May 2009

Frederick Artist Market & The Frederick Festival of the Arts

Bobby Flurie & Friends
Bobby Flurie & Friends performing in January 2009
Kathleen - Keyboards & vocals, Brian Dereck - Bass & vocals, Charlie DuPon - Drums,
and Bobby Flurie - Guitar & vocals

Sunday, May 24th marks the 3rd Artists Market sponsored by the Frederick Arts Council during 2009. There are currently 20 Artists exhibiting works for sale and the event will take place indoors at the Art Council’s Cultural Arts Center located at 15 North Market Street in downtown Frederick. Local musician Jonah Knight will be performing his Alt-acoustic music, accompanying himself with his acoustic-electric guitar, for the listening enjoyment of our visitors. Admission to the Artists Market is free.

The Artists Market will be open from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. and will be the last of the spring season. After a brief hiatus for the summer months the monthly Artists Market will begin the fall season on Sunday September 27, and will continue monthly culminating in the Annual Frosty Friday holiday market held on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, with special hours from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. to accommodate shoppers. Don’t forget, if you can’t make it to the Artists Market, you can always view or order images by Russ & Cindy
here or visit our main website here.

A scene from a previous Frederick Festival of the Arts

Special Note : The 16th Annual Frederick Festival of the Arts will take place along Carroll Creek on June 6 & 7, 2009. This juried event will feature over 100 artists from the local region and from around the country along with live music throughout the two days and a variety of food vendors. Admission is free this year and the event is a great place for a family outing. A highlight of the weekend will be nationally known Frederick guitarist Bobby Flurie. Bobby Flurie and Friends will wrap up the weekend with a live performance at the Main Stage along Carroll Creek from 3:30 P.M. to 5 P.M. on Sunday afternoon. If you’re a fan of great guitar playing, and like the Blues and Classic Rock, you won’t want to miss this performance.

We will be posting another blog entry with additional Festival of the Arts info during the coming week. Be sure to check back for updates.

Scenes from a previous Frederick Festival of the Arts

Happenings around Mid-Maryland

We finally caught a break from the persistent rains of recent weeks with a beautiful weekend. Looks like we are no longer in the negative rainfall category for 2009 and the landscape is finally losing the last signs of winter.

On May 2nd the clouds gave way to partial sunshine just in time for the 1st Saturday events held throughout historic downtown Frederick. Crowds were relatively light which came as a surprise after everyone had been stuck indoors due to the incessant rains of the last week. Maybe they were just enjoying a chance to get outside and catch up on spring yard chores?

Frank DuVal, Artist Artist Frank DuVal with one of his works.

Frederick News Post, Graham Cullen, Frank DuVal, Bill Green
Frederick News Post staff photographer Bill Green
photographing artists & co-exhibitors Graham Cullen and Frank Duval.

Sally Castleman
Local Artist Sally Castleman with one of her paintings
at the exhibit opening reception at the Mary Pfister Gallery.

The Delaplaine Visual Arts & Education Center (DVAEC) held their usual 1st Saturday receptions for new exhibits by area artists and appeared to be well attended. The Market Street area of downtown Frederick was also the scene of a number of exhibit openings and receptions. Included among these were events at the Frederick Arts Council’s Cultural Arts Center, the Artist’s Gallery, and Mary Pfister’s Studio & Gallery. Overall is was a great evening to be outside and wandering around the historic district.

The following Saturday, May 9th, found us traveling over the Blue Ridge Mountains into the town of Boonsboro, MD. Boonsboro, founded in 1787, is a peaceful rural town located along the historic National Road and nestled in the valley between South Mountain and Hagerstown, MD.
What drew us here today was the 1st Annual
Boonsboro Green Fest being held in Boonsboro’s Shafer Park.

Boonsboro Green Fest, Jenny Sarnacki
Boonsboro Green Fest Event organizer Jenny Sarnecki
being interviewed by a reporter from NBC Channel 25.

Boonsboro Green Fest
Scenes from the Boonsboro Green Fest.
Boonsboro Green Fest

The event was quite successful with a great turnout despite the overcast day. While event organizer Jenny Sarnecki said they had originally expected 20 or so vendors they were surprised when more than 85 vendors signed on.

Many of the vendors traveled from the surrounding areas including Shawn and Cameron Dennison who were representing the Scott Key Center in Frederick. The Dennisons answered questions about the rain barrels produced by the Scott Key Center and had a number on hand for sale.
Note to Shawn & Cameron : we set ours up that afternoon in time for the next rain. The barrel is full and functioning perfectly. Thanks!
If any of you live in the mid-Marylnd area and would like more information or to purchase a rain barrel or to use some of the other services provided to businesses and individuals you can contact the Scott Key Center at 301-600-1600 or find them on the web
here you’ll be supporting a great cause.

Scott Key Center, Shawn Dennison, Cameron Dennison Cameron & Shawn Dennison.

Monday, May 11th was the date for the monthly FCAA meeting. One of the highlights of the meeting was the presentation of the FCAA’s annual Student Art Awards for artistically gifted students from the Frederick area. Each winner is awarded a check by the FCAA in honor of their artistic abilities and to help defray the cost of continuing their education. Pictured below with FCAA President & Artist Patrick Hiatt are :

Russell Andrews, Patrick Hiatt, FCAA Russell Andrews - 1st place winner for his paintings.

Joshua Shelley, Patrick Hiatt, FCAA Joshua Shelley - 2nd place winner for his ceramic pieces.
Chloe Fernagut, Patrick Hiatt, FCAA Chloe Fernagut - Honorable Mention for her photography.

Not pictured is Schuyler Fogle who was unable to attend the meeting - 3rd place winner for his Graphic Arts entries.