberg opening at the Frederick Art Council’s Cultural Art Center Gallery at 15 N. Market Street, and a member’s show at the Artists’ Gallery on 2nd Street.

A SPECIAL NOTE & A PLEA : 25 downtown stores and restaurants will be giving back to the community by donating a portion of their Saturday evening sales (5-9 PM) to nonprofit organizations. Additionally there will be donation drop boxes for clothing placed throughout the downtown area by the Downtown Frederick Partnership and canned goods and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the Community Action Agency food bank. Information about the location of drop boxes, participating businesses, and a downloadable First Saturday brochure can be found here . If you were one of the more fortunate ones in 2009 please take a moment to reflect on and appreciate your good fortune and to share with those who may not have been so lucky.

So get out, enjoy the festivities, get to know your neighbors, help brighten someone else’s holidays and have a safe and wonderful 2010!!!