Joan Tornell, of Port Republic, guest artisan at the Craft Guild Shop. She specializes in using Maryland fossil shells and driftwood to create her very unique and detailed Shell Collectibles. She is known for her oyster angels and is now introducing her oyster birds. Stop in and see her original handmade pieces.
April Artist of the Month
George McWilliams is an artist who is motivated by his true love of creating art. He paints scenes that will give you a chance to see things that you might not notice in your day to day life. Like the goose taking flight off of the water or the trees and wildlife of our local McIntoch Run. Growing up here in Southern Maryland George is so familiar with the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. In each piece of his work you get the feeling that you could step right into the scene. George and his family call Palestine, West Virginia home but his visions of Southern Maryland are always in his heart and the love of the area comes through with each beautiful piece of art he creates. George will be at the Craft Guild Shop April 5th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and his art work will be in our shop through the month of April and the first weekend of May. I hope that you will take some time and come out to meet George and see all the wonderful art work he has to offer.
February & March Artist of the Month
During the month February, our featured artist is Mary Lou Troutman, of Dameron, MD, who is well known in the area for her detailed acrylic paintings of lighthouses, nautical, wildlife and scenic areas along the Chesapeake Bay. Through the years her work has become a part of both private and corporate collections that span from coast to coast. Stop by on First Friday and through out the month of February to see Mary Lou’s collection of paintings and flags.
Now the the winter season has settled in and it's cold what better time to learn a new hobby. Classes are being scheduled for beginner decorative tole painting in acrylic's or you can try your hand at pen and ink with oil roughing Joyce Owen will be your instructor. Knitting for beginners with Sandy Webb. Ardith Young, our stained glass artist, has a two-hour class scheduled for March 31 to make stained glass wind chimes for a $25 fee. For more information, stop by the shop or call .... 301-997-1644
December Artist of the Month
For First Friday and the month December, our featured artist is Joyce Owen, of Chaptico, MD. She is a Tole Artist / Decorative Artist. Tole painting is a technique used on any surface. Her medium of choice is acrylics but she also does what is called Oil Roughing with pen and ink on canvas then tinted with oils. Her favorite thing to paint is anything with a Christmas theme. Joyce will be offering classes for beginners through out the coming year, go to the class page here on the site for more information or stop by the shop on Saturdays and talk to Joyce. Custom orders welcome for house number signs baby name blocks and much more. Also, the Craft Guild Shop will be holding Customer Appreciation Open House on Saturday, December 8, with discount on purchases.
November Artist of the Month
Our featured guest artisan for November is Heather Young, a pottery artist for the past 20 years who draws the inspiration for her designs and glaze work from nature. Invoking the wonders of the northeast forests and mountains in clay, she crafts rustic hand-built and wheel-thrown functional pieces for everyday use, bringing the natural world indoors. Her glazes center on the color palette of Maryland’s natural beauty and are safe for use in the dishwasher, microwave, and oven. Heather Young’s work has appeared in galleries and shows from Baltimore to Lexington Park.
September is a busy month at the Craft Guild Shop
We have a lot going on this month, we are not promoting just one crafter or artist in September but several of our members who will be offering classes at the shop. There will be a schedule of classes during the fall and winter months. Sewing by Darlene and Sandy, knitting by Sandy, crocheting by Katherine, stained glass by Ardith, tole painting by Joyce, and soap making by Tori. Look for members of the Craft Guild at the St. Mary's County Fair Sept. 20 -23 and get more information about the classes.
We will host the annual Fall Follies Craft Show, Saturday, September 8, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. on the Square featuring unique handcrafted items of all kinds. Temporary glitter body art will be available in the afternoon. Also, enjoy listening to the classic Rock & Roll Band “Geezers” who will perform from 1 to 3 pm. Come out and join us for a fun time.
Artist of the Month of August
Our featured artisan for August is Darlene Wilson, of Leonardtown, MD. She brings to the Shop a wide assortment of handmade items - rag and patchwork quilts, quilted and appliqued wallhangings, appliqued T-towels, cotton and wool felt pillows, novelty pillows, cupcake place mats, aprons, primitive dolls, purses and shoulder bags. She also paints wooden birdhouses and primitive wooden shelves. Stop by and check out the Cozzy Cottage, that's right it's Cozzy with two z's , your sure to find something beautiful to add to your home decor. http://www.etsy.com/shop/CozzyCottage
Artist of the Month of July is Sandra Webb
For July, our featured artisan and newest member is Sandra Webb, of Bel Alton, MD. She specializes in machine embroidery on t-shirts, pillow cases, and other fabrics, but mostly projects for children. She also sews tote bags, children’s hats and small and large quilts. She sews almost every day and always seems to have a project on her mind.
