The beautiful Southern Maryland landscape and river views provide Pauline with limitless inspiration, as do the colorful flowers and produce grown by farmers in St. Mary’s County. She finds the challenge of depicting the drama of light and dark in this wealth of subject matter irresistible. With these paintings, Pauline strives for compositions that entice viewers into taking very, very long looks.
Although I have explored jewelry creation and design only since retirement, I have always enjoyed artistic activities. As a child, I loved to gather flowers from my Mother’s garden and make small arrangements. As a young married woman, Christmas gifts and cards were better if handmade, from ceramic pins, and beaded flowers to linoleum cuts for Christmas cards. At one point, I thought I’d like to become a ceramicist and put out my own shingle, but I never mastered the craft. It was only later in life that I had the time and the opportunity to play with jewelry. After taking a class at our local community center, I found out that I really enjoyed working with metal. From the first time I hammered a piece of metal, I was hooked. That lead to wire wrapping and weaving, stamping, cold connecting, antiquing and patinaing, creating links and hooks, etching and exploring any and every technique with metal. I also love to incorporate cabachons and semi-precious stones into my work and I gather local materials while traveling to various locations in the US and foreign countries. I take classes each year at a retreat in the Mountains of North Carolina and always return with new energy and ideas.
Diana has developed her own style of craftsmanship through her exploration of the sculptural and constructive properties of clay and enjoys creating work that is interesting, balanced and visually fluid.
Bea Poulin is a freelance landscape photographer who focuses her eye on man-made structures and their interaction with the forces of nature. She travels in search of old dilapidated country stores and churches standing defiantly against the elements, abandoned wooden boats in fishing villages and lonely, deserted roads in remote places. She is exploring the abstract features of her found subjects in closeup details as found on boat hulls and cavernous 18th century forts.
Ann’s paintings are inspired by things she loves, whether vibrant flowers or old buoys, they are objects, people, or places that bring her a sense of joy or inspiration. She loves color and often finds herself focusing on the play of color and light within a subject. Enjoying the brilliance, transparency and flow of watercolor, she also finds that the paint has a strong will and often helps direct the creation of a piece.
Nicole composes portraits and landscapes that tell a story. She has a realist style, and works on location, with models and from reference. Her paintings convey the character and mood of the subjects she portrays.
Helene Vonnegut is a studio potter whose work functionally enhances home and garden. Helene’s exposure to the arts began during her early nomadic years of military family travels throughout the United States and Europe and continued in her professional life with the Department of State’s Foreign Service. Whether visiting churches in Europe and Central America or taking in the natural beauty of Africa and Asia, the appeal of the art world manifested itself in her ceramic collections. She began exploration of ceramics in Virginia at the Art League and Northern Virginia Community College. In addition to inspiration from a family of artists — carpenters, authors, painters and chefs — she draws on the community of fellow studio artists, master potters and sculptors.
Her garden lanterns are inspired by Asian architecture where she finds the construction of Japanese farmhouses, “Minka”, especially intriguing. Of particular interest and challenge are the rooftops, angles and textures required to match in clay the creative and uniquely identifiable structures.
Helene is a member of the Lee Arts Center and the Kiln Club of Washington. Her work can also be seen in Virginia at the Torpedo Factory’s Scope Gallery, Artworks@7th in North Beach, Maryland.
Toni is a realistic and representational acrylic and oil painter choosing bold and vibrant colors to depict creatures in nature and en plein air paintings.