2017 Studio Tour

On the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland over two weekends.

October 21, 22 and October 28, 29

10am-5pm rain or shine

2017 Participating Artists2016 Studio Tour Brochure

2017 Artists


All artists studios open all four days unless otherwise noted on the artist detail page.

  • Joy Berghaus

    Rick Bisgyer

    Lesley Campana

  • John Carey

    Nora Carey

    Melinda Carl

  • JoLecia Crowe

    Jennifer Anne Deskins

    Robert Fox

  • Jack Fancher

    Cynthia Bowers Fulton

    Doug Gates

  • Holly Geddes

    Breon Gilleran

    Rob Glebe

  • Fredy Granillo

    Judith H Gunter

    Charlotte Guschl

  • Linda Hall

    Kevin Harris

    Marti Hawkins

  • Patti & Dave Hegland

    Donna Hickman

    Ellen Jacobson

  • Allen Johnson

    Linda Kleinbart

    Robert D. Lasus

  • Bonnie & Joe Masslofsky

    Judith Miller

    Marj Morani

  • Kathy Myers

    Carol Mylander

    Bob Ortiz

  • Joanne Lantzy Plum

    Mary Pritchard

    Marcy Dunn Ramsey

  • Sabra Richards

    Alice Ritchie

    Doug Sassi

  • Stephanie Somers

    Cindy Stafford

    Joan Strand

  • Sherrie von Sternberg

    Ken Warwick

    Heidi Wetzel

  • Sue Wright

Owl's Roost


Guest Artist @ Birdsong Studio
5 Sixth Ave / Betterton MD 21610 / 540-533-5355


Joy's fun, one of a kind wearable art jewelry is inspired by the color, texture and feel of combinations of semi precious and precious stones, glass, shell, porcelain, crystals beads, silver plated metal tubes, beads, and charms. Her techniques are varied and include regular stringing, knitting, and weaving. She uses a strong .8mm elastic cord to make her bracelets and necklaces. Her popular "all in one" stretch bracelet/necklace can be a necklace or wrapped three times around the wrist as a statement piece. Most of her simple beaded and wire knitted necklaces are strung with the same elastic cord that can easily be pulled over the head. No more fumbling with those irritating clasps.
featured

Rick Bisgyer Porcelain


321 Ericsson Ave. Betterton, MD 21610 / 941-524-2720


As a porcelain artist I create wheel thrown vessels inspired by the graceful curves of sails and hulls, and the ever-changing character of wind over water. Porcelain is the most demanding of all clay bodies and my extreme shapes are a constant challenge, yet a feeling of effortlessness and serenity is conveyed through these pieces. My glaze colors reflect the sea and sky as they change through the day bringing a sense of upward movement and lift that complements the narrow based, broad shouldered forms. I work to create beauty and a sense of peace as I strive to stay centered through clay.

The Celtic Knot Studio


Guest Artist @ Arts Alive! RiverArts Education Center, 200 High St., Chestertown / 302-270-4352


Toward the end of my long accounting career, I began to learn to weave. I was looking for a challenging art form. My long interest in textile led me to choose weaving. I have been weaving 15 years and learn something new every day. I enjoy exploring new weave structures and experimenting with color.

Davis Creek Studio


5096 Edwards Ln Rock Hall MD 21661 / 410-639-7506


Using locally found wood and driftwood to build one-of-a-kind furniture and whimsical pieces.

Davis Creek Studio


5096 Edwards Ln Rock Hall MD 21661 / 410-639-7506


Paintings which reflect the Eastern Shore natural setting
featured

Melinda Carl Art Studio


312 Cannon Street, Barn Studio, 1st Flr, Chestertown MD 21620 / 302-242-1705


The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries along with the Eastern Shore landscapes provide endless opportunities for painters to interpret images both abstractly and representationally.
featured

Guest Artist @ Bob Ortiz Studios 207 S Cross St. Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-699-1025


JoLecia sculpts art jewelry from polymer clay, drawing inspiration from the rich colors, textures, and organic forms found in nature and reimagining them into unique, wearable art.

