By Josh Davis, Associate Editor
(Nov. 29, 2018) Ten art studios will welcome the public during the 3rd Annual Berlin Artists Studio Tour from 1-6 p.m. Saturday.
Sponsored by the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee, the event will feature artists in the arts and entertainment district.
“They don’t necessarily have a storefront and they’re (the artists) not open to the public daily, so this is their chance to invite the public in and let everybody see what they do and where they do it,” Committee Chairwoman Heather Layton said. “It’s a great meet-and-greet opportunity.”
The studio tour last year was well attended, Layton said.
“I hope it just continues to grow,” she said. “A lot of the artists offered everything from cards to large-scale original oil paintings – and everything in between.”
“Many of the artists offered prints. Some of them had books with their paintings in them for sale, and some of them even ornaments,” she added.
Layton said several new artists will participate this year.
Brochures for the event are available at the Berlin Welcome Center on 14 South Main Street, and each artist will keep additional brochures at their studios.
Hours are 1-6 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
For more information on the 3rd Annual Berlin Artists Studio Tour, visit www.facebook.com/events/2129237094063833 or www.artsinberlin.org.
Participating artists are:
Tim Thompson, 200 Washington Street
Thompson is a mixed media artist, who combines color, texture, found objects and wit to capture the viewer’s imagination.
Parking is available on Washington and Jefferson Streets. The entrance is the front door of the home.
Patrick Henry, Henry Fine Arts Gallery, 9928 Old Ocean City Boulevard, Suite 4
Henry creates intimate and nostalgic oil paintings of the lower Eastern Shore.
A word from Patrick regarding his work: “When painting, I always reveal some tidbit about my life. My paintings are about the people I’ve met, places I’ve been, things I reflect upon, or fleeting moments that have left an impression on my personal world. No greater sense of fulfillment is possible than to have you sharing similar moods and emotions. Look upon my paintings as an appeal for you to pause and assimilate for a moment that which more often we allow to pass on into time.”
Visit www.henryfinearts.org or www.facebook.com/henryfineart.
Brian Robertson, Berlin Printery, 16 North Main Street, Unit 4
Robertson is a graphic artist and printmaker. In 2016, he opened The Berlin Printery, a boutique letterpress and printmaking studio with limited edition prints, cards and posters. The studio is home to two vintage operational presses.
Caroline F. Downes, CFD Fine Jewelry, 16 N. Main Street, Unit 4
Downes creates everything from sterling silver jewelry that reflects the local coastline, to engagement rings, all in her small, second-floor studio. Venture upstairs to see how it’s all made.
CFD Fine Jewelry and The Berlin Printery share a door on Main Street between the boutiques Fathom and Bruder Home. Follow the stairs up to their studios, which are to the right.
Margaret Tossey, Karen Ardis, Matthew Amey and Lisa Tossey, Wooden Octopus, 8 Jefferson Street
Growing up in Wales and on the southeastern coast of England gave Margaret Tossey a love of the sea at an early age. She brought that love for the coast with her to Maryland, where she’s called home for over 30 years. Tossey taught art in Wicomico County for 28 years, including 10 with the county’s Visual & Preforming Arts program. Now retired, she spends her time beachcombing along the coast and creating works using her finds and reclaimed wood, and making representations of marine critters in tooled copper.
Karen Ardis draws her inspiration from the outdoors, using natural fibers, wood, moss and seashells to create pieces for the home. A longtime resident of the Eastern Shore, she appreciates the natural heritage of the region and draws on it to create one-of-a-kind thematic wreaths that highlight region’s fields, woods, and coast. She also creates whimsical holiday ornaments, decorations, and elegant hurricane candles that serve as a focal point of any celebration.
Matthew Amey has been an artist for more than 25 years, working with both analog and digital processes to create his works, including using 3-D sculpting and printing to create unique jewelry pieces with stunning detail. He prefers painting in oils, although he also works with acrylics, glass, metal, photography and skin. He has been a professional tattoo artist since 1991 and recently earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware.
Lisa Tossey is a photographer and digital media specialist who has worked with a variety of regional environmental organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Delaware State Parks, and Delaware Sea Grant. She has a masters degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and uses her photojournalism skills to capture the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the coastal region and further afield.
Jordan James Pippin, Steel N Glory, 305 Washington Street
Jordan Pippin loves working with metal of all type and enjoys mixing different mediums to create works that shows off the glory of steel. He creates art, furniture, signs, manufacturing, and any and all metal goods.
There is plenty of free parking in the lot, located in the warehouses behind the Berlin Ice Plant.
Deb Rolig, 200 Washington Street, at the corner of Washington and Jefferson streets.
Rolig’s work, which is primarily abstract, is colorful, playful and thought-provoking.
Parking is available on Washington and Jefferson streets. The entrance is the front door of the home.
Garry Moore and Vinnie Tomaselli, Anchor Wood Creations 206 William Street, Unit C
Moore and Tomaselli are masters at taking salvaged, reclaimed materials and crafting them into pieces for the home or business.
Heather Layton, of Gypsea Tide, will be at Anchor Wood Creations. Layton has a knack for taking the old and giving it new life, reusing metals, flatware and other found objects into art.
Plenty of free parking is available at the Venable Dry Cleaners by Peninsula lot.
Visit www.facebook.com/anchorwoodcreationsberlin and www.facebook.com/gypseatide.
Stuart Gibbs, Richard Gibbs and Geoff Threadgill, 309 Bay Street, Unit B
The Gibbs and Threadgill work with wood, doing woodturning as well as flat-wood pieces. Turning wood on a lathe, they use domestic as well as more exotic woods to create work ranging from wooden ornaments to wooden bowls, and tea lights to bottle stoppers.
Parking will be available in the driveway or, if space is limited, along Branch Street. The studio is in the shed.
Lynne Lockhart and Kirk Mcbride, 18 Burley Street
Lockhart is nationally known for her paintings of wildlife and pets. McBride is known for his landscapes, seascapes and paintings of the disappearing fishing industry on the East Coast.
Both studios close at dark. Park on the street and come around back to the studios.