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.

  • Allen Johnson

    Alice Ritchie

    Joy Berghaus

  • Rick Bisgyer

    Don Carlson(retrospective)

    Lesley Campana

  • John Carey

    Nora Carey

    Melinda Carl

  • Breon Gilleran

    JoLecia Crowe

    Fredy Granillo

  • Jennifer Anne Deskins

    Charlotte Guschl

    Linda Hall

  • Jack Fancher

    Marti Hawkins

    Donna Hickman

  • Robert Fox

    Cynthia Bowers Fulton

    Holly Geddes

  • Linda Kleinbart

    Rob Glebe

    Howard and Mary McCoy

  • Judith Miller

    Judith Gunter

    Kevin Harris

  • Patti & Dave Hegland

    Marcy Dunn Ramsey

    Ellen Jacobson

  • Paula Tarbutton

    Sherrie von Sternberg

    Joanne Lantzy Plum

  • Raven Winter

    Robert D. Lasus

    Bonnie & Joe Masslofsky

  • Marj Morani

    Kathy Myers

    Carol Mylander

  • Bob Ortiz

    Mary Pritchard

    Sabra Richards

  • Doug Sassi

    Doug Gates

    Stephanie Somers

  • Cindy Stafford

    Joan Strand

    Ken Warwick

  • Heidi Wetzel

    Sue Wright

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.

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.


Joy Berghaus
joysangal_012@aol.com / 540-533-5355

Owl's Roost

Wearable Art - Jewelry


Guest Artist @ Birdsong Studio , 5 Sixth Avenue, Betterton, MD 21610


Joy's fun "infinity" bracelets and necklaces are inspired by the colors and textures of combinations of glass, shell, crystal, porcelain and silver plated tube beads and charms. These are strung using a strong .8 mm elastic cord. Joy's wearable art is easy to wear, no clasps to struggle with. Stretch it on and it goes "round and round". Her popular bracelet/necklace can be triple wrapped as a bracelet or simply worn as a necklace. Earrings and kids jewelry are also available.

Rick Bisgyer
  
www.rickbisgyer.com / rickbisgyer@gmail.com / 941-524-2720
Handicap Accessible / Open Year Round

Rick Bisgyer Porcelain

Pottery


321 Ericsson Ave. Betterton, MD 21610


Working in porcelain 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 evoke the sea and sky as they change through the day, giving a sense of upward movement that complements the narrow based, broad shouldered forms.

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.

Lesley Campana
Lcampana99@verizon.net / 302-270-4352

The Celtic Knot Studio

Fiber


Guest Artist @ RiverArts Education Center, 200 High Street, Suite A, Chestertown, MD 21620


I have been weaving for over 15 years. I am constantly exploring new techniques and weave structures.  My scarves and shawls are one-of-a-kind pieces. My household lines are mostly a limited run with a few unique pieces included. At times I do commission pieces so if you don’t see what you’re looking for ask me about it.

John Carey
Johncarey@atlanticbb.net / 410-639-7506
Handicap Accessible

Woodworking


5096 Edwards Lane, Rock Hall, MD 21661

Nora Carey
daviscreekstudio@atlanticbb.net / 410-639-7506
Open Year Round

Davis Creek Studio

Pastels


5096 Edwards Lane, Rock Hall, MD 21661


 
Melinda Carl
mscarl63@gmail.com / 302-242-1705
Handicap Accessible

Melinda Carl Art

Mixed media, Oil/Acrylic Painting, Pastels, Watercolor


312 Cannon St. (Barn Studios), Chestertown, MD 21620


The Eastern Shore's landscape, waterways and open skies provide daily inspiration for creating images, both representational and non-objective. The challenge is to convey the emotions inherent in the process of applying paint to canvas and paper.


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.
JoLecia Crowe
www.joleciacroweart.com / elfladyjo@aol.com / 410-699-1025
Handicap Accessible

JoLecia L. Crowe - Art Jewelry & Sculpture

Polymer clay


Saturday, October 20, Sunday, October 21


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


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


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.
Jennifer Anne Deskins
www.jenniferannedeskins.com / jd@jenniferannedeskins.com / 443-282-0584

Drawing / Illustration, Oil/Acrylic Painting, Photography


Saturday, October 27, Sunday, October 28


23441 Cacaway Farm Lane, Chestertown, MD 21620


I draw and paint in graphite, Prismacolor pencil, acrylic, and oil. I am inspired by the overt beauty found in the world along with the collateral, or unintended, beauty life reveals to us when we’re bold enough to look. Persistent subjects and themes in my work are birch trees, oysters, Canada geese, and more recently, capturing the strength and beauty of our differences in a climate of deep racial, political, and moral divide.