Saturday, October 21 and Saturday, October 28


535 High St. Chestertown, MD 21620 / 202-716-0061


Formally trained in studio art & art history, Jennifer creates drawings and paintings in acrylic, oil, graphite, and pen-in-ink. Her style ranges from realistic to abstract depending on what inspires her. Currently, she is working on pieces inspired by the bucolic and sublime life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and by contrast, a series inspired by her reflection of life in DC and its political climate.


112 Rivershore Rd. Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-810-0340


Once a hobby and in retirement (23 years now) a passion. Shaker style furniture using cherry, walnut and mahogany wood. The intent is to balance technical skills and artistry with an exposition of what the wood has to offer using natural, transparent finishes.

Jack Fancher Art


Guest Artist @ Kent County Arts Council Building, 101 Spring Ave, Chestertown, MD / 443-480-1090


Landscapes with sky and water are favorites created as drawings or with watercolor, acrylic or oil.
featured

Hollycroft Studio


24284 Macs Ln. Worton, MD 21678 / 410-810-1420


Cindy does paintings of different locations from her travels and large skies and forests from where she lives on the Eastern Shore. She also does whimsical copper sculptures that can be used indoors or Outdoors. Her studio is in a beautiful location on Churn Creek and she will show you through the house.

6049 Quaker Neck Landing Road, Chestertown MD 21620 / 410-778-8196


Decoy carver, collector, restorer

Geddes Fine Art


Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29


122 N. Queen St. Chestertown MD 26120 / 301-219-0106


I love color, form and line. I want to use those elements to capture a mood and lighting. I prefer to mix architectural and natural elements into my images. There is a Navajo prayer that affirms a desire to “walk in beauty”. I hold that desire firmly. I also have a strong desire to draw. So if something holds still long enough for me to describe it on a surface, I will do that. I have produced murals, decorative and faux images to improve the visual interest of a space. Mostly, I work on canvas, paper and sanded paper. My preference for oils and pastels stems from a love of the rich color each has. Pastels are a bit more portable so I tend to have them on hand where ever I go. But the flexibility of oils to create a variety of looks and textures and its gooey feel during application means that I return to them repeatedly over time.
featured

Fairlee Forge


22540 Goose Hollow Dr. Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-458-0948


I'm an artist, a maker, printmaker, blacksmith and teacher. My portfolio ranges from sculptural steel structures both large and small, assemblages made with found objects, outdoor installations, forged functional objects and works on paper. I often incorporate other mediums depending on the project, including glass and wood. My creative process is driven by investigation and research; though my primary medium is metal, I’m fascinated by cellular structures and articulated mechanisms, all metaphors for human form and feeling. For me, the creative process is contextual to my past experiences working as a nurse, and the awe of "being" in the world.

Rob Glebe Design


22409 Goose Hollow Dr. Chestertown / 410 778 0756


Metal - Who Knew? Exploring metal on and off for 30 plus years. Currently working on stainless steel vessels and hollow forms. Come see the evolution of our sculpture garden which is always in progress.
featured

103 Pine Street Chestertown, MD 21620 / 443-480-4857


Fredy Granillo is a Chestertown based artist from the tiny and turbulent country of El Salvador, Central America. He has been painting "Talavera" style pottery since he was 11 years old, and he later studied visual arts and ceramics at the Salvadoran National University. His exploration of this traditional decorative style has evolved and flourished since his transition to the United States. His brand "Pajarito" or little bird, is a nod to the resilience of his people who practice grace and ingenuity to survive each day.

Orchard Hill Fiber Arts and Quilts


Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22


Guest Artist @ Hawk Point Studio 10718 Tilden Lane, Chestertown / 410-773-9329


"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." Herman Melville Herman’s philosophy rings true for me as well, for creating one of a kind, unique quilts allows me to succeed or fail on my own, without following someone else’s “quilt rules”. It really is a thrill to see a finished piece, one you have nurtured from conception to completion. Fabric is my chosen medium as it provides me with the ability to take a flat, one dimensional material and manipulate it into a multidimensional piece with texture, depth, and movement. I enjoy combining geometric shapes with natural forms to create visual interpretations of abstract concepts. The challenge of selecting the right piece of fabric to represent a specific image is exciting for me.
featured

Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22


Guest Artist @ Hawk Point Studio 10718 Tilden Ln. Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-724-6832


Never replicated necklaces, earrings, and bracelets using only semiprecious and precious gemstones some very unique.