May & June Artist of the Month
Our guest artist is Sandra Christensen, of Clinton, MD. She specializes in colored pencil drawings of landmark structures in Southern Maryland, including lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay, many places of worship and local schools. Her drawings have been exhibited solo and in group exhibitions in Southern Maryland, including Sotterley Mansion in Hollywood, the former Two Rivers Gallery and the Main Exchange at the Patuxent River Air Station in Lexington Park, and Annmarie Gardens in Solomons.
April Artist of the Month
Joan Heath, of Great Mills, MD. Her wide variety of hand and machine sewn items--food carrier covers, placements, hot pads, girls' summer dresses, and baseball themed items--will be available.
March Artist of the Month
Katherine Major of Valley Lee, MD. is our featured artisan for the month of March She brings to the Shop's assortment of many handmade items, crocheted baby sweaters, blankets, hats, booties, and kitchen towels, as well as colorful, sewn stuffed toys and rattles. She also makes cozy, fleece blankets.
February Artists of the Month
Toni and Dave Hockenbrought of La Plata, MD. They bring to the Shop's assortment of many handmade items, crocheted winter hats and scarves, warm afghans, lap and baby blankets, floral and greenery arrangements, nautical items, and painted signs. Many items are one-of-a-kind and award winning. Various classes offered. Call 301-997-1644 or visit our website at www.craftguildshop.com. Hope you join us for First Friday.
January Artist of the Month
Artist of the month is Judy Cox Dillon Judy has been a member since 1976
Judy Dillon has been a member of the Craft Guild since 1976. The store had been opened for a few months, when she took her crafts in to be judged. She was excepted and has been making several different crafts over the years to sale in the store, which was then called The Christmas Country Store, located within Cecil's General Store in Great Mills. Over the years she has held most offices and is now the President of the Guild. She speaks of the changing of crafts over the years where it's still the basic with new added modern techniques. She has lived in St. Mary's County for 41 years, raised four children and has three grandchildren. When son Nathan married a few years ago, he added three step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. During this time, Judy also opened a Craft and Tandy Leather supply store where she taught many different classes, but sadly it had to end when bigger wholesalers moved into the county. Life goes on, as Judy continues to create new projects, mostly in sewing.
Artist /Crafter of the Month
Each month we feature a member of the Guild as Artist / Crafter of the Month to showcase their work. We also invite guest artisans in to showcase their work as well. We are all about promoting local artisans. The showcase display is in the front of the store where you enter the shop and each month a new art or craft is displayed. If you or someone you know is an artist or crafter and would like to become a member of the Guild you can get all the information you need just by calling the number listed below.
November & December Artist of the Month
November Artist of the Month is Pat Willett.
In 1978 Pat started going to a ceramic shop at the urging of a former co-worker. At that time Pat was eighteen years old and all she really wanted to do was hang out with her friends, but the co-worker kept pestering her to go to the classes. She went so far as telling Pat that she thought she would enjoy the class and that she would get her started, so Pat gave in and went to the classes to give it a try, she's been hooked ever since.
When Pat started painting, most of her pieces went to family members, in 1987 Pat decided to try the craft show circuit. The first craft show she attended was at the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department. She had one table and three vehicles full of ceramics. She learned quick she needed to be better prepared for future craft shows. In 1988 Pat became a certified Ceramichrome teacher. After all these years Pat still enjoys her craft and is currently assisting with classes at her local ceramic shop. Pat still attends six to ten craft shows a year, and has a loyal clientele that's always ready to buy the latest ceramic pieces.
Now we hope you'll add the Craft Guild Shop to your list of places to shop this Christmas season, come by and check out Pat's Ceramics.
October Artist of the Month
October Artist of the Month is Ardith Young. Ardith has been a member of the Craft Guild since 2000.
She has a studio in the Craft Guild Shop where you will find her working on her glass creations or waiting on customers that stop in to shop.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Ardith Rae Decker (call her Ardy!) sold her first work - a set of four watercolor landscapes signed by Ard - at the age of 12 in 1965 and has been creating and selling original artwork ever since!
An "air force brat", Ardy moved around the country with her parents and three siblings, sharing a special love of arts and crafts with her mother Sharon. After meeting her then future husband, air force mechanic Dave Young, in New Mexico, she followed Dave to his new duty station in Germany where they married and started a family. After traveling and living in five countries across three continents, Ardy and Dave finally settled in Hollywood, MD. Traveling the globe provided Ardy with opportunities to study with international artists and to develop a rich appreciation for the techniques and artistry of other cultures, which continue to influence her creative efforts.
