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  1. The Bunker
  2. Garrett County Artist Studio Tour This Weekend - July 22 and 23
  3. Trucks and Rivers
  4. Club Champion
  5. For My Artist Friends....Scam Alert and Some Tips on Dealing with Them
  6. More Recent Articles

The Bunker



The Bunker
Watercolor and Mixed Media on Canvas 


Garrett County Artist Studio Tour This Weekend - July 22 and 23

StudiotourPlease stop by and visit my open studio during the Garrett County Arts Council Artist Studio Tour this weekend.  

I'm continuing to work with watercolor and mixed media on wood and canvas, and have new work to show.  Weather permitting,  we'll have the "Yart" sale tent up as well.  

The Studio is open  Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd from 11 am to 5 pm both days.  

Brochures with a complete list of participating artists can be picked up at the Garrett County Arts Council or downloaded here.  

Below is the full text of a press release from the Arts Council with more detail.  

Local artists, in partnership with the Garrett County Arts Council, invite the public to take the 10th Annual Artist Studio Tour.This year’s tour will kick-off with a Preview Party on Friday, July 21, from 5:30 to 7pm at The Gallery Shop in Oakland. Samples of the participating artist’s work will be on display and select items will be offered in a silent auction. The Preview Party is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The actual Studio Tour will be Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23.The artists’ working studios will be open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. The self-guided tour route spans the county from north to south and includes more than 30 artists at 11 locations.

Unique, hand-made artwork will be on display for sale. The range of art forms featured will include paintings in acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel; blown glass goblets and vessels, jewelry created from copper, silver, gold, gemstones, vintage flatware, fused glass and Steampunk sculptures; several styles of photography on paper, wood, canvas and metal; woodcrafts;fabric art and quilting;and avariety of pottery styles.

Artists will be on hand to share details about their creative inspiration, technical processes, and the tools and materials they use to make their unique hand-crafted work, as well as the business of art in the region. Several locations and artists are new on this year’s tour.

New to the tour is the Mill Run studio of watercolor painter Susan S. Johnston in the Friendsville area. Susan will host another new artist,Julie Adam, with her distinctive vintage flatware jewelry.Also in Friendsville, is Visionquest Studio, displaying the nature photography of owner and photographer, Crede Calhoun.

Nearby is Bear Creek Studios, home of woodworker Jeff Lyon and potter Joan Lyon. They will host Connie Pardini of Wirestorm Creations jewelry, along with new artist, Amy Childers, showcasing herappliqued fiber art landscapes.

Two studios will be open in the Bittinger area. The Loft Shop gallery and studios will feature hosts, Sue Arnson’s watercolor paintings and mixed media collages and Alan Arnson’s woodcrafts and woodturnings. Joining them will be Josh Brown and his high-fired porcelain and stoneware pottery, as well as new artist, Kitty Lynch, and her Wire Wrapture silver and gold wire-wrapped precious stone jewelry. A new location in Bittinger is the Warm and Cozy Quilts studio of Wendy Rippeon. Wendy creates quilted table runners, mug rugs, ornaments and bed-sized quilts. She will be hosting another new artist, Tony Marchetti, who will have hand-made wooden picture frames and some framed photography for sale.

In McHenry, Joan Chaney will display her hand-quilted wall hangings, framed quilts and full-sized quilts. She will host Becky Diller, a photographer and jewelry-maker, who is new to this year’s tour. Close by, on Laurel Ridge, is Deep Creek Pottery, home studio or Ron and Lorie Skidmore with their gas and wood-fired pottery. They will host 4Wheels Photography by Marcia Warnick andBrenda Caldwell’s Aunt B’s Place whimsies and sculpture with a Steampunk flare. New to their location will be mosaic stepping stones designed and created by young-artist, Derek Skidmore.

In Swanton, Snowbird Creations Glass Studio, home to glass artist Julie Turrentine, will display her fused glass jewelry, sculptures, and yard ornaments. Julie will hostoil and pastel painter Renee Keil, who is new to the tour. Nearby, on Turkey Neck Road, is Appalachian Studio, the home of watercolor and mixed media artist, Robert Yonke. His subjects include water and mountain landscapes, as well as local wildlife.