116 First Ave. Betterton, MD 21610 / 410-348-2342


My work in watercolor and oils are loose with a happy color palette.

Guest Artist @ Bob Ortiz Studios 207 S Cross St. Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-699-1025


 

Hawkpoint Studio


Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22


10718 Tilden Ln. Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-778-9758


My painting is inspired by the ancient tradition of brush painting, created by grinding ink stick with ink stone, with the use of bamboo handled brushes and rice paper. my subjects are found in nature, often viewed from my waterfront studio window, a feast of birds, eagles, and ever changing tides. I use watercolor and handmade papers for my paintings, whether traditional images or abstract.

Hegland Glass


315 High St., Suite 103 Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-870-5432


We are a husband and wife team known our innovative designs, complex construction, and precise finishing of our art glass. Earlier careers in engineering and finance ingrained in us an acute attention to detail which we apply to all phases of our craft. Our award-winning glass is featured in galleries across the United States.

Functional Pottery


5370 Crosby Rd. Rock Hall, MD 21661 / 410-639-2520


I do hand thrown porcelain and stoneware pottery suitable for eating, drinking, cooking, serving and also some decorative pieces.

Ellen Jacobson Pottery


Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29


22519 Crouchs Ln. Rock Hall, MD 21661 / 301-908-1029


I have had my hands in clay since I was 12 years old. I went to college and got a degree in Religious studies but soon decided that what I really wanted to do was make pottery. After taking a year to regroup and apprentice to a potter, I returned to school at the Kansas City Art institute where I received a BFA in ceramics. I then went on to receive an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Allen Johnson
monifa41@yahoo.com

MONIFA


Guest Artist @ Kent County Arts Council Building, 101 Spring Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-778-4092


Allen has been painting and carving wood for over 50 years. His subjects include birds, human figures, masks, ceramics.

Silly Manor


5980 Lawton Ave. Rock Hall, MD 21661 / 410-639-2308


My work varies from very subjective to impressionistic, depending on my mood!


6281 Tolchester Road, Rock Hall MD 21661 / 215-586-1376


I create sculptures in stainless steel, wood and found objects. Most of my major public works have been stainless steel horses. After years of working with other materials which require varying degrees of maintenance to retain their pristine looks and survival, stainless seems to be the material of choice. The artistic challenge is to take a heavy, lifeless material, unlike wood, and evoke a sense lightness and movement. Many of the wood sculptures use branches from trees I have known. With all my work, there is an environmental consciousness.
Bonnie & Joe Masslofsky
Website / Etsy / fhsdesigns@gmail.com

Flaherty House Specialties


Guest Artist @ Arts Alive! RiverArts Education Center, 200 High St., Chestertown / 410-200-8362


One of a kind gemstone and sea glass jewelry designs . Sterling silver and 14k gold filled wire wrapped settings. Gemstones are mined in NC then cut shaped and polished. We find our sea glass on the Chesapeake Bay.  

Haven Point Gallery


20748 Rock Hall Ave. Rock Hall, MD 21661 / 410-639-4184


Judith enjoys working in a broad range of media. As an award winning pastel and graphite artist she loves painting the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake bay scenery. This year has been extremely prolific with an exciting new collection of paintings and jewelry.

The Barn Studio


312 Cannon Street, Chestertown MD 21620 / 443-745-5498


My work is impressionistic landscapes, figurative and abstract.
featured

Dogwood Lane Creations


Guest Artist @ Arts Alive! RiverArts Education Center, 200 High St., Chestertown / 410-708-8317


Dogwood Creations was created by Kathy Myers who is a graduate of Washington College, with a BA in art and is an art teacher. She works primarily in pastels and acrylics, and has studied with colorist Sam Feinstein of New York. She currently does pet portraits, and wildlife studies as well and renewed up scaled art work.
Carol Mylander
cmylander@verizon.net

Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22


208 Washington Avenue,  Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-778-5567


Ms. Mylander, a native, paints the tidewater region.