 

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.
Jack Fancher
workingartistsforum.com / fancher050317@gmail.com /443-480-1090
Handicap Accessible / Open Year Round

Oil/Acrylic Painting, Watercolor, illustrations created via computer


Heron Point Art Studio, 501 E. Campus Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620


Land and seascapes, rocks, sky, water of all kinds appeal to me, but wait, there's more...


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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.

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.
Robert Fox
rfox5@verizon.net / 410-810-0340
Open Year Round

Woodworking


112 Rivershore Road, Chestertown,  21620


My furniture style is shaker inspired with a small amount of Spanish-based austerity thrown into the mix.  Woods used include cherry, walnut and mahogany.

Cynthia Bowers Fulton
www.cbowersfulton.com / cbowersfulton@gmail.com / 410-810-1420
Handicap Accessible / Open Year Round

Hollycroft Studio

Copper Garden Sculpture, Acrylic Painting, Pastels, Photography, Printmaking, Watercolor


24284 Macs Lane, Worton, MD 21678

Holly Geddes

geddesfineart.com / h_geddes@hotmail.com / 301-219-0106
Open Year Round

Geddes Fine Art

Drawing / Illustration, Oil/Acrylic Painting, Pastels, Watercolor


Saturday, October 27, Sunday, October 28


122 N. Queen Street, Chestertown, MD


I love color, form and line, & how they capture a mood and lighting.  I prefer to mix architectural and natural elements into my images. I have produced murals, decorative and faux images to improve the visual interest of a space.


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Silly Manor


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


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

Rob Glebe
robglebedesign .com / robglebe@yahoo.com / 410-778-0756
Open Year Round

Rob Glebe Design


Metal


Saturday, October 27, Sunday, October 28


22409 Goose Hollow Dr, Chestertown, MD 21620


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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.
Judith Gunter
www.judigunterfiberart.com / judigunter@yahoo.com / 410-733-9329

Orchard Hill Fiber Arts and Quilts

Fiber


Chestertown, MD 21620


Judi is and minimalist and abstract fiber and quilt artist who uses a blend of textiles, fibers, and interfacings to create sculptural like dimension and texture to her work. The, not to be overlooked, negative space within the composition creates additional secondary designs.


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Kevin Harris
www.kevinharrisglassart.com / kevin56harris@gmail.com / 410-699-1639
Handicap Accessible

Glass, Oil/Acrylic Painting


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


Kevin's highly original work is painted on glass, from behind with acrylics and other mediums.

“This is what God led me to, and me saying thank you to God.  I use acrylic latex with other mediums on glass, painting blind from the back of the glass. I started pencil drawing in the seventh grade. Painting came later. God and recovery is why I got back into painting on glass after 30 years."

Patti & Dave Hegland
www.heglandglass.com / hegland@heglandglass.com / 410-870-5432
Handicap Accessible / Open Year Round

Hegland Glass

Glass


315 High Street, Suite 103, Chestertown, MD 21620


We are a husband and wife team known for 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.

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.
Ellen Jacobson

 

www.ellenjacobsonpottery.com / ellenjacobsonpottery@gmail.com / 301-908-1029
Handicap Accessible / Open Year Round

Ellen Jacobson Pottery

Pottery, collage


22519 Crouchs Lane, Rock Hall, MD 21661


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.
Joanne Lantzy Plum
artjlp@dejazzd.com / 610-570-8570

Drawing / Illustration, Oil/Acrylic Painting, Pastels


Guest Artist @ RiverArts Education Center, 200 High Street, Suite A, Chestertown, MD 21620

 

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


 
Robert D. Lasus
rdlasus@earthlink.net / 215-586-1376
Handicap Accessible / Open Year Round

photography, metal and mixed media, wood sculpture


6281 Tolchester Road, Worton, MD 21661


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
flahertyhouse.com / fhsdesigns@gmail.com / 410-200-8362

Flaherty House Specialties

Woodworking, Gemstone & sea glass jewelry


Guest Artist @ RiverArts Education Center, 200 High Street, Suite A, Chestertown, MD 21620


One of a kind gemstone & sea glass jewelry designs as well as handmade personal treasure boxes.


