Unique Artists Share Exhibit

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts will host a month long exhibit of the paintings of Jonathan Shaw paired with decorative decoy carvings by Lu Fisher. The contrasts and intersections of form and image that each medium presents invite viewers to contemplate nature in a very different way. This is the first pairing of artwork by these distinctive artists. The exhibit will run from March 6 through 28. A public reception will be held on Friday, March 6 from 5:30-8 pm. A portion of the proceeds from this exhibit benefit the Centre for the Arts Building Fund in Centreville, Maryland and are tax deductible.

Shaw was born in Sheffield, England and moved to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 2002 where he lives with his wife on her family’s eighteenth century farm. An artist who works in oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor and pencils, his travels to Malaysia, Indonesia, the Middle East, and throughout the United States have expanded the range of his subjects and heightened his accuracy in depicting the stunningly detailed wildlife paintings that are his signature. An accomplished falconer, he combines his love and knowledge of nature to support numerous groups concerned with conservation and the environment. He is federally licensed to band migratory birds and is one of the few recognized falconers in the U.S. Even rarer is that he practices this sport on horseback. After working full-time for fourteen years in his family’s garden center in England, he committed himself to his artwork. Among his many awards and accomplishments he is proud of a commissioned painting of a Baltimore oriole by baseball legend Cal Ripken.

Fisher has been a master class carver of decorative wildfowl for over twenty-one years, studying under many well-known artists to perfect her skills. She has exhibited at numerous shows in both the United States and Canada, and has exhibited at the world-renowned Waterfowl Festival in Easton for nineteen years. She is a long-time member of the Kent Island Carvers and the Arts Council. She has taught in Annapolis at the Arnold Senior Center through Anne Arundel Community College, where many of her students have gone on to win recognition at waterfowl competitions.

The exhibit will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9-5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, or by appointment at 206 S. Commerce Street in Centreville, MD. For more information, please call 410.758.2520. The Centre receives support through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Centre hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. Form more information call 410.758.2520, go online at www.arts4u.info, or request via email at arts4u@arts4u.info.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts. Visit us on the web at www.arts4u.info.

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Unique Artists Share Exhibit

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts will host a month long exhibit of the photographic work of Skip Faulkner paired with Sumi painting and claywork by Carole Casio. The contrasts and intersections of form and image that each medium presents invites viewers to contemplate everyday objects in a different way. This is the first pairing of artwork by these distinctive Maryland artists. The exhibit will run from November 5 through 29. A public reception will be held on Friday, November 7 from 5:30-8 pm. A portion of the proceeds from art and book sales from this exhibit benefit the Centre for the Arts Building Fund in Centreville, Maryland and are tax deductible.

Cascio is a former Professor of Dance whose years as a choreographer and dancer turned out to be an unanticipated yet natural segue into her work now as a visual artist. Trained in an Asian tradition, she began working with clay and developing a glaze palette. Her clay and porcelain pieces reveal a widening range in simplicity and detail, in delicacy and sturdiness. Her interest in watercolors led her to the Sumi-e tradition and to well-known artist Sihn Ja Whiteley. She continues to study with Whiteley and recognizes watercolorist Barbara Jablin as another important influence on her life and work. This award winning artist has shown regionally and is included in the book, 500 Plates and Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function and Style Lark Books, 2008. She lives on the Eastern Shore and works at Lifesong Studio which she built and owns.

A native of the Eastern Shore, Faulkner’s photographic images are well known for his inventive style and provocative perspective. He is an award-winning photographer with 25 years of experience who has a talent for capturing the essence of a moment in a single well-composed frame. He has created magazine covers and editorial work for Chesapeake Life, What’s Up Annapolis, and What’s Up Eastern Shore magazines. His work has also been featured on national magazines such as American Health and Fitness for Men, Oxygen Magazine and Muscle and Fitness. In addition to landscape and architectural images, Faulkner is well know for his portrait work including that of celebrities. He has created stunning images of Baseball Hall of Famer Roger Clemens, members of the Washington Capitols and the Pittsburgh Steelers, race car legend Dale Earnhardt and even pop icon Madonna.

The exhibit will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9-5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, or by appointment at 206 S. Commerce Street in Centreville, MD. For more information, please call 410.758.2520. This program is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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