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

  • Bob Ortiz

    Bonnie & Joe Masslofsky

    Carol Mylander

  • Charlotte Guschl

    Cynthia Bowers Fulton

    Cindy Stafford

  • Donna Hickman

    Doug Gates

    Doug Sassi

  • Ellen Jacobson

    Fredy Granillo

    Heidi Wetzel

  • Holly Geddes

    Jennifer Anne Deskins

    Joan Strand

  • Joanne Lantzy Plum

    John Carey

    JoLecia Crowe

  • Joy Berghaus

    Judith H Gunter

    Judith Miller

  • Kathy Myers

    Ken Warwick

    Lesley Campana

  • Linda Hall

    Linda Kleinbart

    Marcy Dunn Ramsey

  • Marj Morani

    Marti Hawkins

    Mary Pritchard

  • Melinda Carl

    Nora Carey

    Patti & Dave Hegland

  • Rick Bisgyer

    Rob Glebe

    Robert D. Lasus

  • Sabra Richards

    Stephanie Somers

    Sue Wright

Bob Ortiz
Robert Ortiz Studios
207 S. Cross Street, Chestertown MD 21620 / 410-810-1400
www.ortizstudios.com / www.facebook.com/Robert-Ortiz-Studios
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.
Bonnie & Joe Masslofsky
Flaherty House Specialties
TBD / 410-708-0176
flahertyhouse.com / fhsdesigns@gmail.com / etsy.com/shop/flahertyhouse
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.  
Carol Mylander

208 Washington Avenue,  Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-778-5567
Ms. Mylander, a native, paints the tidewater region.
Charlotte Guschl

10718 Tilden Ln. Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-724-6832
Never replicated necklaces, earrings, and bracelets using only semiprecious and precious gemstones some very unique.
Cynthia Bowers Fulton
Hollycroft Studio
24284 Macs Ln. Worton, MD 21678 / 410-810-1420
cbowersfulton@gmail.com / www.cbowersfulton.com
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.oved.
Cindy Stafford
Birdsong Studio
5 Sixth Avenue, Betterton MD 21610 / 267-222-2205
Representational based primarily on Mother Nature and travel.
Donna Hickman
Functional Pottery
5370 Crosby Rd. Rock Hall, MD 21661 / 410-639-2520
donnahickman5@gmail.com / donnahickmanpottery.net
I do hand thrown porcelain and stoneware pottery suitable for eating, drinking, cooking, serving and also some decorative pieces.
Doug Gates

6049 Quaker Neck Landing, Chestertown MD 21620 / 410-778-8196
Decoy carver, collector, restorer
Doug Sassi
Doug Sassi Pottery
12740 Still Pond Rd., Still Pond MD 21667 / 443-480-6156
@sassipots /DOUGSASSIStoneware pottery / info@sassipottery.com
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.
Ellen Jacobson
Ellen Jacobson Pottery
22519 Crouchs Ln. Rock Hall, MD 21661 / 301-908-1029
creativeallworks@gmail.com / www.ellenjacobsonpottery.com
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. I spent many years running pottery programs in community art centers all while maintaining a studio in my home. I work in both porcelain and terra cotta. Function is my main source of inspiration. I want my pots to be used and for a relationship to develop between the user and the pot. I hope my pots and their marks speak to a love of the materials with which they are made, vitality for life and integrity.

Fredy Granillo

103 Pine Street Chestertown, MD 21620 / 443-480-4857
fredygranillo@gmail.com / www.fredygranillo.com
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.
Heidi Wetzel

TBD  / 410-310-1432
wovensculptures@gmail.com  / www.heidiwetzel.com
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.
Holly Geddes
Geddes Fine Art
122 N. Queen St. Chestertown MD 26120 / 301-219-0106
h_geddes@hotmail.com / geddesfineart.com / Facebook: Geddes Fine Art - Holly Geddes
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.
Jennifer Anne Deskins

535 High St. Chestertown, MD 21620 / 202-716-0061
jennifer@traincasecards.com / www.jenniferanndeskins.com / https://www.facebook.com/jenniferannedeskins/
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.

