Oct 2010

Random Thoughts

sunset, twilight, 10-10-10, mountains
Thurmont Colorfest has ended for another year, the days are growing shorter, fall color is slowly beginning to creep through the trees and down the mountains I see from my window and soon it will be time to button down and prepare for another winter.


Day’s End 10-10-10 © Russell C. Poole


While taking a walk through Thurmont on Sunday I noticed an obvious decline in the number of people in the streets and the overall attendance at Colorfest seemed to be down significantly. I did stop to talk with many of the outstanding Artists exhibiting their works for sale and their comments reflected my own observations. I sincerely hope the Artists had enough success with their sales at this, a crucial major event for them, to hold their businesses together through the remainder of the year and that they will see some upward prosperity in the coming months.

May we all see the same...




Thurmont Colorfest

Noralie Katsu, jewelry, Charoite, Sterling Silver, pin

This weekend (October 9 & 10) marks the 47th Annual Thurmont, MD Colorfest. Along with Artists Noralie Katsu and Jean Frank, Russ and Cindy Poole will be exhibiting artworks for sale at 510 E. Main Street in Thurmont. We will all be on hand from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on both days.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Pin © Noralie Katsu

Turtles, Jean Noelle Frank, painting “Turtles” © Jean Noelle Frank

“Ready for the Holidays” © Cynthia A. Poole photograph, Cynthia A. Poole, Harper Cabin, New Concord, Ohio, holiday season,

Mountain Magic, Russell C. Poole, Magic Lily, Surprise Lily, MD, Garrett county, summer, red,

If you are planning to visit the Thurmont area to enjoy the mountain views and the festivities of Colorfest take some time to stop by see what we have to offer or at least to say Hello!



“Mountain Magic” © Russell C. Poole















If you happen to be in the Frederick, MD area during the week don’t forget A Diversity of Vision, an exhibit by Don Dunsmore, Noah Jefferson, and Russ Poole on display at The Blanche Ames Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church (4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick MD) will continue through October 24, 2010. The Gallery is open from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Tuesday through Friday.









A Diversity of Vision, FCAA Exhibit & Frederick First Saturday

A Diversity of Vision, promo, photography, Russ Poole, Don Dunsmore, Noah Jefferson, Maryland

DON’T FORGET!! The Blanche Ames Gallery is featuring a new photography exhibit by friends Don Dunsmore, Noah Jefferson and Russ Poole titled A Diversity of Vision throughout the month of October 2010. The opening reception will be held tomorrow, October 3, 2010. This exhibit will feature recent works by the three photographers and is intended to show, through two comparative groupings how each person views the world before them in a different manner. The grouped images were created while the Artists photographed the same areas on the same day and at the same time. Though all three were viewing the same area each has selected details from the location and provided his own unique interpretation. This individual vision can also be seen to carry over into the personal works that make up the remainder of the 31 piece exhibit - even when the subject matter is similar.

The Artists will be on hand to discuss their work and to answer your questions at the exhibit opening and Artist reception in
The Blanche Ames Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Frederick (directions HERE)on Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. All of the images exhibited in the gallery are available for purchase. In addition to exhibited works each Artist will have a selection of note cards and / or matted prints available at the reception for purchase.


FREDERICK FIRST SATURDAY for October 2010 : The rains have finally stopped and the world is again returning to normal. Take some time to visit historic downtown Frederick today and enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the crisp air as you enjoy events with the October / Halloween inspired theme of Into the Night. There will be scarecrows and pumpkins on display at the various merchants along the Market Street area in addition to activities the entire family can participate in. You can download a printable brochure listing all of the events HERE.

While you are visiting don’t forget to stop in to see the numerous gallery openings taking place today including :

The Frederick Arts Council - featuring an exhibit by the members of the Frederick County Art Association for the month of October;

The Artist Gallery - featuring an exhibit of works by Joy Boudreaux and works by Artist Gallery members;

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center - featuring drawings and photography by Martin Slater & Michael Goulding and a juried photography exhibit which features works by both emerging and professional photographers;

If you feel like venturing away from downtown Frederick towards the Harpers Ferry area be sure to stop by
Pleasant Valley Studios (located nearby at 19419 Frog Eye Road, Knoxville, MD) to see works by Antonio, Jonna, & Toby Mendez. Each member of the Mendez family will be exhibiting and the works range from painting to photography to sculpture.