2018 Studio Tour

On the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland over two weekends.

October 20, 21 and October 27, 28

10am-5pm rain or shine

2017 Participating Artists2017 Studio Tour Map & 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

  • Don Carlson(retrospective)

    JoLecia Crowe

    Jennifer Anne Deskins

  • Jack Fancher

    Robert Fox

    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

    Howard and Mary McCoy

  • 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

    Paula Tarbutton

  • Sherrie von Sternberg

    Ken Warwick

    Heidi Wetzel

  • Raven Winter

    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.

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, MD 21620 / 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

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.

Saturday, October 21, Sunday, October 22 & Saturday, October 28

WoodSong Studio

A Studio In The Woods 109 Lodge Ct, Millington, MD / 410-708-0808

Don Carlson has been gone for 10 years but his sculpture and music live beyond what even he had hoped. Step back in time in his workshop and experience his continued relevance today.

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.

Jack Fancher Art

Guest Artist @ Kent County Arts Council Building, 101 Spring Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620 / 443-480-1090

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

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.

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 21620 / 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.

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.

Guest Artist @ Bob Ortiz Studios 207 S Cross St. 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.
Judith H Gunter
Website / judigunter@yahoo.com

Orchard Hill Fiber Arts and Quilts

Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22

Guest Artist @ Hawk Point Studio 10718 Tilden Lane, Chestertown, MD 21620 / 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.

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.
Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22

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.  


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, MD 21620 / 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.  

Guest Artist @ Kent County Arts Council Building, 101 Spring Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-778-1149

Our art is about how we see nature and how we understand our place within it. We draw inspiration from our immediate environment and from folklore and archetypal motifs that reflect how people have traditionally approached their relationship with the earth. Working in a kind of collaboration with nature, we allow each artwork to arise from curiosity about a certain natural phenomenon, perhaps a lost feather, bleached bone, gesture of a sprouting plant, pattern in the river’s waves, or slowly decaying tree. Making gentle alterations that focus the eye and the mind, we work to honor its patterns and processes and its role in the larger environment. We work in various mediums, including painting, drawing and photography, but focus primarily on natural materials such as branches, vines, oyster shells, stones, bones, and feathers. Most of our works are large, site-specific outdoor sculptures, however our studio work includes smaller sculptures, drawings, paintings, poems, and artist’s books usually incorporating natural materials.

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.

Dogwood Lane Creations

Guest Artist @ Arts Alive! RiverArts Education Center, 200 High St., Chestertown, MD 21620 / 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

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 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.

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 21678 / 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, MD 21620 / 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.

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

Birdsong Studio

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

Representational based primarily on Mother Nature and travel.
Joan Strand

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.

Polly's Patches

25704 Collins Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-778-4175

Hand-knit and hand-crocheted adult and children hats. Hand-knit dog sweaters, hand-knit scarves, copyrighted suitcase ID's, Christmas stockings, hand-knit sweaters and framed sea shell pictures.

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, MD 21620  / 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.

Guest Artist @ Kent County Arts Council Building, 101 Spring Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620 / 843-830-7493


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.


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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!