(Nov. 30, 2017) Sixteen local painters, sculptors, printmakers, authors and metal workers will open their doors during the second annual Artist’s Holiday Studio Tours this Saturday from 1-6 p.m. in Berlin.
“The studio tour is something that I personally have wanted to put together for several years now,” said Heather Layton, who chairs the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee, the event’s sponsor.
“We are such an artistic community and many of our artists work from their homes, so this is a great opportunity for the public to meet the artist, get a glimpse into how and where they work and just have nice, personal experience with them.”
For the second year, the Holiday Studio Tour will be held on the first Saturday in December, a schedule that Layton wants to continue.
“I think the studio tour is a great follow-up to the Holiday Art Stroll and tree lighting, which is always so well attended and really gets everyone in the holiday spirit,” she said. “We already have three new artists committed to next year’s tour, in addition to this year’s artists.”
The husband-and-wife team of Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride will show oil paintings at their studios at on 18 Burley Street. Their works capture scenes of Assateague National Seashore, as well as the sand, waves, clouds and wildlife they witness during daily morning walks with their dogs.
Author Barbara Lockhart, Lynne’s mother, will also participate. She is the author of two novels set on the Eastern Shore, “Requiem for a Summer Cottage” and “Elizabeth’s Field,” as well as the short story collection, “The Night is Young.” She also published the children’s books “Rambling Raft,” “Once a Pony Time,” “Mosey’s Field” and “Will’s Tractor.”
The studio will close at 5 p.m. Park on Burley Street and enter through the front. For more information, visit www.kirkmcbride.com or www.lockhartpainter.com.
Welder Jordan James Pippin of Steel N Glory on 305 Washington Street mixes different elements to create art, furniture, signs and manufacturing items.
Steel N Glory is based in the back lot behind the Berlin Ice Plant. For more information, visit www.steelnglory.com.
Deb Rolig will display playful and colorful abstract paintings and goldsmith Tim Thompson will display mixed media pieces on 200 Washington Street, at the corner of Jefferson Street. Parking available on both streets and the entrance is the front door of the home.
Jeffrey Auxer Designs is a glass-blowing studio and gallery on 19 Jefferson Street. Based behind the Atlantic Hotel, Auxer makes everything from holiday ornaments to custom commercial chandeliers.
Auxer will offer make-your-own ornament classes on Dec. 2 for ages 4 and up. The cost is $25 and reservations are required. For more information, call 443-513-4210 or visit www.jeffreyauxer.com. The studio will close at 5 p.m.
Wooden Octopus on 8 Jefferson Street is home to four artists who share the gallery space.
Margaret Tossey uses reclaimed wood and tooled copper to create representations of marine life. Karen Ardis uses natural fibers, wood, moss and seashells to make pieces for the home. Matthew Amey combines digital and analog processes to make jewelry pieces, and Lisa Tossey is a photographer and digital media specialist.
For more information, visit www.woodenoctopus.com.
Caroline Forrester and Brian Robertson share a space on 16 North Main Street, unit 3, home to both CFD Fine Jewelry and the Berlin Printery. The door is on Main Street between Rayne’s Reef and Bruder Home. Follow the stairs to the second floor and the studio is on the right.
Forrester makes fine jewelry that is drawn, sawed, hammered and soldered by hand, including sterling silver and 14-karat yellow gold. For more information, visit cfdfinejewelry.com or www.facebook.com/cfdfinejewelry.
Robertson, a graphic artist and printmaker, operates the boutique letterpress and printmaking studio that is home to limited edition prints, cards and posters. For more information, visit www.berlinprintery.com
Patti Backer, on 314 North Main Street, mixes folk and lowbrow styles to paint anthropomorphic creatures that often have big eyes and sharp teeth. She paints on canvas, wood and furniture.
Park in the driveway and use the front door. For more information, visit www.PatriciaMonkey.com
Kate Cashman runs Random Juxtaposition on 9928 Old Ocean City Boulevard, Unit 9, in the Union Station center. Cashman is an art instructor as well as an oil painter who enjoys experimenting with color and texture.
For more information, visit www.livethecolorwheel.com.
Also in Union station is painter Patrick Henry, proprietor of Henry Fine Arts Gallery on 9928 Old Ocean City Boulevard, Suite 4. Henry creates intimate and nostalgic oil paintings of the lower Eastern Shore.
For more information, visit www.henryfinearts.org.