Robert Ortiz Studios


207 S. Cross Street, Chestertown MD 21620 / 410-810-1400


I have been making furniture for 30 years, the last 20 here in my studio in Chestertown. The newest addition to the "Ortizstudios" line is my one on one, week long workshops where we work together to create a piece of furniture that is sure to become a family heirloom.
Joanne Lantzy Plum
Facebook / artjlp@dejazzd.com

Guest Artist @ Kent County Arts Council Building, 101 Spring Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620 / 610-570-8570


 
Mary Pritchard
Website / maryvp@udel.edu

Mary Pritchard Art


119 High Street, Chestertown MD 21620 / 410-708-5829


Two events have had a profound influence on my work as an artist. One was the return to the landscape of Maryland’s Eastern Shore where I spent my childhood. The other was the discovery of pastel as a medium. This combination of old and new enabled me to reinvigorate my painting efforts and discover a new love of teaching. My favorite subjects are small towns and rural landscapes in Maryland, Maine and Nova Scotia. Pastel is a wonderful medium--fast, flexible and forgiving. The studio tour enables visitors to go behind the scenes in a working studio and for me to share my enthusiasm about my medium.
featured

Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22


140 Bright Meadow Lane / Chestertown MD 21620 / 410-778-3115


The River is a central motif of my work, and my primary muse. I find the environment of the marshes to be especially intriguing, providing endless combinations of geometric patterns that assume abstract qualities and give me opportunities to explore color, pattern, and texture.

12578 Coopers Lane, Worton, Md. / 585-857-3505

Handicap accessible with advance notice


Welded steel and glass in free standing tables and sculpture. Wall pieces of glass - see how it is done with demonstrations.

Guild Member, Arts Alive! RiverArts Education Center, 200 High St., Chestertown / 410-778-5853


I hesitate to make a statement since I am still exploring medium, subject and style. However, the exploration is exciting and may last indefinitely.


Doug Sassi Pottery


12740 Still Pond Rd., Still Pond MD 21667 / 443-480-6156


Since 1969 I've made wheel-thrown functional pottery using my own blend of six clays and my own glazes. My work is stoneware which means it's high-fired and safe for use in microwaves and dishwashers. Google my name to find samples on Pinterest, Facebook, and other sources.
featured

Guest Artist @ Robert Ortiz Studios 207 S Cross St. Chestertown, MD 21620


I received a BA in Studio Fine Arts from Marist College in 2005, and an MFA in Printmaking from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas in 2008. I utilize various art techniques including printmaking (etching, mezzotint, woodcut, monotype), bookmaking, painting and photography. My subject matter mainly stems from my love of nature. Traveling and exploring is an enormous source of inspiration to my work. My style comes from my love of black and white photography, high-contrast images, and the energy from lively, vibrant colors. I currently live and work in Chestertown, Maryland.
Cindy Stafford
ydnic60@gmail.com

Birdsong Studio


5 Sixth Avenue, Betterton MD 21610 / 267-222-2205


Representational based primarily on Mother Nature and travel.
Joan Strand
jspres@yahoo.com

Cannon Street Studios


Saturday, October 21; Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29


312 Cannon Street, Studio # 3 Chestertown MD 21620 / 202-329-4454


Joan Strand makes hand built pottery and hand made art jewelry, mostly fashioned from sterling silver. Jewelry often incorporates semi-precious stones, and all pieces are one-of-a kind.

A Studio In The Woods


Saturday, October 21; Sunday, October 22; Saturday, October 28


109 Lodge Court, Millington, MD 21651 / 410-490-6785


I am a photographer producing photographic art using a NikonD750, a Polaroid600 and an iPhone7Plus. I create with as many tools as I have at my disposal. My subjects range from a simple stalk of corn to a complex human being. I am passionate about creating. It is my window into an ever changing and amazing world.

Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22


20 1st Avenue Betterton MD 21610 / 443-534-4494


I think of my charcoal and ink drawings, accumulations of freely drawn lines set against a formal, structural grid, as metaphors for the series of planned and spontaneous life events played out over time. In both cases it is often difficult to anticipate what will result. A decision or action can lead to a whole new way of looking at things. The results are often surprising but the process is always intriguing and stimulating.

Guest Artist @ Arts Alive! RiverArts Education Center, 200 High St., Chestertown  / 410-310-1432


I have grown from assimilating the basics to creating works of art. I am often inspired by nature and my sculptures can serve as colorful and decorative highlights for a wall, or a table. My 3-dimensional wall hangings reflect scenes from nature. My baskets and sculptures are often functional and/or contemporary. I weave many materials that I find in nature into my baskets. I use birch, willow and cedar bark; white and black ash, reed, cane, leather, sweetgrass, seagrass, waxed linen, hand-spun yarn, and telephone wire. I adorn the baskets with shells, pine cones, acorns, sea shells, feathers, bones, and hand-crafted beads. Many of my sculptures are utilitarian; some are purely decorative. My work reflects the beauty I see in the world around me.

Cottage on Pearce


25729 Pearce Way Chestertown MD 21620 / 410-708-4373


When I retired from my faculty position at Johns Hopkins University I wanted to open a yarn shop to share my love of knitting, but what I really wanted to do was knit and teach the love of knitting, to see the light go on in a student's eyes. With the help of world class instructors, I learned not only how to make my garments handmade rather than homemade, but how to teach others to do the same. I have taught in Maryland and Maine for 17 years and enjoyed every minute. In my NEW studio you will see beautiful one-of-a-kind designer garments made with the best yarns in beautiful colors and color combinations.
featured

         

The 2017 brochure is in development, please check back!

2016 STUDIO TOUR BROCHURE

Support our sponsors! Use the button below for places to EAT, STAY & SHOP in Kent County during the Studio Tour!

WHERE TO: EAT, STAY & SHOP

ABOUT
Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Chestertown RiverArts Annual Studio Tour allows the visitor a chance to take a sneak peak inside Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties creative spaces. This free, self-guided tour on the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland takes place over two Fall weekends rain or shine. More than 50 artists, many nationally known, invite visitors in to talk, check out how they work, and provide the opportunity to buy original artwork at studio prices. The art is as diverse as the artists who create it, with styles ranging from traditional to avant-garde, expressed in a variety of media that include painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry, furniture, glass, and more. Studios are also varied with several studio galleries, independent studios in two small art complexes and many at the artist’s homes – some detached from the main house and some inside the home itself. In a few instances there are artists displaying their work at a venue other than their own studio. Situated on a scenic peninsula where the Chester and Sassafras Rivers meander into the Chesapeake Bay, Kent County has retained its serene beauty despite the passage of time. Located on the banks of the Chester River, Chestertown is the oldest mid-Atlantic port of entry. It has been designated by the state of Maryland as an Arts and Entertainment District; its mayor, Chris Cerino remarked, “The downtown arts scene has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade…Chestertown is fast becoming a regional arts destination.” In addition to the charm of Chestertown, out-of-towners often remark on how much they enjoy the tranquility of the countryside, water views and small, friendly towns. It is recommended that visitors start their tour at the RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106 where there will be an exhibit of works by the artists on the tour to help decide on must-see venues. Brochures are available from local Chestertown establishments and at RiverArts. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11-4, Saturday, 10-4. During the Studio Tour, Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 10-5. Combine your Studio Tour with Chestertown’s Schooner Sultana Downrigging weekend. Sultana is joined by many historic tall ships and Chesapeake Buyboats. Many interesting art studios are within easy walking distance of the ships. All this makes for a fun family outing. Only 90 miles from Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia, the tour can be a great day trip. However, with more than 40 studios on the tour, you may wish to make a weekend of it. If you wish to make a weekend of it, information on lodging, restaurants, and other attractions is available at www.kentcounty.com or contact our Tourism Development Office at 410-778-0416. We hope that you will join us!