Marj Morani
www.marjmorani.com / marj@marjmorani.com / 443-745-5498
Handicap Accessible / Open Year Round

The Barn Cannon Street Studios

Oil/Acrylic Painting, Pastels


312 Cannon Street, Chestertown, MD 21620


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Kathy Myers
Dogwoodlane96@gmail.com / 410-708-8317

Drawing / Illustration, Pastels


Guest Artist @ RiverArts Education Center, 200 High Street, Suite A, Chestertown, MD 21620

Carol Mylander
cmylander@verizon.net / 410-778-5567

Carol Mylander Studio

Oil Painting


Saturday, October 27, Sunday, October 28


208 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620


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

 
Bob Ortiz

 

www.ortizstudios.com / ortizstudios@verizon.net / 410-810-1400
Handicap Accessible / Open Year Round

Robert Ortiz Studios

Woodworking


207 S. Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620


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.

Mary Pritchard
www.marypritchardart.com / maryvp@udel.edu / 410-708-5829
Open Year Round

Mary Pritchard Art

Pastels


119 High St., Chestertown, MD 21620


I enjoy experimenting with scale, painting the same image small and then larger.  The small pastels can seem like little jewels, intense and glowing with pastel’s unique pigments. In the large version I hope to create the dramatic impact that a larger scale can give to the image.


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Sabra Richards
SabraRichardsGlass / sabrarichards@mac.com / 585-857-3505
Handicap Accessible

Glass, Metal, Mixed media, Oil/Acrylic Painting


Saturday, October 20, Sunday, October 21


12578 Coopers Lane, Worton, MD 21678


Welded steel and glass is the material I use for functional, free standing tables and outdoor sculpture, ranging in size up to 10 feet.  I also combine stainless steeling glass in wall pieces and canvas and glass in mixed media paintings.

Doug Sassi

 info@sassipottery.com / 443-480-6156
Open Year Round

Doug Sassi Pottery

Pottery


12740 Still Pond Road, Still Pond, MD 21667


Stoneware, wheel thrown, functional pottery since 1962.  My clay body is my own recipe as are my glazes.  I've mixed them both since the beginning.  All my pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe.


 

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


Decoy carver, collector, restorer
Stephanie Somers

 

www.stephaniesomers.com / mail@stephaniesomers.com / 410-635-4320
Handicap Accessible

Mixed media, Photography, Printmaking, Bookmaking


Guest Artist @ Robert Ortiz Studios, 207 S. Cross Street, 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 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. 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 / 267-222-2205

Birdsong Studio

Watercolor


5 Sixth Avenue, Betterton, MD 21610


I paint to pay homage to the beauty in nature and the sights that move me.

Joan Strand
 jspres@yahoo.com / 202-329-4454

Studio Strand

Metal, Pottery, Jewelry


312 Cannon St. - 2d Floor, Chestertown, MD 21620


Joan Strand uses sterling silver sheet and wire to design and create earrings and necklaces, often set with semi-precious stones.  Also, she uses clay to hand-build ceramic boxes and vases.  All works are one-of-a-kind.

Ken Warwick
kswarwick@comcast.net / 443-534-4494

Drawing / Illustration


Saturday, October 20, Sunday, October 21


20 First Avenue, Betterton, MD 21601

 
Heidi Wetzel
www.heidiwetzel.com / wovensculptures@gmail.com / 410-310-1432

Woven Sculptures & Baskets

Fiber, Mixed media


Guest Artist @ RiverArts Education Center, 200 High Street, Suite A, Chestertown, MD


I am a local fiber artist and basket weaver.   I use unique and indigenous materials, as well as materials I bring back from my many travels.  My work ranges from traditional, sculptured, to contemporary. Some are utilitarian and decorative, while others are purely decorative. My work reflects the beauty I see in the world around me and the natural surroundings here on the Eastern Shore.

Sue Wright
coastalknitter@gmail.com / 410-708-4373
Open Year Round

Cottage on Pearce

Fiber


25729 Pearce Way, Chestertown, MD 21620


When I retired, I wanted to open a yarn shop to share my love of knitting. What I really wanted to do was knit and teach the love of knitting. With the help of world class knitting instructors, I learned not only how to make my garments handmade rather than homemade, but also how to teach others to do the same. I have taught in Maryland and Maine for 18 years. In my NEW studio you will see beautiful designer garments made with the best yarns in beautiful colors and color combinations.


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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!