Joan Strand
Cannon Street Studios
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.
Joanne Lantzy Plum

Robert Ortiz Studios 207 S. Cross Street Chestertown MD 21620 / 610-570-8570
artjlp@dejazzd.com / @joannelantzyplumARTIST
John Carey
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.
JoLecia Crowe

Bob Ortiz Studio 207 Cross St. #3 Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-699-1025
elfladyjo@aol.com / www.joleciacroweart.com / www.facebook.com/JoLeciaCroweArt
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.
Joy Berghaus
Owl's Roost
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.
Judith H Gunter
Orchard Hill Fiber Arts and Quilts
10718 Tilden Lane, Chestertown / 410-773-9329
judigunter@yahoo.com / judigunterfiberart.com
"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. I usually make a rough sketch of my idea, though occasionally I just let the fabric do the talking. At times the quilt will speak loudly and other times barely whisper. During those moments I will let the piece marinate for a while to allow me to view it later with “fresh eyes.” I found that fusing the fabrics to a background very liberating as it provides me with the ability to change them as the process progresses. Once I am satisfied with the completed image I will sew the fabrics in place to enhance its’ durability. One could never confuse my quilts with traditional bed quilts for they are meant to be hung on the wall to be appreciated. They often reflect world occurrences, pictorial images or make a personal statement-be it whimsical or somber.
Judith Miller
Haven Point Gallery
20748 Rock Hall Ave. Rock Hall, MD 21661 / 410-639-4184
haventpointgallery@live.com / www.havenpointinn.com
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.
Kathy Myers
Dogwood Lane Creations
11486 St. James Rd. Worton, MD 21678 / 410-708-8317
dogwoodlane96@gmail.com / www.mdguernsey.com
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.
Ken Warwick

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.
Lesley Campana
The Celtic Knot Studio
TBD / 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.
Linda Hall

116 First Ave. Betterton, MD 21610
lindahal@atlanticbb.net / www.theartistgalleryctown.com
My work in watercolor and oils are loose with a happy color palette.
Linda Kleinbart
Silly Manor
5980 Lawton Ave. Rock Hall, MD 21661 / 410-639-2308
lkboater@gmail.com / www.watercolors-by-linda.blogspot.com / @lkleinbart
My work varies from very subjective to impressionistic, depending on my mood!

Marcy Dunn Ramsey

140 Bright Meadow Lane Chestertown MD 21620 / 410-778-3115
marcyramsey43@gmail.com  / www.marcydunnramsey.com
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.
Marj Morani
The Barn Studio
312 Cannon Street, Chestertown MD 21620 / 443-745-5498
www.marjmorani.com / marj@marjmorani.com
My work is impressionistic landscapes, figurative and abstract.
Marti Hawkins
Hawkpoint Studio
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.
Mary Pritchard
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.
Melinda Carl
Melinda Carl Art Studios
312 Cannon Street, 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.  
Nora Carey
Davis Creek Studio
5096 Edwards Ln Rock Hall MD 21661 / 410-639-7506
Paintings which reflect the Eastern Shore natural setting  
Patti & Dave Hegland
Hegland Glass
315 High St., Suite 103 Chestertown, MD 21620 / 410-870-5432
hegland@heglandglass.com / www.heglandglass.com
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.
Rick Bisgyer
Rick Bisgyer Porcelain
321 Ericsson Ave. Betterton, MD 21610 / 941-524-2720
www.facebook.com/RickCBisgyer /rickbisgyer@gmail.com / www.rickbisgyerporcelain.com
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.
Rob Glebe
Rob Glebe Design
22409 Goose Hollow Dr. Chestertown / 410 778 0756
robglebe@yahoo.com / www.robglebedesign.com / facebook.com/robglebedesign
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.
Robert D. Lasus

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.
Sabra Richards

12578 Coopers Lane, Worton, Md. / 585-857-3505
Welded steel and glass in free standing tables and sculpture. Wall pieces of glass - see how it is done with demonstrations.
Stephanie Somers

Robert Ortiz Studios 207 S Cross St. Chestertown, MD 21620 / 732-688-1795
www.stephaniesomers.com / www.facebook.com/StephanieSomersArt / @steponi
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.
Sue Wright
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!