Three Artists Exhibit for Building Fund

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts will host a month long exhibit of paintings by Jonathan Shaw and Sally Clark paired with the jewelry of Wendy Gordon. “Color, Contrast, Contemporary” highlights the cross-section of styles and techniques represented by watercolor and acrylic painting as well as the innovative use of found items resulting in unique fashionable jewelry. This is the first time the three artists have exhibited together and the effect is stunning and thought provoking. The exhibit will run from March 12 through April 9. A public reception and preview will be held on Friday, March 11 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. Among his many awards and accomplishments as an artist, he is most proud of a commissioned painting he made for baseball legend Cal Pipken of a Baltimore oriole.

Clark holds a B.A. degree from Rhodes college, Memphis, Tennessee and a certificate of study from the Institute for American University, Aix-en-Provence, France. An art educator to elementary and secondary schools for over 30 years, she now enjoys working full time as an artist. She is a member of the Artist’s Gallery in Chestertown and Working Artists Forum. She is co-owner of L’Atalier Gallery in Chestertown and teaches painting for several Eastern Shore organizations. Her work is exhibited locally and held by a number of private collectors.

Gordon works from her studio on Kent Island in Maryland, where she creates custom, one-of-a-kind and production lines of kiln fired glass and beaded jewelry, hand painted furniture, collages and assemblages. She has designed and fabricated works in stained, etched, beveled, fused and mosaic glass and jewelry since 1980. Her clients include Joe Theismann’s Restaurants, The Narrows Restaurant, Fair Oaks Hospital, The U.S. Naval Academy and Riggs Bank. Her work has been featured in Glass Art Magazine, Professional Stained Glass Magazine, The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and on Capitol Edition TV. She has taught stained glass and jewelry making, mentored other artists and owned a gallery in the Old Town section of Stevensville, Maryland. Her jewelry and photographs of people and places around the world are available in retail shops and on her website: wendygordonstudio.com

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. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead as classes are also held in the exhibit space. For more information, please call 410.758.2520. The Centre receives support through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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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