Another new location is Smoke N Mirrors Photography, a gallery and studio owned and operated by photographer Dave Bruffy, in downtown Oakland. Dave will host Rebecca McClive, an oil painter whose subjects include landscapes and wildlife. Four Storm Artists Gallery on Swallow Falls Road showcases the work of over 20 artists including the owners, members of the Blizzard family.The nature and landscape photography of father and daughter artists, Neal and Caroline Blizzard, the silver and gemstone jewelry of Karina Stonesifer, and the blown glass goblets and vessels of international artist, Peter Schweifel.

The Artist Studio Tour is free. “This is a chance for the community and our guests to meet and talk with local artists one-on-one. A number of the tour locations are only open to the public once a year, during the annual Studio Tour.” said an Arts Council spokesperson.

The Studio Tour brochure with map is available at area locations including The Gallery Shop in Oakland, the Visitors Center in McHenry, Ruth Enlow Libraries, and various businesses throughout the area. It can also be downloaded from the Garrett County Arts Council website, There will also be directional signage along the tour route to guide drivers to the sites.

For more information, contact the Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580.


Trucks and Rivers

In this artist statement, I talk about how my love for the rivers started back when I was a boy and my father would take me with him to the Pittsburgh wharfs during his truck deliveries.  I came across some old photos depicting that time period.   In this first one, if you look closely, you'll see the river and some working boats in the back.   I also find the old trucks pretty interesting.  








Club Champion


"Club Champion"
Original watercolor and mixed media on canvas

"Club Champion" was completed earlier this year and is on display at the Garrett County Arts Council.  


For My Artist Friends....Scam Alert and Some Tips on Dealing with Them

The Maryland State Arts Council recently sent out the following message to artists who participate in the Maryland Artist Registry and Marketplace.  

Dear Registry and Marketplace Artists,

It has come to the attention of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and Maryland Art Place (MAP) that there is an aggressive artwork purchasing scam currently underway. We have heard from several artists on the MSAC Registry and Marketplace who have been solicited by this scam.

Essentially, an artist is contacted by the predators to purchase the artist's work. The artist is subsequently sent more money (by check) than agreed upon for the sale. The artist is then asked to cash the check and send back the balance via money order. During this period of transaction, the initial check sent to the artist is returned for insufficient funds and bounces in his/her bank account. The artist has lost the funds paid out for the money orders.

We ask that you please be careful when approached by a potential buyer during this time. At present, we are sharing all of the information we have. If we receive any new information, we will be sure to share it with you.

Most Sincerely,


About a week earlier, we received the type of email scam they were warning us about.   The following message was sent to us through our Appalachian Studio website.  

I am so excited that I came across of your work on internet search,I am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from you.....................

Snow Bowl “Jupiter Light”

“Scattered Frost” “Honeycomb Falls”

Let me know their various price and how much discounts are you going to give? I will be happy to have these selected artworks hung in our new home in Miami. As well,I want you to take out the shipping cost.I have been in touch with a shipping firm that will be shipping other house decoratives.

We are traveling from our Seattle home to our new apartment as soon as possible. On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a Money Order or Cashier`s check in US funds that can be easily cashed at your local bank,please let me know on how to proceed for the payment of the creative artworks.

I will await your advise on how to proceed.Have a wonderful day.

Take care, Kathryn Edwards


We've received these kinds of messages before, so we've had some experience in sifting through the requests to figure out which ones are legitimate.  When we get them, here are things that alert us to a possible scam.  

  1.  Grammar that does not sound quite right..."I am so excited that I am across of your work on internet search"...

  2. Any mention of shipping costs or that they will make the shipping arrangements.  Legitimate buyers may ask what the cost of shipping will be, but we've never had one that wanted to make their own arrangements.  When was the last time you wanted to make your own arrangements for shipping an online purchase?  

  3. Proactively telling you how they will pay, especially when it does not involve a credit card. 


Not wanting to assume the worst, here is how we always respond to this kind of request in order to determine whether or not we are dealing with an authentic buyer.  If it's a scam, we won't hear back. 

Thank you for your interest in the work.  Our policy is to ship via the U.S. Postal Service, Federal Express or UPS.  Depending on your purchase and location, we will determine which service will work best for your purchase and give you a quote prior to shipping.  We accept credit cards only via Pay Pal or Square.   Please let us know your shipping address and we will provide you with a shipping quote.  


It's natural to get excited about a potential sale, but make sure you are dealing with a genuine buyer before you proceed with a transaction.  


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