Her diverse work in various mediums and genres - paintings in watercolors, oils, and acrylics; custom painted ceramics; original jewelry designs in brass and sliver; one-of-a-kind floral designs using natural and "up-cycled" materials - and a career in bookkeeping kept her busy until she retired in 1999, when she discovered her true artistic calling in stained glass.
In 1999, armed with stained glass supplies purchased from a retiring artist, some advice, and a large supply of specialty bandages for fingertips and knuckles, Ardy worked diligently to cultivate her unique vision and style, which have made Ardy's Creations a household name in St. Mary's County, MD.
With her dogs Cyrus and Christmas Present to keep her company, Ardy spends time cutting, grinding, and soldering stained glass originals and firing her kiln to create "hot" glass pieces in her home studio, tackling as many different projects as her imagination can handle, showcasing her work in her home gallery. If you would like to see more and shop online, go to Ardith's web site.http://ardyscreations.com
Artist of the month for September was Irene She swept through our little town at the end of August and really made a mess. So we were closed for a few weeks and the members of the guild went to work cleaning out the muck and dirty water that Irene brought into our cute little shop. It will take more then some ol' hurricane to keep us down. After a lot of hard work and some sore muscles, the shop was reopened bright and shiny clean and better than ever.
August Artist of the Month
Artist of the Month is Joyce Owen Joyce just joined the Craft Guild Shop in June 2011
Since I'm the one writing about each of the artists in the shop, I feel strange writing about myself in the second person so I'm going to continue to tell you about myself. I'm a Tole Artist / Decorative Artist. I've had a love of color all my life and painting just comes naturally to me. To sit with a design and my paints and work with the colors that are on my pallet, I lose all track of time and forget my cares. That's a peaceful feeling that everyone should find at some time in their life. So I feel this is a talent that I've been blessed with and so I should share it with those that would like to learn to paint. So I teach painting classes, no drawing ability needed, I teach each class with a pattern that is transferred to the surface you are painting on and then I teach how to base coat, shade, highlight, dry brush and color principle. You will learn about the different brushes and what they are used for and I incorporate the different paint mediums that are available on the market today and show techniques to paint on all types of surfaces.
I am known for painting decorative Christmas items, that's my favorite thing to paint. I can't even begin to tell you how many Christmas ornaments I have painted and sold over the years. Now I've turned my attention to lettering, I'm painting signs, mostly small signs with sayings and I've been painting house signs with the family name and house numbers. Everyone should have their house number displayed and you might as well have one that represents the style of your home. Also some like to have a sign in the baby's nursery with the baby's name, little kids like to have their names displayed in their rooms the list of ideas goes on and on. These are just small signs with names or sayings that show your personality. I always paint on wooden plaques, this way you don't lose your design when you paint your walls. Signs are custom ordered and you can contact me through my site http://joycespaintnplace.weebly.com/
If you have an interest in learning to paint, please contact the Craft Guild Shop for information They will take your contact info and I will contact you.
July Artist of the Month
Pat Troiani Joined the Craft Guild Shop in 2011
Pat Troiani joined the Craft Guild Shop this year. You'll find her beautiful watercolor art framed or matted and ready for framing she also has a line of greeting cards. Pat is a former art teacher in Pennsylvania public schools for 15 years retired to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 1985. She taught composition and watercolor painting to adults in her home studio while continuing her career as a professional watercolor artist. Schools attended include Traphagen School of Design, New York City, NY; Millersville State University, Lancaster, PA; and earned an MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD. In 2008 she moved to Solomon’s, MD.
Pat’s subjects are inspired by the scenery and life on the Outer Banks such as the many lighthouses, historic structures such as the Whale Head Club, the beautiful and abundant wildlife, and colorful flowers with an emphasis on the Bearded Iris. While specializing in traditional watercolor techniques, Pat also uses a technique known as collage in many of her paintings. Paintings of pets or your home are also available by appointment.
Some of her awards include: North Carolina Senior Games, The Frank Stick Show, Outer Banks, NC, Beach Book Cover 2004, Land Mark Shows at the Pasquotank Art Association, Peoples’ Choice Award at the Chowan Arts Council, and The Mollie Fearing Show.
Pat’s paintings can be seen at: The Art Works in North, Beach MD, The Calvart Gallery in Prince Frederick, MD, The Island Gallery At the Christmas Shop Manteo, NC and Gaskin’s Gallery in Avon, NC. While many are originals, she offers limited edition Giclee reproductions of her paintings. Prints are also available at Tar Heel Trading Co. in Duck and Corolla, NC and Cloud Nine in Nags Head, NC as well as the above galleries.